Texas Governor Rick Perry stumbled on basic American History after the GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire Tuesday night. The gaffe happened at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on the Dartmouth College Campus, where Perry popped in for a post-debate for a visit.
Perry was asked a question about states' rights and answered, "Our founding fathers never meant for Washington DC to be the fount of all wisdom. As a matter of fact they were very much afraid of that, because they had just had this experience with this far away government that had centralized thought process and planning and what have you. It was actually the reason we fought the revolution it the 16th century was to get away from that type of onerous crown if you will."
The problem there is the American Revolution was actually fought in the 18th century. Perry Campaign spokesman Mark Miner tells Fox News it was an "honest mistake," adding that Perry "knows when the American Revolution was, he just misspoke."
Perry burst onto the presidential campaign trail after officially announcing his intentions on August 13, immediately shooting to the top of the polls.
In the following weeks a series of sub-par debate performances have hurt Perry's White House run. However, the Texas Governor has been excelling in the key area of fundraising, raking in $17 million in the third quarter. This while his chief rival Mitt Romney has yet to release his final fundraising numbers for the third quarter.
Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.