Rick Perry concedes that he is a lousy debater and is focused on fighting back against Mitt Romney and Herman Cain through speeches and negative ads. Even if this helps him get the nomination, then what?
Debates are a significant part of the general election campaign, especially for the swing/independent voters that you can’t win without. Many of them use the debates to make up their minds, while those on the left and right watch them more as entertainment. If the GOP doesn’t nominate someone who can debate well against President Obama, and Rick Perry isn’t that someone, they are making a huge unforced error.