Rick Perry Fumbles Revolutionary War Remarks Following Republican Debate
The GOP contender suggested that one of the "reasons we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown" in response to a question on the issue of states' rights. NBC News points out that the conflict was waged in the 18th century.
ABC News reports that Perry's remarks came during a post-debate stop at a fraternity on the Dartmouth College campus, where the presidential forum was held.
The Texas governor is not the first candidate vying for the Republican presidential nomination to fumble the facts when it comes to the Revolutionary War. In March of this year, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told a group of local New Hampshire Republicans, "You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord." The first shots of the Revolutionary War; however, were fired in Massachusetts, not in the Granite State.
The AP reported on Bachmann's remarks:
Though Bachmann probably wasn't the first to confuse Concord, N.H., with Concord, Mass., her mistake was striking given her roots in the Tea Party movement, which takes its name from the dumping of tea into Boston Harbor by angry American colonists in December 1773, 16 months before the Battle of Lexington Green.
Meanwhile, after a series of missteps and setbacks, Perry failed to rebound with his debate performance on Tuesday night. According to a CBS News/National Journal reporter, the Lone Star State Republican suggested after the event that debates are not his "strong suit."
Perry spokesman Mark Miner recently said, "He's the commander in chief, not the debater in chief."
Below, a video mash-up of highlights from Tuesday night's debate.