What is a gaffe?

“He was pushed on his views on climate change. (That resulted in one of the evening’s pure head-scratching moments when Perry appeared to compare his skepticism about global warming to Galileo’s views on heliocentrism.)”  “All in all, Perry committed no gaffes and did little to harm his position in the still unfolding race.”

On what planet can you say the first thing in your news report and three paragraphs later say the second thing?  How is it not a gaffe in a debate to compare yourself to Galileo?

LA Times on Republican Debate

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