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Watch: Perry's "Oops" Highlight of GOP Debate

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

1. Let's just get this one out of the way: Rick Perry, listing the three government cabinets he'd like to axe as president... stalled out at number three. 

"I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone. Commerce, Education, and the—what's the third one there? Let's see." The candidate paused for a few moments, even getting a helpful suggestion from Mitt Romney that he was searching for the EPA. Perry ended his turn with a shrug and an "Oops," instantly triggering a Twitter meme.

You can watch the moment here:

2. Despite being the focus of intense media scrutiny for the past three weeks as accuser after accuser has come forward to claim that Herman Cain was guilty of sexual harassment while running the National Restaurant Association, the candidate did not have to address the issue save for one question early on.

But one supremely bizarre moment occurred when he referred to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi as "Princess Nancy" while discussing the Obama health care plan. in a post-debate interview, Cain was asked about the comment and conceded that "it's a statement I probably shouldn't have made."

3. Not surprising was Ron Paul's harsh criticism of the nation's student loan program - the Texan said student debt accounted for nearly $1 trillion in shortfalls that would be "dumped on taxpayers." After all, Paul has long pledged to eliminate the Department of Education.

But Paul was joined by a chorus of GOP candidates seeming to agree that the student loan program was a failure, and some even indicating that they'd move to end it. Newt Gingrich said the student aid actually spurred people "to stay in college longer because they don't see the cost," and Rick Perry said that he would "stand up for the young people" on the issue, while simultaneously seeming to claim that the program should end.

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Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

If Rick Perry could survive to the general election the question would be competence - which his debate performances and recent speech in NH clearly shows that he lacks. Any Democratic opponent could paint him with the 'Can we afford another Bush in the White House?" and the electorate would choose ABB. This is what kept Jeb out of the race ...and what Poppy Bush was crying about in that speech to the Florida legislature years back. The wound from the train wreck that was the Bush Administration is still very tender and any candidate that reminds us of it is toast.

Nov. 10 2011 10:51 AM
Liz from NYC

Wow. That's all I can say.

Nov. 10 2011 10:49 AM

Gingrich is quoting Ron Paul here Brian...c'mon say something about Ron Paul...Ron paul predicted the economic collapse ro a T and you won't even say his name

Nov. 10 2011 10:24 AM

Brian you sure are snarky

Nov. 10 2011 10:12 AM

the audience wanted to hear policy questions not bs questions that will be sorted out a different way...they cheered for a real question

Nov. 10 2011 10:11 AM

And he turned to my boy Ron Paul for help and Dr Paul said it's 5 depts. cut...we didn't have the DOE till 1980 or so...a lot of us were eduscated in public schools w/o the Washington DC BS....that's the point.

Nov. 10 2011 10:04 AM

This is the best GOP idea for dealing with the fact that America is falling behind in math and science? Let's just eliminate the DOE? Perhaps keeping kids at home and teaching them Young Earth Creationism will prepare them to compete after college...

Nov. 10 2011 09:54 AM

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