In the latest effort to revive his campaign before a national audience, Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to appear this evening on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It's the second late-night program Perry has visited since his now infamous brain freeze during a Nov. 9 GOP debate on CNBC, when he forgot the third agency he would eliminate if he becomes president.
Tonight, the presidential candidate will take on Leno, who has skewered Perry's gaffes in several of his signature monologues. At times, he's been downright brutal.
Here's a look back at seven of the more memorable jabs. It's clear: Perry gives Leno plenty of material to work with.
Sept. 6, 2011: Leno pokes fun at Perry's debut in the GOP debates. (Clearly, this was at a time when Perry was at the top of the polls, and before the debates became known as entertaining political TV.)
Sept. 9, 2011: Is the Texas governor a candidate or sufferer of a nasty ailment we won't mention here?
Sept. 19, 2011: Where's Rick Perry? Oh, you know. Just hanging out in the Merck money booth. Ouch.
Nov. 1, 2011: A New Hampshire crowd gets to know the giddy side of Perry.
Nov. 10, 2011: But of course. Leno on Perry after the "oops" moment in the CNBC debate. It was enough to merit two mentions in his monologue.
Nov. 17, 2011: Leno introduces GOP Jeopardy."That was the dumbest group of contestants I've ever seen on the show!"