Rick Perry: And I will tell you, it’s three agencies of government when I get there, that are gone. Commerce, Education and ahh, what’s the third one there, let’s see.
Ron Paul: You mean/need 5.
Rick Perry: Oh Five. Ok, so Commerce, Education, and ah, the, ummm...
Rick Santorum: EPA
Rick Perry: EPA – there you go – no …
Panel: Seriously, is EPA the one you were talking about sir?
Rick Perry: No, sir. No, sir. We were talking about the umm, the agencies of government, EPA needs to be rebuilt. There’s no doubt – there’s no doubt about that.
Panel: But you can’t name the third one?
Rick Perry: The third agency of government I would do away with Education, ahhhh, the ahhhh...
Background Voice: Commerce.
Rick Perry: Commerce – lets see...
Herman Cain: Oh my.
Rick Perry: I can’t – the third one I can’t sorry oops.
Rick Perry doesn't remember his own list of three federal departments he plans on shutting down during the live airing on November 9, 2011 of the Republican Presidential Debate. He is given a few chances to correctly remember, but he tries to crack jokes and repeat himself to no avail. Oops.