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Rick Perry's Lousy Grades On Par With Past Nominees

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But despite Bush's two Democratic opponents' egghead reputations, both of them produced pretty lame records of their own at Ivy League schools. John Kerry, also a Yalie, was characterized by the Boston Globe as a "lackluster student," and ended with a near-identical 76 average. He scored four "D"s in his freshman year before improving.

Over at Harvard, Al Gore fared no better. According to the Washington Post's 2000 analysis of his transcript, "His generally middling college grades at Harvard in fact bear a close resemblance to the corresponding Yale marks of his presidential opponent, George W. Bush." Even more embarrassing? "The political champion of the natural world received that sophomore D in Natural Sciences 6 (Man's Place in Nature) and then got a C-plus in Natural Sciences 118 his senior year," per the Post.

So Perry's in relatively good company. And besides, he gets extra marks for some very creative engineering projects he completed using his dorm's plumbing system.