Quote of the Day: Perry Says Vision Will Trump Debate Skills

Rick Perry addressed his shaky debate performances while speaking before a Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Florida today:

As conservatives, we know that values and vision matter. It's not who is the slickest candidate or the smoothest debater that we need to elect. We need to elect the candidate with the best record and the best vision for this country.

The audience seemed to buy it, by all reports, which raises a point worth recalling -- Perry, though not so great under questioning, remains a very skilled retail politician and knows how to deliver a heck of a stump speech.

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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