Perry Camp: We Won't Change a Thing

Staffers shrug off criticism, say they'll just hit Romney harder
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2011 9:58 AM CDT
In this Sept. 24, 2011, photo, Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the Republican Leadership Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

(Newser) – Problem? What problem? Rick Perry’s campaign doesn’t see one, despite the drubbing he’s been taking for his lackluster debate and his grisly Florida straw poll defeat. “We’re not going to change what we’re doing,” a Perry spokesman tells Politico, dismissing judgments from “a pundit in a swivel chair in a TV studio.” He says Perry won’t alter his debate prep or strategy, or roll out any new policies in Friday’s speech on economics.

The only thing he will do is attack Mitt Romney more harshly, says Perry’s campaign manager, adding, “Isn’t the real question when the Romney folks are going to hit the reset button again?” But Perry’s supporters are getting nervous. “It’s not panic yet, but there is a little bit of nervousness,” says one Perry bundler. Another expresses optimism, saying, “The debate performances didn’t send people to Romney, it just convinced people to stay on the fence a little longer."

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