With his campaign a smoking wreck on the side of a Michigan highway Wednesday morning, Rick Perry took to the airwaves today to put a Texas-size band-aid on the Oops Heard ‘Round The World.
Perry spin summary #1: *Shrug* Everyone makes mistakes, right? Perry kicked things off last night while, telling reporters right after the debate he “stepped in it.” His campaign picked up the ball from there.
From a fundraising email Team Perry sent out this morning:
We’ve all had human moments. President Obama is still trying to find all 57 states. Ronald Reagan got lost somewhere on the Pacific Highway in an answer to a debate question. Gerald Ford ate a tamale without removing the husk. And tonight Rick Perry forgot the third agency he wants to eliminate. Just goes to show there are too damn many federal agencies.
Perry spin summary #2: Politicians, they’re just like us!
The media isn’t letting Perry off that easily. The Texas governor made a sweep of the morning shows Wednesday, where he had to answer cringe-worthy questions like this one from the Fox And Friends gang: “Is there a chance in the wake of your debate performance last night you’re going to call it quits?”
Or this one, from CBS: “With all due respect, what were you thinking last night, governor?”
Perry told the Fox that he’s not dropping out and told CBS “the issue here is that I had a lapse of memory.”
Then came the Perry post-debate spin we’ve all come to know since he entered the presidential campaign contest and the top 10 list of worst-ever debaters.
“Look, we have a debater in chief now. How is that working for America?” Perry told CNN. “If the fact is that the Americans want a great debater…I’m probably not their guy.”
Polls show Republican voters aren’t buying this line. Perry has tanked since taking the debate stage, going from frontrunner to top-tier to bottom tier to maybe worse in the weeks since he started presidential debates on television. Nevertheless, the Perry camp seems to think they have a winner in this line of reasoning.
Perry spin summary #3: Debates, shmebates!
Our mashup of Perry’s morning: