Rick Perry Says God Will Forgive 'Oops' Moment

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America may not have given Rick Perry a second chance after the infamous "Oops" moment that shook the political world, but the Texas governor thinks there's one person who will forgive him for his blunder - God.

At a prayer breakfast in Austin, Texas, Wednesday morning, Perry deviated from prepared remarks when, according to the AP, he spoke of his gaffe, saying, "America may not forgive you, but God will."

During a CNBC debate in November, Perry fumbled when he couldn't remember the third agency he would eliminate as president, a lapse which became one of the campaign season's most memorable gaffes.

"It's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone - Commerce, Education and the um, what's the third one there? Let's see. Oh five - Commerce, Education and the um, um," Perry said.

"The third agency of government I would do away with - the education, the uh, the commerce and let's see. I can't the third one. I can't. Sorry. Oops."

The Texas governor has taken his mistake in stride, poking fun at himself on comedy shows and turning the "Oops" moment into a political ad in Iowa.

Perry conceded that the now infamous moment was an embarrassment during an interview with the Texas Tribune in February.

"Obviously it embarrasses you," Perry told the Texas Tribune's Jay Root. "When the bright lights are on and trying to reach in there and get that exact thing that you're looking for is elusive, so it's happened to everyone, and I kind of take it as one of those great humbling moments in your life that helps us all become better people. From my perspective, I'd rather it not have happened. If you don't hit a few speed bumps in your life, you're probably going down a dead end road."

But at least he can depend on the ever forgiving God to look past his memorable blunder which is now etched in political history.

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