In a speech at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday, Rick Perry seemed to mix up the voting and drinking ages -- not to mention the date of the coming election.
Those of you that will be 21 by Nov. 12, I ask for your support and your vote, Perry said. 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 idea that you're looking at a $15 trillion debt, that you're looking at entitlement programs that will not be there for you if we continue on this path, is not fair to you and it's not right.
The voting age in the United States is 18, and there is no election on Nov. 12. The New Hampshire primary, which is what Perry is campaigning for at this point, will be held on Jan. 10, 2012, and the general election, which will pit the Republican nominee against President Obama, will be Nov. 6.
It was a slip of the tongue, not a substantive gaffe -- nobody really thinks Perry doesn't know the voting age -- but it was one of many YouTube-worthy moments of the Republican primary race.
Here are 10 others. Click the names for videos.
1. John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too. (Michele Bachmann)
John Wayne, the famous westerns actor, was from Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne Gacy, the famous serial killer, was from Waterloo.
2. You're the state where the shot was heard 'round the world at Lexington and Concord. (Michele Bachmann)
Bachmann said this in New Hampshire, but Lexington and Concord are in Massachusetts.
3. They [Americans] see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union. (Michele Bachmann)
Well, they might have feared the rise of the Soviet Union before 1991.
4. They [China] have indicated that they're trying to develop nuclear capability. (Herman Cain)
China has had nuclear capability since 1964.
5. How do you say 'delicious' in Cuban? (Herman Cain)
Well, in Spanish, it's delicioso.
6. By the time they're my age, they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists. (Newt Gingrich)
I'd really like to meet these secular atheist Islamists.
7. You can always follow me on Tweeter. (Rick Perry)
Make that Twitter.
8. Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America. (Rick Perry)
Juarez is in Mexico, not the United States -- and the conversation wasn't about the continent of North America.
9. We fought the Revolution in the 16th century. (Rick Perry)
Well, the Scientific Revolution started in the 16th century. The American Revolution, on the other hand...
10. We're going to have to hang the 'Obama Misery Index' around his neck. (Mitt Romney)
This was a reference to the economic misery index, unemployment plus inflation, but did he really want to talk about hanging something around a black man's neck?