( 4UMF NEWS ) Rick Perry Flubs
Rick Perry’s sputtering campaign took another hit Wednesday night when he had a Texas-sized brain freeze during the Republican primary debate. He flat-out forgot which federal agencies he wants to scrap as part of his plan to shrink government and get bureaucrats off Americans.
“I will tell you, it’s 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 said.
He couldn’t recall the third agency, even though he has laid out this plan numerous times during his campaign.
“I would do away with the Education, the Commerce and — let’s see — I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops,” Perry trailed off.
He tried to recover in the next round of questions, noting it was the Department of Energy he wants to ax.
A powerhouse fundraiser and an early favorite in the polls, Perry has acknowledged he is not a good debater. His lackluster performance in prior GOP forums has raised questions about whether he is ready for prime time.
Perry readily admitted he blundered.
“I’m glad I had my boots on tonight,” he told reporters after the debate. “I stepped in it out there.”
“Anyone in the public area knows there are times when you can’t reach a word on your tongue,” Sullivan said.
Perry’s flub drew support even from his opponents.
“We all felt very bad for him,” Rep. Michele Bachmann said afterwards.
Not long after his entry into the race last August, Perry vaulted into second place behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. He raised a whopping $17 million by the end of September and was viewed by pundits as having a strong shot at overtaking Romney. But his poll numbers have plunged after three mediocre debate showings. A series of recent polls show Perry mired in third, fourth or fifth place in some key states.
“Is this a guy you want on a stage debating Barack Obama in the fall?” a prominent Republican elder told the Daily News recently.
Why can’t the Republicans find several decent candidates to vie for the presidential nomination?
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