New Boston, New Hampshire (CNN) - The day after Rick Perry's embarrassing mental slip at a GOP debate, former Sen. Rick Santorum waded into the hubbub at a town hall in New Hampshire.
It was unclear whether Santorum meant to ding the Texas governor.
A voter at Santorum's town hall raised his hand to complain that the candidate never seemed to get enough speaking time at a series of Republican debates this fall.
Santorum agreed, adding: "It's not like when someone asks me a question, I sort of stare at the camera and don't know what to say."
He paused as the ramifications of what he'd said seemed to strike home. The audience burst into laughter. So did Santorum.
"I didn't mean that. Bad thing to say," he said. "Oops."
Then he asked the audience: "Am I blushing?"
When trying to list the three agencies he'd shutter as president, Perry had a lengthy and awkward mental lapse and was unable to list the third agency. The Michigan debate was hosted by CNBC.