November 10th, 2011
09:28 AM ET

Perry tries to limit the damage after gaffe

The morning after a debate gaffe that many political watchers say will go down in modern political history, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said his "brain freeze" shows that he is not "the slickest politician" among the field of Republican presidential hopefuls.

During the debate in Rochester, Michigan, Wednesday night, Perry said he would eliminate three federal agencies if elected president - but he was able to name only two of them.

That produced a painful period of more than 50 seconds during which he tried in vain to remember the third federal agency that he would eliminate. It ended only after Perry conceded that he could not remember it - even after appearing to consult his notes.

"Oops," he said.

Perry addressed the gaffe Thursday on CNN's "American Morning."

"I bet there are a lot of Americans out there that would like to forget some agencies of government too," Perry quipped, smiling through the interview.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Scottish Mama:
    I talk too much. Please forget that I said that, but it was true.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Nope I asked grandma said used. I guess to open the stuffy nose up?

    November 10, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    I know.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    Vicks vapor rub, a miracle in a little jar.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Chicken soup. (I live in NYC now.)

    November 10, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    If they elect a Republican president...oh, boy.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I have lessons and rehearsals 12:30 to 8:30 today with only a fast-sandwich break. Going soon.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    @JIF-You always come up smelling like a rose, I bet you went to school on a grant.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What rose?
    I got scholarships, not grants.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    Meaning if you fell in shyte you would come up smellling like perfume.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    @JIF I am sorry, I thought you went to school on like a P. grant, I thought that is what you had said in the past. oops.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I didn't say that, and that's not how I went to school.
    I remember saying that different schools wanted me from high school. They offered different amounts.
    I chose schools by the private piano teacher I would have there. I studied with four famous teachers.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Have a fabilous day, JIF.

    Mama, I could care less who they put up against Obama. I think you know who I'm voting for... 🙂

    November 10, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    Did you go to school in Rhode Island or New york?

    November 10, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    @Banasy Yes I do.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
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