Perry on the Decision to Stay In

“This wasn’t a hard decision. This was one of those where you take a look, you didn’t do as well in Iowa as you wanted to, but this is a quirky place and a quirky process to say the least. We’re going to go into places where they have actual primaries and there are going to be real Republicans voting. I’m excited about getting out with real Republicans and laying out – not that there aren’t real Republicans here in Iowa, but the fact is that it was a pretty loosey-goosey process and you had a lot of people who were there that admitted they were Democrats, voting in the caucuses last night.”

Amen. Iowa should not determine the nominee. In fact, turnout for the caucuses was less than 20%. That is half the turnout of the 2010 gubernatorial primary.

Often Iowans’ decisions are made on the proxy and his presentation at the caucuses, not the candidate. Do we really want to have a race without a conservative? Newt has his global warming/health care mandate to dog him; Santorum is a big ear marker, favors tariffs and greater government control over business. Competition in the race will only improve all the candidates.

The other 49 states (56 if you’re Obama) really ought to have an input on the nomination. Otherwise we are already disenfranchised.

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