By Jonathan Easley - 11/11/11 12:30 PM EST
Rick Perry delivered the "Top Ten" list on David Letterman's show Thursday night, making light of his debate gaffe the night before.
In making light of his misstep in the debate, Perry joked about everything from Herman Cain’s sexual harassment charges and Mitt Romney’s looks to pop artist Justin Bieber’s paternity suit.
During the debate, Perry forgot the third government agency he has said he would eliminate, and fumbled around for nearly a full minute. On "The Late Show," Perry gave his top 10 excuses.
Excuse No. 2 was that “I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Herman Cain.”
Cain is facing allegations that he sexually harassed female employees while he was president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
And for the finale, Perry referenced a report that teen idol Justin Bieber fathered a child with a female fan while he was underage.
“I just found out that Justin Bieber is my father,” Perry said.
He appeared on three morning news shows Thursday, where he smiled broadly and chuckled as news anchors replayed the clip for him.
The Perry campaign has continuously had to defend the candidate’s public speaking appearances, at one point denying Perry was drunk during a stump speech in New Hampshire. Spokesmen for the campaign have blamed fatigue for the string of poor debate performances leading up to Wednesday night, and Letterman riffed on this before Perry got into the top 10.
“How do you feel, by the way — you feel all right, you well-rested, you ready to go?” he asked Perry.