Rick Perry Oops

November 11, 2011 by staff 

Rick Perry Oops, Rick Perry tried yesterday to convince the country he was in on the joke after his disastrous debate performance, but even his supporters worried about damage to his already hobbling Republican presidential campaign.

Perry did not try to defend his minute-long stammer that was about the only memorable part of the confrontation with his seven rivals. Instead, he spent the day in a flurry of media appearances trying to laugh about his embarrassing struggle to remember the third of three federal departments he wants to abolish.

He ended the Wednesday night episode with an abashed, grinning, “Oops.’’ Yesterday, he agreed to go on David Letterman’s “Late Show’’ and offer the Top Ten List.

The debate excerpt was replayed over and over on television, already labeled one of the worst such blunders in years.

“That’s pretty brutal isn’t it?’’ he said on Fox News, giving viewers an alternative Perry sound bite to compete with the video. “I stepped in it. I think some of it is still stuck on my feet.’’

He does not have much time to clean up. With fewer than eight weeks before the first nominating contests, GOP voters are looking for the best candidate to go head to head against President Obama.

“It’s something he needs to address pretty quickly,’’ said uncommitted Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an early primary state. But Graham said Perry has time and a key survival tool: money.

Perry reported about $15 million banked during his most recent fund-raising period. His advisers say he has enough cash on hand to get through South Carolina.

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