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Perry commits post-debate gaffe on Revolutionary War

HANOVER, NH — A relatively upbeat Rick Perry suffered a bit of a head-slapping gaffe in an appearance post-debate on the campus of Dartmouth College.

The Texas governor was comparatively energetic at his stop at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on the Dartmouth College campus, taking questions on energy policy, Social Security, and states rights.

But he stumbled in his answer to a young woman's question about states' rights; Perry said that one of the "reasons we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown."

The Revolutionary War was fought in the 18th century.

At the beginning of his remarks, Perry told NBC News in answer to a question about the debate that the just-concluded event was "awesome."

"It was an awesome debate," he said.

NBC's Garrett Haake contributed from Hanover.