By a slip of the tongue, President Bush on Friday confused Election Day with the national observance whose date seems to confuse him the most: the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

He told a rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. James Courter: "On December 7, we need you to vote."Election day in states like New Jersey holding elections in this off-political year is Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Bush made a celebrated campaign gaffe on Sept. 7, 1988, when he informed a startled American Legion audience in Louisville, Ky., that it was Pearl Harbor Day.

Japan attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu without warning on Dec. 7, 1941, killing 2,300 servicemen and blasting the United States into World War II.