Perry flubs U.S. voting age
November 29th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
2 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. It's getting old now

    The Barney Fife of candidates strikes yet again.

    November 29, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. ED FL

    Perry isn't the sharpest Knife in the GOP drawer. Why would A long time serving Governor need to [Actually} know the age to allow people to vote. Most Texans only have ten fingers and ten toes so it wouldn't be news that they can't get to the number 21. Hope he doesn't drop out we need the laughs that he provides.

    November 29, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Asturiano

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    November 29, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. bg

    wow cowboy perry, you need a new horse, you are staying behind.

    November 29, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Kent Bowen

    If this were fiction, no one would believe it.

    November 29, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Tomis

    There are very few inteligent people in the GOP these days. And those that are, are smart enough not to run for president.

    November 29, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. Holly

    Give the man a break!!! He is obviously an alcoholic, needed a drink and wanted to know if any one of the students was old enough to go get him one.

    November 29, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. cscann

    @ Mr Class... hate to ruin your day, but thats politics! Both sides do it ali day, every day, for 4 years.

    November 29, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. CBR

    When candidates continually make factual errors, the public has to decide : 1) Are the misinformed; 2)Has the candidate received proper information; 3) Are the candidates studying before they have debates or speaking engagements; 4) Does the health of the candidate necessitate taking certain prescriptive drugs; 5) Are there other mitigating circumstances including the need to avoid alcohol before entering a public meeting.

    These candidates do not understand what the presidency entails nor do they care about their mistakes. As a last resort, blame it on the other party or the media.

    November 29, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. alex

    The name is a Saturday Night Live goldmine!

    November 29, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. jlec

    @Skytag........AAAAHHHH...... yes he did....Obama said there were 57 states......And, he also recently said the economy was picking up.......lol.

    November 29, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. JimAR

    So, we can assume Perry did not vote until after he was 21? Or was he still too busy earning D's in advanced basket weaving at that party college he attended?

    November 29, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. jlec

    @Mr Class......Did you see the latest Gall-up poll............at this point in his presidency, approval rating is lower than Jimmy Carters. bbbbbbbbbbbbb...BAM

    November 29, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. JimAR

    The media just keep firing these "gotcha questions" at him.

    November 29, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. Doc

    For crying out loud! Eighteen year olds have been allowed to vote since 1971. Or hasn't he heard?

    November 29, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Vince in Canada

    Pretty bad when the GOP candidate wins (or, will win) by default....read: nobody else left! Mark my words; Republicans will simply vote for the best of the worst to run against Obama. C'mon America...seriously? The GOP list of "hopefuls" makes for great comedic interest to other countries. I can hardly wait for the next debate. In all honesty, I rush home from work, eat a quick dinner, pour a glass of Pinot Grigio (errrr, white wine for Repubs who don't have a clue what I mean by that), kick back in my fav chair and get my laughing face on. Thanks for the entertainment America. :o)

    November 29, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. JimAR

    Maybe he can go on Letterman again and do another Top Ten.

    November 29, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Cindy

    Shame, shame, shame. Is this the result of the dumbing down of America? Before Reagon, our past leaders were all well read and at least self-educated. And they want to put the red-button to the atomic bomb in his hands!!

    November 29, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. AreYouThereGod?

    Well this will be another fun election year- All the republican candidates are deeply flawed, and running against the incumbent who hasn't done a thing to pull us out of the recession. Get ready for 4 more horrible years folks.

    November 29, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. ngc1300

    I'm over 21, and i"d be more than happy to vote for him on Nov. 12th.

    November 29, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Wo0Fy

    You would think that back when God told him to run he would have told Rick the voting age.

    November 29, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Voice of Reason

    No – what he's saying is that he wants your vote if you are at least 21. 18-year olds arent old enough to drink, so they are sober and wouldn't consider voting for him. BUT if they're at least 21, and therefore old enough to be completely drunk out of their minds when casting a vote – then sure, he might pick up a few votes after all...

    Did y'all follow that Texas logic?

    November 29, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. Ant PA

    Barack Obama: "I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go?"

    Congressman Hank Johnson on Guam: "My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,"

    Nancy Pelosi on the economy: "every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs."

    Joe Biden on the economy: "The number one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S."

    California Senator Barbara Boxer: "Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, ‘Thank God, I'm still alive.' But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again."

    Joe Biden to Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham, who is wheelchair bound: "stand up ... Chuck, stand up, Chuck, let 'em see you!"

    November 29, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. dolceamara

    Though not a fan of Rick Perry, I am starting to feel sympathy and compassion for him. Having your slip-ups magnified via the internet seems a bit cruel.

    November 29, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. TM

    This blockhead makes GWB look like a Rhodes Scholar. Notice that I said "look like".

    November 29, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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