ADDED: My son John is live-blogging the debate, and here's how he covered the Perry gaffe:
9:17 - My brother Chris IMs (and gives me permission to quote):UPDATE: Perry comments:
Perry just had the worst moment of any candidate in a debate I think I've ever seen!Perry started out by saying he was going to list 3 agencies that should be abolished. He said "Education, Commerce" — but then spent a very long time trying to think of the third one. Another candidate suggested: "EPA." Perry jokingly said, "Yeah, the EPA." The moderator asked Perry if he seriously meant the EPA, and he said no. Finally, he admitted he just couldn't think of the rest of his message. Perry ended his segment by actually saying out loud: "Oops!"
"I'm glad I had my boots on tonight... I stepped in it out there.... I stepped in it, man. Yeah, it was embarrassing. Of course it was."ADDED: I bet Rick Perry really hates the Energy Department now.
AND: Perry's Intrade stock crashed immediately. Click on "last day." It goes from around 9 to below 4 instantly.