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. billy davis

    Unlike Obama, at least he knows how many states there are.........hint.......not 57

    Obama mistakenly said 57 states once in 4 years. Perry has made 57 mistakes in 4 months. You can't be comparing Obama's intelligence to Perry's.

    November 30, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  2. Dan J

    Some of Obama's famous gaffes:
    There are 57 states
    Hawaii is in Asia
    Austrian is a language
    Europe is a country

    November 30, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  3. m

    Yep, another brainfart from Perry. He is certainly presidential timber.

    November 30, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  4. teren

    Oh, I got it, in Texas you can drink when you're 18, but not vote until your 21. And Texas voters won't go to the polls until Nov. 12, 2012. After all, with all those 18-20 yr olders imbibing alcohol they'll be too drunk to get there on the 6th. And those 21+ are smart enough not to vote for him, but rather than have him lose his home state, they'll be waiting to go to the polls on the 12th when how they vote won't matter or be known.

    November 30, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  5. M.K.

    Is this newsworthy?

    November 30, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  6. wud beiser

    he was probably thinking of the drinking age because maybe he knows anyone would have to be really drunk to vote for him

    November 30, 2011 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  7. Babe

    I certainly hope that the GOP do take his advice and go to vote on November 12! Of course, those between 18 and 21 can go as well, since that is not election day.

    November 30, 2011 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  8. unretired05

    Trying to disenfranchise the young voters by implying they aren't old enough, and if they realize that then tell them to vote on the wrong date. He's either unethical or stupid, unless he's both.

    November 30, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  9. Aaron

    All these candidates should just quit now and get on with their book deals. It's amazing how the Republican party is unable to find one viable candidate. Perry? Bachmann? Cain? These people are ridiculous. The only real candidate I see is John Huntsman and the media won't even give him the media attention he deserves.

    November 30, 2011 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  10. Bruce in Floriduh

    You people don't have a clue. I'm proud to wear my "Perry for President 2014" shirt.

    November 30, 2011 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  11. Buck Rutledge

    Thanks, GOP, for a few belly laughs during this election cycle.

    November 30, 2011 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  12. Mike H.

    I'm convinced that Republican supporters are one-issue voters. If they find a candidate with whom they agree on that one issue, then that's the way their vote will be cast. All other issues are irrelevant. So, if Rick Perry supports gun ownership rights and "Bubba" thinks his right to own a dozen AK-47s and AR-15s is the most important issue to him, then he'll support Perry no matter what else Perry believes and despite Perry's lack of knowledge. It's how Republican sheep vote these days.

    November 30, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  13. Kevin

    Well you know things are going to go badly when three of the top five candidates each believe they have been chosen by God to be president of the United States. Says a lot about the sorry state of our nation as well.

    November 30, 2011 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  14. NiSolihp

    I fear that this is not a casual "flub" at all – it is a freudian slip. It has been discussed within the "inner circles" of GOP seriously : a strategy to revert the voting age limit to 21, since it was the 18-21 voting bloc which made the difference in 2008, in favour of Obama. I will not be surprised if in the near future there is a lobbying effort to portray this segment as immature and unreliable, ultimately disenfranchising them.

    November 30, 2011 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  15. ahetch

    Texas, please come take Perry back home. He is embarrassing your state.

    November 30, 2011 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  16. Thomas

    Now I know why he cut spending on education in Texas . He doesn't want anybody to be smarter then him .

    I thought Texas A&M was a accredited University ? Maybe he needs a refresher course from Newt online at the University of Phenix !

    November 30, 2011 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  17. Sully

    Man the GOP really scraped the bottom of the barrel this time around. At this point, they could add a sock puppet to the debates and he would probably be leading the polls by the end of the week.

    November 30, 2011 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  18. green bananas

    The possibility that either Perry or Cain could become president scares me to death. It's amazing how much better Gingrich is looking to me these days. (and also a little frightening too)

    November 30, 2011 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  19. Invictus

    "There is no creature more base and removed from the touch of the world than the politician. Adding a partisan flare to their sport has only dragged the populus down to their level of play."

    November 30, 2011 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  20. richierich

    But the driving age is 21, so if anyone is turning 21 by Nov. 12rh, raise a glass to Rick Perry!

    November 30, 2011 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  21. Kodes100

    People are willing to elect this guy – WHY??

    November 30, 2011 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  22. B.John

    And this was the Media darling a few months ago, then Romney the Obama copy, then Cain the Sex scandalous...who is next? Look into a real Consitutionalist, a doctor and who served our armed forces, Ron Paul.

    November 30, 2011 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  23. dipstick

    Let's see here...dopey thought that there were 57 states I believe...

    November 30, 2011 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  24. Dennis

    Wake up people! Rick Perry is responsible for generating more jobs than any Governor in the Union. If he is a stupid man, what does that make Obama?

    November 30, 2011 05:19 am at 5:19 am |

    About now I'd rather vote for Forrest Gump. This guy doesn't have a clue and his IQ is probably in the single digit range.

    November 30, 2011 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
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