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Joe Scarborough: Rick Perry Is 'Finished' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 11/10/11 09:34 AM ET Updated: 11/10/11 11:01 AM ET

Joe Scarborough

After Rick Perry's gaffe at the GOP debate on Wednesday night, Joe Scarborough believes that there are only three candidates who can win the nomination -- and he blasted the conservative bloggers who disagree.

On Thursday's "Morning Joe," Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski were visibly dismayed by Perry's debate performance. Perry had been talking about the three federal agencies he would eliminate if elected president when he couldn't remember the third.

The consensus around the table seemed to be that Perry's campaign was over, with guest John Heilemann noting that the gaffe reinforced Perry's record of bad debates.

After proclaiming Perry "finished," Scarborough named Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman as "the only people that can win the nomination." Then, he touted his accurate predictions about the GOP candidates and went off on conservative critics who have called him a "Republican in name only."

"I know it drives you crazy," he said, speaking to right-wing bloggers. "I'm right all the time. And I know my Republican party better than you know your Republican party and it pisses you off and I understand why it would. Because you're always calling me a RINO and I'm always right about my party and you're always wrong."


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Background on Rick Perry:

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In the beginning of Rick Perry's political career, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1984. As a freshman, he joined other fiscal conservatives in the "pit bulls," named after where they sat in the lower pit of the House Appropriations Committee.

During the 1988 presidential primaries, he supported the candidacy of fellow Southern Democrat Al Gore and worked on his Texas campaign.

Perry ended up voting for George H.W. Bush that year and, in 1989, he switched parties to become a Republican.

Despite his party change, Perry has never lost an election, a record that goes back to elementary school.

Following his three terms in the Texas House. Perry was elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994. His background as the son of a cotton farmer and an animal science major at Texas A&M University undoubtedly helped his campaign.

In 1998, Perry was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Texas. It was during this race that he had a falling out with GOP strategist Karl Rove which led to a reported rivalry with the George W. Bush camp.

When Bush won the presidency in 2000, Perry ascended to become governor in December 2000. He has been re-elected to the position three times since, making him the longest continually-serving governor in the nation.

Correction: An earlier version of this caption incorrectly stated that Perry was the chairman of Gore's Texas campaign.


Filed by Katherine Fung  |