November 30, 2011 in Nation/World

Perry goes retro referring to voting age

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Presidential candidate Rick Perry speaks during a stop in Amherst, N.H.
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 GOFFSTOWN, N.H. – Texas Gov. Rick Perry campaigned in New Hampshire on Tuesday to tout his endorsement from Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., but it was the GOP presidential candidate’s misstatement of the voting age that caught the attention of reporters during a speech at St. Anselm College.

 Perry, who during a recent Republican presidential debate struggled for nearly a minute to remember the third agency on a list of three federal departments he said he wanted to eliminate, slipped up just as he was wrapping up his prepared remarks at his third of four events in the Granite State.

 “Those of you that will be 21 by Nov. 12th, I ask for your support and your vote,” Perry said to a crowd that included college students. “Those of you who won’t be – just work hard – because you are going to inherit this and you’re counting on us to get this right.”

 The minimum voting age in the United States is 18.

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