Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is interviewed on “America Live” on the Fox News Channel in New York, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. Perry rearranged his schedule Thursday to try to mitigate a disastrous debate moment, in which he could not remember the third federal agency he has vowed to abolish. Perry canceled a Tennessee fundraiser to appear on several TV networks and the David Letterman show, pledging to stay in the race. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry tried Thursday to convince the country he was in on the joke after his disastrous debate performance while even his supporters worried aloud about the damage to his already hobbling campaign.
Perry didn’t try to sugarcoat the fallout from his minute-long stammer that crystalized concerns that he is not up for the job. Instead, he spent the day on a media blitz trying to laugh about the Wednesday evening debate where he struggled embarrassingly to remember one of the three federal departments he wants to abolish, ending with a grinning, “Oops.”
He even appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to offer the night’s Top Ten List of excuses for the debate.
“Hey, listen. You try concentrating with Mitt Romney smiling at you. That is one handsome dude,” Perry chuckled during his segment with the comedian.
The minute-long exchange was replayed throughout the day and into the evening on television, and it has already been labeled one of the worst debate Login to read more