Perry Flubs Name, Number Of Supreme Court Justices

By: AP
By: AP
Presidential contender Rick Perry messed up the number of Supreme Court justices and flubbed one of their names in a meeting at The Des Moines Register.


DES MOINES (AP) -- Presidential contender Rick Perry said there are eight Supreme Court justices, not nine, and flubbed Justice Sonia Sotomayor's name in an editorial board meeting at The Des Moines Register.

Perry met with the board Friday. He struggled for six seconds to come up with Sotomayor's name, then initially called the justice "Montemayor." A member of the newspaper's editorial board helped him out with the correct name.

He went on to criticize "eight unelected and frankly unaccountable judges." Nine justices sit on the Supreme Court. They are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Similar gaffes have plagued Perry. On Thursday in South Carolina, he corrected himself after saying the U.S. is at war in Iran instead of Iraq.

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  • by He knows less than a 5th grader! on Dec 13, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    It's not about actual knowledge, it's all about the flashy show! Kind of like television news, huh?
  • by Rufus Location: Tri-Lakes on Dec 10, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    He doesn't need to actually know much about long as he keeps up the gay hating, he'll still get the evangelical vote.
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