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. He is fun to watch!

    But in NO WAY is he a contender for the presidency! He is going to try to BUY the Oval Office (like his good friend/Governor in Florida, Rick Scott) who bought that seat but now has totally screwed up Florida for 4 years!

    November 30, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  2. Jack Tors

    Oy Vey. He better be sure not to have Sara Palin as running mate as he would make her look smart.

    November 30, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  3. billnye

    Perry turned down a particle accelerator in Texas. His face and voice anger me greatly.

    November 30, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  4. lance corporal

    c'mon republicans you have got to be kidding............... I know you folks have litmus tests and candidates have to say certain things and sign certain vows and such but seriously THIS is the the best you can do??? I'm no obama fan but the COMBINED IQ of the nuts your running doesn't equal his, this is just simply pathetic

    November 30, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. rick h

    Makes sense. Texas was one of two states arguing against the voting rights act of 1965. I guess he thinks Texas one that court decision.

    Hey, Rick does this sound familiar: "Old enough to fight; old enough to vote"

    November 30, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  6. rick h

    correct: one is won

    November 30, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  7. skeeve

    Texans! What is wrong with you? Why do elect such morons?

    November 30, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  8. roverho2

    This is a big thanks to McCain, after he gave us Palin, anyone thought they could run for POTUS!

    November 30, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  9. hitobito

    Big Texas hat and nothing, absolutely nada in his head! Perry has to be the dumbest governor of Texas in history. Perry needs to go back to the 6th grade and start his education. He is an embarrassment to himself, Texas A & M and an indictment on the educational system in Texas.

    November 30, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. Adevilson Silva

    Perry flubs. Period.

    November 30, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  11. Jack V

    That liberal media showing a big dummy to be a big dummy.

    November 30, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  12. WhatWouldRonnieDo?

    Let's hope everyone who votes "Red" takes his advice ... all Repub voters who are 21 or older, please go to the polls and vote on Nov. 12!

    November 30, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  13. Sam in texas

    I am an ex-republican now for sure, after voting for W twice, shame on me. This Teapublican party has lost all aspects of thought, brain and compassion. And now has put up this Texas governor for president. America, please take him away from Texas, he is embarrassing even the least educated of us.

    November 30, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    He is not smarter than a 5th grader

    November 30, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  15. El Kababa

    I am a Texan. I would like to apologize to the nation for Rick Perry. I swear I have never voted for him.

    November 30, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Give Mapface a break. Based on his previous screw-ups he should get a pass on this one. Easy enough mistake to make if anyone cares to be honest about it.
    21, 18 whatever.

    November 30, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |

    this guy isn't smart enough to be commisioner in Podunksville much less President, heck Sarah Palin is smarter than this dude.

    November 30, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |

    Oh Texas, you can sure come up with some losers.

    November 30, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  19. MeToo

    God has called on Perry to campaign for Prez to show us that religious people should not seek office.

    November 30, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  20. James

    I think coming next 2 generations should avoid the Texans for any high office period.

    People of tired of these kind of officials with less brains than high school student with VERY HIGH AMBITIONS.
    In the end their weaknesses end up hurting the whole country.

    November 30, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  21. James

    It is hard to see if ALL of current republican Presidential "enthusiasts" put together can even make a good candidate ready for the task.

    Current issues and difficulties facing the nation do require smarter president than we have ever seen or else not make any changes with any of these dummies. Just hear them and you would know all they want is to become the President.

    Solutions are not easy to bring for anyone you put up there but chances are he can screw up big time at our cost.

    November 30, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  22. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    @ Slag.....
    are you SURE Perry knows how many states there are? I don't think he's been asked that question yet,

    November 30, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  23. Maryellen

    I can understand a few slips, everyone is human but this guy is the gift that just keeps giving.

    November 30, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  24. John K

    You know it's bad when people are openly laughing at you to your face and you don't even take notice.

    November 30, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. Mike

    There is only one candidate running worth voting for. Ron Paul! Let's follow the constitution, go back to sound money and stop interfering in people's personal lives!!

    November 30, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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