Perry’s forget-me-not fundraising
November 10th, 2011
09:37 AM ET
11 years ago

Perry’s forget-me-not fundraising

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hoping to turn the mess he “stepped in” into a cash cow. In a fundraising push sent Thursday, Perry admitted, “We’ve all had human moments.”

Banking on his own human moment in Wednesday night’s debate when he forgot the third government agency he’d choose to cut, Perry called on his supporters to tell him “what federal agency you would most like to forget.”

For each agency mentioned, Perry has another ask: “If you could, throw in a $5 contribution.”

“We hope you have a long list,” he said in the e-mail, a message that’s also duplicated on his website.

And for his “forget me not” campaign, Perry promises “we will write down every last idea. So we won’t forget.”

The longest serving governor of Texas admitted that he “stepped in it” Wednesday and made light of his gaffe saying he was glad he “wore his boots.” But Perry will have more serious questions to answer as he continues to face criticism for poor debate performances that have taken a toll on his support in national polls.

Although the GOP contender shot to the top of national surveys following the announcement that he intended to seek the 2012 GOP nomination for president, in recent polls he has slipped to third or fourth.

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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Rick Perry
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Jack Tx

    Perry reminds me of the Bible selling salesman in Paper Moon played by Ryan O'Neil. We had Reagan the actor who became President now we have Perry the Gov who has become the comedian-actor.

    November 10, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Hahah

    This was Rick Perry. Now he's off. The end.

    November 10, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Paul

    Human moments?

    We've all had human moments, certainly! As a presidential candidate Perry's human moments are much too simple. A kindergarten kid would surely remember, if the kid next to him nudged him and gave him the answer.

    A simple thing like naming three agencies you'd cut shouldn't be something to be reminded of...they should be upper most in one's mind. Perry could never be called upon to represent the USA on an international stage. The man would definitely put us to shame. His wife and kids must be laughing at him, however, they're putting the best outside.

    Forget it Perry! Texans who voted you in as governor were obviously intoxicated on voting day.

    November 10, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Minnie's Pearls

    Stepped in it? I say he took a full nose-dive. He needed his waders, not boots.

    November 10, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Anthony

    If Republicans want a debating machine, they can nominate Romney. The problem is that most Republicans don't like him or think that he is a RINO. There is a reason he has been stuck at 25% in Republican polls, even though there is really no alternative in the Republican field.

    November 10, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. RINO Bil

    What donors want to throw money away on a candidate who has no real platform and is not really committed to the campaign? It's a loosing proposition.

    Sadly, Rick Perry is the absolute BEST candidate the Tea Party can offer. Says something about the Teat Party, doesn't it.

    We need a good, moderate fiscal conservative, with no social agenda, to run against Barack Obama. Anyone less will just assure him of another term.

    November 10, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Scott

    Rick Perry is now an adjective. As in, I just had a "Ricky Perry" moment.

    November 10, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Dan Druff

    Ricky Perry turns out to be Ricky Bobby. Shake and bake!

    November 10, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Keith in Austin

    Gingrich did great last night and would wipe the floor with Obama in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate!

    November 10, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |