Rick Perry

The Latest: Perry use humor to deflect query on energy cuts

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Rick Perry is engaging in a bit of self-deprecation to make the point that he doesn't agree with cuts being discussed for Energy Department research programs.

Perry is remembered for being unable to recall during his first presidential campaign that the department was one of the agencies he would eliminate. Now he's Donald Trump's pick to lead it.

The former Texas governor is recalling that embarrassing moment during his confirmation hearing. Senate Democrats are questioning him about reports that the Trump transition team is considering eliminating offices that deal with research on renewable energy,...