In a slip-up that some are already calling Rick Perry’s “Howard Dean scream” campaign-ending moment, the Republican presidential hopeful blanked on his own talking points in the midst of Wednesday’s (Nov. 9) GOP debate.  

“And I tell ya, it’s three agencies of government that are gone when I get there,” began Perry “Commerce, Education and the — uh, what’s the third one?”

Rep. Ron Paul, standing to Perry’s left, tried to jump in and help, offering “The EPA” as the third. Perry initially agreed, then back-tracked saying it didn’t need to be eliminated, but rebuilt.

“But you can’t name the third one?” asked moderator John Harwood.

“The third agency of government I would do away with the education, the uh, the commerce and let’s see,” he continued to fumble. “I can’t the third one. I can’t. Oops.”

Oops, indeed.

The third department he was looking for? Energy, according to ABC’s The Note.

So, what do you think? Is it game over for Perry’s campaign?

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson