Third reason Pelosi can't debate Perry slips her mind
November 17th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
8 years ago

Third reason Pelosi can't debate Perry slips her mind

Washington (CNN) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declined Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's debate invitation and poked a little fun at the Texas governor while she was at it.

"He did ask if I could debate here in Washington on Monday," Pelosi said, responding to a question about Perry's invitation. "It is my understanding that such a letter has come in. Monday I'm going to be in Portland in the morning and I'm going to be visiting some of our labs in the afternoon, that's two, I can't remember what the third thing is I'm going to be doing."

Pelosi was ribbing Perry for his recent debate gaffe when he couldn't recall the third government agency he would shut down if elected president during an awkward 54 seconds of air time.

Gov. Perry responded through his personal and campaign twitter accounts saying, "Something @NancyPelosi would like to forget: passing a 2k-page gov takeover of healthcare without reading it. American ppl haven't forgotten."

According the newspaper The Hill, Perry sent a letter to Pelosi saying, "I am in Washington Monday and would love to engage you in a public debate about my Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo. I think it would be a tremendous service to the American people to see a public airing of these differences," he continued. "Let the people decide. If Monday doesn't work, perhaps we could find a time in Iowa over the course of the next month to discuss these issues in front of the people of America's heartland."

Gov. Perry's Overhaul Washington plan includes cutting Congress to a part-time body.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debate • Nancy Pelosi • Rick Perry
soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Leslie

    You go Nancy!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. jb1963

    Perry could not debate himself. The entire republican and tea party are a bunch of Dumb A$$es

    November 17, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    The third reason is she's too much of a lady to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent. it'd be like Enistein debating with his pet goldfish!

    November 17, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Pan3

    Is he drunk again?

    November 17, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Buster Bloodvessel

    If she debates him and he can't remember the second and third thing, will she be the GOP frontrunner?

    November 17, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Independent

    I could win a debate against Perry. Pelosi would wipe the floor with him.

    November 17, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. big mack

    how people be wasting money and time on debates.

    November 17, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Walter

    Oh aren't you clear Ms. Plastic Face. My laugh for the week came watching said plastic face almost move when 60 Minutes cornered you about your illegal activities.

    November 17, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Rationalintn

    Another OOPS moment by Rick? Now he has forgotten who he is running against, and that he is in the Republican primary. Nancy is a Dem Rick. I guess Rick also doesn't realize that those in congress ALREADY work part-time. How many Americans would love to have a part-time job making about $175k per year, plus the insider trading benefits??????

    November 17, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Joshua Ludd

    Remind me again why a governor who is running for president should be challenging the house minority leader to a debate. After all, Perry isn't running against Pelosi. He isn't even running against Obama yet. But we all know why... she is very unpopular with the GOP base and is an easy target for Perry, so even if she mopped the floor with him... which seems likely, having seen both... he still gets a bump among the people who might be willing to vote for him in the first place.

    November 17, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Hark

    This woman representing anybody or anything is downright nasty and frightening. Very vile...and yet the people of California have chosen her to do just that. The "swamp" didn't get drained...she just moved in to occupy it. Can,t wait to see her gone. Vile, vile, vile!

    November 17, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. glyder

    pelosi is a elitist pig,and not that bright in the first place.she is however smart or cowardly enough to avoid exposing herself for what she really is.or at least try.

    November 17, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Scottyro

    Seriously? Pelosi would use him like toilet paper and do a double flush! What happened to debating for the Pub Nomination? Isn't he supposed to be drug tested as Governor? He certainly has not done much for the state of Texas, other than bring in low wage jobs that cannot buy anything much more than toilet paper, and bring in big money to his pocket book. BREAKING NEWS: All pot shipments across border from Mexico found delivered to Texas Governors Mansion! I yield the rest of my time to the other fellow Texans above me who can tell you even more. The guy is a moron! That's moron...not Mormon!

    November 17, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Ralebol

    Pelosi debating Perry? It would be like George Foreman fighting Richard Simmons. Perry would be screaming to get out.

    November 17, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. okiejoe

    You know, I have forgotten a name or a point or something just as he did, but I didn't hem and haw about it for a minute or so; it happens to everybody, especially an ignorant wienie like Gov. Perry. So lay off about the brain freeze and dump on him for his platform.

    November 17, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. LacrosseMom(real one)

    WHAT is Perry talking about?????????? He wants to debate Pelosi????? What a fool this man is!

    Listen Rick, go back to Texas you are an embarrassment to America!

    November 17, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Lynne

    And he is one of the best and brightest the Republican party can put forth to ensure that president Obama is a one term president? hmmmm, interesting?!?!?!

    November 17, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Kuddln

    Pelosi is a Farce. She's a ding-bat that has no concern for the US Americans, only herself and her big ticket items that make more $$$$s for her investments. She needs to be voted out-of-office completely.

    November 17, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. md-ndpndnt

    ROTF- LMAO! You go Nancy!

    November 17, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Ron

    It's even better than Pelosi passing the bill without reading it. She actually said we have to pass it so we can know what's in it – like we weren't ALLOWED to read it before passage!

    November 17, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. John

    Perry should debate Speaker Boehner, or maybe Perry is chicken to debate the real Speaker.

    November 17, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. BuckedWheat

    Nancy, please shut the hell up.....

    November 17, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. BuckedWheat

    Nancy, you are officially irrelevant....

    November 17, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Pelosi debate Perry? Sure! It would be fun to watch Nancy beat Pretty Ricky in a Battle of Wits, especially since he would show up unarmed, as usual. On a count three, one....two..... I'm sorry, I forgot.

    November 17, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. demogal

    Yes, Nancy. You go, girl!

    November 17, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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