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. buckup

    this is the kind of thinking we have been dealing with in the Lone Star State, the longest term governor of Texas.
    Facts and reality? useless and gets in the way of the greater good, Perry's vision for Texas and America to be dictated to the rest of the world. At least Obama has command of the facts. The GOP candidates: just lemmings on a one way trip to the sea.

    November 29, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. chuck weidemann

    Has it occurred to anyone that someone has to be putting these clowns out there to try and make Romney look good. It's something a rich daddy or brother would do,knowing it's the only way!! It's beyond reason to have a character like Cain or Perry running for president!! Let alone Bachmann who has to be Perry's long lost sister who had been ejected from a jet he was flying years ago when he pushed the wrong button!! Thought it said elected!!

    November 29, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. Phil

    Perry couldn’t find his way off of a dead end street without serious intervention.

    November 29, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. Robert Bell

    Brilliant strategy by Perry. He knew that most people in college are too smart to vote for him, so he tried to trick them into thinking the election was a week later and that only college Seniors could vote! What a great way to suppress the vote!

    Reminds me of those e-mails about Democrats voting on Wednesday, to avoid lines.....

    November 29, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. buckup

    Someday he might hire a speech writer if he becomes POTUS.
    Maybe not, save money: penny wise, dollar foolish.

    November 29, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It just shows that he hasn't been paying attention to what is going on in his state and the country. With this flub, how can we really trust him to lead the country.

    November 29, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. DB

    If you think he is an idiot, imagine the folks who thought about voting for him and still considering to. Yeah, you know who you are!!!!!

    November 29, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. La Bomba

    Oh yeah – he's a putz. But how much air time did Oboy's similar goof of 57 states get. Not much. But then calling attention to his mistakes is racism

    November 29, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Frank!

    PLEASE, will all voters over the age of 21 - who plan to vote for Rick Perry - get out and vote on November 12, 2012???

    November 29, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. SiriusVH

    The GOP sees intelligence as a handicap. Sometimes, it shows rather blatantly.

    November 29, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. Muwahahahah

    Perry, brother, you can still do this... all you have to do is keep your mouth shut and don't say a word between now and next November... can you do that? No? Oh well.

    November 29, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Rodney in Dallas

    As a Texan, I feel as though I need to apologize to the rest of the country for this moron. I don't know who let him out of his crate. If you catch him, please send him back so we can lock him back up. Thanks!

    November 29, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. GRofPA

    This guy's as dumb as a republican

    November 29, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Come on people , he's tired , Rick hasn't executed anybody in weeks !

    Perry / Enron
    Jobs 2002 ?

    November 29, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Was he on the TV show " Wagon Train " , or maybe it was The Big Vally ?

    November 29, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. Bushper

    The party of MORALITY and FAMILY VALUE is in a serious bind and their hypocricy has been exposed for the whole world to see.

    November 29, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. ken

    Perry has shown he is poorly educated.
    Can't tell from this from about whether he is bright or not.

    November 29, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  18. Adron

    I see most of you are struggling to understand this quite perplexing phenomenon, so let me help. People like Perry come from a privileged background; people told them they were great all their lives while the smart people did everything behind the scenes. After a lifetime of this, they naturally start to think that they could be President of the US. Suddenly the “emperor has no clothes” syndrome comes into effect, and the American people are left scratching their heads.

    November 29, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. musings

    I know they work for corporations and are there to serve those who bought and paid for them. The election is like a tacky carnival ride where men in overalls have to step in and prop up the mechanical puppets.

    November 29, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. Peggy Munro

    Mr. Class
    I totally agree with your post.

    November 29, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. albertgo

    And just a week ago, Obama was in Hawaii and addressed a group of businessmen and said, " here in Asia"
    What a loon, grew up in Hawaii and thinks Hawaii is in Asia? No wonder Obama refuses to release his transcripts.
    He proved to America that he is incapable of holding that office, and next year he will be gone. What a moron.

    November 29, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  22. Joe, San Diego

    If folks gave Bush two terms to mess up the country and now Republicans have control... I think I can give Obama another term especially with these current cretins.

    November 29, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  23. Steve in St. Louis

    How does Texas keep electing morons for governors? He and Cain need to go, and voluntarily thin out the already mediocre republican herd.

    November 29, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. Joeusa

    Oh come on... Like any of you trolls are even going to vote. Get back to your xboxs.

    November 29, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  25. Ron

    Once again, he shoots himself in the foot. If it wasn't so sad, it'd be funny.

    November 29, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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