Rick Perry on the Revolutionary War: Fail …Rick Perry Recalls the American Revolution Happening in the 1500s
After spending 90 minutes debating his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, Rick Perry decided to go over to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house and talk a little history and states’ rights, a favorite topic of the 10th amendment enthusiast.
NBC’s Carrie Dann reported that Perry suffered a “head-slapping gaffe” after the debate when he he answered a young woman’s question by saying that one of the “reasons we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from the kind of onerous crown.”
But as most history buffs know, the American revolution was fought in the 18th century.
Early on in her 2012 campaign, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) made a similar historical gaffe, confusing Concord, N.H., with Concord, Mass.,when discussing the first battle of the Revolutionary War.
These mistakes could matter to the tea party crowd, which takes it’s name from a chapter in Revolutionary period, when colonists dumped tea in the Boston Harbor (although they’re still big fans of Perry and his platform).
But for Perry, who has had a couple of awkward debate performances, more gaffes of this sort only add to the narrative that the Texas governor is prone to big gaffes.
Rick Perry Recalls the American Revolution Happening in the 1500s
After wrapping up Tuesday night’s economics-oriented debate at Dartmouth, Rick Perry stopped by the school’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity chapter to deliver a little history lesson about the American Revolution. And he slipped up on the exact date of the war by about two centuries. As ABC News quoted him, he seems to have misremembered either the date of the American Revolution or the way that centuries are counted:
«Our Founding Fathers never meant for Washington, D.C. to be the fount of all wisdom. As a matter of fact they were very much afraid if that because they’d just had this experience with this far-away government that had centralized thought process and planning and what have you, and then it was actually the reason that we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown if you will,» Perry said.
Slip ups happen, he surely knows the revolution was in the 18th century. Remember, Rick Perry gets tired after a long night of debating. At the same fraternity press conference he admitted once again: «Debates are not my strong suit.»