Rick Perry mistakenly calls Solyndra a country


Rick Perry mistakenly called Solyndra, the failed California solar-panel maker, a country during a campaign speech in Iowa, according to the Huffington Post.

Perry took direct aim at President Barack Obama’s handling of government spending during a campaign stop in Ames, Iowa this weekend. He – like many other Republicans have in recent months – took a shot at Solyndra’s failure, but he forgot a few important details.

“No greater example of it than this administration sending millions of dollars into the solar industry, and we lost that money,” Perry said. “I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solyndra.”

Solyndra was the first renewable-energy company to receive federal loan guarantees under the 2009 stimulus law. The Obama administration touted the company, which received $535 million from taxpayers, as a model for it clean energy program.

The company filed for bankruptcy in Sept. 6 and laid off more than 1,100 workers.

Since then, the company’s implosion and revelations that the administration hurried a review of the loan in time for the September 2009 groundbreaking has become an embarrassment for Chu and Obama and a rallying cry for GOP critics of the administration’s green energy program.

8 Responses

  1. Robert says:


    It’s no secret Perry is not polished in front of a large crowd. I’ve seen him in smaller settings where the dialogue was more conversational, and he did very well because he was more relaxed. If Obama didn’t have a teleprompter, I guarantee he would stumble repeatedly and wouldn’t have to apologize in all 57 states.

  2. Robert says:

    “Texas needs term limits, starting with the governor’s office. When politicians stay in office too long they lose touch with reality.”

    Pure rubbish. Perry continues to be an effective governor. This Solyndra issue is being spun into something that it isn’t. Perry obviously knows Solyndra is not a country, but a company, which is what he intended to say in the first place. It isn’t the first nor the last time anyone committed a slip of the tongue. Get over it.

    • Dan X. McGraw says:

      Robert, I’ll agree with you that it was a slip of the tongue, but I can’t remember a candidate with this many gaffes.

  3. db64 says:

    Texas needs term limits, starting with the governor’s office. When politicians stay in office too long they lose touch with reality.

  4. Robert says:

    It’s obvious that Perry meant to say “company” vice country, but leave it to the dregs at HuffPo to misrepresent the incident.

  5. Robert says:

    Well, Mike H., sorry to burst your bubble but corporations are indeed a collection of people, as opposed to the nameless, faceless entities that comrade Barry and his ilk would have us think. Who do you think runs them….the great and powerful Oz behind the curtain?

  6. Peeper says:

    Perry’s throwing haymakers now. Going home soon.

  7. Mike H. says:

    First we hear that Corporations are people from a Presidential Candidate. Now, we hear they are a country.