The Old Rick Perry: Gaffes Of His 2012 Presidential Bid

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James A. Barnes And Peter Bell
July 31, 2014, 11:59 a.m.

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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