DES MOINES — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday there are eight Supreme Court justices, not nine, and he couldn't remember Justice Sonia Sotomayor's name during an editorial board meeting with the Des Moines Register.
Perry said, in a criticism of President Barack Obama's two Supreme Court nominees: "When you see his appointment of two, from my perspective, inarguably activist judges, whether it was. …" He trailed off.
He paused for six seconds. "Not Montemayor," he said.
"Sotomayor," a member of the editorial board said.
"Sotomayor, Sotomayor," Perry said.
He went on to denounce "eight unelected and, frankly, unaccountable judges" in a discussion of prayer in schools. But nine justices sit on the high court; they are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.
Perry also had to correct himself earlier this week after saying that the United States is at war in Iran instead of Iraq.
GINGRICH ON MIDEAST: Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich said in a cable TV interview Wednesday that Palestinians are an "invented" people with no apparent right to their own state, a rejection of a decade of bipartisan U.S. foreign policy. In the interview, to be broadcast Monday on the Jewish Channel, Gingrich also spoke about his mistrust of Palestinian leaders and his admiration for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.