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. Antonio666

    Perry is an imbecile. I can't imagine that I would ever say this about anyone, but he's actually dumber that GW Bush. Seriously!

    November 30, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. allens

    i think we should cut perry some slack. he is every bit as smart as cain, palin, bachmann and newt

    November 30, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Corporations R. People II

    "I've notice after reading 40 or so of these comments that Democants have nothing better to do than bash GOPs. Its sad you all have so much idle time on your hands. If you all was working like us Republicans, there wouldn't be 98% democants bashing GOPs on here."

    This is a little something I like to call Irony Alert.
    Another example of why Perry needs to leave the Dept of Education alone.

    November 30, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Denise

    Wow. This is becoming a daily thing, his "human error." Maybe Texas can endure such a "human error," but this country needs stronger, smarter guidance. Time to head on home, now, Mr. Perry – your folks are calling you.

    November 30, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Brian2913, I very well aware of that: are you familiar with the term " relevant"?

    November 30, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Jane

    I bet almost if not all of these college students know they can vote at 18 yrs old, now why doesn't this man who is running for president, if he has this kind of a memory how can he be our president on the world stage. where else would his memory fail him. Jane

    November 30, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. The Just One

    President Preacher-Man visited all 57 states yet?

    November 30, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. wsest

    Corporations R. People II – Nothing for me to be bitter about, I didn't vote for yer boy Barak so I don't have the "buyer's remorse" the "vast majority of clear thinking Americans" have. Read some news once in a while. His approval ratings are the worst in history for a POTUS at this point, even worse than Carter's! Quite a feat. The vast majority doesn't approve of him. Eat that! Off you go now, you sad disillusioned speck.

    November 30, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. reb084

    we do have some smart people in texas , perrys just not one of them ..

    November 30, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. jamison

    Our previous president makes all of these GOP candidates look like Einstein – and we all know how smart he was. Cain doesn't know anything about Libya even though it’s been in the news for the last 8 months. Paul has some radical ideas like pulling the plug on the sick if they have no health insurance. Perry is from another planet, and can't remember what he will do if elected. The Newt is a total liar who no one will believe, and Bachman is a total wacco.. All of them are mean spirited, uncaring and vindictive. In 2012 I think I will stick with who we have now. At least he has a logical and clear thinking brain and CARES about the common man and not the ones in their ivory towers on Wall St.

    November 30, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Bryan

    While I hope he doesn't get nominated or elected, these things really aren't a big deal and if a candidate I liked made the same errors it wouldn't deter me from voting for them. He has made other larger mistakes, but these little things aren't a big deal.

    November 30, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. davey

    Wow, almost as dumb as when soetoro said his bowling score might get him into the special olympics.

    November 30, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Sleepyinsf

    If to err is human, Perry must be the most human SOB on the planet

    November 30, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. liz

    The political gravy train is pulling out of the $tation and it look$ like Rick Perry i$nt on it.

    November 30, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. BD70

    Are the people that voted in Texas for Perry dumber than he is? Or is it at the governor level he has a better speech. In any case...he is making me shake my head in wonder that anyone got as far as he did and is as dumb as he is.

    November 30, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Lindy

    Question of the day is who is dumber Rick Perry or Herman Cain? If this is the best the Republicans have, they are in a heap of trouble.

    November 30, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. tw

    maybe Perry thinks he's on "Last Comic Standing" he sure is funny, not to smart though!

    November 30, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. SoSad

    Perry, not ready for Prime Time like my man and fellow Moron er I mean Morman!

    November 30, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. bawana

    you know what the difference is between Aggie boots and cowboy boots? ,,,well with Aggie boots the crap is on the inside of the boots

    November 30, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. sidneyhop

    "mistakes Perry characterized as human error" Hmm....everyone else would characterize them as stup idity! He sure knows how to relate to the typical republican voter!!!

    November 30, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Corporations R. People II

    wsest getting info from Faux Noise; sounding about as intelligent as his idol Ricky Perry too.
    Bitter, ignorant, and uninformed is no way to go through life son (or daughter).

    November 30, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Lee Ann

    This Man is always pointing in one direction or another "mostly at the other candidates".... This really bothers me for some reason.... Were we taught NOT to point as it's a very rude gesture... Wouldn't vote for him just because of the finger...

    November 30, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. shoegazer

    Perry/Cain 2012....the dream ticket for comedians everywhere.

    November 30, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Brad

    Dumb as a sack of hammers!

    November 30, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Columbus

    Details, details, who can be bothered with details?

    November 30, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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