While defending himself, Perry steps in it again
November 30th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
10 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%.

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Former Republican, now an Independent

    If Rick Perry can find his way back to TX, he should go. I'm sure many Americans would be glad to point him in the correct direction.

    November 30, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Chipster

    @Dar President Obama can speak without a teleprompter, of course, but Perry isn't even clever enough to use Sarah Palin's Red Neck Teleprompter – write it on your hand, Rick!!!

    November 30, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. koolgrl97

    New Game Show: Are you smarter than a Republican?

    November 30, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. pdunker

    The man just opens his mouth to change feet!

    November 30, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Sam the Sham

    Perry is Bush all over again.

    November 30, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Max


    Perry is really seeking attention to himself, but he is, unfortunately, seeking it the wrong way. He isn't deliberately making mistakes and gaffes, he just doesn't know better. He is not ready for the national stage, more so the international arena.

    Perry is not even ready to be governor of any state. One continues to wonder if all the Texans who voted him in as governor were consuming excessive amounts of Jack Daniels or some kind of drugs!

    OMG..people all over the country is simply tired of this nerd!

    November 30, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. cigarman

    Perry is an error himself, Im not sure it is human though.

    November 30, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. JOE

    What's the big deal? President Obama is going to be re-elected by a landslide anyway. The most charasmatic and articulate President in US history.

    November 30, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. dinak

    When Obama went to England, he wrote in the wrong date and year in the Palace guest book. The media wrote that poor, super-brained Obama was tired, that's all. Not a moron, as he would have been portrayed were Obama a repub.

    November 30, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. nightsun2k7

    lol....love the photo, he looks like Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore

    November 30, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Sorensen

    His stupidity obviously has no end. Even in Texas that must be pretty obvious by now.

    November 30, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Jersey George

    Why doesn't Perry just drop out of the race, go back to Texas and work on his state's secession from the USA. Texas won't be missed. In fact, the nation's IQ would probably rise 10 points.

    November 30, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. longtooth

    Perry is right. It's been well established that he's in over his head. No need to concentrate on every little mistake. I'm a registered, disappointed democrat, and I know piling on when I see it. Let's focus on facts and ideas, please. Then we can get this whole sad episode over with and give Obama four more.

    November 30, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Rickb

    Perhaps there are better news stories, but when a presidential candidate misspeaks every time they speak, it's probably worthy.

    November 30, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. beka

    This is not really a mistake....Its a ploy to trick people who are young and dumb into not voting. Republicans do this to Democrats all the time....Its been done to me personally "as a joke" until I joke back "no you are wrong voting day is tomorrow silly ha ha ha"

    I would think in this case Perry is trying to trick the Ron Paul crowd into not voting.

    November 30, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. J

    So this is just human error, but Obama saying 57 states means he is a muslim terrorist? Right-wing nutjobs are sick in the head.

    November 30, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. ST

    Excuse me my language. Perry has what we call "empty coconut head"!

    November 30, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. DIANA

    Now I understand why God told these people to run for President, he needed a good laugh and wanted the world to laugh with him. These people are an embarrassment to our country.

    November 30, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Kara

    Was there a third thing he couldn't remember? You only listed two...

    November 30, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Big George in Big D

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

    November 30, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. JohnInAustinTX

    We tried to tell our Republican friends here that Ricky was a few beers short of a six pack for the last couple of elections, but they would not listen. Hopefully it will cause people to vote for a person, not a party next time......

    Yea, in Texas, rrrrrrright.....

    November 30, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. GonzoinHouston

    If it was just a slip of the tongue he would have corrected himself. I think his sinking campaign is more than he can deal with and he's getting distracted. You want a guy who starts to lose it when the pressure is on for Prez?

    November 30, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. John

    Great, just what we need, another president suffering from memory loss. Is his wife anything like Nancy?

    November 30, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Mark

    Dinak, nice try but utter fail; When Obama made that error there were just as many (likely including you) that overplayed it while not surprisingly those on the left downplayed it. Why is it you folks cant just focus on YOUR race – this is not about Obama yet, not for quite awhile till the GOP pick their candidate – so try to focus next time.

    November 30, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Mark

    This is not a democractic or conservative issue for me, I don't won't a village idiot near the launch codes regardless of what party their with.

    November 30, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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