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And just like that, all of Rick Perry's past debate struggles were forgotten. But only because he had topped them all, and then some. The Texas governor began talking about his tax plan, and how he'd reduce government regulations as president. It unfolded like this: "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 ..." Perry said. Take two. "Commerce, Education, and -- uh. The, uh ..." Mitt Romney tried to assist. "EPA?" "EPA! There you go," Perry said, laughing (at least on the outside). Moderator John Harwood pressed Perry: Was it really the EPA he was looking for? "No, sir. No, sir." Take three. "I would do away with Education. The, uh, Commerce. And let's see. I can't. The third one, I can't," he said. "Oops."
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