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Rick Perry: ‘Oops’

HANOVER, NH - OCTOBER 11: Republican presidential candidate and incumbent Texas Gov. Rick Perry prepares for a presidential debate hosted by Bloomberg and the Washington Post on October 11, 2011 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The event moderated by U.S. television talk show host Charlie Rose and featuring eight Republican candidates, presents the first debate of the 2012 political season focused solely on the economy. (Photo by Scott Eells-Pool/Getty Images)
Perry. Photo: Pool/2011 Getty Images


At the end of a painful, meandering response concerning federal government departments he would abolish, Perry said there were three — but named only two. “I would do away with Education, the – Commerce and, let’s see, I can’t. The third one I can’t.”

Then Perry offered an apologetic “Oops,” as if he had flunked a test. Watch the video.

Almost immediately after the slip, Perry’s Intrade stock dropped from a 8.6 percent chance to 4 percent to become the Republican nominee in 2012, according to Nate Silver of the Times FiveThirtyEight blog. The stock currently stands at 4.9 percent.

Rick Perry: ‘Oops’