Rick Perry, a candidate in the Republican Party Presidential primaries, has released a campaign advert which claims that his woeful attempts at public speaking and debating are not problematic.
His performances in debates thus far have been so poor that his campaign have seriously considered withdrawing from future exchanges.
The Economist has written a great piece on the issue, but the crux of their argument (which I’m in full agreement with) is:
“Not to be overly pedantic, but talking is a kind of doing. Indeed, talking is primarily how one gets things done in politics. How does Mr Perry convey that he is a doer, and not a talker? By talking. What else is there? Interpretative dance? A presidential candidate unable to best a foe in a public exchange, or to communicate his position on a complex issue when the heat is on, is about as useful as a one-legged fullback.”
Couldn’t have put it better myself.