Perry Gaffes Again, About the 'Country Solynda'

We're sure he meant the energy company, Solyndra
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2011 6:39 AM CST
Updated Dec 12, 2011 7:57 AM CST
Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to a group gathered at a coffee shop during a campaign stop in Ames, Iowa on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Rick Perry managed to avoid making any major gaffes at Saturday night's debate, only to follow it up the next day with … this. During an appearance in Iowa, he was slamming President Obama's administration for the spending choices it has made. "No greater example of it than this administration sending millions of dollars into the solar industry, and we lost that money," he said. "I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda."

It was a double oops: First of all, that's Solyndra, not Solynda. Second, it's an energy company … not a country. After leaving the stage, Perry was heckled, but not about the gaffe. A university teacher asked him why he is "demonizing gay and lesbian people," while another man asked, "Why can't gays compete in the military?" Perry ignored both hecklers, CNN reports. Perry addressed another recent gaffe yesterday, insisting that voters don't want a "robot." (Read more gaffe stories.)

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