11 Sep '11, 4pm

Rick Perry stumbles and mumbles as he tries to defend abstinence education [VIDEO]

Wondering what kind of intellectual and oratorical firepower the governor of Texas brings to the table? This video reveals all (as does the transcript below). In this October 2010 interview with Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune , Perry fields a question about why Texas is sticking with its policy of abstinence-only sex ed despite the fact that the state continues to have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation. Perry responds simply, "Abstinence works." When pressed for statistics to back up his claim, Perry says that abstinence has worked in his own life. It's true that the governor has never gotten pregnant, but that's hardly a compelling data point on which to base state policy -- or, should he become president, national policy. Watch: Transcript: Q: Governor, why does Texas continue with abstinence education programs when they don't seem to be working? In ...

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