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. Jerome

    Someone in a recorded national-media interview, not on the street, needs to ask him why he wanted Texas to secede from the US. And given that, why he now wants to be its President. If elected, what's he going to do, secede from the world? Such hypocrisy is mind-boggling.

    August 18, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Chach

    Amazing! "It's a 'theory' that's out there". Chemistry is also 'theoretical'. But no one is arguing whether or not water is comprised of H2O. Likewise, if evolution is just one of the theories that's out there, does that mean he believes the Biblical Creation story is just another a theory too? Which begs another question to Mr. Perry, if everything is theoretical to you, how can you believe in anything. Conversely, if Creationism is NOT a theory and is accepted by him as fact, then he must base ALL of his beliefs and policies on Biblical grounds. But the sheeplike mass of hysterical, imbicilic, uneducated, bible pounding, flag waving, religious freaks will never question a man that claims Je$us is on his side. He and his followers are exactly the OPPOSITE of what Je$us taught. In essence they are the anti-Chri$t.

    August 18, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. NuwanSam

    People in North do not know this crook. We know him well in Texas and the mess this cowboy has created and how he force his ideology in our throat regardless we like or not. Obama have weaknesses and failures. But compared to this Perry character, Obama is much much better. Perry is the worst next to Micheal B. in this republican primary race. With his big Texas size attitude he will chase away people. Wait and see what will happen.

    August 18, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Iconoclast

    I would have asked Perry "who' was that woman you were with last night, she didn't look like your wife"! Give it time, we'll be hearing this stuff soon enough.

    August 18, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Chach

    Amazing! "It's a 'theory' that's out there". Chemistry is also 'theoretical'. But no one is arguing whether or not water is comprised of H2O. Likewise, if evolution is just one of the theories that's out there, does that mean he believes the Biblical Creation story is just another a theory too? Which begs another question to Mr. Perry, if everything is theoretical to you, how can you believe in anything. Conversely, if Creationism is NOT a theory and is accepted by him as fact, then he must base ALL of his beliefs and policies on B!blical grounds. But the sheeplike mass of hysterical, imbicilic, uneducated, b!ble pounding, flag waving, religious freaks will never question a man that claims Je$us is on his side. He and his followers are exactly the OPPOSITE of what Je$us taught. In essence they are the anti-Chri$t.

    August 18, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Chach

    Amazing! "It's a 'theory' that's out there". Chemistry is also 'theoretical'. But no one is arguing whether or not water is comprised of H2O.

    August 18, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. he's right

    Unfortunately, he's right. Social Security is the world's large ponzi scheme. There's no point in even arguing against it. The money you put into it today goes to the people living off of it today. It doesn't go into a bank account waiting for you to retire. You're then expecting your kids/grandkids/etc to put into it to pay for you later in life. Therefore it's an entitlement. You're not putting money away for yourself. Get it clear, you're putting money into a pot for other people in hopes more people will come a long and do it for you. That is a ponzi scheme. I don't get how people don't understand this.

    August 18, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. ProfPaul

    Another Texas blowhard. Rick Perry is a test of voter memory, and I think they'll pass.

    August 18, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Chach

    Likewise, if evolution is just one of the theories that's out there, does that mean he believes the Biblical Creation story is just another a theory too? Which begs another question to Mr. Perry, if everything is theoretical to you, how can you believe in anything. Conversely, if Creationism is NOT a theory and is accepted by him as fact, then he must base ALL of his beliefs and policies on B!blical grounds. But the sheeplike mass of hysterical, imbicilic, uneducated, b!ble pounding, flag waving, religious freaks will never question a man that claims Je$us is on his side. He and his followers are exactly the OPPOSITE of what Je$us taught. In essence they are the anti-Chri$t.

    August 18, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. BADGUY

    This guy is TOO FAR RIGHT! I'm hoping Romney gets the thumbs up for the election. I would hate to think the Republicans could roll out the Diebold voting machines again and the Republican nominee will win by "default" – meaning "it will de fault of the electorate for allowing the Republicans to do it again through "magic" voting machines ".

    August 18, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Liberty Queen

    We don't need another texas airhead in the White House.

    August 18, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. ErnieMM

    Well, at least he isn't promising $2 a gallon gas. Like that is ever going to happen again. There is just no one out there worth voting for. Looks like once again we vote for the lesser of the evils.Question is which one? Perry tries to be slick,Bachman is a nut case,Romney..well no comment on that one.The rest of them are the same old stuff. Bachman makes Sarah Palin look like a genius. Pretty scary.HUH?

    August 18, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Cindy

    What a dumb-faced tool this Perry guy is.

    August 18, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. The Other Michael in Houston

    What is wrong with you Republicans????? Is there anyone other candadites out there who can actually represent all of America and not just the crazy teapers and the ultra rich????? As of now, you have presented the worst cast of candadites I have ever seen. Now you morons have a love affair for Trick Parry, not that is not a typo, that is truth. The only reason he keeps getting relected because the Democrats down here are like a needle in a haystack, well except for the Dallas and Houston, and the other candidates like Freedman are blunt blowing nut cases. If you can present us with a candadite who actually has ideas, has a plan to help the poor, preserve the middle class and quit letting rich people get off on a free ride, then people like myself who voted for President Obama in 2008, might change their minds in 2012. But as for now, if I had to choose between one of the Republicans candadites and President Obama, I am going to haveto choose President Obama, at least he is trying to do something for America.

    August 18, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Martin

    It's about time Republican candidates got some good old fashioned bashing on their positions.

    For some reason, despite the several personal and policy attacks on him, President Obama seems to be refusing to fight back on his own behalf. He is showing how ineffective he is as a leader.

    However, it's nice to see that grass roots Democrats are standing up for their positions.

    Well Done, Sir.

    August 18, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. oussu

    Lynda/Minnesota – Karl Rove spent an awful lot of his PAC money debasing McCain in the 2000 GOP primary (search on "South Carolina Push-Polling"). He worked very hard to paint McCain as senile as well. It still amazes me that McCain ever got in bed with the likes of Rove & Bush. Don't discount Rove's ability to smear and attack the most fundamental fears of most Americans. He is truly a reprehensible individual and just because Perry had a poor initial little publicity outting in no way reflects his ability to get elected long-term, which of course would be disasterous.

    August 18, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Herman Cain

    Wait! Elect me and I'll serve you a two-dollar pizza AND impeach Rick Parry! Someone point a camera at ME!

    August 18, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. LeeAT

    Rick Perry has been playing without an opponent in his Texas races for government. He is about to be welcomed into the real world that the USA is not Texas. I don't know why it is so hard for some of these extremists to realize that a president of the US is supposed to represent all of the citizens of the nation and not just one segment. He is already proving that he will say anything to get elected. I know, so will Obama and the rest of them however; the only other person in the race that is as extreme as Perry is Bachman, what a scary ticket that would be. These 2 have some views that are down right weird.

    August 18, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Jack

    So God created the Universe and it has continue to evolve since. What's the problem?

    August 18, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. thomas

    .. Rick Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history, ... a grant of $20 million dollars to Countrywide Financial right before it ... ?

    Governor Rick Perry, who received the next largest chunk of Enron money before it .....?

    Rick Perry Job Creator !
    Perry / Gohmert 2012

    August 18, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. changing deck chairs as the Titanic sinks

    We gonna git us 'nother ree-tard cowboy from Texas as our new pres-y-dent! Rich ol' white guys, y'all join me now: Yee-haw!!!

    August 18, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Martin

    People who refuse to believe in evolution are the same as the ones who believe that gay people "were created that way".

    Being gay is NOT genetic, it's environmental and opportunistic, and evolution is an established scientific theory.

    Gays like to say that it wasn't their choice to be gay, for the sole reason that this resolves them of all personal responsibility for their choice of sexual orientation.

    Nothing against homosexuals personally, but if you choose that lifestyle, grow a pair and admit that this was a personal choice.

    August 18, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. txmom

    What a crappy mother to put her child up to that.. BAD MOM! I love the way politicians like to preface views they don't approve of with words like "STUNNING" to sway the reader into feeling more about this than is necessary. Talk about manipulative.

    I am thankful to be from a State that leads the way.. and we are doing very well thank you.. I have a nice home, kids go to great schools (even with our recent cuts our schools are way ahead of most states).. and when I have a disagreement with a Politician, it has to be considered among reality.. I don't have any fundamental disagreements with any politician as much as I do with Obama.. he has systematically gone against all the things I was raised to hold dear to involving our Country.

    August 18, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Derwin's Law

    ""...if evolution is real, why are apes still apes, and still living among us, wouldn't they all be evolved into humans now? Really think about it..all you real smart "scientist".." If you were born to your parents, why are they still alive? Huh? Just explain THAT one, smarty-pants.

    August 18, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. LeeAT

    I will not vote for Obama and I certainly will not vote for Perry or Bachman. Looks like Paul has a least one vote. Mine

    August 18, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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