The Texas Democratic Party questioned Tuesday whether Gov. Rick Perry could outwit a fifth-grader after the Republican presidential contender appeared to forget — or not know — that the legal voting age in the United States is 18 during a campaign swing through New Hampshire.
The Associated Press reported that the three-term Texas governor, speaking at St. Anselm College, urged students who will be at least 21 years of age to vote for him on Election Day. “As for those younger than 21, he merely asked them to work hard on his behalf,” the story said, adding that “it turns out Perry didn’t know or had forgotten that the voting age in America is 18.”
The state Democratic Party pounced.
“After holding public office for more than two decades, Rick Perry can’t even get the voting age right,” said Rebecca Acuna, a spokeswoman for the Texas Democrats. “Next time Rick Perry stumbles, he should think about consulting a fifth-grader.”
The release noted that there are 308,709 registered voters in Texas between the ages of 18 and 20.
“Rick Perry commits a major blunder and continues to embarrass our state each time he opens his mouth,” Ms. Acuna said, alluding to the now infamous “oops” moment in a debate this month where he could not remember the third of three federal agencies he planned to eradicate.
The 26th amendment established the legal voting age at 18 and was adopted on July 1, 1971. Mr. Perry turned 21 years old that March.