Perry's Debate Stumble Worst in History?

By George Condon, National Journal - November 10, 2011

It is risky to ever state something has never before happened in American politics. But by declaring “Oops” and mangling his own platform in Wednesday night’s GOP candidate debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled off the unimaginable: the worst stumble in the 51-year history of televised presidential debates.


Unquestionably, he is the first candidate to ever utter the word “oops.” But almost as unquestionably, his failure to remember the name of the third federal department he pledges to eliminate—the Department of Energy—is the worst self-inflicted wound ever since the first modern debate between Vice President Richard Nixon and Sen. John F. Kennedy on Sept. 26, 1960.

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