So he “stepped in it” during Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate. Others might say he choked or even ate it. But despite Rick Perry’s Texas-sized blunder, he’s not giving up his White House dreams.


Mr Perry fluffed his lines, finding himself unable to name all three federal departments he would eliminate if he became president — one of his key policies.

… In the “spin room” after the debate, Mr Perry told a crowd of journalists: “I’m glad I had my boots on because I really stepped in it tonight.”

Mr Perry did the round of early morning talk shows on Thursday in an effort to stem any fallout from the incident.

“There were so many federal agencies that come to mind, that I want to get rid of, that the Energy Department would not come out,” he said in an interview for ABC’s Good Morning America.

His campaign sent an email out to his supporters asking them, “what part of the Federal Government would you like to forget about the most?” His website now asks supporters to vote for one.

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