Okatie, South Carolina (CNN) - After touting his military experience and announcing the endorsements of local veterans aboard an aircraft carrier outside Charleston, South Carolina this morning, Perry predicted that a slip-of-the-tongue during his afternoon town hall in Okatie, SC would be the headline that comes out of his day campaigning in the Palmetto state.
During an appearance at the Sun City retirement community, a woman asked Perry about his thoughts on America's "two wars" and the U.S. military's right to go into other countries and change their governments.
Perry began by trying to summarize the woman's question. "She asked about Iran, Afghanistan," the governor began, talking over members of the crowd who quietly tried to correct him that the question was actually about Iraq and Afghanistan – not Iran.
As the murmurs got louder, the governor corrected himself. "I try not to make a connection between – excuse me Iraq, thank you very much," he said, acknowledging the crowd's assistance. "That will be on the front page."
After regaining his footing, Perry called a timetable for troop withdrawal "irresponsible." He reminded the crowd that he volunteered for the military as a young man and then promised that as president he would "not send our young and women, nor risk the treasure of this country unless American interests are truly in jeopardy."
Without specifically naming any of his opponents in the GOP primary, Perry also drew distinctions between his experience and that of his rivals.
"We've got to have an outsider, that comes into Washington D.C., that's not afraid to stand up to the establishment, to stand up to the lobby and say no more," Perry said. "As you look across that stage at those of us that are debating, there's only one outsider on that stage now. And that's me."
After the event, Perry shook hands with many who had come out to hear him speak, several of whom took that opportunity to encourage the governor to attend Donald Trump's GOP debate in Iowa later this month. But despite their encouragement, Perry said that his campaign would be in the midst of a bus tour during the debate and he felt that was more important.