Perry's Flub Lets Paul Grab The Spotlight

Ron Paul says he didn't mean to embarrass fellow Texan Rick Perry when Perry forgot, during a debate, one of the three federal agencies he wants to abolish.

Paul held up five fingers as Perry groped for words, and the video has been viewed thousands of times online since Wednesday's Republican debate.

Paul, a Texas congressman, says in an interview with The Associated Press that he wasn't piling on and that Perry had "a human reaction." Paul says he was trying to bring up his own proposal to abolish five federal agencies.

Paul spoke to a crowd of more than 200 Saturday at a veterans event in Spartanburg, S.C., where Perry, the Texas governor, and other GOP candidates were appearing at a debate on foreign policy in the evening.


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  • by Bud Location: NC on Nov 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM
    Is OSOC the moderator of these boards? He posts at all hours of the day and night and says anything he wants and it gets posted. No, it's a lot more likeley he's an unemployed welfare recipient that has nothing better to do than sit around in front of the computer in his undies and run down the very system that makes his pathetic existence possible.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Nov 18, 2011 at 05:15 AM in reply to Bud
      Nope, I am your worst nightmare, a conservative, who works but types 60 wpm against the libterds that post garbage here all the time. You one of those libterds? I run down the system that has failed due to the libterdial drive by the DNC that has failed every government controlled agency in this country. Now run along and go play....
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        by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011 at 04:13 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        Oh, I thought you were just another Nut!
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        by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        No one who works full time has the time to post on this site 50 to 60 times a day, all times of the day and night. Snake oil is just another mouth piece collecting government handout, and angry about his failures as a person.
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          by Sandra S. on Nov 20, 2011 at 04:47 PM in reply to
          Agree, he's a Nut.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 01:09 AM
    Ongoing Bush wars, over 5000 US soldiers killed on the ground. Libya: Gadaffy gone, ZERO US combat deaths. Repeat: ZERO. Republican­s can't stand it.
  • by Herman Cain on Nov 15, 2011 at 01:05 AM
    It becomes clearer everyday. Obama is the only one that is presidenti­­al enough to be president. Don't be swayed by GOTP propaganda­­, the man that SHOULD be president is already sitting in the White House. Now just give him a congress that wants to help him improve this country.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 15, 2011 at 04:56 AM in reply to Herman Cain
      Really? Wrong, he is no more qualified than Kaddifi was in Libya.
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        by To Snake on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:40 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Duh!!! Libya? What's Libya? I'm sure the interview with Cain didn't make the FOX channel. Better look into Cain's reaction to THAT question.
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Nov 15, 2011 at 09:35 AM in reply to To Snake
          Oh, I read the story and watched the video...so big deal. Just like Obama saying 57 states...big deal, who is so perfect to know everthing until they have a huge cabinet to advise them on what goes on.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:53 PM in reply to To Snake
          That Obama Snake Oil is delusional. Get out the straight jacket.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:54 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Ongoing Bush wars, over 5000 US soldiers killed on the ground. Libya: Gadaffy gone, ZERO US combat deaths. Repeat: ZERO. Republican­s can't stand it.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 16, 2011 at 01:53 PM in reply to
          Was Bush a dictator? When did America change government?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM
    I think Ron Paul would be a good candidate. As long as Barack Obama wont be in office for another 4 years lying his way through the years. Rick Perry wont be a good candidate, but he still would be better than that scumbag from Illinois.
  • by Party of Idiots on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    I'd like to claim Perry's the weakest link, but every week another gommer steps up and takes the title.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:34 AM in reply to Party of Idiots
      By the name you post, thanks for letting us all know your party affiliation....
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      by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:51 PM in reply to Party of Idiots
      Herman Cain just did!!!
  • by Rick Who? on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    A month ago, there were a bunch of right wingers on these boards yammering about how Perry was gonna be whupping Obama next year. I asked a few days ago and I'm asking again...Where are you guys now?
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:36 AM in reply to Rick Who?
      Have you ever heard of a primary? It doesn't matter if porky pig runs, it will be anybody but Obama.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:35 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        If it's anybody but Obama why don't these people run on an independent ticket?
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        by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:08 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        Porky Pig would have definitely did a better job at debating than the GOP field has.
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        by and.. on Nov 16, 2011 at 06:50 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        anybody but a another canidate like george bush
  • by Occupy Movement on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    The dividing line between republican politics and comedy has disappeare­d.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM
    Must have been a dull and boring spotlight.
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      by GOP losing traction, again on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:29 AM in reply to
      Ha ha, CBS discontinues coverage after the first hour of the GOP Debate, started to show re-run of NCSI. Low viewer turnout.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:37 AM in reply to GOP losing traction, again
        Keep thinking that way.... The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 22% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-eight percent (38%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16
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          by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:07 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          And 9% strongly disapprove of the current GOP candidates. Your point being?????? Just ask Cain about Libya, Ha ha Ha Ha what an idiot.
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Nov 12, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    If the public can forgive our president for saying we have 57 states, we should be able to forgive almost anything except murder.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 08:19 PM in reply to Tyee
      I love it when you Baggers try to defend your idiotic candidates with President Obama. Just priceless!
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        by excuse me on Nov 13, 2011 at 05:25 AM in reply to
        You are so right Tyee....you see the reaction you got from Mr. Anonymous? They don't want to admit that their ALMIGHTY ONE is a big fat joke. 57 states?
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          by Excuse me, excuuuuuuu­uuuuse me! on Nov 13, 2011 at 03:46 PM in reply to excuse me
          I know you Repugs ae not still talking about the 57 state thing....Based on the current and past GOPers I would not start that conversation if I were you guys. They don't call the GOP the party of Clowns for nothing. Just watch the late night comics, they don't have to write their material, they use yours.
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          by Ha ha Ha on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:04 PM in reply to excuse me
          Jimmy Fallon has a lot to be thankful for this week. He and all comedians should thank their lucky stars for this week's Republican presidential debate and all the fodder for comedy Rick Perry provided, so Fallon thanks that right off the bat. THE PARTY OF CLOWNS!!!!
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        by Bob on Nov 13, 2011 at 08:25 AM in reply to
        Oh like when the liberal scum defend the failure of progressive policy on GW Bush? Hypocrite much?
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:39 AM in reply to
        Shouldn't you be with the fleabaggers at OWS? You could be the leader of the libterds!
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      by uh on Nov 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM in reply to Tyee
      57 states was a mis-phrase and fairly isolated. The reason we know it's isolated, is it's the same example of Obama's gaffes that folks use every time a republican candidate misstates facts and tries to defend it later.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:44 AM in reply to uh
        Well, since Obama has been the sweetheart of the liberal media, the focus will be on anybody but Obama. Did any of you catch where Cain passed a lie detector test by an investigator out of Atlanta this past week? And then you tell us Fox news lies...at least they presented the story along with other media sources. Again, where is the liberal media?
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          by uh on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Layered Voice Analysis? We don't even use that in criminal justice anymore. It's not reliable. Reliability is the ability of a test method to yield significantly similar results repeatedly. In the case of LVA, you end up with false positives and true positives coming up at the same frequency. In other words, LVA is right as often as it's wrong.
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Nov 14, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          uh, well, according to the states that use them they are 95% accurate where the normal old fashion version is only 50%. Nice try at the spin buy you are wrong. Apparently, you wellcome the DNC attempt to discredit and man when all the gals came from Chicago...are you not smart enough to realize he ran in the senate and this would have come out then? It stinks of Chicago DNC and you know it.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:04 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Release the GAG Order on the 2 women, Lets hear their side of the story. We have only heard Cains side, what is he trying to hide?
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          by uh on Nov 14, 2011 at 07:54 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          They're not 95% accurate- that has been declared before and there was no research found to support it.
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        by To uh on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:48 AM in reply to uh
        You forgot the demand for birth certificate and now they want his grades! While Cain doesn't know what Libya is, Perry doesn't know his own platform, Romney wants a war with Iran or he has a Nixon type secret for stopping them from going nuclear, Gingrich is a convicted "unethical" lawmaker, the "worse" these yahoos can do about Obama is "57 state"! The GOP thinks so little of this country that they would put her in the hands of complete incompetents rather than vote for Obama. Patriots---NOT!!! All this so they can defend the wealthy, control women, and persecute gays. What a bunch!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2011 at 03:53 PM in reply to Tyee
      I'm thinking both Cain and Perry are history by next week; Bachman has always been history, leaving Mitt and Newt to fight it out for the lead--Hey! are they going to run in someone entirely new at the last minute just to further confuse the Republican voters? Come on, Pat Robertson, it's you they're lookin' for--
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      by What ? on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:24 PM in reply to Tyee
      Hello....w­e're talking POTUS here, not a position of volunteer food bank server! I don't see uncommon wisdom, intelligen­ce, tolerance, inspiratio­n, articulate­ness or rationalit­y that I expect in a president. In fact, I see just the opposite. Perry is wasting the nation’s time and frankly has a lot of gall running for governor, let alone, president!
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        by To What? on Nov 16, 2011 at 07:56 AM in reply to What ?
        You are right and in the end, that is a closed curtain people are voting behind. Many Repubs. will stay home and those who are moderate conservatives will have to choose whose hands to put in control of his country. They may lie, they have GOP bumper stickers, but these "ole time Republicans" are not stupid and I strongly suspect many will vote for an intelligent, ethical Obama over the yahoos being offered by their party today.
  • by David Location: Edenton on Nov 12, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    Go Ron Paul!
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      by To Dave on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:50 AM in reply to David
      Sorry, did you hear the cheers for torture and bombing Iran? Paul will never be nominated!
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 15, 2011 at 09:38 AM in reply to To Dave
        Yep, wasn't it great! We want a president who is a leader not co pathetic to third world dictators that want to kill us.
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          by To Snake on Nov 16, 2011 at 07:57 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Maybe you didn't here-OBL is GONE! Obama got him-so what does that make Bush? I guess he was less than a "pathetic third world dictator"!
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          by To Snake on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Obviously you don't know that Ron Paul would disagree with you AND those cheering!
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