Thursday, November 10, 2011
It only took 53 seconds for TX Gov. Rick Perry to kill his presidential campaign.
Perry suffered from another severe case of brain freeze on stage last night at the ninth Republican presidential debate in Michigan, forgetting which federal agencies he would cut if elected president.
While answering a question about the federal tax code, Perry announced that he would eliminate three agencies.
“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone. Commerce, education and …” Perry said before an audibly long, awkward pause.
Finally a rival tried to come to the rescue. “The EPA?” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney chimed in.
“There you go,” Perry said before admitting that that was not the one he had intended. Moderator John Harwood interjected, saying, “Seriously?”
“No sir,” Perry replied.
“But you can’t name the third one,” Harwood persisted. Perry then tried again.
“Education, commerce and the third … ” After 53 seconds he gave up. “I can’t,” Perry said. “Oops.”