Perry says eliminate 3 agencies, can't name them

November 9, 2011 - 10:45 PM
Republicans Debate

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a Republican Presidential Debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry says he would eliminate three federal agencies. Just don't ask him to name them.

The Texas governor on Wednesday night struggled during a debate with his rivals and said he would nix the Commerce and Education departments. He drew a blank when the moderator asked what the third agency would be.

Perry previously has called on the elimination of the Energy Department.

Perry is only saying "oops" for drawing a blank on a favorite subject of criticism on the campaign trail.

He has struggled at previous debates and although he's committed to four more, his advisers are considering skipping future ones.