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Rick Perry Mistakes Lebanon for Libya

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a bit of an “oops” moment on Saturday when he mistakenly referred to the administration’s response to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi as occurring in Lebanon instead of Libya.

“I fear where we’ve come to in America, where our administration won’t make one phone call to save our men and women in a embassy in Lebanon,” Perry said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.

Earlier in his speech, Perry referred to his brush with forgetfulness during the 2012 Republican presidential primary and shared with the crowd why he personally relates to Peter the Apostle.

“It was the same Peter whose mouth sometimes ran faster than his brain,” Perry said. “Let me tell you I can relate to Peter.

“I’ve learned a little bit about humility, particularly on national television,” Perry said. “But the fact is, God hadn’t called the perfect to go into the arena of public service. He’s called people just like you and just like me.”

Despite the mistake in his speech Saturday, Perry urged Republicans to adopt the demeanor of a “happy warrior” and doled out a simple piece of advice for conservatives.

“Smile when you disagree with a liberal,” Perry said. “Shake your head as Ronald Reagan once said, he said you know, liberals know so much that isn’t so.”

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McCain Flubs Hit on Gingrich, Santorum While Stumping for Romney

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(CONWAY, S.C.) -- Another Mitt Romney event, another senior senator moment from Sen. John McCain.

On Friday, he mixed up the names of GOP candidates when trying to cast differences between Romney and his counterparts. "Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint have joined with me time and time again to go to the floor of the senate to fight against the earmark, pork barrel corruption that goes on in Washington, D.C., said McCain, speaking at a rally in a peanut warehouse. “Earmarks are a gateway to corruption. I can tell you that neither Mitt Romney nor Rick Santorum share that view.”

What McCain meant to say was that neither Newt Gingrich nor Rick Santorum share that view. McCain quickly tried to recover, going on to hit Gingrich on the earmark spending.

“When Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House, earmarks exploded,” said McCain. “Rick Santorum sponsored earmark after earmark. I went down to the floor and fought against those. My friends, earmarks are the gateway to corruption.”

“Members of Congress went to jail and I guarantee you this president,” said McCain, pointing at Romney, “will fight against it time after time."

During a rally on Thursday in Charleston, McCain erred when he replaced President Obama’s name in a line that was meant to laud Romney. “I am confident, with the backing of the American people, President Obama will turn this country around,” said McCain, immediately catching his error. “President Romney.”  

McCain officially endorsed Romney on Wednesday, and has been campaigning with the former Massachusetts governor in New Hampshire and South Carolina since.

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