Rick Perry has done horribly in every debate he's been in so far. In tonight's debate, Rick Perry couldn't remember which federal agencies he'd like to cut and some of the candidates had to help him out. Watch the cringe worthy video below:
Here's an article that captures the exchange:
Perry was discussing his jobs plan and his flat tax plan when he said: "And 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."Perry then paused and there was audible laughter in the room. Texas Rep. Ron Paul then chimed in "You need five," to which Perry responded, "Oh, five, OK. So Commerce, Education, and the..."Romney then suggested, "EPA?" to which Perry responded, "EPA, there you go, no..." with laughter from the candidate and the audience.Moderator John Harwood from CNBC then asked, "Seriously, is the EPA the one you were talking about?""No, sir, no, sir. We were talking about the agencies of government -- the EPA needs to be rebuilt. There's no doubt about that," Perry responded."But you can't name the third one?" Harwood asked."The third agency of government I would, I would do away with, the Education, the... Commerce and, let's see," Perry said, as his brain freeze continued.Finally, Perry gave up, saying: "I can't. The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops." (Watch the whole exchange above at left)However, a few minutes later in the debate, Perry remembered that the third department was the Energy Department. "By the way that was the Department of Energy I was reaching for a while ago," he said with a chuckle when he was asked another question.
Just for kicks, I'm posting Rick Perry's two of Perry's gaffes from previous debates. Here's Perry struggling to form a coherent attack on Mitt:
Here's Rick Perry telling conservatives that they don't have a heart if they oppose tuition for illegals: