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On GOP debate stage, Rick is no Reagan


The following is from the Oct. 11, 2011, edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Political science expert Matthew Wilson provided expertise for this story.

October 14, 2011

Rick Perry rode into this presidential race eight weeks ago looking like Ronald Reagan.

Instead, he's turned into Cosmo Kramer.

Awkward and often confused, he has become less of a participant in the Republican debates than a comic sidekick doing walk-ons, shouting about how we're "sittin' on a treasure-trove of energy!" and then grinning for applause....

"I didn't see anything that would give voters a compelling reason to re-examine Perry," said Matthew Wilson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University.

"There were no 'wow' moments. He's just not as polished or as smooth as Romney. Every time they're onstage, that works to Perry's detriment."

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