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Rick Perry Says Wife Misspoke On Abortion As A Woman's Right

GRAPEVINE, TX - JUNE 27:  Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the National Right to Life convention at the Hyatt Regency DFW Inte
GRAPEVINE, TX - JUNE 27: Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the National Right to Life convention at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport Hotel June 27, 2013 in Grapevine, Texas. Perry has reportedly vowed to continue the fight for a more restrictive abortion law in Texas after the state legislature failed to get the law passed during a special session because of a filibuster and protests. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) said Tuesday that his wife, Anita Perry, misspoke when she said abortion "could be" a woman's right.

“From time to time we’ll stick the wrong word in the wrong place, and you pounce upon it,” Perry said to reporters while appearing at a campaign event for Republican New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan in Smithville, N.J., according to Bloomberg.

Anita Perry's remarks came during a Saturday appearance at the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, where she was asked about abortion by the Tribune's Evan Smith.

"That's really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a women's right," she said. "If they want to do that, that is their decision; they have to live with that decision."

When pressed on her stance, Perry said she believed the decision to have an abortion "could be" the right of a woman.

"Just like it's a man's right if he wants to have some kind of procedure," she said. "But I don't agree with it, and that's not my view."

Rick Perry, who unsuccessfully ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, is no stranger to verbal slip-ups. During a debate in 2011, he famously forgot one of the agencies of government he wanted to eliminate.

"The third agency of government I would do away with – the Education, the Commerce. And let's see. I can't. The third one, I can't," Perry said. "Oops."

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