Santorum Slams Perry Over Missing Debates

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum slammed Texas Governor Rick Perry, his rival for the GOP presidential nomination, for suggestion that he would skip out on some of the coming Republican debates.

He made his comments at a midtown Manhattan hotel where he, along with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, had arrived to address a panel on federal education policy. Both Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann appeared at the event via webcast; the other candidates declined to attend.

“Hiding from the public by skipping debates and skipping forums like we have seen several of the candidates do here today is trying to hide the ball,” Mr. Santorum said. “I’m about transparency. I’m about talking directly to the American public and getting a chance to see who I am or what I believe and not hiding behind $15-$20 million of slick ads to try to sell me to the voters.”

Earlier today, a spokesman for Mr. Perry suggested that with a slew of debates on the schedule and the Iowa caucuses rapidly approaching, the Texas governor may spend his remaining time elsewhere. The remarks were widely considered to be an effort to shield Mr. Perry, who has struggled in debates.

“I will never skip a debate,” Mr. Santorum added. ” I never skip the opportunity to let the American public know what I think about these issues.”

Mr.Santorum acknowledged that his poll numbers were low, but said that because he has been willing to answer any question, his supporters, “are not going anywhere. They are for me, they know why they are for me. They are not going to find out anything later on. They have had a chance to ask me all of the questions they are concerned about and when you do that that’s when you start to build an organization from the bottom up.”

 

 

Santorum Slams Perry Over Missing Debates