Ted Cruz’s ‘Oops’ Moment?

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Just over four years since Rick Perry’s now infamous “Oops” moment, another Texas Republican came dangerously close to having his own brain freeze on the debate stage.

During Tuesday’s GOP debate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz attempted to list off the five government agencies he would eliminate as president. The only problem was -- he listed the Department of Commerce twice.

"Five major agencies that I would eliminate: The IRS, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce and HUD."

The agency Cruz forgot to mention, according to a plan released before the debate, was the Department of Education.

It was the GOP debate on Nov. 9, 2011, when then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry forgot the third government agency he would cut, all but solidifying the end of his campaign and creating one of the defining moments of the 2012 race for the White House.

After listing the Department of Commerce and Education, Perry could not remember the final agency he wanted to slash.

“The third one, I can’t,” he said. “Sorry. Oops.”