Rick Perry’s “oops” moment will go down in history as one of the worst debate gaffes in presidential political history.
But, it doesn’t kill Perry’s campaign.
“Rick Perry still has a chance,” former presidential campaign advisor Ford O’Connell, a Republican, said.
The Texas governor has raised $17 million for his campaign in just three months on the trail giving him the second biggest campaign war chest heading into the early primary season.
That fundraising (click here for a ranking showing where all 8 of the top candidates line up when it comes to fundraising) assures that Perry is still Romney’s top rival because he can financially afford to advertise statewide in a big media market state like Florida.
It explains why Romney’s campaign, despite Perry’s slide in the polls, continues to put out press releases attacking Perry’s record in Texas. O’Connell said Romney’s camp isn’t going after Gingrich or Cain, because they know Perry is the candidate who is their biggest threat still.
The question becomes, how does Perry play his gaffe. The good news is that Perry is in demand for every talk show in the country at this point. If he can laugh it off and come off as an everyman who just went blank, he can recover, O’Connell said.