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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soundoff (523 Responses)
  1. DIANA

    Welcome to the Big Dogs Perry. I love the woman who made her son ask questions about science and evolution. One of the biggest poluters doesn't believe we created the mess we're in.

    August 18, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. NH and proud of it

    I was at this event and there were few Republicans in attendance. If this is any indication of the number of Perry supporters, he should be worried. Governor Perry had at least 15 men in suits and that was it, and these were brought in by him. NH was not pleased at all that he refused to answer most guestions. To be Presidential, you have to state what you would do to fix this country not just complain about your opponents.

    August 18, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I would ask Perry if he believed in seperation of church and state. If so, how and where should the line be drawn that separates them. I would point out the Founders tried to be rather explicit in how the line should be drawn. I would want Perry's interpretation on that issue.

    August 18, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. EatRunDive

    I pay into Social Security. In what way is it an "entitlement"?

    And creationism may be taught in Texas, but not in public schools, not officially anyway.

    August 18, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Gale

    35 protesters!!!! Wow, he is in serious trouble. Look out Republicans, 35 people have turned against you. Haaaaaa

    August 18, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Poor Karl Rove. First McCain, now Perry. What's a guy to do? Rove spent years keeping Ron Paul off the ticket, and the fools now running the clown show just might upset the apple cart yet, and actually vote in a Ron Paul nomination after all. Too, too funny.

    August 18, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    HI Rick, Welcome to the Northeast. You will find that we actually educate our children up here. You will also find that even though we are Christians, we do not accept blindly the collection of writings assembled by men to force a political philosophy on a people. Are you planning on bringing your low-paying, no-benefit jobs up here, too?

    August 18, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Tom

    I don't agree with anything he says, but I respect his ability to not give a crap about what is going on around him.

    August 18, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Bill from GA

    He shoulda promised em $2 a gallon gas.

    August 18, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. josephine

    If we are going to get this country back on track, I have no doubt that Rick Perry is the man to tke us there. We need somebody that is tough with a no-nonsense attitude and he has got that.

    August 18, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. A keen observer

    Perry is just like all other republicanTexas politicians: full of hot air!

    August 18, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. GOP = Greed Over People

    It is true, down here in Texass they do teach creationism in public schools, thanks to Pompadour Perry and his minions.

    August 18, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Portsmouth mom

    I was in the crowd and live in Portsmouth. Most people were local and were there for the show. The only real supporters of Perry seemed to be a couple of out of town women and his entourage.

    August 18, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Seattle Sue

    Maybe Perry could pray Elvis back from the dead.

    August 18, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    josephine wrote:
    If we are going to get this country back on track, I have no doubt that Rick Perry is the man to tke us there. We need somebody that is tough with a no-nonsense attitude and he has got that.
    -------------
    What track or tracks are you talking about? The US economic train didn't jus run into a ditch, it ran out of tracks to run out. Our manufacturing job sector has been cut in half over the past decade. If you do not understand the reasons for it, then you will never find the solution. Labor cost has been a commonly cited reason. Labor cost is one factor, but it is not the major factor. Labor cost has been the convenient excuse as part of the ongoing effort to destroy unions in this country, whose strength has built to middle class into what it was 30 years ago.

    August 18, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Thaddeus

    I ask all of you REPUBLICAN­S, on this site that support Mr. Perrys actions and beliefs; We need to think about the consequenc­es of not supporting green technologi­es. I am positive that some of you, if not all of you reading this blog have had family members, or friends that have died from cancer.

    Many pollutants produce harmful effects on the blood and the coronary system. Researcher­s estimate that one in every 50 heart attacks in Los Angles may be triggered by air pollution. The exhaust fumes from a cars engine contains a large number of different chemicals or emissions.

    Once released into the air, exhaust emissions are breathed in and transporte­d in the bloodstrea­m to all the body's major organs.

    Green technology is a good thing. The last thing we need is some yahoo from Texas dictating to us that future research into developing green technologi­es should be cut. Before some of you start writing nasty things back to me about my concerns, THINK ABOUT YOUR KIDS HEALTH, & THERE FUTURE.

    August 18, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I expect to hear a lot of "boot in mouth" stuff coming from Gov Perry and if nothing else it will supply laughter to an otherwise boring campaign. Many in Texas already know about the MYTH of Rick Perry, now it's time for the rest of the nation to "behold his greatness". And if you don't believe me come on down here to the great red state of Texas if you need a job and get one of these low paying minimum wage jobs with little to no health benefits that our "guvner" has created.

    August 18, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. teresa

    We love you Mr Perry. We love your passion you strength your convictions and we love that your on your way to becoming President!

    August 18, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Time to end GOPerate Greed

    Hey Perry! You're not in Texass anymore! Your silly tough cow-boy act "don't hunt" in the real world. I hope you enjoy it – we sure will. heh heh heh heh heh

    August 18, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Kevin

    It's embarrassing for the United States that there are people that think that Intelligent Design or other children of Creationism should be taught at all. How can we make so many scientific advancements in this country and yet still have such a large population that thinks that evolution is "just a theory"?

    It's insane.

    August 18, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. gg

    Hey Rick, welcome to the national league!...this is NOT a Texas league.

    August 18, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA observed:
    He shoulda promised em $2 a gallon gas.
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    Good call. That and a promise to turn the US economy around in 3 months.

    August 18, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. gar

    Slick Rick is just another reactionary moron. Does Slick Rick have a brain? It's a theory that's out there, but no one can prove it!

    August 18, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. TexasTex

    Perry is Gun loving, Has his fellow texans under educated, non insured and loves money from any organization. You NE people can have him we don't want him in Tx for he has plunged it down to the worst ratings. Good luck getting him to debate on anything. He the religious fanatics adore this lunatic.

    August 18, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Ron

    Doesn't Obamacare plan to cut Medicare by $500 billion to make it work? Hummmmm....why isn't this group heckling Obama?
    I like the Mother (Democrat political operative) using her kid as a prop. Classy.

    August 18, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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