Perry Insists Debate Gaffe Won't Affect Campaign

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry brushed off criticism of his "lapse of memory" at the latest GOP debate, saying Thursday that the gaffe won't break his campaign.

During Wednesday night's debate in Michigan, Perry attempted to list three agencies he would cut from the federal government.

"Commerce, Education and the -- what's the third one there? Let's see," Perry said.

His opponents then offered the Environmental Protection Agency as the group he was looking for.

Later, Perry finally caught his thought, saying he meant to say the Energy Department as the third agency he would eliminate.

"One error isn't going to make or break a campaign," Perry said Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Still, some criticized Perry, saying he didn't look very "presidential' on stage with the mistake.

"I admit I may not be the best debater or the smoothest politician on the stage," Perry said.

"But what I am is an individual of substance when it comes to creating an environment where jobs can be, in fact, the focus of the entrepreneur class out there that are creating those jobs that Americans really need right now," he added.

CBN News spoke with former campaign adviser and Civic Forum Political Action Committee chairman Ford O'Connell about Perry's debate performance. Stay with CBNNews.com for his analysis of Perry's campaign style as well as how other candidates are sizing up.

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