Bobby Jindal Fixes Rick Perry's Flat-Tax Gaffe

12/20/2011 05:53 pm ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011

While out on the campaign trail in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry got by with a little help from his friend.

During a Tuesday visit to the eastern city of Maquoketa, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal teamed up with Perry to talk about his economic successes in Texas. While discussing tax plans with a voter, Perry said his flat-rate format would eliminate standard deductions.

That's when Jindal stepped in and saved the day.

"Rick, you would actually keep your standard deduction in your flat tax," he said.

Perry quickly brushed off the error, cracking a joke.

"Thank you for correcting me on that, not that I ever make a mistake," he responded. "It's always good to have Bobby here to correct me."

The flat-tax flop was the latest in a series of gaffes made by Perry during his candidacy. He made waves in November with his memorable "oops" moment at a GOP debate, where he failed to name the three federal agencies he would eliminate as president. A few weeks later, Perry botched the U.S. voting age in New Hampshire, asking for the support of those who will be at least 21 years old on Election Day. The actual voting age is 18.

In early December, Perry's slip-ups reached judicial heights. In an interview with The Des Moines Register, he forgot the name of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Two days later, his struggles entered the environmental arena, as he criticized the Obama administration's decision to loan millions to the "country Solynda."

Despite those bumps, Perry has pressed on, vowing that "voters aren't looking for a robot." Jindal endorsed the Texas governor back in September as "the candidate who can lead our party to victory in 2012."


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