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
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  1. Big Al

    Listen here, only Rick Perry can deliver this country from evil. We must support him! Send him money! He will make our nation one of fighting Christians. He will make sure the wealthy do not suffer this economic downturn which is a good thing. It's the middle class that should have to pay more. Rick will eliminate all foreigners. He will send them back to thier country. He will make sure that this country lives by strict Christian principles.

    I know he will be the greatest president we have ever had.

    November 29, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Everything is relative. People are not happy with the way things are going, but if you are going to reference the polls, as you did, you have to also consider that by a wide margin, they blame the GOP more than the President – which is accurate."

    We can only hope. The past 3 years have been a giant GOP/Teatroll experiment in seeing if they can purposefully destroy the reputation and perception of the gov't while a Dem is in the WH...even to the point where their own approval rating in Congress takes more of a beating than the Dems' or the POTUS' order to win a pyrrhic victory and install their chosen plutocrat puppet as POTUS in the next election based solely on the theory of making things so bad that everyone in the country throws up their hands and wants anyone currently involved in gov't out of office. "Gov't is broken...see...we broke it!!!!"

    November 29, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Newt The Fat BlowHARD Diarrhea-in-the-Mouth Smarty Pants in Deep Doo Doo

    What is the Dederal departmant Perry is planning to shut down again?....Oh, yes I remember now: EDUCATION!

    Rick Perry need more education and nothing more nothing less!...doubling down on his stupidity is an insult to all Teabaggers!!!

    God dont like stupid...and he actually said he was anointed by God to run for the presidency? Doubt it!!!

    November 29, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Slag

    At least he knows how many states there are......hint.......not 57

    November 29, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. inga

    Rickster...what an idiot you are, picking an article about how stupid Perry is to lambast Obama. Get back to faux news you nitwit.

    November 29, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Taxpayer

    Let's see, any CNN "Latest News" archives on Obama regarding the intercontinental railroad that the US built somewhere in these 57 states by one of our corpse-men that speaks Austrian that attended the bowling special olympics? Nope.

    November 29, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Slag

    While Perry was flying fighter jets, Obama was hanging out with his communist friends and experimenting with drugs...... Enough said

    November 29, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Beverly - NYC

    Thanks for the comic relief Texas, it's so badly needed in these trying times. Perry is definitely NOT your brighest light. People, people you're not supposed to vote for the worst .

    November 29, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. John Brown

    Interesting..... This sounds likewhat they said about Reagan in the 80s.... He's an actor and an amiable dunce.... Yea sure....

    November 29, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Colgate


    November 29, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Ronald

    I guess the God who supposedly told him to run should have passed out some intelligence. He must be tired of the taste of shoe in his mouth.

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

    2 numbers stated...2 numbers wrong....maybe he should never talk about numbers again.....last time it was 2 instead of 3 answers.........cheat notes?..............GOPers still think he would make a great president!!j...................Wow!

    November 29, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. This Guy

    "If we are old enough to fight then we are old enough to vote" Enough Said

    November 29, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Paul

    This guy is a buffoon, we don't need another red neck Texas cowboy in the WH, we should learn from our past mistakes GW comes to mind, and I voted for him. . . . .twice. Shame on me.

    November 29, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Ed Peters

    Once again Perry shows that he is the head of the class. The biggest of the Bums!

    November 29, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Tuna

    This guy wants to be President?????? The only thing that he has between his ears is DEAD AIR!!!!

    November 29, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. DJ

    Incredible. CNN always reports flubs by Republicans, but I still cannot find any mention of the speech Obama gave recently where he said Hawaii was part of Asia!

    November 29, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. DJ

    And don't forget, Obama said he'd visited 57 of the US states and only had one more to go! Seems stupid has no party affiliation!

    November 29, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Rob in MO

    Someone this dumb should not be allowed to vote much less hold public office. He makes Palin and W look like geniuses.

    November 29, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. AJ

    We should ask all presidential candidates to take the citizenship exam – in case they fail they should be deported.

    I hope Perry speaks Spanish!!

    November 29, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |

    This is among the GOP's finest?!? Perry should really stay in Texas and leave the job of governing and being President to the educated grownups.

    November 29, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. JasonP

    The Republicans should revisit their whole "knowing stuff is bad" philosophy. I just don't think it plays well.

    November 29, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Pat in IL

    Is he really that dumb, or does he drink? This is certainly not the first time that he has said something that dumb, and I'm guessing that it won't be the last.

    November 29, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Tim

    I'm from Texas, I'm a republican & yes, it is embarrassing. . . what an idiot!

    November 29, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Toshiko

    American politics Teapublican style. Aren't they ashamed to offer up such incompetent candidates!? First, there was W. Then McCain hoisted Palin on us as if we're brain dead. Now Perry and his gang of misfits. But I guess they represent their percentage of the electorate. Sad but unfortunately true. Suzuki Roshi said, "Seek perfection in imperfection." But this is ridiculous.

    November 29, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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