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. Me

    Okay CNN, he's dumb, we get it.

    November 30, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. AvgGuyinKansas

    This guy is and always will be a dunce, a buffoon. His likelihood of becoming the "elected leader of the free world" is about the same as my being named Secretary General of the United Nations. Obviously, Paint Creek, Texas is missing its village idiot.

    November 30, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Southerner01

    I'm looking in the CNN archives to find the "Obama steps in it again" from when candidate Obama said that he had "visited 57 states, 1 left to go" The "10,000" people killed in a Kansas tornado (it was 12 total), saying Iran posed no threat because it was a tiny country with a small defense budget...

    Oddly, I can't find it.

    November 30, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Florida Joe

    Are these clowns doing this to entertain us until the NBA starts up..........You couldn't mke this stuff up
    Dumb, dumber and dumbest

    November 30, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Slash

    Huntsman is the only intelligent Republican candidate and that's why he doesn't have a ghost of a chance at getting the nomination. Not that he'd beat Obama, but he's the only one of them who might not destroy all the progress Obama's made in one fell swoop.

    November 30, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. BuckedWheat

    Perry IS a human error......

    November 30, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Saboth

    "When someone doesn't want to talk about the substantive issues". I would think Republicans would be very familiar with this. There are so many issues that need to be addressed right now (immigration, social security, taxes), and they are playing up to their fan base with votes on whether to keep "In God we Trust" and whether or not gays can marry. When it comes time to vote on spending cuts and raising taxes, they put their hands over their ears and scream "I can't hear you!"

    November 30, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. CNN Moderator

    We don't need Perry.

    November 30, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Edwin

    I don't really care if he remembers the exact date of the 2012 election. I'm not really sure if he has to know whether you can vote at 18 or 21.

    But not remembering that New Hampshire has a primary, not a caucus, says he doesn't really care enough about New Hampshire to remember. And THAT is important - especially to those in New Hampshire.

    November 30, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Mark

    This Tezas sized buffoon continues to entertain. And Texans have voted this wingnut into office more than once? Wow, this speaks volumes about the mentality of Texans in general then. What is it about these folksy, but really stupid types that rally the clueless? What a joke!

    November 30, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Rick Perry is the male version of Sarah Palin.Just wait???...................may be dumber than her . Ohhhhhhh.........I forgot to add an other dumber George W Bush.

    November 30, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Alina1

    I hope Republicans gave him all of the money that they had. Ok (most of them).

    November 30, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Steve - Dallas

    To all who have suggested that Perry go back to Texas... we don't WANT him back!

    November 30, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Texas Annie

    Rick was a cheerleader at Texas A&M. Need I say more?

    November 30, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. jrcarroll

    Perry is just a little to "human" to be President.
    That much is clear at this point.
    He does make goober bush appear to be a genius, however.
    Perhaps that is the purpose of Perry's run.
    The rehab of junior bush's tattered image.

    November 30, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. SiriusVH

    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!

    I guess, dimwit, that you never watched the presidential debate between Obama and McCain. The poor McCain could not even find his words while trying to debate Obama and was just walking around the stage like a mad man in search of something to say.

    BTW, do you even know what a teleprompter is used for? Have you ever seen one? Have you ever used one? Let me answer for you: no, no and no.

    Finally, has it even crossed the void between your ears that the reason your little friends keep changing their minds about the guy who is going to save the GOP is that they know very well that whoever you, idiots, send against Obama better be someone who (1) knows something beyond the size of his shoes (2) can think on his feet and (3) is articulate enough to be able of stringing at least ONE sentence free of grammatical errors. I understand, for all of you, these are real challenges.

    November 30, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Arch

    No, Rick – the issue is whether the country can survive another incompetent, unfocused politician from the great poluted state of texas.

    November 30, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. REG in AZ

    How can any more be expected when the whole criteria for Republican / Tea Party candidates' selection is "will they be a good, loyal "puppet" to perform as directed?" All of them fail to represent the majority (99%) and seek to gain the substantial financial, influential and powerful support of "the few" (1%) who will "pull their strings". It actually is an insult to the voters in their arrogantly and stubbornly thinking they can con the people and control public opinion to get these candidates elected ... but then they have been emboldened by past successes – 2000, 2004 and 2010.

    November 30, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. freidamurray

    Singularly, his gaffes are no big deal, but collectively... hmm... what's the word? Idiot.

    November 30, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. SiriusVH

    Steve – Dallas

    To all who have suggested that Perry go back to Texas... we don't WANT him back!

    What if we give you a discount? You can have Perry, Palin and Bachmann for the price of one.

    November 30, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Grady

    The Perry campaign is a Paris Hilton reality show...

    November 30, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Stephen

    Really, this is newsworthy? Maybe our problem with politicians is that we expect them to be flawless, have all the answers, share our views 100% of the time and give us everything we want. In which case the problem isn't our politicians but rather too many voters that expect scripted, edited Hollywood performances. (Hello! Someone was supposed to write the Great Recession out of the last version of the American History script so we can all keep spending more than we make.)

    November 30, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    I really do like Texicans but Perry strains the connection. About as eloquent as a fence post, as knowledgeable as a box of rocks and as truthful as Herman Cain, no more capable of being the POTUS than a billy goat. Yeehaw.

    November 30, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Scott

    I think most 18-21 year olds vote Democrat. Telling them they are not old enough to vote or telling them the election is later than it really is is smart. Dirty tricks, of course, but not a bad idea. 🙂

    November 30, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Texas Annie

    Please people– don't judge ALL Texans by Rick Perry or his supporters. Some of us are pure-dee independants who would never vote for someone just based on their party affiliation. I personally think straight party ticket voting should be banned everywhere. Make voters actually be informed on each individual candidate instead of just casting a party vote.
    That said, I am still appalled that voters in this state re-elected this doofus Perry last time even when he refused to participate in any debates. I hope they're just a little ashamed of how stupid they were now....

    November 30, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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