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Longtime Austinite and former Texas Governor Rick Perry made his anticipated debut on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) Monday night, proving once and for all that he’s a better dancer than debater — even though he ended with the lowest score of the night.

“From your perspective, how did that compare with a presidential debate?” host Tom Bergeron asked Perry after his first stint on the dance floor with partner Emma Slater. “Presidential debate ain’t even in the class!” Perry exclaimed. “Oh man, come on, this is crazy. This is as good as it gets.”

“I don’t know if you were midwestern or eastern time,” one of the judges later told Perry. “You were not in this time. You were in your own time. Timing is very important when you dance, you know what I mean? So, work on that.”

The guv’s final ranking landed at a five out of 10, the lowest score of any dancing duo on Monday night. But for anyone who remembers Perry’s attempted presidential run and disastrous debate performance, five out of 10 is definitely a better showing than two out of three. And at least he didn’t have another “oops” moment. We’ll chalk that up as a win. Although, there was a corn dog booth at the beginning, an attempted nod to the Texas State Fair that likely aroused some furrowed brows and shaking heads from politically minded Texans.

At least he didn’t break anything, unlike a certain other Texas politico who once appeared on the show.

Give Perry’s performance a watch below via YouTube. If for some reason the embed doesn’t work (like, say, if an eager lawyer gets “takedown” happy), the video is also available through ABC’s official DWTS website.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d78fmOuRk0E

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