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The Old Rick Perry: Gaffes Of His 2012 Presidential Bid

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July 31, 2014
From his infamous "oops" moment to a mix-up during an interview with an Iowa newspaper, Rick Perry's 2012 presidential bid was riddled with flubs and gaffes. Here are some of his best (or worst). (Mauro Whiteman / National Journal)

Rick Perry is recasting himself for 2016, but he will have to overcome his previous image if he's going to have a shot.

The most famous goof-up, of course, occurred in a November GOP debate, when, in a display of antigovernment fervor, Perry vowed to euthanize three Cabinet agencies—but could only remember the names of two of them (Commerce and Education). Following some hemming and hawing and an attempted assist from Mitt Romney, Perry offered up an embarrassed, "Oops." Quicker than you can say "Department of Energy," he became a global punch line.

Check out National Journal's August cover story: The New Rick Perry.

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