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. mdn

    What is truly astonishing is that the electorate of Texas awarded this person three terms as governor. This following two terms of Bush. I wonder what that says about the electorate of Texas.

    November 29, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Sandy

    If the GOP is going to line up morons like this. Obama is going to be there for a second time. Perry can't seem to remember facts, Cain looks like a serial sex offender.. they are getting worse by the day.

    November 29, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Mk54

    Our political process does seem to struggle with attracting the best and the brightest candidates.

    November 29, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. TeaPotty

    Does this really surprise anyone? This kind of candidate is the result you can expect when a political party is hijacked by religious goofballs and the other members of the lunatic fringe of American society.

    November 29, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Phil from Aztec

    Honestly, I like keeping up with the GOP candidates solely for their entertainment value. It's better than watching the Three Stooges! However, I do think the Three Stooges are a bit too intellectual to be appreciated by the the majority of the GOP candidates at this time. Does anyone else think Perry looks a bit like Moe?

    November 29, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. EffortPA

    There is a reason why he had a 2.2 GPA in college.

    November 29, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Lizzy10

    Once again, he is the real life Gov. Richie from the West Wing.

    November 29, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Jerry Collins

    Any ideas who Perry would have as running mate?

    November 29, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. demogal

    Awkward.....but typical. Is this guy for real?

    November 29, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Flo

    Texans must be an odd bunch to keep this incompetent wannabe as governor for 10 years.

    November 29, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Tom

    Dimwits vote for dimwits.

    November 29, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Joshua Ludd

    Well, the mainstream media won't tell you, but Perry was right about this.. you do have to be 21 to legally vote for him, as you would have to be drunk out of your mind to do so in the first place.

    November 29, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. mshi808

    I live in Texas, this guy is so embarrassing, he needs to just GO AWAY! Don't matter where, just not on this earth. Please, no more.

    November 29, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. CollegeLiberal

    In the interest of full disclosure, as the name I gave shows, I have a very very liberal college student. That being said, who cares if Perry misspoke about the voting age or forgot exactly when the election is? In what way does that give any indication of the quality of his possible presidency? This is not news. Please, focus on the bigger issues. I may not agree with many, or any, of this man's ideas, but at least go after him for something that matters.

    November 29, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. keeth in cali

    Just as smart as the last guy from TX. "Is our children learning?" Apparently not.

    November 29, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. derf

    Seriously it don't matter repub or demo all parties are bunch of idiots who don't know history goal to destroy the future and finish killing american dream forget all fed government trash it start fresh oh and morals and common sense should be one of the req to just be a gov

    November 29, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Peter

    It was probably a simple slip, but the Dems won't let anyone forget it the same way that the Repubs keep bringing up Obama's 57 states slip. The usual fanboy double standards, selective damnation and amnesia.

    November 29, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |

    And was it 57 or 58 states that Obama said he visited in the last election?

    November 29, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. Mike, Albany

    I didn't think it was possible, but by God, the GOP has actually managed to come up with someone dumber than Bush. This is what happens when you have a party that places such a high premium on anti-intellectualism, poor education, and just good old down home stupidity. Because everyone knows that learning is just for liberals.

    November 29, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Will

    When Obama said there are 57 states in the US – you all still believed he was intelligent and smart. When Biden said jobs was a three letter word, no one called him the moron and names you are all calling Perry here. DOUBLE STANDARDS....

    November 29, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. sevenseas

    So this is now news. He misspoke, happens to folks all the time. The current president has said many things, granted they did not get the same coverage.
    "I've now been in 57 states - I think one left to go." –at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon

    "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes - and I see many of them in the audience here today - our sense of patriotism is particularly strong. -memorial day speech

    It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of - I don't know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing." –confusing German for "Austrian," a language which does not exist, Strasbourg, France, April 6, 2009

    We're the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad." —Cincinnati, OH, Sept. 22, 2011

    November 29, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. eku student

    Typical GOP “The Constitution is what we swear by. We cannot change the Constitution," but to tell you the truth Perry (or GOP) would rather take away voting rights for 18 year olds, minorities and anybody they believe do not stand for what they believe in. Mistake or no mistake this guy is a joke!!! Wake up people, Republicans are more screwed up than the Dems. Being a 21 year old I have not missed a voting opportunity yet and I will sure not be voting for this guy come Nov. 4, 2012. (If he gets the Nod anyway)

    November 29, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Bob

    Is this guy still running? You'd think the Republican party would have enough sense to know that he won't get any votes outside of Texas.

    November 29, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. Max

    Perry has been trying hard you get his cues from George's not surprising this is all he has learned from Bush!


    November 29, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Lee

    This clown is totally clueless.....and he wants to be president of the United States?....give me a break!

    November 29, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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