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. Zwei Stein

    Maybe he'll follow in Sarah's footsteps ... quit his governor job. Let whoever is running the state continue – if there is someone running that state.

    November 29, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Helen Hevener

    Bunch of tea party clowns vying for the Republican nomination- I personally wouldnt vote for any of them!!!! Rick Perry doesnt know the voting age- the day of the election or which departments he was close down when he takes office- scarey very scarey!!!!!! Thank goodness Rick Perry gave the wrong election day- maybe his followers wont vote on the REAL election day!!!!

    November 29, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. me138

    thats almost as bad as 57 states.

    November 29, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. BK

    Zago says: "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."

    I don't think we have to worry about these guys being near the button because chances are they would flub the code!

    November 29, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. OvernOut

    It's over, Parry. My 21-year-old will be voting for the first time for president–along with my 19-year-old. Think you'd get their votes? I don't.

    November 29, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. Steve

    And this is the best the GOP has to

    November 29, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    well now our "guvner" down here in Texas would be leading the pack had it not been for that little gaffe on immigration. THAT is what caused Perry to tumble in the polls with the far right NOT his flubs at debates and current ones. Remember this the far right of the GOP LOVES candidates that are not very bright. If you have any type of advance education they want to call you "uppity" and you're talking down to them. Just look at the rest of the candidates..the one that is the brightest (besides the disliked Romney) is Jon Huntsman and he's polling in single digits. Perry is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, is a basic religious zealot, and LOVES firearms. Too bad for him he has a bit of a heart when it comes to illegals in Texas.

    November 29, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. QS

    I honestly hope this is nothing more than more classic Perry...but what if this was more along the lines of a freudian slip of sorts? Perhaps he got the voting age wrong during the speech because in his tiny conservative mind that's the age HE believes it should be!

    November 29, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Acaraho

    Many of you have commented that people must be embarrassed to have the likes of Perry, Bush, & Palin represent them as their governors and how could these dimwits have been elected.

    Here's why these people get elected. Many eligible voters no longer vote allowing the voters these lightweights rile up to swing the vote to their side. It's time for voters who feel disenfranchised to stop feeling sorry for themselves, stop arguing amongst themselves and show their conviction by going to the voting booth to cast their vote.

    It also wouldn't hurt for more people to show up at town meetings and allow your voice to he heard because much of what is decided at the local level directly impacts your property taxes which in turn affects your disposable income.

    November 29, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. James

    Why are we even still talking about this guy? He makes GW Bush look like a genius.

    November 29, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Wildone


    November 29, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. AC

    Perry is as smart as a rock....He really thinks that the people will vote a moron into office...

    November 29, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. VoteForCain

    Don't call names to the Gov. of the great state of Texas, creator of 1000s of jobs that all Americans should be competing for. Even if we did not have a drop of oil, we will still be great because of smart leaders like the Governor. What if he messed up on little dates. Heck, elect him and he will fix the election dates and the voting age where they should be.

    November 29, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Bill

    At least Perry's number is closer than Obama's 57 (+) states.

    November 29, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. candycane

    Thank God, Perry won't be the next Potus!! He'd look at his alarm clock when that 3:00 a.m. phone call came in and think it was time for breakfast.

    November 29, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. BPIME2

    It is amazing to me that he is the Governor of Texas…what does this say about Texas???

    November 29, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. Mr Door

    Well at least he didn't say there were 57 states in the union 😛

    November 29, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. Steve

    Really in a world that is so fast to call itself the best in the world. That this is all we have to offer from either party Democratic or Republican parties . From all the people in the United States this is all we can produce . For people who talk crap about either candidate from either party. Take a step back and look and please really think at what is offered as our future president...not the one presiding or the ones running to be the next president really going to fix this country. And I read all the posts and utter nonsense being written about that one or that one. That all the media and all the other garbage all but clouds our vision to really see that this is all that the US can produce for our future...we need to really open our eyes and and get our crap together becaus in four years of the next president Democratic or Republican we will be in the se boat. I truly cannot believe that this great country of ours can only gives us these options...

    November 29, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. loathstheright

    He thought.....which is the problem.

    November 29, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. TP will be flushed after use

    @mr class, not only does government deserve better, WE deserve better. The GOP has made a mockery of our political system. I'll stick with the sane guy. Obama 2012.

    November 29, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. Ghostin Themachine1

    This definately falls under " You have got to be Kidding me". Seriously we are talking about a man running for presodent and he doesn't know the voting age. We can ignore the fouled up date since it changes from year to year. But damn really?

    November 29, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. lineman

    Perry should study some American history. If he did he would discover that the voting age in the US is very important to a lot of people, in particular those in the military. The age was changed from 21 to 18 during the Vietnam war. With the voting age at 21 a person could be drafted, sent to war and die or be horribly wounded before he could take part in the political process. Many did just that. In effect he had no say in why he was giving his life for his country. If Perry had any sense of what it means to be an American he would not make a mistake like that.

    November 29, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. sandan

    Governor Perry Tail is quite a Dud, oops I mean Dude. In reference to all of the executions that he allows in Texas, he was asked by one of the students what he thinks about euthanasia. Without hesitation he replied, "I think them oriental kids are pretty damn smart!" Perry in 2021!

    November 29, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. JimAR

    And the third agency I will immediately close after the swearing-in ceremony is the Department of Teachers . . . er the Department of Home Schooling . . . er the Department of Party Colleges. . . er

    November 29, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. missileman

    Support the 1%! Vote Republican!

    November 29, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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