Perry accurately predicts flub headline
December 8th, 2011
04:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry accurately predicts flub headline

Okatie, South Carolina (CNN) - After touting his military experience and announcing the endorsements of local veterans aboard an aircraft carrier outside Charleston, South Carolina this morning, Perry predicted that a slip-of-the-tongue during his afternoon town hall in Okatie, SC would be the headline that comes out of his day campaigning in the Palmetto state.

During an appearance at the Sun City retirement community, a woman asked Perry about his thoughts on America's "two wars" and the U.S. military's right to go into other countries and change their governments.

Perry began by trying to summarize the woman's question. "She asked about Iran, Afghanistan," the governor began, talking over members of the crowd who quietly tried to correct him that the question was actually about Iraq and Afghanistan – not Iran.

As the murmurs got louder, the governor corrected himself. "I try not to make a connection between – excuse me Iraq, thank you very much," he said, acknowledging the crowd's assistance. "That will be on the front page."

After regaining his footing, Perry called a timetable for troop withdrawal "irresponsible." He reminded the crowd that he volunteered for the military as a young man and then promised that as president he would "not send our young and women, nor risk the treasure of this country unless American interests are truly in jeopardy."

Without specifically naming any of his opponents in the GOP primary, Perry also drew distinctions between his experience and that of his rivals.

"We've got to have an outsider, that comes into Washington D.C., that's not afraid to stand up to the establishment, to stand up to the lobby and say no more," Perry said. "As you look across that stage at those of us that are debating, there's only one outsider on that stage now. And that's me."

After the event, Perry shook hands with many who had come out to hear him speak, several of whom took that opportunity to encourage the governor to attend Donald Trump's GOP debate in Iowa later this month. But despite their encouragement, Perry said that his campaign would be in the midst of a bus tour during the debate and he felt that was more important.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • South Carolina
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Namejkane

    Go back to Texas and start your own country you clown, or go to Cuba,

    December 8, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am glad he is no longer in the Air Force. I can see it now, Perry says, "We are either over Tehran or Miami, drop the bombs!"

    December 8, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    It just keeps getting funnier and funnier. Please GOP if you think these clowns can actually unseat the current resident in the Whitehouse BRING IT ON.

    We'll discuss it right here on the posts in 2012.

    December 8, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Shelby

    perry can't even remember TWO things, Iraq and Afghanistan! Another big oopsie for clown perry.

    I doubt perry could debate a 9th grader!

    December 8, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Perry / Enron
    Going Strong since 2002

    December 8, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Stephen in Bedford, Texas

    I live in, but I'm not from, Texas and as I predicted when people began talking about this idiot running for president that he was going to be a big embarrassment for the state. The only thing dumber than Perry are the people who supported him.

    December 8, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Duke One

    If you wish hard enough maybe Obama will be re-elected. Nah !

    December 8, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Edwin

    Perry is a joke candidate now, but come on. The countries are very different, but when you go from campaign event to campaign event, you CAN misspeak occasionally. A mistake like this is disaster at a national press conference; at a retirement community Q&A, not so much.

    December 8, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Michael

    Perry is the only outsider? How about Dr. No? He's been an outside insider since he was elected to office. I speak, of course, about Dr. Ron Paul (the Average Joe's Republican).

    December 8, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Joe, San Diego

    People really want these idiotic Republicans in the White House... folks spend millions of dollars convinced these confused unfamiliar candidates are the best offered- really?
    I don't think they would get hired if they had a job interview like the laymen on the street, what a shame these old people set in their ways still want to run the country like it was the 1950s time to retire...
    He should read his notes if he has a difficult time in front of crowds I rather see a president read his teleprompter/notes than make ghastly mistakes time after time.

    December 8, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Coigne

    Seeing the GOP candidates makes me appreciate our President Obama more and more.

    December 8, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Duke One

    Come on 57 states ? Seriously !

    December 8, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Duke One

    @Michael Nope ! Dr. Paul is a Washington insider just like the rest of them.

    December 8, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. an agnostic

    Here's a prediction. Someone from one party is going to have a simple slip of the tongue or misspeak about something, critics on the opposing party will slam the comments while supporters on the other party will defend the person on their "team" by bringing up previous slips of the tongue of people on the other "team".

    And it will all be called "news".


    December 8, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Reggie from LA

    @Shelby, you're wrong! If that 9th grader was a flip-flopper with a staff of illegal aliens on the job, Perry'd really go after that 9th grader like a pro. I seen him in a debate one night. He got after a fella who had that going on and he was locked on and trackin'. The other guy had to put a hand on Perry just to cool him off and tell him abut some 30-second rule.

    December 8, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    There has never been a politician who didn't make that kind of mistake.

    December 8, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Bigwilliestyles

    This is the guy that wants to get rid of the Dept of Education. At least Perry is not a hypocrite. We can certainly see that he did not partake of what it had to offer him.

    December 8, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Duke One: Nope ! Dr. Paul is a Washington insider just like the rest of them.

    Paul has been a Congress member for 24 years. If he's not an insider yet, then he hasn't been paying attention.

    December 8, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Jane Thweatt

    First, I am a native Texan and I live in Texas. People, we just had a president from Texas and look where that got America. I do not believe we need another one. GW was a not-so-good communicator and Perry in worse.

    December 8, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |