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Another Oops: Perry Says Solar Company Solyndra Is A Country

By Marie Diamond on December 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

"Another Oops: Perry Says Solar Company Solyndra Is A Country"

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It’s getting a bit hard to keep track of Gov. Rick Perry’s “oops” moments on the campaign trail. In the last week alone, he’s fumbled the name of a Supreme Court justice, the number of judges on the court, and the age of eligibility to run for president (just as he didn’t know the voting age).

Perry has tumbled so low in the polls his comic displays of ignorance are beginning to avoid notice, but he made another doozy in Iowa yesterday, CNN reports:

While criticizing President Barack Obama for picking winners and losers in the energy industry, he bungled the name of the most famous energy company to go under despite government assistance.

“No greater example of it than this administration sending millions of dollars into the solar industry, and we lost that money,” Perry began. “I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda.”

Perry not only confused Solyndra with a country, he got the name of the company wrong, calling it “Solynda.”

As ThinkProgress Green has been reporting, the Solyndra story is a manufactured scandal Republicans have kept alive to try to smear the Obama administration.

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