Perry flubs U.S. voting age
November 29th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry flubs U.S. voting age

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.


Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (443 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Its a good thing he's not required to take a test to prove citizenship: he would be deported immediately.

    November 29, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. swolfson929

    Is he still in the race? Amazing!!!!

    November 29, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Prediction: Someone in Hollywood is going to make a move comedy satiring this 2012 Republican field. Think of "Scary Movie". How about "Scary Politician"?

    Seriously, though. Not only did Rick Perry get initially elected as Governer, but he also got re-elected(!) and re-elected again. Can you imagine what his opponent must have been like? Shazzam!

    November 29, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He's lost his chance. If he hadn't flub the debates, he'd be doing better. I don't think he'll make it.

    November 29, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Mike

    Would someone please take away Perry bottle of Jack Daniels? He’s just embarrassing himself now. You know, in my parent’s day the wife would be there too slip the bottle out of his hand, give the lampshade back to the host and coax him out to the car; I guess it’s just another sign of the breakdown of the American family.

    November 29, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. GL

    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.

    Oh my God, I really feel bad for this guy.

    November 29, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Emmy Skaddittle

    and i thought w was a dimwit, what the heck to they put in the water down in texas

    November 29, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Emmy Skaddittle

    another none and done

    November 29, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Corporations R. People II

    LOL at Rickster trying to defend the indefensible. Keep carrying that shinebox for the GOP clown shoes.

    November 29, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. FabianB3

    Speaks to the seriousness of the candidate, or lack thereof. In this case, it's definitely the latter.

    November 29, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. animal48

    Is this another OOPS moment? What a dummy.

    November 29, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. dennis freeman

    You have to forgive him – he's a moron

    November 29, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Prediction: Someone in Hollywood is going to make a move comedy satiring this 2012 Republican field. Think of "Scary Movie". How about "Scary Politician"?"

    I'll one up that: Will Ferrel will use FUnny or Die and some nifty editing to simultaneously playdo his Dubya impersonation having a blisteringly insipid conversation with Ferrel's new Cowboy Fonzie impersonation (which he has yet to invent).

    November 29, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Laverne

    Jimmy Carter's approval rating was 30% at this time during this presidency. Some people need to get their facts straight, but again that is what it seem to be about in America, misleading people, lying, cheating and God knows what else. In the politcal climate we are in and the fact that many hate the prez more because of who he is vs. his policies polling in the mid 40's aint so bad.

    November 29, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    Rick is a few fries short of a happy meal.

    November 29, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Wes B.

    This guy does the most AMAZING George W. Bush impression I've ever seen in my life!

    November 29, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Indy

    Republicans always making their own rules !

    November 29, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. WarrenTX

    No. Rick Perry did not get elected, re-elected and re-elected again. He was lieutenant governor when Shrub went to Washington, leaving him governor by default. Second term he was elected (gerry-mandered districts, thanks to Delay). Third election involved a third party candidate who got on the ballot by back-room machinations of the Republican party of Texas and "Governor Good Hair" became the longest serving governor with 39% of the vote.

    November 29, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Russ

    And so goes the GOP candidate field. A total bunch of idiots. Sad part is a lot of Americans will still vote for the one that makes it to the Presidential election. Of the current group there shouldn't be a single vote cast for the one that makes it. Yes they are that pathetic.

    November 29, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Mikey

    @Rickster – I don't know what the President's approval rating has to do with this article. BTW, the only reason that is true is because Carter's had a temporary bump from 30% right at this time in his presidency. A few points:

    What matters is how many people prefer him to whoever the GOP puts up against him next November
    His approval rating is way above that of Congress. Since the 2010 election their approval rating has plumeted by more than half.
    The only thing worse than the approval rating of Congress is that of the GOP in Congress – only one in ten approve – 1/4 of the Prez rating.
    Obama's is almost twice that of GWP during his entire second term.

    Everything is relative. People are not happy with the way things are going, but if you are going to reference the polls, as you did, you have to also consider that by a wide margin, they blame the GOP more than the President – which is accurate.

    November 29, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Jim in San Mateo

    Why does this guy insist on making Dan Quayle look intelligent?

    November 29, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. cmcle

    Here's the scary thing. Despite the profound incompetence of most of the Republican candidates, and the glaring inadequacies of the remaining "viable" candidates, the 2012 presidential election will be close. I'm not saying it should be close. Instead, the vested interests (i.e., the wealthy and powerful) will effectively manipulate and dupe the large part of the US population that is ignorant and gullible. This large segment of the population will continue to act effectively counter to their own interests, as well as the interests of the great majority of Americans, to serve the interests of the powerful few. If we are to at least maintain some semblance of democracy, and perhaps even restore some of what we've lost, we must be diligent in the coming year. The Republicans, with their traditional weapons of money, deceit, and various other tactics, including many election day tricks, are intent on defeating Obama.

    November 29, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Mitch

    The Pride of Texas!

    November 29, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    Priceless. Do the republicans REALLY think this parade of clowns would be better than our current CIC? This line-up is good for only one thing – laughs.

    I'll borrow a phrase from Dominican Mama. Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    November 29, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Woman In California

    Please don't start with Obama's 57 states remark. This is about Perry NOT Obama. Perry is an idiot and so are the people of Texas who voted for him.

    November 29, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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