Rick Perry Fumbles in Florida Debate
Was it the moment that the Republican front-runner Rick Perry blew his chance of becoming president? Perry was utterly incoherent at the last debate when he tried to paint Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper.
At the debate, Perry said, "Was it the Mitt Romney that was on the side of, against the Second Amendment before he was for the Second Amendment? Was it was before he was before the social programs, um."
In another moment from the debate, Perry said, "From the standpoint of he was for, uh, standing up for Roe vs. Wade before he was against Roe vs. Wade."
Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume said, "Perry really did throw up all over himself in the debate at a time when he needed to raise his game."
Perry's performance was even spoofed on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live with guest host Alec Baldwin portraying the candidate.
Now, Perry's debate debacle has led to an apparent protest vote against him in the Florida Republican straw poll over the weekend.
Former Godfather Pizza Company CEO Herman Cain pulled off a huge upset, beating Perry by 22 points. He appeared on the Today show.
The Today show's Ann Curry asked, "How much do you think his performance hurt him?"
Cain replied, "I believe it hurt him a lot because, not just in terms of what he said, but in terms of how he said it."