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Great Debate Moments

By Emma Fidel and Lauren Vicary - 2012-10-05T21:28:12Z

Photograph by Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images

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Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me

Rick Perry lost his train of thought--and likely his shot at the nomination-- in a January 2012 Republican primary debate when he tried to name the three Cabinet agencies he would eliminate as president. "I would do away with the Education, the, um, Commerce and ... let's see. I can't think of the third one. I can't. Sorry. Oops." Perry's senior moment was neither forgiven nor forgotten. His primary performance sagged and he soon dropped out and endorsed Newt Gingrich.