Perry Blames Lousy Debates on Bad Back

    HAMPTON, NH - OCTOBER 1:  Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to local residents at the "We the People: A First in the Nation Freedom Forum" town hall event at the One Liberty Lane Conference Center on October 1, 2011 in Hampton, New Hampshire. Perry is on a three-day swing in the state where he attended town-hall meetings to take various questions from voters about job creation, immigration, Social Security and global warming.  (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)

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    My dog ate my homework. To be fair, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he’s not making any excuses on his stalled GOP presidential campaign, though he is. In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Perry explained that his recovery from back surgery in July affected his debate performances. “I would suggest to you that I was pretty fatigued,” he said. “No excuses. It was error. It is what it is.” Then he went on to be a bit too honest. “Look, if anybody is looking for the perfect candidate, I’m not it.” He also said it’s too late to regret his performances. “Looking back and trying to ‘would have, could have, should have’ is an interesting question to ask, but the facts are the facts.”

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