Third reason Pelosi can't debate Perry slips her mind
November 17th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Third reason Pelosi can't debate Perry slips her mind

Washington (CNN) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declined Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's debate invitation and poked a little fun at the Texas governor while she was at it.

"He did ask if I could debate here in Washington on Monday," Pelosi said, responding to a question about Perry's invitation. "It is my understanding that such a letter has come in. Monday I'm going to be in Portland in the morning and I'm going to be visiting some of our labs in the afternoon, that's two, I can't remember what the third thing is I'm going to be doing."

Pelosi was ribbing Perry for his recent debate gaffe when he couldn't recall the third government agency he would shut down if elected president during an awkward 54 seconds of air time.

Gov. Perry responded through his personal and campaign twitter accounts saying, "Something @NancyPelosi would like to forget: passing a 2k-page gov takeover of healthcare without reading it. American ppl haven't forgotten."

According the newspaper The Hill, Perry sent a letter to Pelosi saying, "I am in Washington Monday and would love to engage you in a public debate about my Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo. I think it would be a tremendous service to the American people to see a public airing of these differences," he continued. "Let the people decide. If Monday doesn't work, perhaps we could find a time in Iowa over the course of the next month to discuss these issues in front of the people of America's heartland."

Gov. Perry's Overhaul Washington plan includes cutting Congress to a part-time body.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debate • Nancy Pelosi • Rick Perry
soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. NKP

    Good one Nancy!

    November 17, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. jacq

    Is this dude really serious,his Texas clown antics

    November 17, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Dewayne

    lol So he wants to debate the minority party in the house? Why not debate Boehner and Cantor about whether they're willing to take a massive pay cut and to be in Washington part time? Pelosi is one representative from one district, republicans are so fascinated with her. She really irks them lol.

    November 17, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Mark Hudson

    Not the final word. The Hill is reporting: "Perry's campaign fired back at the Dem leader, writing on their official twitter account Thursday: "@NancyPelosi Perhaps the third activity that you have forgotten is the ongoing insider trading?"

    November 17, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Lando

    Ooops.....did not mean Pelosi...it's the plumber I want to debate....what's his name again????forgot..ooopss

    November 17, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Nancy

    Pelosi should not talk..she has been made fun of more times then anyone I know......she was voted out as speaker of the house......she is a total joke........and she is making jokes?

    November 17, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Dave, Central Illinois

    She almost literally cracked a Botox smile. I wonder how much plaster she wears on that face?

    November 17, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Poipounder

    Perry's record shows he is not good at debating Palosi would destroy his campaign. I was kind of hoping perry would be nominated to go up against Obama though. That would secure Obama for 2012!

    November 17, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. WeThePeopleOfVirginia

    Botox treatment was the third item.

    November 17, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Jimbo

    Man, that would have been the ugliest debate in history, the ungliest debators that is.

    November 17, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Jimbo

    I really hate both of these disgusting politicians, they are both a disgrace to the human race.

    November 17, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. mahesh

    Why don't Perry debate Boehner, the current speaker of the house and ask him what meaningful legistalations congress has passed under his leadership and why his congress's approval rating is down to 9%. Before republicans want to debate any democrats, they should go to some school to raise their IQ level. Bunch of hypocrites.....

    November 17, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Bill in Florida

    "... I can't remember what the third thing is I'm going to be doing."

    AWESOME!

    November 17, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Al in TX

    Rick Perry depends on prepared statements and the art of memorizing, which he still needs to practice. He refused to debate challenger Bill White in last years gubernatorial election, knowing good and well that he would have his a$$ kicked if he debated White. The blind and ignorant citizens of Texas elected Perry because all they know about him is his prepared statements. The fact that Pelosi turned down his offer is a "back attcha, big boy" message. Perry is nothing more than a loud mouth menber of a Republican circular firing squad. READY. FiIRE. AIM.

    November 17, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. NC

    1. Go back to Texas
    2. Stop making a fool of yourself Perry
    3. -----------–

    November 17, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Ken from FL

    Ho, ho, ho. The wicked witch of the West has spoken.

    November 17, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. rastaman48

    Obvious but funny by Pelosi.

    November 17, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Expat American

    Look at Perry’s face. He’s obviously fixin’ to break more wind to cover up his last brain flatulence. Perry is a cartoon character – how this dumb redneck became a governor is incredible.
    God Bless (Red State) America

    November 17, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Ken from FL

    A "government takeover" doesn't mean the government has to own the program; it simply means the government tells everyone what they must do to comply with government requirements. Is that too difficult a concept for Lindsey to understand?

    November 17, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Steve in texas

    she'd eat him alive. I'd like to see that debate.

    November 17, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Rick "mofo" Perry refused to debate in 2010 when running for re-election for governor here in Texas. I hope he gets the nomination and thus ensuring a landslide re-election bid for Obama.

    November 17, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Paul

    Funny how Perry refused to debate Bill White at all in the last governors race..., I think that wouldve been a huge service for the rest of my fellow Texans. This guy is a joke.

    November 17, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Mark

    Why would this Texas sized buffoon ask to debate Pelosi? She's not running for President. She would rip him to shreds, but then that wouldn't matter. What a stupid man. Go back to Texas and take care of your own pitifully ignorant people down there!

    November 17, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. just checking

    Hey, you go girl, best SPEAKER OF HOUSE EVER, We girls will compare your record with any man......Miss you.

    November 17, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. charles

    How about perry ask for a debate from George Bush. They will make a team!!!

    November 17, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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