On Leno’s show, Perry laughs off recent gaffes
December 2nd, 2011
12:39 AM ET
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On Leno’s show, Perry laughs off recent gaffes

(CNN) - Rick Perry, who's no stranger to poking fun at himself, made light of his recent mishaps in an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday night.

Asked about his debate "brain freeze," in which he forgot the third of three agencies he would cut as president, the GOP presidential candidate joked: "Well, you know, one, two, and then - uh, uh. It happens, man. Let me tell you."

Perry said it wasn't the only time he's made a mistake.

"Every now and then I call my dogs by the wrong name,” he said. "I get that wrong, too."

The Texas governor also made headlines this week when he flubbed the nation's voting age at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, telling students in the audience he'd appreciate their vote if they were turning 21 by Nov. 12.

The official voting age is 18, and the election next year takes place on Nov. 6.

Perry told Leno he was thinking of the drinking age at the time he made the comment.

"You've got to have an excuse, right? So that's mine, and I'm sticking to it," Perry said, laughing.

This isn't the first late-night show gig for Perry. He made fun of himself while presenting the "Top Ten List" on the "Late Show with David Letterman" the night after he failed to recall the name of the third agency.

He also bookended his appearance on "The Tonight Show" Thursday with commercials that aired in Iowa, again mocking the gaffe and arguing that Americans weren't looking for the "slickest" debater.

Leno thanked Perry for being a good sport and providing the comedian during the campaign "with a lot of material."

"It's what I do," Perry joked.

Filed under: 2012 • Jay Leno • Rick Perry
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. shoegazer

    Perry/Cain 2012.....the dream ticket of comedians worldwide.

    December 2, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. kenny

    I like Gov. Perry. When he leaves office as Gov. of Texas, he should get his own comedy show. He would have years of experiences from playing Gov. of Texas for ten years.

    December 2, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Jamie from Riverside

    Rick, we're laughing at you, not with you.

    December 2, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. A Texas Democrat

    He laughs off his gaffs; we laugh off Perry.............

    December 2, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. eric oira

    He makes a good comedian to get the attention of his audience.

    December 2, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Pam from Iowa

    No, we Iowans are not looking for the "slickest" debater, but we are looking for someone with some intelligence!

    December 2, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. closetiguana

    It's clear the guy is brain dead. Campaign slogans won't fix the economy.

    December 2, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Stopthemadness

    Rick Perry is trying to justify being a moron and still running for president. No worries Rick we all know you are a moron.

    December 2, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Obama's Change has left me with NO HOPE

    Sorry Rick... I think you need to exit, stage right! We've already got a dummy in the Whitehouse. We're looking to upgrade!

    December 2, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    yeah it's real funny...meanwhile unemployment here in Texas is over 8% again so Rick needs to get back here and start creating those jobs he claims he did for us. BTW has anyone else noticed that many of these so-called "born-again" evangelical candidates appear to be not so bright? Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin....just saying!!

    December 2, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. THT of good ole Texas

    The sad part Perry's followerss think he's great. He's a dumb fool. And as everyday passes he makes himself look worse and worse.

    December 2, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Shrikar D

    It happens, Mr. Perry? It happens? Sure, it does to normal folk, yes. But, unfortunately for you, we hold Presidential hopefuls to a much higher standard! And, you are falling short Sir!

    December 2, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. George

    "No, we Iowans are not looking for the "slickest" debater, but we are looking for someone with some intelligence!"

    Then move along, nothing to see at the GOP debates.......

    December 2, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Zil Zerimar

    You can laugh as much as you want Perry but you're done an toast. You can only blame yourself for this for you are not intelligent enough to become the president of the USA actually not even a governor of Texas. I'm sure the Texans will drop you on the next gubernatorial race.

    December 2, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Ricky

    American politics has indeed become a joke, the brunt of late-night TV comedy. Says a lot about America, doesn't it?

    December 2, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Ferret out the B.S.

    It could be a sign of something more serious like alzheimers

    December 2, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Chris~Albany, NY

    Bush-lite. No thanks!

    December 2, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Jake

    but unfortunately, it's just not funny

    December 2, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. dave

    Maybe he was thinking of the "drinking age" rather than the voting age because you would have to be drunk to vote for him!

    December 2, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. closetiguana

    "He's the type a guy you can drink a beer with, that's the kinda guy that would get my vote."
    Right, that's exactly what America needs.

    December 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Sorry, Princess, there is a vast difference between a gaffe and blatant stupidity.

    December 2, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. So shoot me

    I don't particularly like Perry, but I bet my last dollar he knows that there are 50 States, unlike that fake who said he was going to visit all 57 when he became President in 08. That same community organizer was also going to visit the President of Canada. (they don't have a President) How quick you pathetic Democrats forget.

    December 2, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. chuck

    It doesn't matter what he says-he is not going anywhere but back to Texas. So long dumb cowboy.

    December 2, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. bcm

    Didn't we already have a president you could drink a beer with? His name was George W Bush and see what a mess 8 years of all of that beer drinking has made of this country?

    December 2, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Saywhat

    Rick Perry is running for President? I was hoping he would get back together with Journey.

    December 2, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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