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. esmee

    GOP....please show this rodeo clown the exit door. This is death by stupidity. Three things i will do if i became governor of Texas...turn 21, vote on November 12 and, and, and, I can't remember the third one. MORON!!!!

    November 29, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. jj

    Makes you nostalgic for the intelligence and wit of John Kennedy, Bill Clinton. Wait, we still have intelligence and wit in office – we have President Obama!!!!!!

    November 29, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Tam

    "me" - the "57 states" thing is getting stale.

    November 29, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. ChuckBd

    @SkyTag Obama's quote was as follows:

    "Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."

    That was in Oregon May 2008

    November 29, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. Tam

    Ted from Toronto - don't insult the Muppets!

    November 29, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    I want to know who convinced Perry it was a good idea to run for President. Were they friends who are just as clueless and not ready for prime time as him, or were they clever faux friends trying to expose him for the ignorant idiot he is? I hope we know, someday.

    November 29, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Rick McDaniel – we're talking about the national voting age here. Do you know what it is? I do.

    November 29, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Indy

    For the Obama bashers that bring up the very old 57 state joke I will bet any one of you a full two weeks paycheck that Obama would beat Perry in an IQ test any day of the week. Perry is a gaffe a day everyday and its not a mistake, its because he just aint that smart.

    November 29, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Brilliant

    Smart move! Make all the 18-20 year old kids think they can't vote for Obama. We know the educational system didn't teach it to half of them.

    November 29, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Sheila

    @ Mr Class
    What a stupid thing to say! Obama will go down in history as the most America-destroying president. So far, he has done a brilliant job of fulfilling his mission.

    November 29, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. logic in LA

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    November 29, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. GIUK

    Running stories about Rick Perry’s latest humiliation is wastefully redundant. From now on CNN can just run the head line “Rick Perry said (or did, or appeared… whatever)” and we’ll all know to look down at our feet, shake our heads, and start laughing.

    November 29, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. cheapo

    Aw give the guy a break, how much can you really expect from an Aggie?

    November 29, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. chilipepper

    Just think if Perry and Bachmann become running mates? That would be a double flub fest. Great for comedians

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

    Almost feel sorry for the guy... almost.

    November 29, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. Frankie

    Sarah Palin looks like a genius compared to this guy. OMG.

    November 29, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Joe

    Oops. Can't remember which agencies he'd abolish.
    Oops. Doesn't know the voting age.
    Oops. Doesn't know when election day is.
    Strike three. You're outta here, Perry. Or maybe Katie Couric will interview him and REALLY embarass him like she did Sarah Palin.

    November 29, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Wait...Whatt??

    This guy takes the second M out of Mormon. All I can say is wow, Texans sure know to pick their governors – this guy makes Dubya look like a Rhodes scholar...

    November 29, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Freygunnr

    Pfft. Perhaps CNN could limit it's daily posting of Perry flubs to just the times he doesn't say something stupid? THAT, if it ever happens, WOULD be news worthy!

    November 29, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. TeacherSays

    @Jdin and others: No need to apologize. We can probably all find public morons in our own states. Let me start and say, as Oklahomans, we apologize for the mental chagrin Sen. J. Inhofe has caused. Your turn: ... MN, AZ, MS, MO, PA, TX TX TX TX (lol, you're so big, you get 4 mentions), GA, FL, and more.
    Let's all hold hands and sing Kumbaya, a last hurrah for Herman. And then bow our heads and think of , yes, Alaska. Imagine... (good thing the Northern mouthpiece moose hunter has been quiet for some time. Re-assessing???).

    November 29, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. ljjm

    I keep telling people that, in Texas, GW is known as the smart one.

    November 29, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Freygunnr

    I think I'm becoming desensitized to the pain...

    November 29, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Ed 1

    Say good by you don't have a chance in hell with all of your dumb mistakes.

    Cain will be next.

    Had high hopes for both of you but no anymore just save you money and get out.

    November 29, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Toshiko (who commented): "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."

    Indeed there is no shame in these folks - they absolutely support their candidates 100%. Hence, their befuddled and absolutely comical comments. Not sure who gives out more laughs, the folks supporting these fools, or the fools themselves. Watch out America ... Clown Car Express 2012 keeps on rolling ... and rolling ... and rolling.

    November 29, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. sam

    I'm from Texas and trust me, everytime Perry opens his mouth, stupid comes out, it always has. Now he is just showing his "behind" to the nation. Why people keep voting for him just floors me. He has done absolutely NOTHING for this state. Need to ask our teachers and our state employees about his "Job creation", and how many have been laid off due to his great leadership.

    November 29, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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