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Perry confuses voting age, election date

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry confused the age at which Americans are eligible to vote with the age at which they can drink. 

He also mixed up the date of next year's general election.

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Speaking Tuesday at Saint Anselm College, Perry urged the crowd to vote on Nov. 12, 2012, if theyre 21 or older.

"Those who are going to be over 21 on November 12th, I ask for your support,” Perry said.

"Those who won’t be, just work hard. Because you’re ... counting on us," he added, according to The Washington Post.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said that the Texas governor misspoke.

Americans are eligible to vote when they turn 18, and the 2012 presidential election will be held on Nov. 6.

This isn't the first time Perry has made a conspicuous gaffe. During a recent primary debate he began listing off government agencies he would cut if elected president, but forgot the third one

"It’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone," Perry said. "Commerce, Education and, the, uh, what’s the third one …"

He later remembered that the third one is the Department of Energy.