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. Justaminit

    How embarrassing for Texans. This guy couldn't debate a fence post and win. Go home Tex and continue your previous calls for seceding from the Union, you dolt.

    November 17, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. TommiGI

    Hey Nance, buy any stock this weeK?

    November 17, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Ejay

    Now Perry is so senile that he does not know who he is, and isn't, running against. His campaign staff should remind him that Pelosi is NOT running for President...and he had better concentrate on debating the folks who are.

    November 17, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Bill

    Actually, maybe Governor Perry was trying to be first in line to get some "legal" insider trading tips from the Mistress of Self-Indulgence. Those who hold either of these two up as worthy for all of "us" to debate over are some really lost puppies. I certainly include Mr (Wow, did my broker buy that? Well, bless his sweet heart!) Boehner as well. These are some dark days in national politics. We are not too big to fail.

    November 17, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Expat American

    Rick Perry = Hank Hill
    Bahmann = LadyBird Hill – but the average bloodhound is actually more intelligent than her – or Perry for that matter.
    (Sarah Palin = Peggy Hill)

    Isn't in clear by now? The clowns the Lying Party of Genocide Over Policy (GOP) put up there on stage are nothing more than laughable cartoon characters....

    November 17, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. DaveM

    So, not-ready-for-primetime Perry is picking on women now. Figures, since he can't play with the big boys.

    November 17, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. zip

    America would be better off with Katy Perry in office.

    November 17, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Bill

    Is Perry running for congress or for President? Pelosi has to answer to her California district not to Perry. I suggest he tries to convince the nation that he is capable of leading the country. So far he has proven that he is only capable of being a Texas governor, that is a good old boy.

    November 17, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Mike

    She lost my support before she even had it by declaring that impeachment for Bush and Cheney was "off the table". If it wasn't for this pig they would be in federal prison right now.

    November 17, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Marjee123

    Perry had a very hard time when he was debating a bunch of clowns. Wonder what would happen if he debated Nancy Pelosi who is one of the most intelligent persons around. Come on Nancy we all need a good laugh. Show Perry he has a snowballs chance.

    November 17, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. ric


    November 17, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. drp146

    If they did debate, she would make him look like an even bigger fool than he already is.

    November 17, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. John

    That's One for Nancy

    November 17, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Jo Jo

    Okay, why is he picking on Nancy, she isn't the Speaker of the House? He should be calling Boehner to the carpet. What's wrong, Perry, can't stand debating a man so you think it would be easier to debate a woman? Good luck with that. I wish she would debate him, she would nail him to the carpet.

    November 17, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. BK

    What's the point in anyone debating Perry? Debate one of the others that have a chance of winning.

    November 17, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Winston5

    how much money did they spend to get her out of office. Big time fail. Love ya Nance!

    November 17, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. NameLarry

    Good one

    November 17, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Perry can't even hold his own with his republican counterparts. He better leave intelligent people alone.

    November 17, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. AmFem

    If these comments were polled...90% pro-Pelosi, 5% pro-Perry, 5% hate-everyone!

    November 17, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Laurie

    Why would he debate Pelosi? He's running for President, not for Representative from California. He should debate his own party opponents and, if he wins the primary, then President Obama – I really thinks those are enough people for Gov.Perry to focus on, don't you?

    November 17, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Not fooled

    Poor Texas! He's been your governor for 10 years? Why?

    November 17, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. Richard-Missouri

    Perry's ideas to reform government would embarass Pelosi, and show her for the big government, big spending, socialistic Dem she is.

    November 17, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Ben

    Why does Perry want to debate the House minority leader? Did he forget what he was running for?

    November 17, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  24. Terry P

    Congress IS part time now -who is Perry thinking about?

    November 17, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  25. Ken

    Hey Nancy – ya done good!!!
    You go, girl!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
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