Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Rick Perry flubbed both the country's voting age and the date of the upcoming presidential election at a speech to a group of college students in Manchester Tuesday.
The Texas governor told students in the audience he'd appreciate their vote if they were turning 21 by Nov. 12.
But the United States' voting age is 18, and voters will weigh in on the presidential election on Nov. 6.
A few members of the audience giggled but Perry did not appear to notice his error.
Unlike Obama, at least he knows how many states there are.........hint.......not 57
Obama mistakenly said 57 states once in 4 years. Perry has made 57 mistakes in 4 months. You can't be comparing Obama's intelligence to Perry's.
Some of Obama's famous gaffes:
There are 57 states
Hawaii is in Asia
Austrian is a language
Europe is a country
Yep, another brainfart from Perry. He is certainly presidential timber.
Oh, I got it, in Texas you can drink when you're 18, but not vote until your 21. And Texas voters won't go to the polls until Nov. 12, 2012. After all, with all those 18-20 yr olders imbibing alcohol they'll be too drunk to get there on the 6th. And those 21+ are smart enough not to vote for him, but rather than have him lose his home state, they'll be waiting to go to the polls on the 12th when how they vote won't matter or be known.
Is this newsworthy?
he was probably thinking of the drinking age because maybe he knows anyone would have to be really drunk to vote for him
I certainly hope that the GOP do take his advice and go to vote on November 12! Of course, those between 18 and 21 can go as well, since that is not election day.
Trying to disenfranchise the young voters by implying they aren't old enough, and if they realize that then tell them to vote on the wrong date. He's either unethical or stupid, unless he's both.
All these candidates should just quit now and get on with their book deals. It's amazing how the Republican party is unable to find one viable candidate. Perry? Bachmann? Cain? These people are ridiculous. The only real candidate I see is John Huntsman and the media won't even give him the media attention he deserves.
You people don't have a clue. I'm proud to wear my "Perry for President 2014" shirt.
Thanks, GOP, for a few belly laughs during this election cycle.
I'm convinced that Republican supporters are one-issue voters. If they find a candidate with whom they agree on that one issue, then that's the way their vote will be cast. All other issues are irrelevant. So, if Rick Perry supports gun ownership rights and "Bubba" thinks his right to own a dozen AK-47s and AR-15s is the most important issue to him, then he'll support Perry no matter what else Perry believes and despite Perry's lack of knowledge. It's how Republican sheep vote these days.
Well you know things are going to go badly when three of the top five candidates each believe they have been chosen by God to be president of the United States. Says a lot about the sorry state of our nation as well.
I fear that this is not a casual "flub" at all – it is a freudian slip. It has been discussed within the "inner circles" of GOP seriously : a strategy to revert the voting age limit to 21, since it was the 18-21 voting bloc which made the difference in 2008, in favour of Obama. I will not be surprised if in the near future there is a lobbying effort to portray this segment as immature and unreliable, ultimately disenfranchising them.
Texas, please come take Perry back home. He is embarrassing your state.
Now I know why he cut spending on education in Texas . He doesn't want anybody to be smarter then him .
I thought Texas A&M was a accredited University ? Maybe he needs a refresher course from Newt online at the University of Phenix !
Man the GOP really scraped the bottom of the barrel this time around. At this point, they could add a sock puppet to the debates and he would probably be leading the polls by the end of the week.
The possibility that either Perry or Cain could become president scares me to death. It's amazing how much better Gingrich is looking to me these days. (and also a little frightening too)
"There is no creature more base and removed from the touch of the world than the politician. Adding a partisan flare to their sport has only dragged the populus down to their level of play."
But the driving age is 21, so if anyone is turning 21 by Nov. 12rh, raise a glass to Rick Perry!
People are willing to elect this guy – WHY??
And this was the Media darling a few months ago, then Romney the Obama copy, then Cain the Sex scandalous...who is next? Look into a real Consitutionalist, a doctor and who served our armed forces, Ron Paul.
Let's see here...dopey thought that there were 57 states I believe...
Wake up people! Rick Perry is responsible for generating more jobs than any Governor in the Union. If he is a stupid man, what does that make Obama?
About now I'd rather vote for Forrest Gump. This guy doesn't have a clue and his IQ is probably in the single digit range.