Did Rick Perry say 'Ronald Raven'?
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Controversy ensued online Thursday as to whether former Texas Gov. Rick PerryRick PerryTomorrow's special election in Texas is the Democrats' best House hope in 2021 Overnight Energy: Michigan reps reintroduce measure for national 'forever chemicals' standard |  White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill Trump alumni launch America First Policy Institute MORE had another "oops" moment during his debate appearance that evening.

Many viewers thought Perry said "Ronald Raven" instead of Ronald Reagan during the 5 p.m. debate for the seven Republican presidential contenders who didn't make the cut for the prime-time debate.

Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed maintained that the former governor "clearly" said Ronald Reagan.

Apart from the "Ronald Raven" moment, Perry delivered what many viewed to be a strong performance in the "happy hour" debate. 


Perry used his time onstage to tout his state’s economic performance and call for the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama to be eliminated.

It was a much stronger performance for Perry than four years ago, when his first presidential campaign faltered following an embarrassing debate moment. The then-governor trailed off while trying to name three federal agencies he would eliminate as president, eventually saying just "oops."