Oops again? Rick Perry revises his list of three departments to cut

January 13, 2012

Lagging Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry can’t seem to catch a break. The Texas governor is facing criticism across the blogosphere for again flubbing the federal departments he would eliminate if elected.

On a radio show on WTKS in Savannah, Georgia, a listener asked Perry how many and which federal departments he would cut.

“Three right off the bat. You know, commerce, interior, and energy are three that you think of right off…” Perry said, making a point not to miss a beat.

During a Republican debate in November, Perry couldn’t name the third of three departments he had repeatedly said he would disband. Political observers said the blunder, captured on video with Perry uttering “I can’t, sorry…Oops,” effectively ended all presidential ambitions for the candidate, who was once the frontrunner in the Republican race. It dawned on him later in the debate: the department of energy.

The problem with Perry’s answer today is that though he remembered the DOE, he forgot one of the original departments, the Department of Education, which he has consistently criticized throughout his campaign.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said that the governor’s answer was no mistake. “It shouldn’t be surprising the governor is talking about another federal agency that needs to be looked at and cut,” he told reporters.

Listen to the exchange below, via WTKS. The question and answer is around 03:48 min.

Photo credit: Rick Perry delivers his stump speech to the employees of Nationwide/Allied Insurance in their building in Des Moines, Iowa, January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Samantha Sais

Photo credit: Unused signs supporting Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry sit against a wall at his Iowa Caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Samantha Sais

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