Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will forever be remembered for his 2012 presidential campaign debate "oops." In retrospect, his blank gaffe may pale in comparison to an Australian politician's recent blunder.
In video posted Monday on the YouTube page of incumbent rival Michelle Rowland, Jaymes Diaz had his moment. The Liberal Party candidate for Australia's Greenway seat in parliament was asked by Channel Ten News about his plan for addressing immigration issues.
"We have a six-point plan to make sure that we do stop the boats," said Diaz in the television interview.
"Six points, could you run through them for us," the reporter replied.
"Well, I can run through all the details of the points, but look, the main thing is…" Diaz went on.
"The six points, the six points," the reporter interjected, before narrating that Diaz never reached the six points in their interview.
Perry's debate "oops" came at a Nov. 9, 2011 U.S. presidential debate in Michigan, where he vowed that he would shut down three government agencies if elected. When asked to name all three, he said: "I would do away with the Education, the, uh, Commerce, and, let's see. I can't. The third one I can't. Sorry. Oops."
In September 2012, Reuters reported that Perry's miscue was due to a lack of sleep, as chronicled in a book by Texas Tribune correspondent Jay Root.