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November 10, 2011


How Would Bush Have Fared?

First Read: "Twelve years ago, would George W. Bush -- who, remember, wasn't that good of a debater early in the 1999-2000 campaign -- have still cruised through the GOP primary season in today's current system where debates play such an important role? The fact of the matter is that the televised debates have turned into Iowa, becoming the first true test for the candidates and the first bar to clear. And that development hasn't helped Perry one bit. Four years ago, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were able to campaign for about three months in Iowa and New Hampshire before their first primary debate. But get this: Perry has been a candidate for less than THREE months (Aug. 13 to now), and last night was his SIXTH debate."














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