Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has been pummeled for a string of gaffes in the past few weeks. But at least he's being a good sport about it.
A new television advertisement lampoons him for forgetting in a debate last month that the Department of Energy was one of the three federal agencies he would eliminate as president.
The twist? It is Perry's own ad, set to play in Iowa before and after his appearance Thursday evening on NBC's "Tonight Show," according to a statement from his campaign. News of the ad was first reported by Politico.
The ad begins by replaying that cringe-inducing clip, and then Perry appears on screen.
"We've all lost our train of thought before, but not many have done it on national TV," he says. "If you want a slick debater, I'm obviously not your guy."
He promotes his major policy proposals: to introduce a balanced budget amendment and a flat tax and to make Congress a part-time legislative body.
He then says: "I'm Rick Perry, and …" He looks for help off camera, then says, "What's that line again?"
"I'm Rick Perry, and I approve of this message."
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