Watch here: Rick Perry's disastrous debate moment

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Perry: “It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: Commerce, Education and the, uh, what’s the third one there, let’s see… Oh, five, okay, so Commerce, Education and the … uh … uh.”

Moderator John Harwood: “EPA?”

Perry: “EPA, there you go.”

Harwood: “Seriously, is EPA the one you were talking about?”

Perry: “No sir, no sir. We were talking about agencies of government. EPA needs to be rebuilt. No doubt about that.”

Harwood: “But you can’t name the third one?”

Perry: “The third agency of government I would do away with, the Education, the uh, Commerce. Let’s see. I can’t. The third one… Oops.”

Later in the debate he remembered the answer he meant to give: “And by the way, that was the Department of Energy I was reaching for earlier,” he said.

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