Rick Perry Blames Justin Bieber for His Debate Gaffe

Entertainment Nov. 12, 2011 AT 12:46PM
Rick Perry Blames Justin Bieber for His Debate Gaffe Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images; Fred Duval/FilmMagic

At least he's got a sense of humor!

Presidential hopeful Rick Perry had a major brain freeze at Wednesday's GOP debate in Detroit when he couldn't remember one of the three government agencies he said he wanted to cut. But on Thursday, the 61-year-old Republican poked fun at his error -- and even jokingly blamed Justin Bieber for the gaffe!

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The Texas governor appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and delivered the Top Ten List of "Rick Perry Excuses."

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"I just learned Justin Bieber is my father!" he joked. (Bieber, 17, recently agreed to take a paternity test to disprove claims that he's the father of Mariah Yeater's 3-month-old son.)

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More reasons why Perry wasn't exactly well-versed on Wednesday? "I was up late last night watching Dancing with the Stars," he quipped. "You try concentrating with Mitt Romney smiling at you. That is one handsome dude."

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