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Perry again flubs government agencies on chopping block
The Hill ^ | 01/13/12 | Justin Sink

Posted on 01/13/2012 10:38:23 AM PST by Qbert

Rick Perry is still struggling to remember which three Cabinet-level government agencies he would like to eliminate if elected president.

Perry was asked about his proposal during a radio interview with Savannah, Ga., radio host Bill Edwards, according to ABC News.

“Three right off the bat, you know, Commerce, Interior and Energy, are three that you think,” Perry said.

But Perry had previously suggested that he would eliminate the Department of Education, not the Department of the Interior.  Edwards went on to ask Perry about the Department of Education later in the interview.

“They are blackmailing states with our own money, basically saying, 'Here is the national test, and here are the national standards you’re going to put into place,' ” Perry said. “One size fits all doesn’t work. Well, maybe it does in gym socks, but it sure doesn’t in how we educate our children.”

During a November Republican debate in Michigan, Perry famously could not remember all three agencies he would eliminate.

“I will tell you, it is 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.

As other candidates threw out suggestions in an attempt to aid the Texas governor, he continued to struggle, prompting moderator John Hardwood to ask if he genuinely couldn't remember the third of the agencies.

“I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops," Perry said.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner later told ABC that all departments would be evaluated for elimination.

"Every agency is on the chopping block," Miner said. "It shouldn't be surprising that the governor is talking about another agency that needs to be looked at and cut."


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1 posted on 01/13/2012 10:38:31 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Just Romney interests trying to get Perry to drop out instead of getting his own SuperPac going to fight Romneys’. They fear it could happen this weekend.


2 posted on 01/13/2012 10:43:44 AM PST by ngat
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To: Qbert
I can think of more than three...
3 posted on 01/13/2012 10:44:49 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Qbert

Dear lord he’s an idiot. Eight years of the idiot Bush was enough. We need an intellectual conservative leader we can be proud of.


4 posted on 01/13/2012 10:45:43 AM PST by arista
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To: Qbert

Some memory issues are common as we age, but I wonder if something else is the problem with Perry. It’s a shame because his candidacy initially held such promise.


5 posted on 01/13/2012 10:49:00 AM PST by Wolfstar (“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: arista
Dear lord he’s an idiot. Eight years of the idiot Bush was enough. We need an intellectual conservative leader we can be proud of."

Hear, hear!

6 posted on 01/13/2012 10:51:53 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Qbert

Now Perry is not the most articulate guy, but to hit him on this is a huge reach.

He said: “Three right off the bat, you know...”

Obviously he has more than three in mind.


7 posted on 01/13/2012 10:52:35 AM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else.)
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To: Qbert
Yawn...

I want a guy that will get in Obama's face. Really go after the guy. Perry can. Hell, he already has:) He hunted Obama down on the immigration issue and got right in his grill:


8 posted on 01/13/2012 10:54:15 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: Wolfstar

From what I have heard, yes, there is a memory problem and no it’s not related to aging. It’s a side effect of drinking too many adult beverages.


9 posted on 01/13/2012 10:54:34 AM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: Wolfstar
"but I wonder if something else is the problem with Perry"

The reason he keeps forgetting is because these are not his ideas. These are the ideas that have been shoveled into his brain by the same croney capitalists that kept him afloat in Texas. The same croney capitalists that tried to split Texas in two with that Spanish corridor.

We don't need another puppet.

I'm just surprised that the puppetmasters picked such a lousy one in the first place.

10 posted on 01/13/2012 10:56:04 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: arista

no dis-respect to the Perry supporters but Perry needs to drop out as he stands no chance and let those conservative votes go to another conservative.

Newt and Rick need to talk and one of them need to get out too and maybe do a deal where one will be the VP if the other is elected.

We cannot have ego’s and we do not have the time for ego’s to get in the way of this now.
We have to STOP SPLITTING THE CONSERVATIVE VOTE AND GET RID OF ROMNEY ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Romney wins then we all lose, as nothing will change.
Homosexual and carries on, kickbacks to donors with our money etc.
Then the establishment will be put on notice seeing as Romney has kicked conservatives in the face and not met any conservative groups


11 posted on 01/13/2012 10:56:44 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: Qbert

If the Governor of Texas cannot remember the name of multiple useless Federal Agencies, it only reinforces his position. They contribute so little that the very name cannot be remembered and they should be eliminated... CLOSED.

Scorched Earth in DC! It is TIME to DownSize DC!


12 posted on 01/13/2012 10:57:55 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: arista

no dis-respect to the Perry supporters but Perry needs to drop out as he stands no chance and let those conservative votes go to another conservative.

Newt and Rick need to talk and one of them need to get out too and maybe do a deal where one will be the VP if the other is elected.

We cannot have ego’s and we do not have the time for ego’s to get in the way of this now.
We have to STOP SPLITTING THE CONSERVATIVE VOTE AND GET RID OF ROMNEY ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Romney wins then we all lose, as nothing will change.
Homosexual agenda carries on, kickbacks to donors with our money etc.
Then the establishment will be put on notice seeing as Romney has kicked conservatives in the face and not met any conservative groups


13 posted on 01/13/2012 10:58:27 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: arista
Perry has all the intellectual depth of a Texas cow patty. He stormed into the race with a lot of undeserved hoopla---throwing his hat into the race the same day Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll---stopping her hard-won momentum. For a nanosecond he was top dog then voters found Perry had very weak debating skills; the coupe de grace was when he called Americans "heartless" b/c they did not agree with his in-state tuition policies for illegals.

Now Perry's between a rock and a hard place---- damned if he does---damned if he doesn't.

Perry did NOT campaign in NH AND FINISHED ALMOST DEAD LAST.

However, Perry DID campaign in Iowa---AND FINISHED ALMOST DEAD LAST.

----In Iowa, Perry spent the most money-$6 million,

----ran around in two campaign buses,

----held numerous campaign events,

---- glad-handed thousands of Iowans,

----ran non-stop ads touting his conservative credentials,

----trucked in 1000 Texans for groundwork,

----campaigned with California legislators and other high-level supporters

----AND FINISHED ALMOST DEAD LAST.

14 posted on 01/13/2012 10:59:53 AM PST by Liz
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To: Mountain Mary

Sometimes memory has nothing to do with age or consumption of adult beverages.

I was 20 years old and leaving church with a girlfriend. As we left the service, I went to introduce her to my pastor. My mind went blank.

No, I did not marry that one. :)


15 posted on 01/13/2012 10:59:53 AM PST by dr4gey
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To: Qbert
I can sympathize with Gov. Perry's brain farts but president is too important of a position for such things. And what if he were to freeze while debating Obama. It would be 24hrs a day on cable news.
16 posted on 01/13/2012 11:00:21 AM PST by McGruff (Go Nuclear Newt. I'll back you.)
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To: arista
The less than intellectual, fictional Gov. Robert Ritchie was supposed to be based on Bush. I think it's pretty clear, now, he's actually Perry.

The only difference is a little hair dye.


17 posted on 01/13/2012 11:00:58 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Qbert

Notice EXACTLY what he said “I can think of 3 right off the bat...


18 posted on 01/13/2012 11:00:58 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: nhwingut

You and I caught it...I think Perry is the best of all of them. His stature and mannerisms remind me of Reagan, too.


19 posted on 01/13/2012 11:03:09 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Mountain Mary
It’s a side effect of drinking too many adult beverages.
Really?? Tell us more. Is this 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd-, or 4th-hand information that you acquired?
20 posted on 01/13/2012 11:04:24 AM PST by Clara Lou (nObama, noRomney (Obama-lite), noPaul, noBachmann, noSantorum)
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To: Qbert

Let’s see:

Totally eliminate:

EPA (officially not “cabinet-level” agency but gone nonetheless)
Labor
Health & Human Services
Housing & Urban Development
Energy
Education

also, HUGE cuts to:

Agriculture
Commerce
Dept. of Homeland Security
Interior

(I don’t think I forgot any of the ‘big’ ones, but many other non-cabinet-level agencies also need to go.)


21 posted on 01/13/2012 11:06:04 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Qbert
If elected president maybe bumping his head while departing chopper 1 might help clear the cob webs in his mind.
22 posted on 01/13/2012 11:06:50 AM PST by Razzz42
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To: Wolfstar

Well some Perry folks here on FR blamed his flubs on pain and pain pills from his back surgery. Wonder what the excuse will be this time?


23 posted on 01/13/2012 11:08:21 AM PST by rintense
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To: Clara Lou

Second..but from two sources.

Apparently Rick likes his cocktails.


24 posted on 01/13/2012 11:08:26 AM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: Qbert

He should just streamline his message and avoid these attacks for forgetting the three by saying he will eliminate all Dept’s.


25 posted on 01/13/2012 11:08:47 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Sacajaweau
"His stature and mannerisms"

Wow! You're really going to support someone for how they look on stage.

Some people say that presidents are essentially powerless now. All they really do is photo-ops while the ship of state continues to float in the direction it was always going to go anyway.

Maybe we should just put a mannequin in the White House and end the charade.

26 posted on 01/13/2012 11:09:53 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Qbert

And how many agencies do any of the other candidates want to cut?


27 posted on 01/13/2012 11:12:56 AM PST by TennesseeProfessor
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To: Clara Lou; Mountain Mary

Tell us more. Is this 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd-, or 4th-hand information that you acquired?


Well there is the famous “Drunk Speech” Perry gave in NH.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21z30aNO3cA


28 posted on 01/13/2012 11:13:38 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Qbert

Shh...
Don’t anyone tell Cincinattus...


29 posted on 01/13/2012 11:15:07 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
What a dumb response. That's not what I said and you know it.

Pssst....We already have a mannequin in the White House.

And you think Bubba got the women's vote because he was short, fat and bald??

30 posted on 01/13/2012 11:17:43 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: McGruff

I agree with you that it shouldn’t be substantially about Rick’s embarrassing lapses—heck, I love the guy; on substance and on the issues he is as fine as anyone, BUT, the public simply can’t take the anxiety that these verbal bumblings cause. It’s a dang distraction and damaging to confidence. Public ridicule, the loss of a news day covering it, trying to defend it, is just a bridge too far, given as you say the extreme importance of the presidency this time around. The perils of the time and our country’s demise trumps dealing with brain freezes and anxiety.

Sadly, the time has long run out for Rick’s political recovery from it. Of course it’s very unfair to Rick, but it’s the truth. The people are exhausted by big stuff, like beating out Romney.

If his people should have him remaining in the race just to rehabilitate his image, then shame on them. By Florida, with all those delegates, we a path to take Romney on, one on one. Santorum is weak going against Romney in South Carolina. Santorum needs to go, and if Perry numbers are not in the 20’s, so does he.


31 posted on 01/13/2012 11:21:28 AM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Indicative of nothing. If you say he had been drinking, that would be your opinion, no more, no less.


32 posted on 01/13/2012 11:25:00 AM PST by Clara Lou (nObama, noRomney (Obama-lite), noPaul, noBachmann, noSantorum)
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To: Mountain Mary

It’s a huge assumption (on hearsay) that his health (memory) is affected by drinking.


33 posted on 01/13/2012 11:28:19 AM PST by Clara Lou (nObama, noRomney (Obama-lite), noPaul, noBachmann, noSantorum)
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To: Razzz42
Speaker Gingrich led Republicans...the results:

* Four consecutive balanced budgets
* $500 billion cut
* Major welfare reform
* 11 million new jobs
* 4% unemployment

34 posted on 01/13/2012 11:30:31 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Qbert

Interior is another rogue agency that should be eliminated.


35 posted on 01/13/2012 11:31:29 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Clara Lou

So is he in the middle of having a stroke in that speech? Did he bump his head right before reaching the podium? I have been to enough bars in my time to know what a guy sounds like when he is loaded.


36 posted on 01/13/2012 11:33:44 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Your opinion is your opinion.


37 posted on 01/13/2012 11:42:11 AM PST by Clara Lou (nObama, noRomney (Obama-lite), noPaul, noBachmann, noSantorum)
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To: Mountain Mary
I live in Texas and know people who know Perry well...

How is it that you know what they don't know because it isn't so?

Perry is the most small government candidate in the race...and actually has the record to prove it.

None are so blind as those who refuse to see!

38 posted on 01/13/2012 11:49:11 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Qbert

Perry has forgotten more about cutting the budget than Romney or Obama will ever know.


39 posted on 01/13/2012 12:04:40 PM PST by sportutegrl
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To: Clara Lou; Lazlo in PA
Oh please. Perry is freaking hammered in that speech. If you can't see it I suggest you are being willfully ignorant.
40 posted on 01/13/2012 12:05:46 PM PST by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. And the things I am proud of are disgus)
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To: lonestar

If Perry is the most conservative, he should /would be beating the socks off everyone else. So why isn’t he?


41 posted on 01/13/2012 12:41:52 PM PST by rintense
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To: lonestar; Clara Lou

There’s a look, a way of presenting...

I have no proof but have heard it from two sources who have witnessed public incidents.

My background/training gives me alkie-dar. :-)


42 posted on 01/13/2012 1:36:14 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: rintense

Because some “men” were offended by being called “heartless.” IMO, they are missing a few other body parts.


43 posted on 01/13/2012 1:41:54 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar

I see. So Perry makes an absolutely stupid comment and we’re to blame for taking offense?

Oh brother...


44 posted on 01/13/2012 1:48:41 PM PST by rintense
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To: rintense

Stick and stones...


45 posted on 01/13/2012 2:22:55 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: McGruff

Exactly, letting one rip at the most inopportune time would be cannon fodder for the MSM and the Dems.


46 posted on 01/13/2012 2:40:25 PM PST by montyspython ((Romney-Perry-Obama ... No Way))
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Slap those Dems!




47 posted on 01/13/2012 3:07:18 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Wolfstar
Some memory issues are common as we age, but I wonder if something else is the problem with Perry. It’s a shame because his candidacy initially held such promise.

Some so-called Perry supporters have claimed that he's got issues with his back surgery, that he's on medication for pain, etc., but I don't buy it, because they are all but arguing that he's not fit to be running or fit to be President. Probably Romney or RuPaul supporters.
48 posted on 01/13/2012 3:37:49 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
The reason he keeps forgetting is because these are not his ideas.

This is honestly the most rational explanation I've heard.

As for dropping out, it's way too early for Perry or anybody else to drop. SC is an open primary and should not be considered to be all that important. Romney has not even hit 5% of the delegates needed to clinch and folks are already saying he's going to get the nomination. That kind of garbage has to cease.
49 posted on 01/13/2012 3:40:36 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Qbert

Making mistakes isn’t a problem. Making the same mistake more than once...that’s a problem.


50 posted on 01/13/2012 3:41:07 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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