Perry mixes up the dates of the Revolutionary War

Rick Perry's troubles weren't limited to the debate floor on Tuesday night.

After the Washington Post/Bloomberg forum, the Texas governor made an appearance at a Dartmouth College fraternity house, where he appeared to mix up the dates of the Revolutionary War.

The gaffe occurred when Perry was asked about states' rights during a question-and-answer session at Dartmouth's Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

"Our Founding Fathers never meant for Washington, D.C. to be the fount of all wisdom," Perry said, per ABC's Arlette Saenz. "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."

But the Revolutionary War was fought in the 18th century.

Perry is hardly the first politician to make an embarrassing gaffe. In 2008, Barack Obama claimed at a campaign event he had visited 57 states in his bid to win the Democratic nomination--a verbal misstep that continues to haunt the president among his conservative critics.

But Perry's mistake comes at a bad time for his campaign. In recent weeks, Mitt Romney has not only tried to portray Perry as lacking the skills necessary to be president, but his campaign has also come very close to outright suggesting the Texas governor is dumb.

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