Montemayor? Perry slips when criticizing judge
December 9th, 2011
04:52 PM ET
7 years ago

Montemayor? Perry slips when criticizing judge

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry railed Friday against Pres. Barack Obama Friday for appointing "activist judges" to the Supreme Court, but stumbled when he couldn't remember Justice Sonya Sotomayor's name. At another point he tripped up over the number of justices on the nation's highest court.

Perry, speaking to the Des Moines Register, was defending a controversial campaign ad when he slipped up.

"When you see his appointment of two, from my perspective, inarguably activist judges, whether it was…," Perry said, trailing off as he struggled to come up with Sotomayor's name.

At one point, Perry threw out, "Montemayor."

After about 5 seconds, an editorial board member from the Des Moines Register offered Sotomayor's name, and Perry quickly regained his train of thought.

"Sotomayor, and Kagan, are both activists judges, and I would suggest to you that is an example of my concern about, I believe the Supreme Court should not be making legislative decisions and telling Americans how to live."

At another point in the meeting with the newspaper's editorial board, Perry mistakenly suggested there were eight justices on the bench, rather than nine.

"For Washington to tell a local school district that you cannot have prayer and a time of prayer in school is, I think, offensive to most Americans," Perry said. "I trust the people of the states to make those decisions. I trust those independent school districts to make those decisions better than eight unelected, and frankly unaccountable judges," Perry said.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Supreme Court
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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, his illiteracy is not limited to Civics, now.

    December 9, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. aggie95

    Maybe he should, um...Yeah! Stop talking!!!! As a fellow Texan and Aggie, I'm embarrassed every time he opens his mouth. Never voted for him as gov, and now folks nationally can see why. Unfortunately, he keeps getting re-elected as our 'guvna'...

    December 9, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Jamie from Riverside

    Honestly, what a dumbell.
    A good example of what we have to look forward to if he ever gets his way and does away with the department of educashun.

    December 9, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rick is dumber than a bunch of rocks, but a lot smarter than tea baggers and right wingnuts.

    December 9, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Lolo

    And the Republicans want this bafoon to be president. HAHAHA!!!! They really are dumbing down their base.

    December 9, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Kris Craig

    Hmm.... An intellectually-challenged Texas governor who knows less about the government he wants to run than most 5th graders. Remind you of anyone?

    December 9, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. eciam

    GOP all fluff,
    Obama 2012

    December 9, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Maryellen

    OMG he just keeps getting dumber. This guy is really too much, when will he admit he is not Presidental material and disappear back to the poor people of Texas.

    December 9, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. NoTags

    Perry's statements indicate the Texas school system is seriously lacking. While he was at A&M maybe he should have opened some books from time to time rather than concentrating on being a "yell leader".

    December 9, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. NateOLYWA

    What is incredible is that people still support this clown.

    December 9, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    Keep right on making excuses for this idiot......

    No more Texas presidents, please.

    December 9, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. lgny

    If school prayer is his example of activist judges, it's surprising the article did not point out that this is settled law. The relevant Supreme Court decisions were made decades ago, back when these two justices were still in school.

    Perry is little more than a troll inventing issues where none exists.

    December 9, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. quieteye

    Lolo – Of course Republicans want Perry as President. Think about it. Why do you think he is so "popular" and well funded in Texas?

    We live in a political age driven by a mainly conservative mindset that less is more. Depending on where your sense of self-interest, it is a view of more freedom (from government "regulation") or more destructive (because of the lack of it).

    Perry has a lot of support by those in the party that fights the existance of government. You decide if that is in your interest.

    December 9, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. diridi

    America, I am so ashamed. We are electing all illiterate idiots. EX; Perry, Newt, Mitt, Eric Cantor, Mitch, etc, shame...just boot all the idiots out of office in next election.

    December 9, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    If ignorance is bliss, Cowboy Fonzie must be walking around with a 24/7 erection.

    December 9, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Independent_me

    a Texas-sized ignoramus if we ever saw one...
    George W Bush replay...

    Good Lord!

    December 9, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. David

    As a Texas who volunteered on the Bill White campaign against Perry for Governor, I can explain why he has been reelected so many times. The problem was voter turnout. Democrats in Texas, like myself, are surrounded by very ignorant people all day long that regurgitate political rhetoric without challenging what they hear in any way. They have zero critical thinking abilities and will repeat whatever they here and believe it wholeheartedly.

    December 9, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "If school prayer is his example of activist judges, it's surprising the article did not point out that this is settled law."

    No it's not suprising. The MSM does everything in its considerable power to help the GOP stay relevant and look legitimate when they spout off at the mouth and all that manages to come out is disinformation talking points, outright fabrications and historical rewrites. The MSM desperately needs there to be two parties at the tango so there can be infinite controversy to sensationalize. If they did their jobs, did a modicum of light research, reported facts, numbers, historical record and expert opinions, critical thought, know, "journalism,"...they'd rapidly lose the two-party controversy dynamic they strive to perseverate and exacerbate.

    December 9, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Grady

    and the reality show "So You Want to be President", each candidate goes through an interview with "The Donald". Who will survive such hot and heavy interrogation...

    December 9, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. carrie

    Oops!!! Yet again the much loved Texas governor shows his ignorance.....please spare the other 49 states and go home to Texas , please! If Texas was smart they would secede from Perry!

    December 9, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. WOW!

    @Kris, yes another Political (POTUS) from Tx, This guy has to be without a doubt related to Sarah Palin, he has to be! Keep talking Perry so your supportors can see how dumb you really are, but then again if they support you then they are just as dumb as you. A&M University must just be dying to know this clown attended school, obvious never opened a book but he was there.

    December 9, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. RINO Bil

    Is Rick Perry Texas' answer to Steven Hawking, but backwards ... the body is OK but the mind is going?

    December 9, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    Did people in TX really vote for him, or did he run W's computer programs to "fix" the vote?

    December 9, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Tony

    Texas elected this man as its governor three times. What it means is that Texas really needs its own department of education.

    December 9, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. pn

    Why is anyone surprised? This is a D+ student from a pretty average college.

    December 9, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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