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. katydid

    Obama thought there were 57 states and he became President.

    November 29, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    I am going to take this out of context and say that PerryWinkle was DRUNK this time!!!

    Obama 2012

    November 29, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. Voter

    I'm 21 and will be voting for Perry on Nov. 12.

    November 29, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. chuckly

    it's amazing how many fox tards come on here and have to bring up obama. this article wasn't about obama, it was about a retard from texas. Try commenting on the actual subject of the story instead of trying to change the subject.

    November 29, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. Donkey Hotay

    Perry = dumber than Bu$h

    November 29, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. taztag

    what is the voting age in the 57 states?

    November 29, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  7. gman

    Perry makes bush look like superman and thats pretty hard to do none of these people shold be president or governor especially not obama

    November 29, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  8. taztag

    What is the Voting age of the 57 states?

    November 29, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  9. Chuck

    The only break Perry could catch here is that the voting age was dropped nationally to 18 the year Perry turned 21. So he never experienced voting as a teen. But that was already 40 years ago, and the guy's been in politics for several elections now. Time to catch up with the times! This reminds me of Papa Bush and the supermarket scanner ...

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

    Isn't as bad as constantly saying "English Embassy" instead of the correct "British Embassy" like dear leader.

    November 29, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  11. Don

    Hey CNN, In a press conference this evening, president Obama referred in stumbling fashion to the “English Embassy (Libtards, FYI, should have been British Embassy). How come you didn't report on that?

    November 29, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  12. Rick Perry

    Join me and together we will make this country even worse than afgan

    November 29, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. ronvan

    Just another example of the inept "children" we have and are considering electing! Texas should be proud of their "best"

    November 29, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. JB

    You want to know how to fix this? Either A) classify the desire to be a politician a sign of severe mental illness along the lines of an antisocial behavioral disorder or B) make competency testing mandatory for those who want to run for office – NO multiple choice exams, either. The review and decision of whether or not they will be allowed to run should be based on a consensus of the opinions rendered by the nation’s top Ph.D. holders in political science. Either they pass and are permitted to run for office, or they fail and are NEVER permitted to retake it for the remainder of their natural lives. Problem solved.

    November 29, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  15. bill

    “We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.” Barack Obama. (And he has said it twice.)

    "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes - and I see many of them in the audience here today – our sense of patriotism is particularly strong." Barack Obama.

    "My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world.
    I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it." – Barack Obama

    "I've now been in 57 states – I think one left to go." Barack Obama

    "I'm here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis." – speaking via satellite to the Democratic National Convention, while in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 25, 2008

    November 29, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. MedicMax

    Perry needs to take the idea from the movie "Momento" and get his talking points tattooed onto his body. Maybe then he won't screw up.

    November 29, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. Matt

    Gov Rick Perry for the Republican Nomination for the 2012 Presidential Election!!!

    B. Obama 2012; M. Obama 2016; M. Obama 2020

    November 29, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  18. Chuck

    Hopefully, he won't forget the nuclear codes...

    November 30, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  19. sanityWILLreign

    Rick Perry is an embarrassment to Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and anyone else who calls themselves an American. We can and HAVE to do better, our very existence depends on it.

    November 30, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  20. sayitstr8

    well, y'll, that's jess the way we grow 'em in texas, big and dumb. if you don't believe me, take a look at good ol' misshun accomplished. if you feel yr watchin a rerun of dumb and dumber, wall, shucks, i guess you are.

    November 30, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. tmac

    Only in America 2011 can someone so incredibly stupid get so close to becoming President - or at least be in the running - such as it is in the GOP clown car they call a "presidential field." It's as if Sarah Palin and "W" had a love child and named it Rick Perry.

    November 30, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  22. Drew

    Oops, Perry is my senile grandfather

    November 30, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  23. H. Cain

    Rick Perry, Rick Perry, your brain
    Is certainly not working again.
    You stutter and stammer
    Were you hit with a hammer?
    Their laughs people cannot contain

    November 30, 2011 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  24. H. Cain

    There once was a dimwit named Perry
    Whose words were just very, very
    Without substance or brain
    Again and again
    He caused his supporters to worry

    November 30, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  25. H. Cain

    Rick P. flubbed his line on TV,
    Thought “How can this possibly be?
    I’m not Bachmann or Cain,
    So why all this pain?”
    Then his brain gave up working, you see.

    November 30, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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