The good news is that Rick Perry wants to “rebuild the EPA”. The bad news is he didn’t help his chances of having the opportunity to do so with tonight’s debate screw-up.
The transcript is below:
Perry: And I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when i get there that are gone. Commerce, Education, and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see…Okay. Commerce, Education, and the —”
Ron Paul: EPA?
Perry: EPA, there you go.
Moderator: Seriously — is epa one you are talking about?
Perry: No, sir, no, sir. we are talking about the — agencies of government — EPA needs to be rebuilt. >>
Moderator: you can’t — you can’t name the third one?
Perry: The third agency of government I would — I would do away with Education, the — >> Commerce…Commerce and, let’s see. I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.
About 15 minutes later, Perry said “It was the Department of Energy that I was reaching for before.”