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. livingston

    OK, everyone who supports Perry show up to vote on Nov 12th! That should take care of him in the primary!

    How is it possible that anyone supports a man who obviously would have trouble finding his way out of a paper bag? His whole campaign is nothing but a bad joke taken to far!

    November 29, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    Does this man know anything ? He wants ur vote and he doesn't even know when the election is.

    November 29, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Harald

    @sequoia: Not that I believe Perry stands any chances for 2012, but then, people often DO vote for morons.......2x Pres. Bush is a great example.

    November 29, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Roger

    The minimum wage state of Texas elected him. Don't mess with the ignorant in Texas. Geez!

    November 29, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. SAToday

    He has been governor for 10 years because the governor in Texas has little power – he is not now nor will he ever be presidential material. It is time for him to move out to the ranch. Of course Gingrich is just sleezy. Cain has ousted himself – doesn't look like the Republicans will have a candidate in 2012. They didn't have one that could win in 2008 so we have Obama – none of these baffoons could improve the situation – they would only make it worse!!

    November 29, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    I was going to give the rich seccionist the benefit of the doubt but then I thought about how stupid and shallow he is and, no, no free pass.
    Give it up c rotch man. Save your money and go buy yourself another boulder for your farm. One that doesn't insult people.

    November 29, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Laura518

    Oh, this guy is something else. But what still takes the cake is Cain not knowing China has nuclear weapons. My 8 year old nephew knows that.

    November 29, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Vendo Thefastlane

    You think he expect to win over college kids in New Hampshire? He was hoping to slyly derail young people to not vote Democratic, by planting a seed in their minds that they would not be eligible or to miss the election date.

    Republicans have been doing this in youth communities and minority communities for decades. Almost like a live version of push polls.

    November 29, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Former Republican, but never again!

    Perry is a REALLY stupid man!

    November 29, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Chaz

    Look, I'm first in line to call this guy a moron. However, has anyone considered that this was supposed to be a joke (a bad one)? Meaning, under 21 can't vote because they are more likely to vote against him, or show up a week after the election...I'm about to call a big duh on CNN and all you rabid d bags.

    November 29, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Strangways

    please America... Noooooooooo! Can you imagine this guy dealing with Putin or Sarkozy? they'd eat him like a slice of Texas Toast.

    November 29, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Sheila

    So, you liberals think Obama has done a good job, right? He certainly has succeeded in his mission to destroy the country, little by little.

    November 29, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. rufus

    Idiots such as this on the right and a mellifluous con man in the White House. Sheesh. What does it take to make people realize only Ron Paul is worth voting for!

    November 29, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Rosslaw

    Well, at least the good people of Texas got a nuclear waste dump in their state due to Perry's very open and above board sleaze so its not a total loss. Now if they could just get that darn rain prayer to work.

    November 29, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Ben Dover

    You can't fix stupid....and the GOP is full of stupid !!!

    November 29, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Lolo

    @ Rickster, you must be listening to fox news or reading the conservative only newspapers. There is no way the polls you are reading are correct. They are only polling the GOP/tea partiers for the upcoming election to pick one of your sorry clowns to lead your sorry republican party to get back into the white house so that you can destroy America for good.

    November 29, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. A Repulbican

    Unbeliebvable. This can't be real. How can a man his age, politics most fo his life and gov. of one of the largest staes in the union NOT KNOW THE VOTING AGE! Geez! It's all true, if you look the part, white male, in America you can go far with little to no brains. Why did I get three college degress (two of which are graduate degrees) to only have to call morons sir!

    November 29, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. us1776

    Could we please have presidential candidates at least pass basic civics and american history tests?


    November 29, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. A Repulbican

    Excuse my speeling, I was so upset with disbelief I rushed my typiing.

    November 29, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. A Repulbican

    Oh by the way, I work for Perry!

    November 29, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. jamison

    Our previous president makes all of these GOP candidates look like Einstein – and we all know how smart he was. Cain doesn't know anything about Libya even though it’s been in the news for the last 8 months. Paul has some radical ideas like pulling the plug on the sick if they have no health insurance. Perry is from another planet, and can't remember what he will do if elected. The Newt is a total liar who no one will believe, and Bachman is a total idiot. All of them are mean spirited, uncaring and vindictive. In 2012 I think I will stick with who we have now. At least he has a logical and clear thinking brain and CARES about the common man and not the ones in their ivory towers on Wall St.

    November 29, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Dave Steniberg

    BAFFOON!!!! We already have a BAFFOON Occupying the White House...WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER!!!!

    November 29, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. JMO

    OMG. This gets more horrible the longer it goes on. What are they doing in Texas?

    November 29, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Matt


    Perry has certainly proven over and over and over again that he is simply put a 'dummy'. What in hell is such a nerd doing in presidential politics? One is prone to wonder if this is what Texas is made of 'dummies'.

    November 29, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. GonzoG

    I am SERIOUSLY beginning to think Perry MAY be DUMBERER than DUBYA.


    I'm honestly concerned about how much DRAIN BAMAGE that actually takes to happen. Dropped on head as a child–From the 4th floor, Perhaps?

    November 29, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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