There are two debates between 2016 wannabe GOP presidential nominees tomorrow, and Rick Perry is not in the one he'd like to be.
That means that the longest-serving governor of Texas is relegated to the undercard, a debate on Fox News at 4 p.m. CT.
It’s a big blow for Perry's campaign. Like a 14-year-old at the kids’ table, Perry is probably a little overqualified for the earlier debate. But he seems to be taking it in stride:
I look forward to being @FoxNews 5pm debate for what will be a serious exchange of ideas & positive solutions to get America back on track.— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) August 4, 2015
The six who make up Perry’s competition are probably people you have never heard of. In fact, let's test that out.
Half of the names on the list below are would-be GOP presidential nominees participating in the earlier presidential debate with Perry, and half are not. See if you can pick out which is which:
1. Charles Fairbanks
2. Rick Santorum
3. George Pataki
4. Mike Sanders
5. Bobby Jindal
6. Mark Roberts
7. Jim Gilmore
8. Carly Fiorina
9. Bob Bretall
10. Michael Bishop
11. Lindsey Graham
12. James Rebhorn
Answers after the jump:
Let's see how you did.
1. Charles Fairbanks served as vice president under Theodore Roosevelt. Since he's been dead since 1918, he will not be available for Thursday's debate.
2. Rick Santorum is a name you should have recognized who will be at the debate. The former Pennsylvania senator was one of the strongest challengers to eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign.
3. George Pataki, another debate participant, has served at nearly every level of New York politics. He was the Empire State's governor from 1995 to 2006.
4. Mike Sanders played small forward for the Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers over an 11-year NBA career. He never averaged more than 11 points per game.
5. Bobby Jindal is the governor of Louisiana, and a debate participant.
6. Mark Roberts is a prolific British streaker, having strutted his stuff at most of the world's biggest sporting events. I guess it's not out of the question that he could appear at the debate, which would certainly be more interesting than anything anyone on stage will say.
7. Jim Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia, will participate in the debate.
8. Carly Fiorina is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. She'll be the only woman on stage on Thursday. What Fiorina may lack in name recognition, she can make up for with deep pockets. She dropped millions of dollars of her own cash to finance a race for a California Senate seat in 2010.
9. Bob Bretall is the Guinness World Record holder for the largest comic collection. The California resident owns nearly 95,000 comic books he's amassed over four decades. Probably an adequate qualification to run for president, but sadly he is not.
10. Michael Bishop, better known as Beefcake the Mighty or Blothar, is a bassist and singer for the heavy metal band Gwar. Classic cuts include "Slaughterama," "Penguin Attack," "Immortal Corrupter," and "Beat You To Death."
11. Lindsey Graham is a senator from South Carolina who will debate on Thursday.
12. James Rebhorn is a character actor you'll recognize from films such as Scent of a Woman, Meet the Parents, and Independence Day. Rebhorn died in 2014.
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