Rick Perry Forgets How Many Supreme Court Justices There Are

DES MOINES (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday there are eight Supreme Court justices, not nine, and couldn’t remember Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s name in an editorial board meeting with The Des Moines Register newspaper.

Perry’s repeated stumbles are keeping him from steadying his Republican presidential campaign with less than a month remaining before the lead-off caucuses in Iowa.

On Friday, Perry criticized Obama for his two Supreme Court nominees. “When you see his appointment of two, from my perspective, inarguably activist judges, whether it was .” he said, trailing off.

He paused for six seconds. “Not Montemayor,” he said.

“Sotomayor,” a member of the editorial board said.

“Sotomayor, Sotomayor,” Perry said.

He went on to denounce “eight unelected and, frankly, unaccountable judges” in a discussion of prayer in schools. But nine justices sit on the Supreme Court; they are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

“For Washington to tell a local school district that you cannot have a prayer and a time of prayer in that school is, I think, offensive to most Americans,” Perry told the editorial board. “I trust the people of the states to make those decisions. I trust those independent school districts to make those decisions better than eight unelected and, frankly, unaccountable judges.”

Similar gaffes have plagued Perry. Perhaps the most memorable was during a debate last month, when he couldn’t remember one of three federal agencies he has pledged to abolish. As recently as Thursday, Perry had to correct himself after saying the U.S. is at war in Iran instead of Iraq.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • JOe Dutra

    And Obama believes he is president of 57 states. What else is news?

  • Repairing Your Computer Videos

    Normally I don’t learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to check out and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice article.

  • Do water softeners work?

    Hey there, You’ve performed a great job. I’ll certainly digg it and in my view suggest to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this site.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow and Like Us
Best Of CBS Washington

Listen Live