Perry Goofs on Revolutionary War

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Republican presidential candidates Texas Gov. Rick Perry gestures as Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., left, and businessman Herman Cain listen during a Republican presidential Debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011.

The GOP field needs to brush up on its Revolutionary War history. After his less-than-stellar debate performance Tuesday night, presidential hopeful Rick Perry talked history with students at Dartmouth College. He answered one question by saying, “One of the reasons we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown.” In fact, the Revolutionary War began two centuries later, in 1775. Earlier in the year, rival Michele Bachmann told supporters that the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in New Hampshire, whereas the war actually started in Massachusetts.