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.