After watching Rick Perry fumble, Buddy Roemer, the former Louisiana governor and congressman who is running for president but hasn't qualified in the polls for the televised debates, was dumbfounded: "Oh, how I wish I could be at just one of these debates." NBC's Jo Ling Kent watched the debate with Roemer last night and unlike Rick Perry Roemer did not forget which federal departments Rick Perry would eliminate:
"It's energy, Rick! Energy! Oh come on, Rick, it's energy," Roemer shouted at his flat screen TV as Perry floundered, searching for the name of the third federal agency he'd eliminate if elected.
"Oh, how I wish I could be at just one of these debates," he said ... "It's frustrating. I try to make fun of it but at the end of the day it's frustrating. No one else up there has been both a congressman and governor. I've actually done this stuff," Roemer said while making coffee during a commercial break.
Nor have they lost a governor's primary election to a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. So, there's that.
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