New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Despite gaffe* Perry says his campaign won’t pnH
Republican presidential hopeful Rit k Perry tried Thursday to convince the country he was in on the joke after his d i s <i s t rou s debate perform a n < e while even his supporters worried aloud about the damage to his alread\ h< »billing < ampaign.
Perry didn't tr\ to sugar
< oat the fallout trom his minute-long stammer that
< rvstali/ed < one erns that he is not up tor the job. Instead, he sjx'nt the day on a media blit/ trying to laugh about the Wednesday evening debate where he struggled embarrassingly to remem her one < it the three tederal <le|lartments lie v\ants t<) abolish, ending with a grin
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I le ('ven apix'ared on ihe I ate Sh< )v\ with I )avid I et It“iman to otter the night s l< >p it'll I ist i it e\< uses t< n the debate.
Ilev listen. You try < on centrating with Mitt Rom ne\ smiling at voti Th.it is t »ne handsome dude; Perry ( Inn klt'tl during his seg merit with the < < »median
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what tonight’s atmosphere in Antler Stadium uill be like.
I think our team is Inin gr\," he said. "I think they yyant to pn >ve that they < an get a play ■ >tt \\ in. I think we re ready to do that.”
( am on alt mg w ith I iy \ is coming ott ,i iwo-wcek layott alter taking its bye last yveek alter a late rally tell sh<ut in a I 17 It»ss ii > Hilda \ lay s to end the sea son.
The ( ougars are \ 2 <iitei losing standout miming bat k C itm >rge \\ illi.imson.
Senior KB Tanner Mill tt»<>k up the slat k and led the ( ougars yvith t22 y ards t »n 114 t ar ries ,md I iy e tout htloyy ns to keep the
the evening on television, and it has already been labeled one of the yvorst debate blunders in recent memory.
"That's pretty brutal isn't iti"' Perry said on I ox News, blitzing the airwaves hop mg to provide alternative video, "I stepped in it I think some ot it is still stuck, on my feet."
1 le doesn't have unit h time to t lean up. I here» arc4 feyver than eight yveeks until the first nominating contests start and voters are looking for the best candidate to go heat I to-head against President Ha rack Obama.
It s something he needs to address pretty quickly,'' sa it I unt ommitted Sen I indsey (aaham of South ( arolina, an early primary state. Hut he said Perry has time and a key survival tool money.
Perry reported some $ I » million banked during his most ret ent fundraising peri otl 11 is advisers said they had enough cash on hand to get them through South (ar< >lma.
Ii Perry isn't able to log st »me vie tt >ries by that |x »int. Tie's got bigger problems than <i vl set ontl pic't e ot an otherwise tt>igettable t It'bate.
Still, the extended debate exchange is destined tor
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( aiuoli gr t hi riti dtta< k in yv<»rking <miei.
( ^uarterb,u k Austin I )ay is also a threat t<» rim yyith Imuted t arric's, antl has rati tot ,i team-high seven li »ut hdt »yy ns.
I )ay, yyho h.is | »asseti tt >i only 28 ) yards. won't he asketl tt » yy in the game yy ith bis arm but he yy ili he asketl not lo lose the game yy illi t osfly turnovers.
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endl(*ss television replay and yvil11 >r< jvirle easy fodder ft >r attac k «ids In the debate, Perry said he would eliminate three» federal agencies but struggled to name them.
"( ommerce, Education and the — yvhat's the third one there»? I et's see," he said Perry's rivals tried tt) bail him t mt, suggesting the Environmental Protec tion Agency.
"f PA, there you go," Perry said seemingly taking their yvt >rt I ft >r it Hut that wasn't it. And when pressetl, he drew another blank.
"Seriously?" asked moderator lohn I l.iryvootl, one of the ( NB( debate* hosts. "You can't name the third one?"
"Ihe third agenty <it government I would do away with the Education, the ( ommerce. And let's se»e. I t an t The third one, 11 an't," Perry said. "()ops."
I ater in the debate, Perry revisited the question and said he meant to t all for the elimination of the I nergy I )epartment.
()n Thursday, Perry said he just couldn't think ot it.
"Ihere were so many ted-er.il agent ie»s that t time to mint I, that I yvant tt» get rit I of, that the I nergy I )epart ment would not come out,"
notch its first plavotf win under I Hit »It it's going to tome doyvn to hoyv well the tifíense plays against the elusive Mt Neil.
Ihe ( oug.ir detense has bet'ii a high water mark It >i ( any on I his season, as they've held its opponents to I J.r) points a game.
"We have1 relied on their detense all season," Elliott said. "Hut yve're going to have to st t »re some points and continue tt» play good detense.
" We have a good st heme .mil yve're going to have to play mistake free tootball to put ouiselves in a posi tion to win."
Taking advantage' of scot ing opportunities and using its running game to keep Mt Neil ott the tield is the perfet I game plan against the explosive I ivy < iliense.
he said in an intervieyv taped for AHC's "Good Morning America."
He's trying to turn it to his advantage. On NHC's "Today" snow, Perry sought to make the best of the gaffe», saying that forgetting the' name of one of the agencies illustrated the "tore point" of his t ampaign — that there are tot) many agent ies. He's already blasted an email to supporters asking them, "What part of the Tederal (¿ovemment would you like to forget about tht' most?" Elis website now asks them to vote for one.
Perry has been the first to acknowledge lie's a terrible debater but has hoped lit' would improve.
"I hate» debates," he salt I in Oes Moines last week. "I use'll to hate spinning in air t ratts. ... Finally I did it, and I did ii enough that I finally got pretty good at it. So hold on, maybe I'll get better at
Maybe it won't matter.
Perry is a tough < am-paigner. I le has never lost and election — antl has avoided debating in state r.it t*s - and is the longest serving governor of Texas. I le is a has pioven a < h.iris matit campaigner in smaller settings 11 »mintin in l<iwa, New I tampshire and South
Carolina — thre»e states that start the nominating process and three state's where he must tit) well.
Yet some Republicans, even prominent Perry supporters, were wondering whether the Texan can survive his latest misstep.
"As far as his character, I haven't waive‘red tin that," state Rep. Peter Silva, a member of Perry's New Hampshire steering committee, saitl Thursday, but added: "You can't say this is a good thing. I le shot himself in the foot."
()theis weren't as generous.
"It's over for him," said Steve Schmidt, a Republi-t an political strategist who ran Sen. lohn Mt Cain's 200H campaign.
But in an intervieyv with The Associated Press early Thursday, Perry said the moment wouldn't, fort e him from the rat e.
"Oh, shoot, no," Perry said. "This ain't a day for quitting nothing."
Still, the extended exchange will provide easy fodder for attat k ads..
On ( apitol Hill, Perry's brain tree/e was yvitlely regarded as a grave (level
< »pment lor his already struggling < ampaign In private, Republicans yve're wonder ing it they had just seen the
beginning of the end for IVr-
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Se»n. |ame»s Inhofe, a Perry backer, |»honed his t t >1-teagues to downplay the exchange antl t ailed Perry's supporters to try to stop an exodus.
"He's a human being, he just proved that last night," the Oklahoman saitl. "Right now, he's joking around about it anti it se*ems to be favorably received from a lot of people I've heard frt >m."
Yet Inhofe yvas still t ringing-
"It was very embarrassing to Rit k Perry and tooth-t >rs wht»t < »rta in Iy si i| >| w»r ft 11 him, and I'm sine that many of his Republican opponents are rejoicing," saitl Inhofe.
Perry did even worst4 in an informal straw poll at a debate--yvatt I ring patty hosted by prominent Neyv
I lampshire conservative, lenmter Horn, «1 recent Republic an congressional t andidate who previously backed formei Minnesota (iov. Tim Pawlenty's now-ahandone»d bid.
Horn said that ot about 40 Republic ans at the party, only about tour saitl they supported Perry betore the debate began That already small number yvas t ut in half alter tht* debate».SVHSContinued from page S
points per game, and get ting solid performances trt mi Matt ist >n and Mt Ken /it'.
Not storing when they had a c liant e opened the door tor the I lays victory.
Hut that yvas last yveek.
Tonight, the Rangers (lM » get a chance' to put that loss behind them yvhen they host San Antonio Mt Col lutn (8-2) in the 4A, Division 1 hi district playoffs.
Smithson Valley could have a thane e to duplicate last se,ison’s 48 0 rout ot Uvalde in the opening round ol the play oils.
Mt ( ollum has a bal ant t'tl team, yvith quartet -bat k Alt'X Ri( >s tin« »yy ing lor I ,(>()(l yards, M 11 )s and > IN Is, while running bat k Hobby ttar/a has mshed It >r 1,072 y ards on 125 cai rit's and I ' st ort's this sea son
Hut the < ovvboys stumbled (It »yy n the strete h atlei a ^ 0 stail, yvith losse»s to kerrville Tivy and San Anti»
nit) Brennan in I )istrit t 28 4A at tion, yvhere they sc oied just two tout h doyvns in those game's.
Mt ( ollum is coming off a i H> win over San Antonio llarlandale in last yveeks season finale.
Rios passed for 21 i y .irt ls and a pair ot scores, while running tor 100 yards against a three-win I lailan dale tt'am.
Ric »s and the1 ( owboys yvill t mt I it muc h hartler to st ore against a Smithson Valley team that will be motivated to prove that last week's It >ss yvas a fluke.
I Tie Rangers dt»iense, led by detensive bac ks Aaron Pottei and Ryan (aittith, yy Ik » < < »ml tined t< »r eight iiiterc eptii »ns this season, should be able to use last weeks game against I lays as luel and take ayyay am deep threats lor Mt ( ollum.
lunior detensive tackle (it'orge St livvanenberg leads the team y\ ith six sacks and gives Smithson Valley an ettective pass rush that yvill hep the Rangers ton e the < ovvboys into a one dimensional game.
()n t»Itense, Mattist m is as good a running bac k as they come.
The junioi tailbat k has rushed tor 1,5 54 yards on 240 t arries and a team-high 2 5 tone htlowns, and his skill set makes it hart I for teams like Mt ( ollum to pre'pare lor.
Hut I lill doesn't have to settle' tor just handing the ball < »tt the1 Mattison, as his passing game is just as effective yvhen teams try to stack the line Mt Kenzie <1,701 yards, 17 11 )s> and yy idt'outs I .is ton Mt Intosh •'«'> V yaids, r>
11 )s) antl Karon I lill i4(» I yards, 8 TDsi have enei gi/C'tl the Ranger passing attac k this season
I he lore'c ast lot the Rangers tonight should be .111 c'.isy first it »und yy m. but only it they < an c lean up their red /one elfit lencv and play stoul tlt»fe»nse like tht'y have all season.
The winner yy ill ¡at t' tour time detending 4A t liampi-on I ake I ray is, who beat Austin Me C.ilium 58-7 on Ihursday night, in the next round.
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