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Trinity Prof: Perry 'Failed The Audition'

Expert Predicts Governor's Brain Freeze Could be Costly

SAN ANTONIO - Watching the re-run of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's latest gaffe, Dr. David Crockett, a political science professor at Trinity University, could only shake his head and laugh.

"I feel his pain in the sense that we all have our lists and we forgot one," Crockett said.

Yet during Wednesday night's nationally televised Republican debate, Perry could not remember his own talking points regarding which three federal agencies he would eliminate if he were elected president.

He got two out of three: the U.S. Departments of Education and Commerce.

After fumbling with his notes, Perry said, "I can't, the third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops!"

"The 'oops' just puts the exclamation point on this guy's got a problem in terms of being fluid and eloquent," Crockett said.

He said Republicans are looking for a candidate who can hold his own against President Obama's renowned speaking skills.

"That may be the problem with Rick Perry, he's failed the audition," Crockett said.

He said although debates rarely are the deciding factor in the general election, voters use them to gauge whether a candidate is worth their time.

Crockett said he thought Perry tried to handle his brain freeze with humor, but the awkward moment only reinforces his prior reputation of not doing well in debates.

He also said it was a missed opportunity for Perry to redefine himself.

Crockett said, "It put the nail in that coffin."


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