Perry: One Error Won't Break A Campaign

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Calling his debate gaffe "humanizing," Texas Gov. Rick Perry brushed off suggestions that his lapse in memory would have any ill effect on his floundering presidential campaign.

AP

Calling his debate gaffe "humanizing," Texas Gov. Rick Perry brushed off suggestions that his lapse in memory would have any ill effect on his floundering presidential campaign.

"The fact is one error is not going to make or break a campaign," Perry said. "All of us make mistakes. I'm a human being."

In Wednesday night's debate in Michigan, Perry was unable to name the third government agency he pledged to cut.

"I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone. Commerce, Education and the--what's the third one there?"

He went through the list again, and after a few more seconds unable to recall the third agency, opponent Mitt Romney offered the Environmental Protection Agency.

"EPA, there you go," Perry said. When moderator John Harwood asked if the EPA was indeed the agency eluding his memory, Perry admitted it was not.

"The third agency of government I would -- I would do away with Education, the Commerce, and, let's see. I can't. The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops."

"Oh my," was heard murmured by someone close to the stage.

Social media outlets lit up immediately after Perry's memory lapse, with many on both the right and the left calling his performance embarrassing.

Perry insisted the moment did not signal the death of his campaign, that it was simply evidence of his weakness as a debater, not lack of substance as a government official.

"I admit I may not be the best debater, the smoothest politician on the stage," Perry said, calling himself "an individual of substance when it comes to creating an environment where jobs can be, in fact, the focus of the entrepreneur class out there that are creating those jobs that Americans really need now."

Debates have proven to be Perry's Achilles heel: he shot to the top of the GOP pack upon entering the race in August, only to plummet after several widely panned debate performances. In a decade of governor races in Texas, Perry rarely debated his opponents.


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  • by Robert Location: Colorado Springs, CO on Nov 10, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    I too would not vote for someone who cannot remember specifics. Number one and most importantly; this country needs to do away with the outdated Electorial Votes!! For petes sake, our country's population has expanded tremendously since the time when it was done out of necessity. Now, each and everyone of our votes, as a citizen, should count individually. How mant times just in El Paso County have our citizens voted something down and our city mayour and commissioners did just the opposite. Our voices have not truly been heard for years now. The time has come for all Americans to stand up and shout that the majority counts. If the majority says, we acknowledge same sex marriages; then so be it. If the majority of voting americans vote for a purple President; then so be it. It is the majority of the people; not just a few at the capital!! Now is the time to speak out and be heard. For far too long our politicians have caved in to the minority whining and passed laws that were not the views or the likes of the majority of American citizens.
  • by Robert Location: Colorado Springs, CO on Nov 10, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    I too would not vote for someone who cannot remember specifics. Number one and most importantly; this country needs to do away with the outdated Electorial Votes!! For petes sake, our country's population has expanded tremendously since the time when it was done out of necessity. Now, each and everyone of our votes, as a citizen, should count individually. How mant times just in El Paso County have our citizens voted something down and our city mayour and commissioners did just the opposite. Our voices have not truly been heard for years now. The time has come for all Americans to stand up and shout that the majority counts. If the majority says, we acknowledge same sex marriages; then so be it. If the majority of voting americans vote for a purple President; then so be it. It is the majority of the people; not just a few at the capital!! Now is the time to speak out and be heard. For far too long our politicians have caved in to the minority whining and passed laws that were not the views or the likes of the majority of American citizens.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    I'm no republican, but is it so hard for them to dig up at least someone SIMILAR to Reagan? What's with the nutbars they've been parading out lately?
  • by Ed on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    Proof that the whole debate illusion is to keep Obama in office. This is just a distraction. Don't forget to thank your military for dying for your right to vote for globalist crooks. How can anybody take this process seriously?
  • by Anonymous Location: C.S. on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    It seems J L would rather us turn into a socialistic country if he would rather vote Democrat...Heck, I'd vote for Donald Duck before I would vote for what the Democrats will be offering, "Again!"
  • by duh Location: cs on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    He should have stopped the drugs before he began his campaign.
  • by John on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    I felt sorry for the guy. We need good debater to go up against the slick talking liar crook Odumba when the real debates start. Newt seems the best to me.
  • by Ace on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    This guy is likeable, he really is. He's also just not very smart.
  • by Lorelei on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    what a moron!!!Obviously, if there's ONE thing the Republicans shouldn't cut back on, it IS Education!!!lol..
  • by Rick Location: CO on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    Sorry JL but Perry is better than your alternative... more reckless spending from the obama administration... cutting funds from very few select sectors... not something I want to vote for please do your homework we can't spend our way out of debt
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