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Rick Perry ends campaign: His top five moments

at 11:35 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Texas Gov. Rick Perry may not have won any primaries — or even come close — but he gave us some of the best television of the 2012 election so far. Now that he’s suspending his campaign, here’s a look back at the weirdest, most entertaining and most controversial moments in the Perry campaign. Good-bye, Rick Perry. We’ll miss you.

1. Oops.

Quite possibly the worst debate flub of all time, Perry’s inability to remember his own agency-elimination plans in a Nov. 9 debate was really the beginning of the end.

2. Dancing with rabbis

While this video actually dates back to December 2010, it never would have seen national fame if not for Perry’s presidential bid.

3. Cornerstone speech

A video of Perry speaking at a New Hampshire dinner for the group Cornerstone Action led some to speculate that the unusually loose, energetic candidate was drunk.

4. ”Strong” ad

Perry went viral with this envelope-pushing ad, in which he declared he would “end Obama’s war on religion” and that “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”

5. No touching

For all his campaign’s flaws, Perry can take pride in this: He made Mitt Romney lose his cool. The former Massachusetts governor made physical contact after Perry needled him on undocumented workers.

 
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