Montemayor? Perry slips when criticizing judge
December 9th, 2011
04:52 PM ET
6 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.

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  1. John

    Rick Perry don't even have a mind ,I don't understand why the Republican bass keep after this gut to ran he Is brain dead. I could understand why the Tea Party want him he dumb enough for the Koch's Brother to Control.' He has NO BUSINESS BEING GOV OF TEXAS and he had No Business even thinking of running for President. This man should Quit be for he make more of a fool of him self.

    December 9, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Ed DFWTX

    Oh Lordy, Rick Perry is at it again. He's at it again trying to play the Christian victim card by stating Obama is waging a war against Christianity and allowing those evil Gays to be able to serve their own country in the milatary! He's being critized not because of his faith – which should be a private, not political matter – he is beaten up because he lacks intellect. Period. Hey Rick: Find some other wedge issues to rally your narrow minded base besides the same old tired ones!

    December 9, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. nina

    How did this guy become Governor?? Oh, it must have been based on his good looks, same as Palin. He is the male version of a bimbo.

    December 9, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. markiejoe

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Perry has all the signs of early-onset Alzheimer's. Just like what Reagan had before we all knew. I'm not being facetious. I'm dead serious.

    December 9, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. RINO Bil

    Rick Perry has achieved something that no other GOP Tea Party candidate has ... his single digit poll number now matches his IQ! Way to go Rick!!!

    If they were remaking Animal House he could get a part, "Rick Perry, class social secretary, damn glad to meet you."

    December 9, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. gw

    In his ad he claims children can't pray in school. Any kid can get down on his knees and pray without fear of being handcuffed and thrown in jail. His add is a lie that some people actually believe. The law simply states that a public school teacher can't lead the prayer because there are children from various religious backgrounds and there is a separation of government (the public school system) and religion. If you want a teacher to lead the prayers then send you kid to a parochial school!

    December 9, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. tumbleweed

    Stupid is as Stupid does..... But anyone but that colored guy. He's gotta go, right repukes?

    December 9, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. anagram_kid

    How do you think he would feel if it was suggested that public school take breaks during the day to allow the Muslim children to pray to Allah?

    December 9, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. anagram_kid

    What is offensive to this American is the very idea that someone as ignorant as Perry believes he is qualified or disciplined enough to be president. If you want your kids to converse with your imaginary friend, have them do it at home.

    December 9, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Everything's bigger in TX...even the stoopit.

    December 9, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. nina

    How did this guy become Governor?? It must have been based on his good looks and hair, same as Palin. He is the male version of a bimbo.

    December 9, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Dan

    Its no more news when he stumbles rather big news when he does not. He forgets a lot thats why he hates Dept. Of Education

    December 9, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    SuperD wrote:

    You libs just can't get enough of more Obama. If this is the good life for you, I'd hate to see what you think is bad.

    Chronic unemployment
    High Energy prices
    Appeasement as a foreign policy
    a "Selective" Justice Department
    Obamacare life long slavery

    And you Jackwagons want more of this? How stupid can you be?

    I can't wait until Obama runs on his record. Wait, he's a sissy like all Dems, aint gonna happen.

    You must have just awaken from your 13 year coma. Most of these "issues" existed BEFORE our president EVER took office and as for the "appeasement", I see this will be a new talking point to put FEAR into voters and take away from his FANTISTIC record on foreign affairs. You also mentioned "Obama care" get used to it and get out the basement and get a job. It might do wonders for your blood pressure sissy.

    Obama 2012.

    December 9, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. elturbo

    We already know this guy is an idiot. Why is he even trying to run for president?? I would be embarrassed to have him representing us in anything.

    December 9, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. KCAW

    Another tough talking cowboy gov from TX who wants to be president .

    December 9, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    Correction: I meant FANTASTIC.

    December 9, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. normajean @ verizon ,com

    It's one thing to have an occasional "slip of the tongue" or perhaps a gaff but when this problem permiates every attempt one makes at talking.....I'd say there's a real problem with the brain or maybe dishonesty makes one stumble, or is it just basic lack of knowledge???? Don't think it's presidential...Not now.....not ever!!!

    December 9, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Eric Croson

    After listening to the many flub-ups by Perry, how can anyone not see there's no one behind the curtain. Even giving the guy an ear piece to get his answers correct from one of his handlers he still can't get anything right. It's a scary situation that this guy makes President.

    December 9, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. wgf

    The thing that always baffles me about the prayer-in-public-school activists is this: Why would they want to entrust the religous upbringing of their child to an individual who may not share the same religous beliefs and interpretations as they do, and may not hold any religous beliefs at all ?

    December 9, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Appeasement as a foreign policy"

    I'll channel some Obama here, since he addressed this accusation so effectively: Why don't you ask Osama bin Laden, Moumar Ghadhafi or one of the 22 of the 30 top al Qaeda leaders who are no longer walking this planet how "appeased" they feel.

    December 9, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Mike

    Give me a break with the old bromide of "activist judges" ! They are never activist when their decisions support your philosophy, are they? Roberts, for example, pushed hard to bring the "corporations are people" case to the court – an unprecedented move by a chief justice, or any justice. That was pretty activisty in my book.

    December 9, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. normajean @ verizon ,com

    To woman in California......obviously not a native!!!!.... Try all you want but you can not tie this president to everything that has happened in the last 3 years. Chronic unemployment started in Bush administration...Appeasement???Ask Osama Bin Laden and a few of his cronies about that about Kadaffi {sp.}.. Where ya bin lady???????Appeasement??Slavery?....I know.....YOU came to Californnia in a covered wagon! or was it a space ship???

    December 9, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Parry PAC

    All Rick Perry knows is he is supposed to be against anything and everything that President Obama has done and also be against anything and everything that is in the Government. Unfortunately it becomes very obvious he's just reciting talking points with no real meaning when he can't remember any of the details.

    Don't you think if you were going to fire thousands of people from an agency, you would remember why their jobs were of no value and hence remember the name of the agency? The GOP has no true values....just talking points to deceive voters long enough to get them to vote for their party.

    Rick Perry is the "Moran" mentioned in the Tea Bagger sign last year.

    December 9, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. sick of republican phonies

    THANK YOU, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES!!! It just gets better and better!

    December 9, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Hawk

    All you dad blasted yankees hold on. i am from texas have lived here 70 odd years. and i have never voted for the idiot (perry or bush). the republicans have jerryrigged the texas districts so that no democrat can win a state wide election.

    December 9, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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