On Friday, Perry himself just about admitted he flubbed a few answers.
"It's not who is the slickest candidate or the smoothest debater that we need to elect," Perry told a Florida crowd. "We need to elect the candidate with the best record and the best vision for this country."
Katrina Pierson, head of the Garland Tea Party, agreed that Perry slipped up in the debate, especially on immigration and his refusal to support building a wall on the border.
"I don't see these themes going away because, as far as illegal immigration goes, it's a serious issue, and no one wants to talk about it," she said. "You can't have an honest talk about the economy without discussing illegal immigration."
Pierson said she hoped the candidates would talk about the specifics of their plans on immigration, economy and health care. Instead, Pierson said the front-runners, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Perry, avoided specifics.
"I think the front-runners are probably trying to hold back and wait on some of the other ones to drop off," she said. "Unfortunately, some of them ranking lower in the polls are the only ones bringing substance to the debate. They should be careful. If they've got a plan, they need to put it out there."
The next televised debate between the GOP contenders is Oct. 11 in New Hampshire.
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