Gov. Gaffe is back and what a relief, considering the not-so-fun Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
Rick Perry, the former governor of the Texas is giving another go at becoming the Republican party’s nominee.
Perry’s 2012 was filled with brain freezes and foot-in-mouth misstatements that earned him various not-so-nice nicknames.
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Since then, by all accounts, he has become a more careful, studied politician.
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And he now wears his glasses. (Makes ones look smarter, some say).
Perry wants redemption, it is clear. His announcement came Thursday online at www.rickperry.org .
"We need a president who provides leadership that transcends the petty partisanship that we've seen in the last few years," Perry said in a web video. "We don't have to accept the weakness abroad that we're seeing. We don't have to accept the slow recovery economically that we see here at home."
He has been working overtime to position himself as a frontrunner in all-important Iowa.
“Perry has shaken hands and back slapped his way from one small town to the next, winning strong reviews in the process,” the Los Angeles Times says .
"This is a guy who honestly admits the mistakes of his last race," Craig Robinson, of the website, the Iowa Republican, tells the paper. "I think that goes a long way."
Perry’s 2012 fortunes dissolved when his worst gaffe -- his “oops” moment -- came in a debate in Minnesota.
Perry just couldn’t remember which agencies he would eliminate if he were to become president.
“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone – Commerce, Education and the um, what’s the third one there? Let’s see. Oh five – Commerce, Education and the um, um …”
“You can’t name the third one?” moderator John Harwood asked.
“The third agency of government I would do away with - the education, the uh, the commerce and let’s see. I can’t the third one. I can’t. Sorry Oops.”
Later, he joked: “Speaking of boots, I’m glad I had my boots on tonight because I sure stepped in it out there … I stepped in it. Man, yeah it was embarrassing." Of course it was.
The three agencies, by the way, were Commerce, Education and Energy.
Potential gaffes aside, it won’t exactly be smooth sailing.
Perry remains under indictment, charged with felony abuse of his power as governor to undermine his state’s ethics agency in a case involving a political war within the office of Democratic Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after she was convicted of DWI.
Meanwhile, the crowded GOP field officially grows again on June 15, when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush formally announces his campaign.
Bush, who seems to have been running for months, has not officially declared, an act that puts him more directly under the thumb of campaign finance regulators.
“Coming soon ... " Bush said on his Twitter account, linking to the new website. A companion message was posted in Spanish.