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. Tired of the nonsense

    Just imagine him talking to someone like Kim Jong Il. "Let me explain how America became a country. America declared her independence in 1865 when General Custer surrendered to General Washington at Pearl Harbor."

    November 29, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote

    Well, nothing new there. Politicians mess up dates, and details, all the time.
    That, they do. On any given day, you can hear a politician mispeak something. The problem is that in recent months that politician has usually been Gov. Rick Perry. He's had more gaffe's in four months than most policticians have in four decades.

    November 29, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Mr Class

    Bachman, Perry, Cain and now Newt. People, can't you see what is going on here? The GOP #1 goal is to limit PRESIDENT Obama to one term; that is their strategy. They don't care how qualified their guy or gal is, they just want someone to be ANTI-Obama all the time. After Newt goes down the toilet (and he will), who will be the next Tea-Party puppet? GOP is playing politics at the highest level and this is so sad because government does matter. Despite the obvious obstruction that the GOP is doing these days, Obama will still go down as one of the most successful Presidents in our history. Take that Tea-Party!

    November 29, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. AB

    It is absolutely time for Mr. Perry to hang up his bid for the White House and go back to Texas where he belongs. The people of Texas should be embarrassed and ashamed of this man as their governor. We, the American people cannot afford to elect Perry as our president and risk being ashamed of him before the international community. He would be a laughing stock of the world and we would be seen as fools for electing him. We made this mistake with George W Bush. Please, let us not make the same mistake with Perry!!

    November 29, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Which is worse?

    Screwing up the voting age or screwing up how many states exist in the United States of America? Hard to say one represents more of a bonehead moment than the other, isn't it?
    Do you really want to keep score? What is worse is forgetting how to count to three during a nationally televised debate.

    November 29, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. ChuckBd

    @gerry and it is reinforced by the current administration daily!

    November 29, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. blake

    Perhaps Perry was just being realistic about the 18-20 vote. He realizes that most of these youngsters will not vote. And for those that those who do, they will not vote with any meaningful grasp of the issues. They will go after the "cool" factor, just like they did in 2008. Obama has youth, the Marxists, and the entitlement crowd in his back pocket.

    November 29, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. blue19

    I'm not sure what's more amazing: that the guymade it this far and is dumber than a sack of hammers or than members of the GOP feel he'd make a good president.

    November 29, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. CBruce

    Have a really hard time seeing this guy as anything other than a 2.0 version of GW Bush

    November 29, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Austin gal

    On behalf of my state, we are so embarrassed over Ricky. However, I would like to say thst Austin( the marshmallow in Texas hot chocolate) has NEVER voted for him! He is a phony chrony!

    November 29, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. GonzoinHouston

    For those wondering how Texas managed to re-elect Perry, there were 3 liberals running who split the not-Perry vote, allowing Perry to win with a whopping 39% of the vote. With any luck this fiasco of a campaign will be remembered in the next gubernatorial race and we can be rid of him.

    November 29, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. D'Bourgeois

    Makes other people called 'Perry' look bad...

    November 29, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. MilesInTexas

    This is why Rick Perry NEVER talked to Texans while in office as Governor. He is an elitist moron who has no idea what the h*ll is going on in Texas, much less America and the globe.

    November 29, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Texas Annie

    Hey, Rick Perry was a cheerleader in college, so need I elaborate more?
    Texas A&M must be really proud of this nitwit "pretty boy" alumni.
    They should either be asking for him to return his diploma, or he should be asking the for a tuition refund.... not sure which is more appropriate.

    November 29, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. reACTIONary

    The reason he wants their vote if they are 21 is because he knows you would have to be drinking heavely even to consider it.

    November 29, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Don

    Did he get the number of States correct?

    November 29, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Laurie in Spokane

    Isn't it past time for this sorry excuse for a wannabee president throw in the towel? Obviously he's in way over his head, can't think on his feet, can't say the correct or accurate things. But, on the othhheerrr haaannnnnd, let 'him stay, much better for Obama.

    November 29, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. NoTags

    I can understand every gaffe Perry makes. During the last CNN debate two times the cameras showed a side view of his head. His head looks like it came off a Neanderthal so obviously his brain goes with his head.

    Check it out, look at a side profile of Perry's head.

    November 29, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Purnell Meagre

    We are only on this planet for a brief time; what can you do but enjoy the show?

    November 29, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. hjs3

    Forget Prime Time...This guy simply ain't ready to pull the plough period.
    A National Embarrassment and good luck to you Texas!

    November 29, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Kleentx

    Henceforth let us refer to any obvious error made by a public official as "making a Perry." That's the way Perry needs to be remembered in history. When our children ask, "Why do we call it 'making a Perry'?", we'll say, "It's because there once was this idiot that thought he could run for President..."

    November 29, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. jj

    Dumb and Dumberer

    November 29, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. TeacherSays

    We should probably keep track only of what Perry states "Correctly". Why bother with all of his made up, cracked up, off target statements? My guess: the list will be pretty short. And then Perry can settle down and re-assess his campaign.

    He and buddy Cain might even make up and enjoy a quiet year 2012, while one of the remaining GOP circus acrobats runs ragged trying to become president (while half of his party dislikes him for one reason or other. Note: I ignored Barbie, she's a forgone conclusion, probably "re-assessing right now).

    November 29, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. Tam

    Ya can't cure dumb! And, boy, we've got a selection of dumb candidates. Entertaining, though. And scary.

    November 29, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. jb1963

    Rick Perry is the male Sarah Palin.
    If they were to marry we would have to fix them both so they could not have any kids.

    November 29, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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