Rick Perry Trips On the Trail...Again
Governor Rick Perry made another misstep on the campaign trail today. While speaking to college students at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm's College, Perry asked students who would be at least 21 years old on Election Day to vote for him.
Then he said, "…those of you that won’t be, just work hard," for his campaign.
The voting age is of course 18, and it has been the United States adopted the 26th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1971.
The flub doesn't end there. Perry said Election Day was "November the 12th." It's actually November 6. Election Day in the United States always occurs on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Here's video of Perry's blunder, courtesy of CBS News:
A few other memorable Perry mistakes:
- He told a young child Texas public schools teach creationism and evolution side by side.
- He told students gathered at post debate gathering at a Dartmouth fraternity house that the Revolutionary War was fought in the 16th century.
- He said gay couples aren't allowed to adopt in Texas. (Perry's campaign argues this is true because state law only allows a male and female couple to adopt, but there is nothing to keep a gay person from adopting, even if they live with a partner)
- And, of course, the unforgettable "Oops" moment during the CNBC Republican presidential debate.