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Perry Misspeaks on Candidacy Age

Presidential hopeful Rick Perry meets Greenville boy with aspirations to become president.

Add a new gaffe to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry's list: The age of candidacy to run for president is 21.

The Texas governor quickly corrected his mistake, saying that the age is 35.

Perry was speaking to "future President" Catcher Jones, 7, of Greenville Thursday during an event in Mount Pleasant. 

"I'm glad you're not 21," Perry said, crouching down to Catcher and then eyeing the group around him. "Or actually 35."

Perry recently came under fire for saying the legal voting age was 21 in New Hampshire, according to the Huffington Post. 

But Catcher didn't catch Perry's gaffe. He was just excited to meet the governor, who he called "fine." 

Catcher wore a shirt that read "Future President: Accepting Campaign Donations Now." 

Why does he want to become president?

"I want to make sure Americans are safe," Catcher said. He also said lowering food prices would also be a part of his future campaign. 

FreeChoice December 08, 2011 at 08:23 PM
So I guess you don't mind my pointing out that in your quoting Catcher, there should be no apostrophe in Americans. Alas, no one is infallible except perhaps the Pope.
Chris Winston December 08, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Thanks for pointing that out. We have corrected that.
ausscyn December 08, 2011 at 09:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ7Hz7WCQE8&feature=youtu.be Above is the BEST video of this election so far!!!
Karen December 09, 2011 at 11:58 AM
Catcher, when you run for office, you have MY support! Amazing young man.
Polly December 09, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Finally, a South Carolinian making us look GOOD! As well as the little boy who told Bachmann his gay mama didn't need fixing. Makes me glad to be a SC teacher
Lindsay Street December 09, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Karen and Polly, Catcher was one of the best interviews of the day. He is very well spoken and polite. I can't wait to cover his future campaign! (And say I knew him "when"!)
stanley seigler December 09, 2011 at 08:29 PM
feel sure catcher will be the exception...but we teach the goodness out of so many kids... teach them to spin and bs and reward them for being good at it...so with our coaching they end up bsers like perry, newt, etc... he will be the first and only president named catcher...love your name catch...
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