Perry heckled as campaign shifts into new phase
August 18th, 2011
10:58 AM ET
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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. normajean

    "Sniffit
    is smart and funny......a great combination!!

    August 18, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. chelle

    Lisaspups – obviously you do not understand evangelical thoughts on the matter. They take the Bible very literally – so if it says 7 days, it means 7 days. Don't even think of bringing facts into the matter like the Hebrew word used is for a time period not necessarily a 24-hour day.

    August 18, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Nemo007

    SKS and similar "fashions" – YOU NEED TO WAKE UP – because you are still asleep at the wheel since the last election – I hope you like your CHANGE because there is no more HOPE from this anomaly in the WH and Parry(or Bush Jr.) would definitely do better than what's going on right now

    August 18, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    When Obama had congress on his side in his first two years he go t a lot accomplished. Remember where we were as a nation? Of course he is having a tougher time with the Tea Party in charge of the house not letting real Republicans compromise as they would have done. These tea pardiots are the biggest obstacle to any real progress. Now that they rule the house it reminds me of that old Will Rogers saying. " If "pro" is the opposite of "con" then what is the opposite of "progress?"

    Re-elect Obama and put more Democrats and common sense Republicans (oh yes there are too) in the congress.

    August 18, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Chad

    As Obama’s ratings plummets, and people start to wake up in this country, the faithful Obama follower’s attacks will only become harsher. That’s a true sign of a frantic party (Dems) that knows they are losing. Slowly but surely Obama is charting his way to becoming the next Jimmy Carter.
    For all you die-hard liberals that refuse to admit Obama has flubbed, PLEASE, wake up and smell the coffee. Look at your 401Ks and the economy. He has done nothing but pushed his agendas. Our leader has dropped the ball!!! I regret ever casting a ballot for Obama!!!

    August 18, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Ferret out the B.S.

    Another clown from Texas, seems like they've produced quite a number the past few years. Maybe the decreased ozone layer from the climate change as a result from global warming has created brain damage.

    August 18, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Mike in SA

    lisapups, agreed. I'll even go a step farther...Genesis 1 explains a Big Bang type event and our early planetary history in ways and in terms that a person could understand 5000 years ago. Terms such as "separated the waters from the waters" could also be interpreted as the gasses separating to form planets. Man 5000 years ago had no ideas what a "gas" was so the term "waters" might have been used instead. If you look at it from that view, Genesis 1 follows our early planetary history almost exactly only it was written thousands of years before man knew these concepts.

    August 18, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. george

    Rudy NYC
    Fact: Evolution is not a theory. It is an accepted fact in the scientific world that gains more and more facts to support it
    ------------------------------------------------
    It is called the "Evolution theory" for a reason because it is an unproven theory, the fossil record during the "Cambrian explosion" and the Jurassic period shows that ALL the animals appear fully formed. Not a single missing link has been found according to ALL the evolutionists . There is a line of sterility between all the living creatures hence you can not marry a dog with a cat,a chimp with a human....etc. Every living creature including plants reproduce according to their kind. Evolution can not even explain a simple childhood question "mommy which came first the chicken or the egg"?

    August 18, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. James

    Only HECKled? He should have been HELLled. I'm still mad at the children of Adam and Eve for eating all of the triceratops. I would really have enjoyed seeing one.

    August 18, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Republican never again

    Perry, perry, quite contrary.

    August 18, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. gaucho402

    This guy is a total nug bag.

    August 18, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. MikinAZ

    @James - Columbus – don't sell parry short – he could make things exponentially worse (thats a math science word – not a "lord" knows thinking) check out how many pacs he takes money from...from that decide who he is going to be loyal to...you and your good faith praying individual? ...or to the uber corps he has been bought by? we need someone who is concerned about the "people" – not as in corporations are people or money is speach – but as in "people" the people out there every day, that go to or look for work, that have to figure out how they are going to pay bills or which ones to pay – not the ones who are driven around, get millions in bonuses, worry about where the safest place is store their wealth so no one else gets it because the ability bills are not even a thought ever – those are Parry's "base" – he is a bought and paid for televangelist/politician playing on the blind faith of our religious folk unknowingly voting against their own best interest. He is counting on you to be sheep and follow blindly because of your faith – wake up.

    August 18, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Mary

    I am sure Perry was shaking in his boots.....LOL...... you need more than a few protesters to scare that guy......

    August 18, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. anti-teabagger

    De-port Texans, and give them back thier independence!

    August 18, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Publius Novus

    @Bill from Ga. Actually, the economic policies advocated by all of the GOP candidates–cut, cap, and balance–will result in gasoline under $2/gal. Cut, cap, and balance will utterly destroy our and the world's economies. Demand for gasoline will be lower than when Bush 43 left office–$1.79/gal.

    August 18, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Ok, Rick, Evolution is a theory: so is Supply-Side Economics. Its no excuse for promoting intellectual laziness, and your efforts at promoting "education" have placed students in your state at or near the bottom in every category that counts. How do you think your friends in the "bidness" world will feel when they see your crop of intellectual rejects not being able to perform menial labor? We need people with skills, and you have screwed up a decade's worth of human beings so you can give them min-wage jobs: is this what you call success?

    August 18, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. luckjoe

    Dear Protestor. Your president stole $1 trillion from your medicare.

    August 18, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Milwauken

    "Why does evolution and creationism have to be two separate theories?"

    Because one is supported by empirical evidence and can be taught in science classes, and the other is based on religious faith.

    August 18, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. soundtribe

    Evolution DOES have some huge gaps in it. It is fundamentally flawed on one major basis that scientists have chosen to ignore for decades. Wheres the Jesus? Without jesus the whole thing just doesnt add up! Also, Perry, what would jesus do? Ask haight-ashbury, considering by modern standards he'd be a socialist hippie.

    August 18, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Leo from Texas

    Rick Pery and the rest of the Conservitive Republican Field....Are the 1865 Democrats.....Think about this America...They really deep down don't like people of a different color....I'm White ......I have friends that are so called conservitve Republican...Whenever i'm around them at events.....They are all harping on President Obama.....saying that n!gg*r is going to break us......Them damm Gutless Democrats ..... There going to give all these mexicans & n!gg*r$ benifits that people like me & you ain't gonna get.....What i guess i'm trying to say is they have a mentality of the Southern cause during the U.S Civil War......Why..... i'm in my late 40's...This is really bad in the South....I'M a Texan....I've seen this all my life...During my travels across this country of are's....It's not so bad on the West Coast....New Mexico.....Nevada area....Southern California....However i have seen a little of the South in the Arizona area..Not a lot... but have seen a little of this type of behavor....When i was a kid and President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Right Bill.....That is what tipped the South over to what they have become......Again the Southern Cause.......It's like the Civil War never happened.............They are trying to Get there next....Southern Confederacy President back... ol Jefferson Davis Himself.... In the form of the Conservative Republican field....That includes Rick Perry............

    August 18, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. whoa!

    the mother should have had her son also ask if Perry believes in the tooth fairy.... Or she could just ask the gov for evidence that man and dinosaur walked the earth together... good luck on that one white trash moron

    August 18, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. GaryB

    The Perry Miracle...
    1) Lobby for and receive billions of dollars of pork and special Medicare payments from the Federal government to...
    2) Use that money to balance your books, then claim you did it by luring businesses to your state,
    3) Create an educational system that's nearly dead last in the country, despite all that federal aid you took.
    4) Lure businesses that pay so poorly, your average wage is less than that of many states with higher unemployment rates.
    5) Loudly complain when anyone else gets money from the federal government.
    6) Repeat until Texans are so desperate to get rid of you, they might actually send you to Washington.

    August 18, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Roxie -- Louisiana

    @lisaspups - "Why does evolution and creationism have to be two separate theories. There are those who think that they are one in the same. Didn't God say that His time is not our time? That one day to us could be 1,000 years to Him – I paraphrase? Just because the Bible speaks of 7 days for creation, who is to day that it did not take billions of years?"

    I'll tell you why – 1) evolution is a scientifically proven fact and 2) creationism is a religious belief. The two do not agree in any way no matter how hard you juggle the scriptures. The one day of creation could be 1,000 years, isn't supported by the book of Genisis. It describes a day as being from one sunrise to sunset and a night as from sunset to sunrise. That cannot in anyway be construed as 1,000 or a billion yrs. The ancient Mesapotamians and Egyptians also shared a very similar creation myth with the Hebrews. You could actually research those myths and compare them maybe?

    August 18, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Just keep talking Rick Bush. Wingnuts and teabaggers are desperate but the majority of America can clearly see that this guy is a wackjob unfit for the nomination. He will end up like Sharon Angle,Snookie Palin,Joe Miller and Witch O'Donnell.

    August 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. John in Cal

    I will not vote for a man who thinks that programs that help people(jesus told us to help our brother) are unconstitutional and then wanted Texas to seceed from the Union. Why is the GOP putting up with these wackos? what ever happened to caring and thinking Republicans? The Republican party has just become a shell of itself and they now resort to shell games to promote their agenda, what ever the heck that is.

    August 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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