Rick Perry's 'Oops' Moment and the GOP Debate

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry during a debate in Michigan. (Scott Olson/Getty)

The Republican presidential candidates met for another debate last night in Rochester, Michigan. Herman Cain was in the hot seat over accusations of sexual harassment from four women. But the crowd was supportive as he tried move on from the many allegations which were made against him this week. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who had entered the debate hoping to get his campaign back on track, suffered the night's worst humiliation when he asserted that he would abolish three federal agencies, but failed to remember the third.

Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, and Ron Christie is Republican political strategist, CEO of Christie Strategies, and former special assistant to President George W. Bush, look at the debate last night in Michigan.

Guests:

Ron Christie and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Susie Warhurst

Comments [5]

Everett

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Mar. 06 2013 11:12 PM

What a shame on The Takeaway's part that in a fifteen minute segment on the Presidential Debate, they named and gave a sound bite to each candidate except Ron Paul. How disturbing that the media is nothing more than propoganda. I would like to know who's idea it was to exclude Ron Paul from almost every media outlet in this country. I hope the ploy backfires on all of them.

Nov. 11 2011 09:06 AM
Margaret from Manhattan

Clowns, ignoramuses, and the befuddled
even to the point of muddling
what there is to say,
looking forward to an election day.

Setting up a 'handle me' isn't worth talkiing about?
An attack is not equivalent to the mutual;
and Clinton's way with the work
was no where near that far south.

Minds that don't go with professionals to know
won't mind Earth, or the money, well.
Oceans need help, and trees need to grow -
on both, Time is ringing a bell.

Imagine what we used to be,
and foster elements that agree
with what Founding Fathers planned for us to be -
from this morass, help set us free!

Presidential candidates!? Is that what they are!?
Have we really fallen quite that far!?
How do we get out of this
ignorant, non-functional abyss!?

Nov. 10 2011 02:18 PM
MARY-ANNE from Newport

Never mind the gaff! Shouldn't we be more upset at what he was trying to say!

Nov. 10 2011 12:35 PM
listener

It seems the difference between a Perry mistake and an Obama mistake is about 20 seconds versus four trillion dollars and millions in unemployed. If that trend continues then words like "excruciating", "sefl-destruct" and "clinched-fingers gentlemen" will take on a less snarky and more ominous tone in this century. Are we truly this superficial and shallow considering what the media focuses on and what they deliberately ignore or distort? "Wow" indeed.

At the risk of asking a silly and irrelevant question to all our serious political commentators, can we do without some of these massive and bloated bureaucracies in the federal government as we speed down the road to insolvency?

As the Titanic takes on tons of water the crew is worried about the ""excruciating" mildew collecting in the main dining room.

Nov. 10 2011 09:56 AM

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