Perry heckled as campaign shifts into new phase
August 18th, 2011
10:58 AM ET
3 years ago

Perry heckled as campaign shifts into new phase

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rick Perry was greeted by protesters Thursday morning as he met with voters at a Seacoast cafe, a clear sign that the 2012 campaign for the presidency has entered a new phase.

"Hands off our Medicare," about 35 protesters chanted as the Republican presidential candidate shook hands outside Popovers on the Square, a popular local eatery.


"Stop attacking middle class families Rick Perry," a man shouted at the Texas governor as he ordered a popover pastry.

The protesters were largely outnumbered by supporters as well as those looking for a glimpse of the latest entrant into the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Perry received a similar reception at his second event of the day in Dover. But he did not seem disturbed by the commotion, as he signed autographs and mugged for a camera as he chewed a bite of popover. Despite the loud chanting, Perry made two loops of the outdoor seating area at the cafe to shake people's hands.

Several feet away Democratic protesters from the Alliance for Retired Americans held signs warning Perry to "Back Off My Social Security."

Perry criticized the entitlement program in a book, calling it a "Ponzi scheme" and a "failure."

"That's a stunning position to take and I don't think that's going to go over well in New Hampshire," said State Rep. Robin Read, D-Portsmouth.

One woman who did not appear to be affiliated with the protesters ushered her son up to the governor and prompted him with questions for Perry like "do you believe in evolution?"

"It's a theory that's out there," Perry told the child. "It's got some gaps in it. In Texas we teach both Creationism and evolution."

The mother then told her young son: "Ask him why he doesn't believe in science," as Perry moved onto another conversation.


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  1. Jayson

    Telling Republicans to keep their hands off medicare and social security is just so original....

    August 18, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. nytw

    Rick Perry has been in politics for over 20 years. People like him are the problem not the solution. All he has ever done is feed at the public trough with the other political pigs. He has never ran a business, balanced a real budget, or met a payroll.
    We need a president who has real executive experience at running a real organization not a political hack. We have had enough on the job training for our presidents.

    August 18, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. BK2OC

    As a conservative, i dont care who wins the presidency. As long as someone leads us out of this economic mess.

    August 18, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Bill from Texas

    First let me say this, I am a registered republican, I do not support Perry nor do I support Osama, oops, Obama. The education system in Texas is in a mess. Guess who did that. He is a (as I have come to see) just like all republicans all for the rich and to hell with everyone else, does "let them eat cake" sound familiar?

    Now on the subject of Social Security. When it was brought into being it was SUPPOSED to be untouchable. However, the politicians found a way around that and have been robbing it until it is now empty. They don't want us to know that though.

    We are in a financial crisis and DEMONcrats want to send billions to Somalia? Yeah that makes sense. They have all but destroyed our judicial system.

    BE WARNED this country us being destroyed from within by our own politicians no matter what party.

    Demoncrats are Socialists, which is another way to say Communist. Don't believe me? Break down U.S.S.R.

    Haven't decided who will get my vote but you can bet everything it won't be Merry Perry or Osama, oops did it again, Obama.

    August 18, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. KeninTexas

    I don't particularly care for Perry for president, but these tactics of having hecklers in the audience is a hallmark of the Democrats these days. Since they can't beat someone on ideas and their records, they send in their minions to drown out the message being given. What a low state politics has fallen. Are the Dems just so afraid of how badly they have done? They should be.

    August 18, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. ED FL

    Perry's $2.00 Gas is the same as his [PROBABL new girl friend Bachmann. It is the type you cure with Alka Seltzer.

    August 18, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. David Goren

    I believe in science, not religion. However, our mutual religion is money, and I want to keep as much of it as I can. It may sound harsh, but I don't want lazy people and illegal aliens taking it. I don't like the Republicans trying to legislate morality, but I dislike even more the liberals trying to take my money. Healthcare is most certainly not a right, including Medicare. Social Security is NOT an entitlement, but it never should have been enacted. Let me take care of my own money, thank you. The government is here to protect us from foreign invasion, to enforce certain laws against criminals, both white collar and violent, and, to build and maintain our transportation infrastructure, and that's about it. I believe that the Democrats will spend us into a 3rd world country before the Republicans will force us into a theocracy, and that's why I vote Republican at this point in time.

    August 18, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. AJ

    These guys do not believe in science. Where do they think oil and medical drugs come from? Do they grow out of Orange trees?

    August 18, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Jam11

    BushJR and his rethugs. who tripled the debt. They tried hard to destoy America by spending with tax cuts for the wealthy, of which I am sure you are not, and they spent on two wars OFF THE BOOKS, and a prescription drug plan that was not paid for. When are you ignorant repugs. going to realize that the people in this country are waking the MESS up and this crap won't go on much longer. May the rethuglican party sleep with the fishes!!

    There's no exaggeration when the Republicans want to take away "entitlements" that we have been paying for all our working life's. What they are exaggerating is that the rich are not going to create jobs (they haven't in the last 10 years with their tax cuts so why know when they want the President to fail and be a one term President); they are not going to have to declare bankruptcy, or lose their homes, or their cars or not be able to put on the table for their little darlings and they will still be able to invite all their rich friends who fly in on jets to their lavish parties while the rest of us, seniors, poor and the vanishing middle class scrape to get by.

    My oldest friend been duly paying his fair share into social security for 30 years. In fact, all of us in the middle class paid in a $3.2 trillion dollar surplus. And where did that money go while Republicans oversaw the "surplus". Poof gone – tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations to create jobs. I guess they meant in China. And now, when the time to put it back comes up, NO not the corporations and wealthy who took the surplus will repay, WE IN THE MIDDLE CLASS are supposed to repay ourselves. What shills for corporations and monied interests. Remember in November folks. 2012, the Middle Class and elderly VOTE!!!!

    August 18, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Jas

    Get used to calling Perry Mr. President, you can thank Obama for that

    August 18, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Julie

    I never new i had so much in common with Perry until i saw this piece on him being heckled on his believing creationism(I do too) whatever delusions that you have with evolution being as fact or scientific it comes from the BIBLE, read it and , be open minded to other peoples views besides your liberal views. I also agree with his views on Gllobal Warming, so what are ya gonna do, diss everyone who doesnt agree with the convuluted theories on what Gore has spewed out of his mouth. I live in Texas, and I'm no way a supporter of Perry, however if I have to listen to people's views on irrelavent subjects instead of the one that matters(THE ECONOMY) I sure will be.

    August 18, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. Thanks texans!

    I appreciate all the comments from Texans on here – what a wack job! Also see Nate Silver's article on Perry's 3rd term re-election, which was by a small margin given Texas' overwhelming GOP registration. About all he's got going for him is hair as pretty as John Edwards'

    August 18, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. 9corona

    I would guess it's safe to assume the majority of these post are from ACORN employees (not sure which name they go by now) or WH summer interns.

    * Bonus points for the woman who wanted to ask questions – but kept forcing her son to ask them. Kind of reminded me of the Verizon Union striker who put his daughter in front of a Verizon truck.. Grow a set – you freaks. I haven't picked a side yet. Voted for Obama once – not thinking that will happen again – but alot can happen over the next fifteen months. I want to see a DETAILED/WRITTEN JOBS PLAN. I don't care if the man was friends with Ayers (sic?) or believes the world is flat – I want a President to lead and give us direction.

    August 18, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. DNC Bloggers are Welfare Bums

    Rudy NYC........"insinuated" he ha a PHd......did you know he is simply a DNC blogger who lives on Government Entitlements? Ask him. After all, not everyone can be a Community Organizer!

    August 18, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    What blows my mind is that Wolf Blitzer has yet to focus on the fact that under Rick Perry's POOR leadership, Texas is over 23 Billion dollars into deficit spending. I am sure that the Republicans will spin a different story when it eventually comes up. Right now he is getting a free walk and falsely the media is projecting him as some great leader. Texas has had a decade of Rick Perry. Folks in Texas would not vote for Jesus Christ if he were a Democrat. Ron Paul is the only stateman of this group an Republicans. It's going to be difficult for the Republicans to have the vote of the Poor and the Middle Class after proving they are sooh for the Rich! They want to take away Social Security and Medicare that people have paid for all their lives.

    August 18, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. A concerned Earthling

    Reading some of the comments on here provides a refreshing alternative to the American stereotype the loud and outspoken have provided to the world. I'm sure the educated ones on here, the ones who can identify and locate a country outside of the US, are aware that the fact people like Perry are even contending in the Presidential campaigns only makes your fine country a laughing stock to the rest of us.

    Of course, I am aware some of you will argue that, as a non-American, your politics don't concern me but as a member of this planet of which the US is a superpower, if not THE superpower,I truly despair when people who believe in such ignorance try to seek leadership, especially when their supporters are the paranoid, delusional sort who believe wholeheartedly that everything is in the hands of a great sky wizard. Believe what you want, of course, but most of us here in the "Civilized" West left the Church out of politics a long time ago; America is one of the very small minority that is yet to do so.

    August 18, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. Bruce

    I think that anything would be better than what we have now. I am with this guy about government being less intrusive, lower taxes, and a strong national defense. What is wrong with that? All I see is rude remarks about Texas and welcome to the big leagues of New Hampshire. Get a clue!!!!! Oh wait you voted for this socialist clown that we are paying to vacation in Martha's Vineyard while our country is going passed Carters failures.

    August 18, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. w l jones

    One thing you can say about the universe it has no beginning nor ending one word to describe it beautiful out there. Bless.

    August 18, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. FedUp

    Perry has the charm of a used car salesman and the intellect of a stone.

    August 18, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. ron the man

    Perry & Repubs you FOOLS. President Obama is now d face of this country and d world and is known all over d world. He is Famous and makes this country well known in Africa. Bow down He will rule for 4 more years so stop this crazy talk he doin GREaT fool

    August 18, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. ken penethby

    Perry told the child the theory of evolution has got some gaps in it......
    Yes, gaps in the fossil record which supports evolution.

    Look at the contradictions (not gaps!) between Genesis Chapter 1 andGenensis Chapter 2. In Genesis 1:20 God creates animals, and Genesis 1:26 ietc he creats man " in our image" and woman using a rib from Adam. In Genesis 2.7 God forms man and woman from dust, and then creates the animals (Genesis 2:19).

    One thing to be said, the art of editing has certainly evobved since that first book!

    August 19, 2011 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  22. myrtleluman

    You dont have to use prison to get quality medical care, use "Penny Health" if you need affordable health insurance. Yeah i am trying to give a solution here.

    August 19, 2011 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  23. Rick Bennett

    Weird times. All of the non incumbent candidates for the presidency are of the faith that wishes to replace "divine order" over the US constitution and no one seems to be concerned!!! Maybe the designed ignorance by the elite has finally kicked in and we dont know and so dont care. Of course we dont, as all of our energy is finding a home for our families and food for our children. It was not too many years ago we freaked out thinking there were communists under every bush waiting to subvert the good ole USA. The ole commies are probably laughing as we did when Soviet ideology self destructed. Now its our turn, as has been the case for self serving ideology. As go the Romans, Spain and the Brits ect, we witness the implosion. Long live the downtrodden for they have always paid the price.
    America we cry as did our ancestors, its promise is stolen once again, and sadly, yet ironically in the name of religion.

    August 19, 2011 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
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