ARC CAPUTO, ALEX LEARY AND MICHAEL C. BENDER
Sept 25, 2011
Perry’s supporters tried to spin the results as a “devastating” defeat for Romney because he couldn’t overtake Perry.
But other delegates said they’re both losers.
“This seriously undermines the electability of Perry and Romney,” said Ralph Camp, 64, of Marianna, who voted for Cain.
Ana Navarro, of Miami-Dade and an advisor to Jon Huntsman, said Perry is more show than substance.
“Rick Perry is a Texas stud, a real macho-man who looks great in cowboy hat and boots and was supposed to come galloping on his stallion to rescue Republicans and lead us to the promise land,” said Navarro, an advisor to Huntsman’s campaign. “But it’s become increasingly clear he can’t perform. He has electile dysfunction.”
Pinellas County delegate Rachelle Warmouth said Perry’s loss wouldn’t end his campaign. But the debate performance and the effect it’s having on party loyalists are a call to step up his game.
“He’ll have to have a strong recovery,” she said. “He needs to focus on his message.”
This article was posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 5:06 am