so we'll make sure that doesn't happen again. >> rick perry was unable to put his debate moment in 2011 behind him. how do you -- >> yeah, but i mean that was -- >> i know, it was worse but how does your campaign put that behind you? >> well, i mean, there's a big difference, he couldn't remember what he wanted to say, apparently i remembered it too well. >> nicolle, would you say rick perry's oops moment was worse than what happened the other night? >> no. and i think that rubio's damage was caused by his refusal to say what he said yesterday immediately following the debate, voters punish you more harshly for a gaffe if you refuse to acknowledge what the world over saw. if you are standing there saying "i would have --" he said it on the sunday show, "i would have paid money to have the networks repeat that clip over and over because that's what i believe passionately." that sentence did him as much damage as repeating that line four times because it made it look like he couldn't do what he finally did yesterday which was admit a mistake. >> he's handled this great the last two days.
think about who's left the race, scott walker, bobby jindal, rick perry, mike huckabee, rick santorum, rand paul. those guys all out of the race. a lot of that vote will go to ted cruz so he has moved up nationally but he's not ahead or even with donald trump nationally, i don't think there's any question about that. >> mike barnicle, it looks as if either the nbc news/"wall street journal" poll or quinnipiac/"usa today" and these other -- and reuters who have him up by 20, 25 points, it looks like they're all competing to be the gallup of the 2016 cycle. that had mitt romney up by 11 points to the very end. somebody is drastically wrong. there's no explaining this away a month from now. >> we all know polls are a snapshot of a moment in time. the rest of the polls other than the nbc/"wall street journal" polls are landscape portraits of what's going on on the republican side, keeping trump up there. the most interesting aspect of these polls, at least to me, is that all of them when they rank the candidates portend in the future -- i don't know whether it's the immediate future or fo
. >> finally, former texas governor rick perry -- >> get your tir-shirts out. >> i have one. he's cleared of all charges. the texas court of criminal appeals adropped a felony abuse of power charge against him. it was the second of two charges he faced after being indicted in 2014. after the court's decision yesterday, perry celebrated with an ice cream cone. >> i love that guy. >> at a burger shack in austin. it was the same place where he gotten a ice cream shortly after being booked on the 2014 charge. >> harold, this guy is booked by a partisan prosecutor right as he's getting ready to run in a presidential campaign. and it hangs over him. >> look, it's -- >> it's terrible. >> it didn't seem to add up all together to your point when it first happened, when the charges were brought and, you know, bless him, glad it's over with him for it and it's unfortunate he had to have that dog him during a campaign. >> still ahead on "morning joe," texas governor greg abbot who is blacking ted cruz for president. plus, former rnc chairman haley barbour joins us. senator bob corker and
. >> was this a rick perry moment? >> absolutely. when we talked about his accomplishment accomplishments we talked about he has great potential, he's gotten himself elected in the united states senate, so we saw that great potential evaporate, voters in this state render add judgment not ready to be commander in chief. he's off the island. it's a brutal, cruel process. >> it's done. too many candidates out there. >> one quick caveat. you know who runs rubio's snack two of the toughest south carolina operatives that you can find. >> but your candidate has to be able to pull it. katty, jump in. i thought jeb bush, he's been saying you can't insult and curse your way to the presidency. so far you can. >> he made the link between being tough on immigration and that somehow allied him on being tough on security. he said "after paris people looked at me and said i'd be tough on security because i'm tough on immigration." that's a problem for jeb bush. if it's going to be a problem with national security down there and he's less tough on i
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