Rick Perry’s embarrassing political debate blunder

Perry Event 2/1/2010

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The big political story of the week was a political blunder in the CNBC debate last Wednesday night by GOP nominee hopeful, and Governor of Texas, Rick Perry. He could not remember one of the three federal agencies he would like to eliminate, if he is elected  president.

“Turning to Texas Rep. Ron Paul to boast, Perry said: “I’ll tell you: it’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: Commerce, education and, the –uh — what’s the third one there? … Commerce, education and the uh, the uh…” before being interrupted by a question. “The third agency of government I would do away with — education, the, uh, commerce, and let’s see — I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops”

About 15 minutes later in the debate, Perry said he meant to say that the Department of Energy is the third agency he wanted to eliminate.

It was an embarrassing and excruciating moment for Perry, whose poor debate performances have defined his campaign. His poll numbers have declined steadily since his first debate. Critics have noted that his stamina in the two-hour-long debates seems to wane.

PERRY: 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? Let’s see.


PAUL: Five.

PERRY: Five. Okay. Commerce, Education, and the —


PERRY: EPA. There you go.

Q: Seriously — is EPA one you are talking about?

PERRY: No, sir, no, sir. We are talking about the — agencies of government — EPA needs to be rebuilt.

Q: You can’t — you can’t name the third one?

PERRY: The third agency of government I would — I would do away with Education, the —

Q: Commerce.

PERRY: Commerce and, let’s see. I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.

According to Peter Hamby of CNN, Perry showed up at the spin room after the debate and told reporters, “I’m sure glad I had my boots on because I sure stepped in it out there.”


  1. >>noel–

    Have you condsidered that Perry could have been faking it precisely to draw meda attention which in turn draws the attention of voters?

    Think about the post-debate coverage and commentary. The journalists as well the contributors and analysts all concede that every one has a similar moment.

    If that’s the case, then in time it will be something voters overlook.

    My gut tells me that the ticket will be Perry-Cain.

    What do you think?

    Today or tomorrow I will do a post on this topic.

    Since you have a background in law enforcement, what do you think about the stories of Cain’s accusers. Do you think they are credible? Both women have told their stories. Why do they need to retell their stories at a “joint press conference?”

    In the old days their stories would have been DOA.

    Visit us at http://www.marcjanblog.wordpress.com.

    Thanks for listening.


    1. For starters, I personally do not think Mr. Perry was faking amnesia. The man is competing to be the nominee to run for the country’s highest office. Why would he consciously do anything other than shine on a stage, knowing that the world is watching? Beats me. I believe he was either under prepared or was drunk.

      As for Mr. Herman Cain’s accusers. I am not in a position to determine whether or not these women are telling the truth. But it does seems fishy that they would revisit an issue that was put to rest many years ago

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I am looking forward to reading some of your posts too. God bless!


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