Perry flubs U.S. voting age
November 29th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
11 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. sequoia

    This guy is a complete moron. It's astonishing to me that even a single person would vote for him.

    November 29, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. gerry

    he should just call it quits, just like the rest of the republicans. i can't believe that so many idiots can actually become president. didn't we learn from bush the damage that a retard can do to this country?

    November 29, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. zago

    Oh Lord please save the planet from these morons. My gosh, imagine one of these guys close to a nuclear code? I think it's about time all of them undergo the insanity test.

    November 29, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Nearly 10 years he is a governor WOW

    Herman Cain seeing the exit sign now next is Rick Perry

    November 29, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Fuzzbee Morse

    There are lots of great people in Texas but it must be as embarrassing to be a Texan and have such dim bulbs as Perry & Bush represent you as it is for the Alaskans, the majority of whom cringe that Sarah Palin "represents" their state. I find it embarrassing as a human, let alone an American, that these people are even candidates!

    November 29, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    I can assure that this is a feature not a bug: voting rights mean nothing to Cowboy Fonzie or the rest of the TX GOP (or the rest of the GOP, period). Just look at the trouble the TX GOP is in for trying to screw hispanics out of voting power with their redistricting plan. You know, that whole DOJ/Voting Rights Act thing that CNN and the rest of the MSM are pointedly ignoring.

    November 29, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. It is sad

    That's it Gov Perry, after you lose the nomination you can blame it on changing the date and the voting age. Perry for President 2013 or 2014.

    November 29, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. James McGill

    The election he is campaigning for at the moment, happens on January 10 2012. If he doesn't make a strong showing on that day which is very soon in coming, his campaign will quickly become irrelevant.

    November 29, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Corporations R. People II

    Don't blame Ricky, you see it's all that Department of Book Learnin's fault.
    GOP, you have to do better than this crop of clowns.

    Old enough to get a Budwesier with yer own picture ID is all that's important to a certain TX hillbilly faction eh hem Ricky Perry eh hem

    November 29, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Uh, er, this is obviously the fault of the media!

    In all seriousness, this guy is a punchline to a bad joke.

    November 29, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. T-Dog

    Maybe he meant what he said, considering that 18-21 year olds may not have been exposed to Brainwash Inc. (= Fox News) long enough to consider voting for him.

    November 29, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. JDinTexas

    Sorry America. Our bad.

    November 29, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    “You have to be 21 to buy liquor” , I think Rick Perry brain freeze on that sign , Remember he was drunk when he gave speech in NH

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

    "President Obama's slow ride down Gallup's daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history."
    lol....I thought it was impossible to be worse than Jimmy Carter but, by golly, Barry has accomplished the impossible.

    November 29, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Me

    And maybe, if women and blacks get the right to vote by the next election, they'll also choose PArry.

    November 29, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Austin

    i wish this thing had a like button, because i agree with Gerry, and I would like him to know that.

    November 29, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. durundal

    this is what happens when you hand out torches and pitchforks at a village-i d i o t convention

    November 29, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. kravitz

    The GOP wants to deny voting rights for the 99% anyway. so if you're not a rich old white male, why should Perry care?

    November 29, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Deni

    Perry is a George Bush doppleganger! OMG!

    November 29, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Jilli

    Keep it up cowboy, you're making GW Bush look like a regular genius – he even makes Palin look smart.

    What an idiot.

    November 29, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. SPLAT!~

    Vote for Gingrich, not only do you get the poster boy for adultery, but you get a golddigging, adultress homewrecker for FLOTUS. That is if he keeps her for that long!~

    November 29, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Ooooh. A double play. Two candidates out of the race on the same day. The crowds roar.

    Does this mean that Santorum or Huntsmann will soon get their day to be top candidate? We all know that Newt cannot hold his position for the next 5-6 weeks if he doesn't keep his mouth shut.

    November 29, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. MTATL67

    This is the Fierce Secessionist Governor that has never lost an election. With all the mistakes he has been making he might want to look into rehab...mmmm, I mean see a doctor.

    November 29, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Lillie

    Are these 2012 republicans candidates the best the party has to offer? Ihey're are pitiful and Rick Perry should join Herman Cain as he steps down tomorrow!??

    November 29, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Namejkane

    It's nice to see the republicana blowing so much money on the teapublican clown pres canadates,especially if It's croch brothers money.

    November 29, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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