Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is struggling in the polls, offered a lively retort when asked if his poor debate performances mean he’s not ready to debate President Obama.

He compared himself to Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos quarterback who is controversial because of his outward displays of Christian faith.

“I’m kinda getting to where I like these debates,” Perry said. “I hope Obama and I debate a lot. I’ll get there early. We will get it on, and we will talk about our differences.”

“There are a lot of folks who said Tim Tebow wouldn’t be a very good NFL quarterback.

That he doesn’t have the right throwing mechanisms, or he’s not playing the game right. He won two national championships and that looked pretty good, and we were the national champions in job creation back in Texas...I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.”

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