- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 11, 2014

As Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues laying the groundwork for a possible run at the White House in 2016, he says he’s confident he can get past one of the moments that doomed him in his 2012 run.

During a GOP primary debate, Mr. Perry famously couldn’t recall the third department of the federal government he’d pledge to close before saying, “Sorry. Oops.”

“I suspect it happens to everyone, I’m just not sure there’s 4 million people watching,” he told CNBC’s John Harwood, who had questioned Mr. Perry at that debate in November 2011. “I’ve had a lot of fun with it subsequently. You have just made some really good ‘Saturday Night Live’ material.”

Mr. Perry said he doesn’t believe it’s too big to overcome, saying he’s spent approximately the past two years “in preparation to run for the presidency.”

“One of the errors that I made was in not being prepared,” he said. “You know, I was a little arrogant and that had as much to do with my demise as a candidate as forgetting a third agency of government.”

“It is great political satire and comedy, but it won’t be on the obituary,” he said of the “oops” moment.

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