“These kids made a mistake. There’s not any doubt about it. They shouldn’t have done it. It’s bad,” Perry told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.
“But to call it a criminal act, I think, is over the top,” said Perry, who faces a possible make-or-break performance in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary on Saturday. (Photos: Reuters)
And because it is the first primary, it can make or break a contender’s momentum.
In other words, New Hampshire may be small, but its influence on U.S. politics is huge.
So what will it take for Republican presidential wannabes to win this key primary? Well first off, the nominees better forget all that stuff about wining votes through new-fangled notions like social media.
To be successful in New Hampshire requires old-fashioned “retail” campaigning, namely lots of baby-kissing, hand-shaking and Town Hall-attending. Simply put, “Granite Staters”, as they call themselves, want to see candidates up close.
Graphic: The Republican nomination race so far As new Republican contenders have emerged, taken off and then crashed in the polls, Mitt Romney’s support has remained one of the few constants in the nomination race. And yet the GOP can’t seem to fully embrace him. The National Post’s graphics team takes a look at the ups and downs of the race so far.
Some presidential dreams die with a bang, like Howard Dean’s did after his infamous Iowa scream in 2004. Rick Perry’s campaign may have ended with one whispered, defeated word. “Oops.” Read more Left photo: REUTERS/Jim Bourg; right photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Perry suffered a mental lapse on stage with his rivals in Michigan on Wednesday night and failed to remember the third of three government agencies he has vowed to eliminate.
He cited the departments of Education and Commerce but could not bring to mind the Energy Department.
“The fact of the matter is, one error is not going to make or break a campaign. So we’re going to keep on talking about what’s important to the people of this country,” Perry told the CBS “Early Show.”