In light of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s painfully humiliating flub during Wednesday night’s CNBC Republican presidential primary debate, The Daily Caller dug up an even more egregious error from the annals of presidential debating history.
While Perry struggled to come up with the third cabinet department he would eliminate as president, at least he didn’t defiantly declare something to be true that obviously wasn’t. But President Gerald Ford did in a 1976 presidential debate with Jimmy Carter when he said that “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.”
That came as a surprise to those in Eastern Europe suffering under Soviet domination. When provided a chance by the moderator to clarify, instead of backtracking, he doubled down. Ouch.