Rick Perry’s ‘I’m a different candidate’ tour continued during an interview with NBC in which he said running for president has nothing to do with being intelligent.
“Running for the presidency’s not an IQ test. It is a test of an individual’s resolve. It’s a test of an individual’s philosophy. It’s a test of an individual’s life’s experiences,” Perry said. He added that he probably has less “margin for error” after he couldn’t remember one of the federal agencies he said he’d ax during a debate in 2011. But “I think, over the course of the last two years, people realize that what they saw in 2011 is certainly not the person they’re looking at at 2013, 2014, 2015,” he said.
I’m not so sure. I don’t think “oops” is something you can forget. It was the Butt Fumble of presidential campaigns.
Insisting that a modicum of intelligence is not a requirement for running for president is certainly not going to help your image if you’re famous for derping on stage.
As far as life experience goes, that’s not exactly a bright spot for Perry, a man famous for hosting friends, family, and fellow lawmakers at his Texas hunting ground called Niggerhead.
Perry shrugged and said “we don’t grapple with that” when asked about income inequality, so philosophy also may not be one of his strengths.