On her Tuesday MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell reminisced over CNBC’s Washington correspondent John Harwood tripping up Rick Perry during a 2011 Republican presidential debate. After playing a clip of the infamous “oops” moment, Mitchell turned to Harwood and proclaimed: “John, what are you doing when you're not ending people's presidential candidate's race? I mean, that was a memorable moment.”
Harwood, set to moderate another CNBC Republican debate on Wednesday, gushed: “We’re doing – we’re doing homework here. Yeah, that was a lot of fun. But we're going to have fun tomorrow night...”
As NewsBusters’ Geoff Dickens detailed, Harwood has a long history of liberal bias against conservatives and even later bragged about drawing out that moment with Perry to make it worse for the Texas governor.
Here is a transcript of Mitchell’s brief exchange with Harwood on October 27:
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RICK PERRY [CNBC/NOVEMBER 9, 2011]: We're talking about the agencies of government – EPA needs to be rebuilt. No doubt about that.
JOHN HARWOOD: But you can't name the third one?
PERRY: 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. Sorry. Oops.
ANDREA MITCHELL: The oops moment. Which political story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? CNBC Washington correspondent John Harwood, one of the moderators of tomorrow night's Republican debate, joining me live from the spin room in Boulder, Colorado. John, what are you doing when you're not ending people's presidential candidates race? I mean, that was a memorable moment.
JOHN HARWOOD: We’re doing – we’re doing homework here. Yeah, that was a lot of fun. But we're going to have fun tomorrow night...