Anita Perry on husband: He remembered something else...
November 10th, 2011
06:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Anita Perry on husband: He remembered something else...

(CNN) - Fighting concerns about Rick Perry's candidacy after the presidential candidate forgot part of his plan in a debate, Anita Perry insisted on Thursday that her husband isn't the forgetful kind.

"Everybody forgets something every now and then, but he remembered our anniversary last week," she said Thursday at a campaign event in Duval County, Florida.

The one-time front-runner admitted embarrassment after struggling for nearly a minute to name the third of three federal agencies he would cut if elected president.

The flub easily became the most talked-about moment of the debate, prompting many to question Perry's readiness for the remainder of the election cycle.

Perry, who has repeatedly expressed angst over debates and even considered skipping some of the events, spent the morning speaking to the media about the gaffe.

He said he's simply trying to laugh it off and move on, adding that he was glad he was wearing his boots because he certainly "stepped in it" at the debate. On Laura Ingraham's radio show Thursday, Perry said he was still "wiping" that boot off.

Perry is also set to appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" Thursday night to present the show's famed Top 10 List.

His campaign has turned Perry's slip-up into a fundraising drive, arguing that too many federal agencies exist to remember and urging supporters to send in $5 for every agency they'd like to cut.

On Thursday, Anita said her husband owned up to the mistake and feels ready to push forward.

"He's doing great. He's working hard. He was up early on the shows," Anita said, referring to a round of appearances on TV morning shows. "He admitted it. We're moving on."

The couple celebrated 29 years of marriage on Sunday, exactly one year before the presidential election.

Filed under: 2012 • Anita Perry • Rick Perry
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. NameMark Hudson

    Time to let this go and focus on Perry's energy and tax plans. Everbody's forgotten a word at least one time. We just were not in front of a national audience.

    November 10, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Perry is also set to appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" Thursday night to present the show's famed Top 10 List.
    This will be the most watched Late Show in years. Shades of Palin appearing on SNL.

    November 10, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Does this woman spend her entire life cleaning up after her stupid husband? Is this what we can expect should he somehow become POTUS? I'm sick of it already. He's stupid and nothing she says will change that. Why doesn't she let him be a man for at least once?

    November 10, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Olaf Big

    Well, many of our presidents are not exactly known for razor sharp minds, so this gaffe by itself would not keep Rick Perry from getting elected. Trouble is, this immediately brings to mind George W. Bush and his inability to build a sentence without making a third-grader wince. And an association with George Bush is a death sentence in general elections.

    November 10, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Frank

    Sorry, but this is not an "Oops" moment, it's an "Oh My God, if you can't even come up with the name of the agency that you'd cut funding for, it's not only your memory but your ability to think that is broken" moment.

    November 10, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Dennis1020

    Perry will be home in Texas to celebrate all of their future anniversaries too. He sure won't be celebrating any of them in the White House.

    November 10, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |