Last night, it was a great debate, except for Rick Perry’s 53 seconds. For almost a minute, he could not remember the name of the third department he would abolish if he were president. Finally Ron Paul threw him a life line but it was the wrong agency.
Perry has had some bad performances, but everyone is asking today, can he survive this one?
From the Daily Caller:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the one-time Republican front-runner who saw his star fade after a series of shabby debate performances, made yet another unforced error during Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate.
While selling his tax plan and his record in Texas, Perry said three government agencies would be eliminated in a Perry presidency. “I will tell you, it’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone,” he said. “Commerce, education, and the, um, what’s the third one there …”
Perry then trailed off, unable to remember the third agency he would eliminate. Amid audience laughter, another candidate volunteered the idea of axing the Environmental Protection Agency.
“Is the EPA the one you were talking about?” moderator John Harwood asked Perry. “No sir,” Perry replied. “We were talking about the agencies of government — the EPA needs to be rebuilt, there’s no doubt about that.”
“But you can’t name a third one?” Harwood asked again. Perry then stalled for a few moments before admitting that he could not, in fact, recall the name of the third agency he would eliminate as president.
“The third one I can’t,” Perry said, smiling. “Oops.”
Rick Perry is no idiot but in the television age, you cannot have those kinds of gaffes.
Perry says he will not drop out and points to another very famous gaffe.
From the Christian Science Monitor:
Rick Perry says he "stepped in it" when he couldn't remember the third federal department he would cut if elected, but insisted the debate blunder wouldn't force him out of the Republican presidential field.
"Oh, shoot, no," Perry told The Associated Press on Thursday morning, the day after making the error during a GOP debate. Asked whether his campaign, which is struggling to regain traction, could survive, Perry replied: "This ain't a day for quitting nothing."
Perry says others have made similar mistakes and that the screw-up will humanize him. "The president of the United States said there were 57 states one time. Everybody makes mistakes," Perry said.
Perry is right. Others have made mistakes, including Barack Obama. Whether he wants to admit it publically or not there is one huge difference. Obama has a fawning, sympathetic media that glosses over his every mistake.
If Rick Perry’s campaign survives, he will learn that conservatives are not treated the same way by the media and he can count on seeing that clip rerun endlessly.
As Rush just said, obama had an identical moment when debating McCain.
Perry's future depends on how conservatives handle the situation, not the media...
Exactly right, the media has two purposes: 1. To destroy strong Republican candidates, and 2. To discredit all Republican candidates to Modereate and Conservative Democrats who crossed over to vote for Reagan.
As for the Tea Party, ABO!!!!!
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Great link, Kate. Thanks.
I think Perry's stepped on too many land mines to be able now to survive. It's difficult to take him seriously now when he can't hold his own in a "friendly" debate. How would he do in a one-on-one with obamalamadingdong? Probably a tie, but that would end up in the chosen one's favor.
Don't forget Obama will not have access to his teleprompter.
No he can't survive. Why??/ well one reason who is the secret bildergroup that he was invited to meet with last year? Also, here we go again, an Al Gore Democrat, then a republican with leanings toward the left agenda. Maybe we should dig into the information on him as Govenor of Texas and see what is really going on.
Jan -Herman Cain has also attended a bilderberg group meeting!
I have a small problem with " ...X attended one meeting of Y, so X=Y..." One meeting is an opportunity to see firsthand what something is all about, and decide for yourself if you want to be involved.
But I am hoping that Perry will drop out!
After seeing the Ohio results I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter the GOP nominee going against Obama, other than Romney or Huntsman, because I believe Obamacare is the hot button moreso than jobs.
The way the Ohio voters overwhelmingly voted against Obamacare leads me to believe that's the key to a GOP win.
And another thing, Kasich included the police and firemen in the referendum. If he hadn't included them and followed Wisconsin's lead, I think the unions would have lost.