Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Perry says New Hampshire holding caucuses, not primary in another gaffe, despite calling such mistakes human

Texas Gov. Rick Perry dismissed his campaign trail gaffes in a Wednesday morning appearance on “Fox and Friends” as a sign that he is merely human, and said the focus on them is an effort to distract from his policy positions.

He said he is an outsider who is capable of overhauling Washington, insisting that Republican voters are still making up their minds about who to support for president.

"We’re going to be talking about it, and we’re going to be talking about that in harsh and strong terms over the course of the next four to five weeks as we get ready for those New Hampshire caucuses," he said.

Only problem is that New Hampshire holds a primary. It's Iowa that holds caucuses.

The slip-up came a day after Perry asked students during a speech on a New Hampshire college campus which of them would be 21 by Nov. 12 to back his effort, getting both the voting age and the date of the election wrong.

Perry has made a series of verbal errors that have caused many GOP voters to question his ability to take on President Obama in a general election debate.

"Look, I’m a human being; I’m going to make some mistakes from time to time in my remarks," he said on the Fox program. "But here’s how I look at these issues, generally speaking, over the course of my 10-plus years of being the governor of the state of Texas: When someone doesn't want to talk about the substantive issues, when they don’t want to talk about the flat tax that I’ve laid out, when they don’t want to talk about a major overhaul of Washington, D.C., like going to a part-time Congress, which most of the states operate very well with, they want to find some little error that you made and go talk about that.”

Asked about mixing up another basic of the election — the caucus versus primary issue — Perry reiterated to reporters leaving a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Nashua that mistakes happen.

"I did, yeah," he said, acknowledging mixing up the primary and caucus states. "I’ll do that from time to time."

Meanwhile, in the same television appearance, Perry for the first time addressed allegations that businessman Herman Cain took part in a 13-year extramarital affair, indicating that Cain must answer questions about the issue.

“Well here’s the issue, he needs to address these allegations," Perry said. "That’s the bottom line, he needs to address the allegations, and if they are true, then he has to address that with his family and the people of this country. So how it all breaks out, I think that’s just someone’s speculation.”

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