Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says he will eliminate three federal agencies if elected president, but he just isn’t sure what they are.
At Wednesday night’s CNBC Republican presidential debate, the candidate managed to remember the first two agencies but repeatedly failed to name the third.
“I will tell you, it’s three agencies when I get there that are gone,” Perry said while pointing three fingers at Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
“Commerce, Education and, uh, what’s the third one there?” he wondered to himself.
“You need five,” Paul interrupted.
“Commerce, Education and the, um…,” Perry tried again.
“The EPA?” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney volunteered.
“The EPA. There you go,” Perry agreed.
“Seriously?” CNBC debate moderator John Harwood asked. “Is EPA the one you were talking about?”
“No, sir. We’re talking about the agencies of government — the EPA needs to be rebuilt,” Perry said.
“But you can’t name the third one?” Harwood pressed.
“The third agency of government — I would do away with Education, the, um, Commerce and let’s see…,” Perry continued, glancing down at the podium. “I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”
After a commercial break, the candidate recalled that he wanted to also eliminate the Department of Energy.
“I’m glad I have my boots on because I sure stepped in it tonight,” Perry was quoted saying after the event ended.
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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019