In what could be another attempt to salvage the fading Rick Perry campaign, Perry's communication director left the possibility open that the Texas governor might miss future Republican debates.
"There have been eight Republican debates, we've done five," Sullivan said. "There are somewhere around 18 debates pending. There is no way to do all of them, particularly as the elections are rapidly approaching in Iowa and New Hampshire."
Debates proved to be the Achilles heel for the former front-runner, who entered the GOP presidential race amid great fanfare and huge polling numbers. Perry, who has never lost an election, shot to the top of the GOP pack immediately upon entering the race--and then fell back to Earth after widely panned performances at the first couple of Republican debates.
Perry told Bill O'Reilly Tuesday that he may have made a mistake in participating in the debates because they were designed to spur fighting among the candidates. In his campaigns for Texas governor, Perry was known for ducking debates. Perry and his advisers are chafing over the time debate preparations are taking for him chance to interact with voters -- or donors.
Spokesmen for Perry say he will participate in the Nov. 9 debate in Michigan, but make no promises about his participation after that.