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'Ooops!' Rick Perry Has Brain Freeze During Presidential Debate (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 10th 2011 8:38AM
Rick PerryHey, we've all been there, done that. You're in the middle of a conversation, trying to make a salient and oh-so-important point and then blammo! -- out of nowhere you suddenly just can't ... find ... the ... right ... word. Your brain feels like it's a vast, empty expanse with nothing but a few tumbleweeds drifting by now and then, and you're left feeling rather bewildered, struggling to remember exactly what it was that seemed just so darned important just a few seconds ago.

Fortunately, very few of us will experience that rabbit-in-the-headlights moment on live television. Unlike would-be presidential candidate Rick Perry, who last night had a very public cerebral sno-cone moment lasting over 50 seconds during a televised presidential debate. Listing the three federal agencies he'll abolish if elected president, he lost his train of thought and floundered.

Even with Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and moderator John Harwood trying to make helpful suggestions. "It's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: Commerce, Education and the, uh, what's the third one there, let's see... " wondered Perry.

Come cringe with us after the jump ...

Ron Paul didn't really help matters by waving his hand in the air and saying "Five, you have five," to which Perry said "Oh, five, okay, so Commerce, Education and the ... uh ... uh." That's when Romney suggested "EPA?" and, like a drowning man grasping at a life preserver, Perry said: "EPA, there you go!"

Only for Harwood to interject: "Seriously, is EPA the one you were talking about?" whereupon Perry said "No sir, no sir." He then continued to try to press the "reset" button in his memory, only to flail further ... "The third agency of government I would do away with, the Education, uh, the uh, Commerce. And let's see. I can't. The third one I can't. Sorry. Oops."

Perry remembered what it was he meant to say later on in the debate: "And by the way, that was the Department of Energy I was reaching for earlier," but his earlier gaffe may have blown his presidential chances out of the water. He told reporters afterward that "I'm sure glad I had my boots on because I sure stepped in it out there."

Cringeworthy -- and, let's face it, hilarious -- as the scene is, it has led many commentators to speculate that it's now game over for Perry's run for the White House. His team announced that the Texas governor will be appearing on several morning shows today in an attempt to repair the damage done to his public image.

Frankly, here at AOL TV we can't wait to see what Bill Hader and the 'Saturday Night Live' writers will make of it this weekend!

What do you think? Is Rick Perry still a serious contender for the GOP nomination?

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Dexter Morgan

Not remembering the Dept of Energy...when you're bought and paid for by the Texas oll industry...is beyond D-U-M-B !

November 11 2011 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

You just can't take a dumb Texan out of Texas......

One buffoon Texas President is all this country can survive..... in the 21st century

November 11 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wpmc49

3 Reasons to Eliminate the Department of Education:
1. Rick
2. Perry
3. I forgot the 3rd reason

November 10 2011 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jentrue210

WTF? These people are seriously the candidates for President of the United States? Is this a JOKE?

November 10 2011 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
K White

Hilarious! That happens to me all the time in speech class. There are several reasons he should drop out of the race, but that awkward moment isn't one of them.

November 10 2011 at 1:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Dexter Morgan

you're a nobody........this clown wants to be President of the US....and doesn't know J-A-C-K.....

November 11 2011 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan

Yeah lets get rid of education. Screwed up Texas Education why not screw up the whole United States Education. Way to go Perry!!! I see your priorities are all in the right place. I guess if he actually had kids going through the public school system in Texas maybe then and only then would it be important to him.

November 10 2011 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jim Isbell

The actual argument, that which Perry did a poor job of explaining, is NOT against education, it is against PUBLIC (government run) education, you know the system that has proved time and again--to be a flop. Keep in mind, that the largest user group AGAINST using the public system is........PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS. What does that tell you?

November 10 2011 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gcmod09

I hate this, this thing, so much, that I can't even allow the name to pollute my pure mind. Besides, not remembering leaves more room for the drum playing monkey up there.

November 10 2011 at 11:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
CaptainWhat

Yep ... Ok we all have brain freeze ... Even existing Presidents and heads of state. No one is 100% a 100% of the time. But note the agencies he'd eliminate .. Commerce, Education and "uh" and revamp the EPA. Just what we need .. readjsuted - rewriting all the protection regulations aspects of Commerce, Education and EPA - (Oh & ???) - to DEregulat Big Bizz, Banking, scholls so religion can be forced into them and upon everyone's kids whether the parents like it or not or are even Christian or not. The T-Publicans want to do nothing but make bigger profiets at the expense of environment, loopholes they write in or regulations they eliminate that can save the wealthy/big bizz more and more money while creating more Love Canals and poisoned water supplies, cutting Medicare and Soc. Sec. ... For them EVERYTHING is money, money, money ... and only for them and their cronies.I know I would have notes containing all important infor, names of people, offices, deptarments of gov't with me as a "PREPARED" candidate, but I don't think Perry has that type of midset to beleive he has faults like a normal person.

November 10 2011 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patricia Neal-Moreno

No, he's not a serious contender. OMG no one in their right mind want's a repeat of the GWB years PLEASE.

November 10 2011 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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shadowracer

Everyone on the right might.
They don't like Romney. I will eat a hat if they vote for an African America(Cain). Paul is too consistent.
And everyone else is a joke
He will be the GOP nominee no matter what.

November 10 2011 at 10:31 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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