While defending himself, Perry steps in it again
November 30th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
2 years ago

While defending himself, Perry steps in it again

(CNN) – Rick Perry sought to defend a recent gaffe in an interview Wednesday, but in the same appearance made another.

On Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate incorrectly said the voting age in the U.S. is 21 instead of 18 and that the 2012 presidential election is on Nov. 12 instead of Nov. 6, mistakes Perry characterized as human error.

"Look I'm a human being … I'm going to make some mistakes from time to time in my remarks," Perry said on Fox News.

He added that the focus on his missteps is an effort to distract from his policy proposals.

"When someone doesn't want to talk about the substantive issues, when they don't want to talk about the flat tax that I've laid out, when they don't want to talk about major overhaul of Washington, D.C. like going to a part-time Congress, which most of the states operate very well with, they want to find some little error that you've made and go talk about that," Perry said.

But in the same interview, in which Perry appeared from New Hampshire, the Texas governor incorrectly identified the state's early voting contest as "caucuses" instead of a "primary."

"Americans haven't decided yet at all who they want to lead the Republican nomination and we're going to be talking about that, we're going to be talking about it in harsh and strong terms over the course of the next four to five weeks are we get ready for those New Hampshire caucuses," Perry said.

New Hampshire will host the first-in-the-nation primary on Jan. 10, following the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa, where Perry has focused the bulk of his energies, on Jan. 3.

Perry rocketed to the top of national and state-wide polls after his late entry into the 2012 race, but has since seen his support fall after disappointing debate performances and errors on the campaign trail.

A recent CNN/ORC International poll of Republican voters showed Perry in 4th place with 11% support behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 24%, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 20% and former pizza executive Herman Cain with 17%.


Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. shoegazer

    All hat,no cattle.....Watching this wannabe is more hilarious than Dan Ackroyd doing Julia Child.
    Perry/Cain 2012: A laugh a minute tandem that will at least make you forget how bad you have it.If everso briefly.

    November 30, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Jack

    Ah, that great aggie education.

    November 30, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. shoegazer

    Perry/Cain 2012: A laugh a minute tandem that will at least make you forget how bad you have it.If everso briefly.

    November 30, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas Forever AND EVER

    well how y'all like our "guvner" from down here in great red state of Texas? Perry claims fame here but on the big stage is a total flop. I just can't beleve that the Almighty told him to run for POTUS. The voice he heard in his head that day was probably the radio he had left on all night.

    November 30, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Clodhopper

    "Look I'm a human being … I'm going to make some mistakes from time to time in my remarks,"

    Human beings don't make a mistake very time they open their mouths, only you!

    November 30, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Drew

    If the "almighty" called for Perry to run it was to add humor to the campaign, what a goof!

    November 30, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. keith A. sillsbury

    He never made a point! "When someone doesn't want to talk about the substantive issues, when they don't want to talk about the flat tax that I've laid out, when they don't want to talk about major overhaul of Washington, D.C. like going to a part-time Congress, which most of the states operate very well with, they want to find some little error that you've made and go talk about that," OK OK OK make your point! what about it? this is why you'll never be the president.

    November 30, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Cedar Rapids

    Ok this one is stretching it a bit far guys. Come on now.

    November 30, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. stevie

    Pretty silly to do a story about gaffes, CNN. How about one on Barry Obama`s gaffes?? Yesterday he stepped in it again, Referring to the British Embassy as the "English Embassy". Is Obama dumb?? I think so.

    November 30, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    Watching the Republic fight is liking watching a movie titled "Dumb and Dumber, and Dumber Still, and Even Dumber Than That, and You Ain't Even Seen Dumb Yet."

    There could only be one sequel to such a production: "Waiting For Palin."

    November 30, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. smell the coffee

    I can't get enough of this stuff. Perry cracks me up. I'll miss him.

    November 30, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Val

    Is it an onset of Alzheimers

    November 30, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Norm

    Another bone head from Texas.
    You can't tell me Americans have forgotten the Bush catastrophe already.
    Pack it up Ricky...
    Your backers have already flushed millions down the tube.

    November 30, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. mm

    It's difficult to concentrate on the "substantive" issues he speaks of and take him serioulsy when he's always opening his pie hole and inserting his foot. He can say whatever he wants, substantive or not, then trun around and retract it and make excuses for it later on Fox. The guy is an idiot!!!!

    November 30, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. vatoloke

    You can't come up with a POTUS with a DUFUS.

    November 30, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Al

    The only way America will ever be safe is with border security drones and fences to keep Perry on the south side.

    November 30, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Dar

    Kind of reminds me of Obama without an telepromter, ah, err, ummm

    November 30, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. vatoloke

    It's back to Austintatious Mr. Perry. Oops, mean Austin, Teaxas.

    November 30, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Dennis

    Perry is about as smart as a brick,which qualifies him to be a GOP nominee.

    November 30, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. mike

    This guy is totally unreal..its going to be Mittens vs The Newt (should be Huntsman he is the only intelligent sane one here) I guess thats why he is so far behind.The GOP is a joke this time around. If Obama loses to this band circus sideshow freaks what does it say about our country folks!

    November 30, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. 2tired2care

    Facts are so overblown, making up stuff is far more interesting anyway.

    November 30, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Bob

    Yeah, I heard the big DUFUS step on it again and said something stupid, further showing just how out of touch he is and that it seems he has a hard time grasping even to most simple issues... Can you believe Obama talked about the English embassy... there is no such thing, but how many of you know this. If the POTUS doesn't all I can say is what a DUFUS!

    November 30, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. The Other Michael in Houston

    I always was curious to know why Perry refused to debate Bill White in the last Govenor election....well know I know why. Perry is a joke. We know it here in Texas and I am gald the rest of the USA is seeing it. The election must be rigged in Texas, how else could this guy keep getting re-elected????

    November 30, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. SabreDC

    Wait, aren't the GOP members constantly touting strict adherence to the Constitution yet he can't even remember one of the most fundamentals within it? It's the 26th Amendment, Rick. I am fine with a presidential candidate not knowing the nitty gritty details of our current foreign policies or economics. There are advisers to help with those things. But the Constitution? If there is one thing that a candidate should know, it is the Constitution and its amendments.

    November 30, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Vic of New York

    "Look I'm a human being … I'm going to make some mistakes from time to time in my remarks," Perry said on Fox News. Yikes! Let's hope he doesn't ever make a "human" mistake with the nuclear football.

    November 30, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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