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. Tex71

    A shrewd gambit by Perry. He knows that highly educated young people are not likely to vote for him, so he attempted to eliminate the 18-to-21 crowd altogether and misdirect the rest to go to the polls on the wrong date.
    Or maybe he genuinely doesn't know anything about voting; I can't decide which is worse.
    "He may look dumb, but that's just a disguise..." – Charlie Daniels

    November 30, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. Jim

    Meet our next President....

    November 30, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Slowgun

    He should have written the voting age and date on his hand.

    November 30, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. Huh with a captial H

    So he will be the big winner on the Nov. 12 election!

    November 30, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. Slowgun

    This coming from the guy who wants to eliminate the Department of Education...

    November 30, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. getyerkix

    Please don't judge Texans by this guy, we're not all ignorant.

    November 30, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Wayne

    Can't you journalist focus on the important issues facing the American people and not spend time on these pity small issues ,give me a break if you want a robot to speak and run the country then buy an American made robot.
    Get with it

    November 30, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. MACT

    When someone first described him as ‘like George Bush, but dumber’ I thought it had to be an exaggeration. Now, I’m pretty sure they were right.

    November 30, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Mr Door

    Well at least he didn't say there were 57 states in the union
    Look. First of all, Perry hit two-bagger. He blew the age and the date in one swing. The man cannot count to three using his own fingers, and he cannot complete sentences with more than five words in them.

    Second. Obama referred to "contests", not "states". The right wing blogosphere has taken advantage of your ignorance of the US territories and the District of Columbia. They all participate in the general election, however only DC gets any electoral delegates. Obama's mistake in the statement was to count DC twice.

    That means that there are 51 contests, not the just 50 that neo-cons have ridiculed him for. Most have dropped this talking point once they realize that they have their own facts wrong.

    November 30, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. da

    @JimAR I love the sarcasm.
    If the guy don't know the right to vote at 18 has been on the books since 71, I would be really scared to have him in charge of the football!!! I mean could you imagine...."Mr. President we need you to enter your code for the launch..OMG I forgot the code" LOL

    November 30, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. Lorraine Baldassarre

    What is with these guys from the great state of Texas? Breathing in too much cow manure? Perry get out while you still can spell I QUIT!!!

    November 30, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Mr. Class, one of the newscasters told the host of the show that he's not worried at all about the next election. The Republicans are putting up people who are so stupid that President Obama will win without a doubt.

    Nice to know that we have an honorable and educated and common sense President in the White House - it's been a long time coming!!! Yea, President Obama – again!!

    Anyone who wants to run for office should definitely be given a test like SAT ... or some sort of competency test. It's for sure there is no one on the GOP side who is remotely competent to even be in congress, much less the White House, except as a groundskeeper (maybe!)

    November 30, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. detada

    I hope voters in Texas can now envision what Perry's $5 billion cuts in education funding will look like in the future.

    November 30, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Tholidor

    At the rate at which Republican candidates are shooting themselves in their respective feet, by the time the final debate rolls around the question will not be how little "face time" Ron Paul gets, but rather how he will fill all of the air time left vacant by the evaporating field of challengers.

    November 30, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    The spin has been that Perry was assuming that pending legislation in NH (raising the voting age to 21) had been passed, and he was thinking of primary dates, but said "november" instead. I will give him a pass on the date. I cannot give him a pass on the voting age, but I lay blame for his error at the feet of the NH legislature. NH cannot raise the voting age because the US constitution specifies that the legal age to vote is 18. Such a law would be immediately struck down.

    November 30, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |

    Dear Americans,

    I apologize profusely about Governor Perry. He is, in fact, a total embarrassment.

    Yours truly,


    November 30, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Andrew

    I don't really like people nitpicking every single one of the candidates flubs. Who cares? Obama once said that there were 57 states. Everyone makes these idiotic errors from time to time. That be said, Perry tends to make more of them and is a bit slower to catch on.

    November 30, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Anonymous asked:
    Anyone who wants to run for office should definitely be given a test like SAT ... or some sort of competency test?
    Where have you been? They take oaths to be team players and sign pledges to become pawns. Did you forget?

    November 30, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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