Numerous scientific studies have shown a link between car exhaust and stunted brain development. Perhaps riding around in a campaign bus so often is impacting Rick Perry’s judgment in presidential debates?
In last night’s most talked about CNBC debate moment — one that most pundits on MSNBC’s Morning Joe said was all but fatal to his campaign — Perry painfully struggled to remember the third government agency that he wanted to cut if elected to office, settling instead on the Environmental Protection Agency.
Perry: “And I’ll tell you. It’s three agencies of government that are gone when I get there: Commerce, education, and…the…uh…Oh, what’s the third one there? Let’s see.”
Finally, one of the other candidates comes up with a solution off screen: “The EPA?”
Perry responds: “EPA there you go,” waving his hand in jest.
It turns out, that’s not what he meant. He meant the Energy Department, a decision just as bad.
After the embarrassing exchange, Perry had only one thing to say: “Oops.”
And that’s what we’ll be saying if we get rid of the EPA or the Department of Energy.