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Republican debate in Las Vegas takes a negative turn as Perry stages comeback October 22, 2011

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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Texas governor Rick Perry was once the darling of the news media, receiving more positive coverage than any other Republican candidate for president. After his coverage took a negative turn, and his support started to plummet, Perry staged a comeback in the Republican debate in Las Vegas in mid-October by going negative. Perry came out swinging against front-runner Mitt Romney, accusing the former governor of Massachusetts of once hiring illegal aliens to mow his lawns.

Although it is unclear if Perry’s strategies helped save his reputation with voters, many critics were somewhat horrified by the negative tone of the debate. Many characterized Perry’s interactions with Romney as bitter and horrific, and conservative wordsmith Frank Luntz suggested that by destroying one another the candidates were crushing any chance of a Republican victory.

For more on Perry’s negative turn in the Las Vegas debate, see the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why would Perry believe that attacking Mitt Romney would help him gain support among conservative voters?

2.  What kind of potential backlash could Perry encounter by going negative?

3.  Was Perry ultimately successful? Why, or why not?

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