Montemayor? Perry slips when criticizing judge
December 9th, 2011
04:52 PM ET
11 years ago

Montemayor? Perry slips when criticizing judge

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry railed Friday against Pres. Barack Obama Friday for appointing "activist judges" to the Supreme Court, but stumbled when he couldn't remember Justice Sonya Sotomayor's name. At another point he tripped up over the number of justices on the nation's highest court.

Perry, speaking to the Des Moines Register, was defending a controversial campaign ad when he slipped up.

"When you see his appointment of two, from my perspective, inarguably activist judges, whether it was…," Perry said, trailing off as he struggled to come up with Sotomayor's name.

At one point, Perry threw out, "Montemayor."

After about 5 seconds, an editorial board member from the Des Moines Register offered Sotomayor's name, and Perry quickly regained his train of thought.

"Sotomayor, and Kagan, are both activists judges, and I would suggest to you that is an example of my concern about, I believe the Supreme Court should not be making legislative decisions and telling Americans how to live."

At another point in the meeting with the newspaper's editorial board, Perry mistakenly suggested there were eight justices on the bench, rather than nine.

"For Washington to tell a local school district that you cannot have prayer and a time of prayer in school is, I think, offensive to most Americans," Perry said. "I trust the people of the states to make those decisions. I trust those independent school districts to make those decisions better than eight unelected, and frankly unaccountable judges," Perry said.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Supreme Court
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  1. NH Grandma

    Funny how judges are labeled "activist" unless they support your side of an issue. More from this dumb lot of GOP candidates. How embarrassing for our country. Obama in 2012; our only viable choice.

    December 9, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. pattic

    I just had an epiphany! I'm on record as being an atheist, but let's say for the sake of argument that I am wrong. God has told Perry, Bachman, et al, to run for president. The only logical conclusion is that God wants Obama to win!

    December 9, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. Ken

    This explains why Texas rewrote the history books used in their schools. That way Rick won't be the dumbest person in the state.

    December 9, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Kathleen Farrell

    Hey woman in California...We're a lot a like. We're women, we're in California. Except I have a brain. My 23-year-old has health insurance because of the pres, hatred isn't legal for our military any more, the rest of the world respects or fears us as appropriate, Osama's gone, Egypt and Libya are liberated with our subtle help, we're out of Iraq where we never should have been, cancer patients and others with pre-exisiting conditions can get insurance.... Quit reading the talking points.

    December 9, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. dtc

    I am worried about early Alzheimer's. And I am not joking. I'm starting to think that these "gaffes" are something more serious, and can't be considered fatigue.

    December 9, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    The best feeling in the world after being in Texass for 30 plus years was indeed the view of Texass in the side mirror of a 26 foot U-Haul!

    This moron has been an embarrassment to any sane Texan.

    And once he said liberals should get out of the state, I did!

    After all, with this ignorant twit at the helm, could liberal concentration camps be far behind?

    Feeling safer and welcomed in Hotlanta!!!

    December 9, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. Deep in the Heart of Texas

    Kinda makes you wonder why the Texas A & M alumni association has not issued a PSA that all grads are NOT this stupid!

    Or at the very least, issue a statement that 75% of grads can count to 9!

    December 9, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. Namejkane

    Pooper, just keep running and wasting the morons money that are paying the tab. Your all teapublican clowns, croch bros and loser nitwitquest.

    December 9, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Rumors in Austin say Perry likes the way one of the mansion chefs serves up his hot dog!

    Buck up Texans, folks in Minnesota voted for Bachmann!

    Altho, not on a statewide basis, so maybe your shame...oh, never mind!

    December 9, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. M -

    He is thick as Texas Toast – not fit for Governer let alone Prez...

    December 9, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. bawana

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!,,,,what a joke rick,,,i got another joke for ya and it's even an aggie joke too
    you know what the difference between aggie boots and cowboy boots is don't ya ?
    well that's easy,,,with the aggie boots,, the crap is on the inside

    December 9, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. Dixie AZ

    I'm beginning to suspect that Perry is in the early stages of alzhiemers (Spelling – maybe I am too). Seriously, the many pauses he makes to search his mind for the correct word, etc. might be an early sign.

    December 9, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    They all sound and look alike to him. Smart people, I mean. He's not a racist he is just plain stupid. And darn proud of it. "He jus don't cottin to all dat dere bookieness. " I've seen this one before and I know how it ends. For God's sake peole get to the polls (on the right day) and strip his party from power in the House and keep th adult we have in the White House.

    December 9, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Vin Dicated

    Sheesh, this guy went to college to become an over-educated dog catcher! At this point, I think the only defense Perry can offer is to say he was drunk during the interview.

    December 9, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Did he just drink a frosty freeze , brain freeze !

    Wow , not the brightest bull in the ring !

    December 9, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Shame on you people who vote for this clown

    December 9, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. Pete/Ark

    Texas needs to forget about English as a Second Language-native son Perry can't communicate in ANY language... why bother to teach him a "new" one ?

    December 9, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Pete/Ark

    oops...sorry...he does have a complete command of "gimme a big government paycheck" .

    December 9, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. sara

    Trying to reject something he knows nothing about

    December 9, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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