While defending himself, Perry steps in it again
November 30th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
11 years ago

While defending himself, Perry steps in it again

(CNN) – Rick Perry sought to defend a recent gaffe in an interview Wednesday, but in the same appearance made another.

On Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate incorrectly said the voting age in the U.S. is 21 instead of 18 and that the 2012 presidential election is on Nov. 12 instead of Nov. 6, mistakes Perry characterized as human error.

"Look I'm a human being … I'm going to make some mistakes from time to time in my remarks," Perry said on Fox News.

He added that the focus on his missteps is an effort to distract from his policy proposals.

"When someone doesn't want to talk about the substantive issues, when they don't want to talk about the flat tax that I've laid out, when they don't want to talk about major overhaul of Washington, D.C. like going to a part-time Congress, which most of the states operate very well with, they want to find some little error that you've made and go talk about that," Perry said.

But in the same interview, in which Perry appeared from New Hampshire, the Texas governor incorrectly identified the state's early voting contest as "caucuses" instead of a "primary."

"Americans haven't decided yet at all who they want to lead the Republican nomination and we're going to be talking about that, we're going to be talking about it in harsh and strong terms over the course of the next four to five weeks are we get ready for those New Hampshire caucuses," Perry said.

New Hampshire will host the first-in-the-nation primary on Jan. 10, following the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa, where Perry has focused the bulk of his energies, on Jan. 3.

Perry rocketed to the top of national and state-wide polls after his late entry into the 2012 race, but has since seen his support fall after disappointing debate performances and errors on the campaign trail.

A recent CNN/ORC International poll of Republican voters showed Perry in 4th place with 11% support behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 24%, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 20% and former pizza executive Herman Cain with 17%.

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  1. ElmerGantry

    Oooooops!!!!, Ooooooops, Oooooops,


    November 30, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    "He added that the focus on his missteps is an effort to distract from his policy proposals."

    Parry is a buffoon and his policies are proven failures. Regarding the voting age, is was changed in 1971 ... maybe the problem is Parry has spent more of his time drinking (age 21) than voting (age 18). Just saying ...

    November 30, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Maryann in Orlando – and the biggest goof of all is your ever lovin' POTUS who cannot speak an intelligent sentence without his prompter!

    President Obama uses a teleprompter when he delivers speeches, which he prefers using over note cards (it allows him to read the speech without having to constantly bend his head down to read it off the cards).

    There's nothing wrong with that. And if you still insist on believing that he can't speak without a teleprompter, then you haven't paid any attention to the hundreds of press conferences, town halls, debates, etc., that he's done without one.

    November 30, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    President Obama taught Constitutional law and early in his presidency visited the Supreme Court, where he impressed ALL the Justices with his knowledge of it and our judicial system.

    Parry can't remember that the voting age was changed to 18 by the 26th Amendment ...

    November 30, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Jose M. Pulido

    We need an intelligent and knowledgeable president, not an autistic senile zombie; we already had one for eight years.

    November 30, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. Big Tex

    Rick Perry is the reason I started voting at the age of 31 (back in 2006). He needed to get out of office then, and still does now. The man is a joke (a bad joke).

    November 30, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. Jose M. Pulido

    If Gov Perry wins, he'll provide so much fodder for Jay Leno, Fallon, Kimmel, Letterman and Conan McO'Brien.

    November 30, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. Jose M. Pulido

    No wonder Gov. Perry makes so many mistakes..."He is an ATM Aggie!" Wah ha ha ha!

    November 30, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. Winston Smith

    Democratic Obama-Clinton 2012 supporter here...but I agree with some of the comments on here...the guy is human and not that smart to begin with...so if he messes up a few dates and stuff that's ok...when u have so much u are trying to remember it's quite easy to mix up some stuff as President Obama did when he said 57 states. Hell people forget more important dates than elections...how many men forget their own anniversaries or worst their children's birthdays each day? Lets stop jumping at every little mistake and making it seem as if it's such a big deal...now if it's something that is vital, that's something else...like if he slips and give out information that is vital to national security...than that's different

    December 1, 2011 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
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