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Another 'Oops'? Perry Names Three Departments He'd Cut...Just Not the Same Ones

"It shouldn't be surprising the governor’s talking about another agency that needs to be looked at and cut."

Rick Perry struggled for 53 seconds to try to remember the third federal agency he would cut as president during a GOP presidential debate in Novemeber. (AP)

Rick Perry on Friday readily named three federal departments he'd eliminate as president -- they just weren't the same ones he listed during his now-infamous "oops" debate moment.

Asked during a radio interview which departments he would cut, the Texas governor either forgot the third or added a fourth.

“Three right off the bat, you know, commerce, interior and energy are three that you think,” Perry said on WTKS radio in Savannah, Ga., ABC News reported.

He made no mention of the Department of Education, an agency he frequently names on the stump, until the host asked him if he'd axe that one as well.

"Well, your common sense tells you that the citizens of South Carolina, your governor, the legislature, your school administrators and school board, parents, teachers know substantially better how to educate your children in South Carolina than some bureaucrat in Washington, D.C.," Perry said, according to the National Journal.

During the debate in November, Perry named the Commerce and Education departments, forgetting the Department of Energy and struggling onstage for nearly a minute.

Asked Friday whether Perry meant to include the Department of the Interior in his radio answer, spokesman Mark Miner told reporters after the show: “It shouldn't be surprising the governor’s talking about another agency that needs to be looked at and cut."

“He’s serious when he talks about reforming Washington and going there," Miner said.

One last thing…
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