Skip to comments.Rick Perry on debate gaffe: 'I stepped in it'
Posted on 11/09/2011 8:30:08 PM PST by Bigtigermike
Rick Perry swiftly came to the spin room after the end of the GOP debate Wednesday night and directly told reporters that he screwed up on stage.
"I'm glad I had my boots on tonight," Perry said. "I stepped in it out there." Continue Reading
Perry froze up on stage as he attempted to list the three federal departments he planned to cut, naming Education and Commerce but forgetting the Department of Energy.
Said Perry: "I may have forgotten Energy, but I haven't forgotten my conservative principles."
Asked by a reporter if that moment was embarrassing, Perry said: "I stepped in it, man. Yeah, it was embarrassing. Of course it was."
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There’s a difference between not being able to answer a question because you don’t KNOW the answer - and not being able to answer a question because your brain just freezes up momentarily. I’ve had that happen before, and the harder you try to retrieve it, the farther away it goes.
It’s terribly embarrassing to happen during a national debate, but Perry recovered and did OK. In fact, if you take away the brain fart moment - this was his best debate yet, he was doing great.
He admits he messed up and owned the embarrassment - at least he didn’t try to blame anyone else or make excuses. I find that to be a likeable trait. He’ll get back on the horse. I still think he is the most qualified candidate running.
Not a Perry fan, but felt for the guy. There is no way he gets the big money donors now. Fundraising dries up.
It was that bad.
But one of my pet peeves is someone on the radio (Jay Severin does this) who decides to recite a list and just takes it too far:
"You might want to visit a state in the Northeast -- states like Massachusetts, or Rhode Island or ... uhhhh .... or .... ummm ... Maine ... or ... ohhhhh ... errrrrr ... Connecticut ... or .... jeeez .... ummmm ..."
At some people the "list makers" have to realize that they've made their point and no longer have to reach for additional examples.
Perry came close to doing that, but he had three -- just three -- things he wanted to list. It was a small, finite list. But it proved challenging.
I remember a really embarrassing moment for Sarah when she, as Governor, held a press conference while, unknown to her, a worker was slaughtering turkeys in the background. The media had a field day with that.
Didn’t see the debate, but probably 85% of those who did including DC bureacRATS were screaming ENERGY! in their heads because they know what he intends to do with that department.
So, he couldn’t remember the word but everybody watching knew what he meant.
We’ll see. The Perry un-supporters will have to wait and see what happens.
She didn't make a mistake, and the activity was not unexpected. But the media was able to maneuver it into an opportunity to make her look bad. Leftwing sabotage by the "unbiased" press.
What Perry did, he did to himself.
OMG that is funny....BL
I don’t see how forgetting the Energy Department means anything. Everyone has a memory lapse of minor proportions on occasion. But if Perry were a reliable conservative, he wouldn’t be having all these problems in his campaign.
For your information Sarah didn’t care and asked what was the big deal about it since that’s what people do to the turkeys....she laughed it off
It is now between Gingrich and Cain for me now.
Don't fret your little ol' self Ricky my boy, remember you still have your core base of support to fall back on
Be gentle; I think the world witnessed actual neurological symptoms tonight. When taken with the speech patterns and other deer in the headlights moments, I fear Rick has a neurological problem and we should not be trashing him for waht he cannot help but suffer through.
another great moment in American politics...I have tears running down my face from laughing. Don’t like Perry but he recovered well, :O) and everyone had a great laugh. He seemed human and not a stick in the mud...better smile than Romney...
Thinking on one's feet is just part of the job of being President. We simply cannot afford to have a Republican President making constant gaffes in press conferences, in negotiations with foreign dignitaries, or (for example) speaking in international fora. The press would have a field day to the point that it would be hugely damaging to conservative members of Congress as well anyone he might endorse in a state or local election. He is simply unacceptable on this criterion alone.
Perry has had ample opportunity to get it together and has failed, thus casting serious doubt on his electability as well. With his numbers this low, it is not going to get any better now.
Perry did well in the debate otherwise.It's true. I was amazed how well he was doing up until that moment.
Anyone else... no big deal. But when you have a string of debate failures, and then this... it's killer.
The irony is (and I hate to pile on the poor guy but I guess somebody has to notice it) that it happened not too long after Newt said that any serious discussion of health care must include an all-out attack on diseases of the brain.
(He specifically mentioned Alzheimers... but I think he was secretly thinking of liberalism.)
Anyway, that's just an aside and I apologize to Perry for making it but you know that the worst is yet to come. I don't watch the moron late-night shows but I can just imagine...
He does have a beautiful smile! His whole countenance lights up, the way a genuine smile does ... in contrast to a fake smile like Milt displays when smirking at his opponents or Juan McCain is so well known for.
It wasn’t Sarah’s mistake, but as I recall her media person chose the spot for the presser. It was unfortunate timing, shortly after Sarah began answering questions the worker began slaughtering turkeys.
The people who say it’s OVER! are the ones who want him out anyway. We’ll see if it’s really over. I doubt it.
Rick Perry is the most handsome one on the stage. That counts for something!
“The people who say its OVER! are the ones who want him out anyway. Well see if its really over. I doubt it.”
Perry is polling at 6% in Iowa and 4% in New Hampshire.
This debate is not going to help him with those numbers and if he does not win Iowa or New Hampshire, he is finished.