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. Dave3000

    Perry is already finished...But we will all get some entertainment out of it...He has a book that will literally bury him...He starts his campaign at a stadium event where he thumped on his bible to rally the support of fellow Bible Thumpers...Then announces his run for the Presidency... and instead of coming up with ideas that could move the country forward... he wants to go after the fed in an effort to create a needless scandal...The Republicans have a field of lunatics...America is not currently interested in abortion, gay marriage, or scandals that keep us from moving forward with important matters...like jobs, the rising cost of a college education for our children, the total dismantling of the middle-class, etc...Go ahead and settle into the White House for another term President Obama...Other then Bible Thumping Tea Baggers, nobody is listening to this lunatic!

    August 18, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. lloyd roberts

    Keep teaching creationism in Texas, and your kids will not be able to compete with Asian and European students. But wait, you don't want doctors and scientist working in Texas. You only want minimum wage earners, and creationism is okay with that. For minimum wage, you don't need to teach biology and physics. Just teach, "Good morning, uh, uh, uh, welcome to low wage mart"

    August 18, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Paul In San Diego

    First this clown will NEVER make it to the White House. Period. The whole country isn't Texas and we're not going to elect another right wing governor of Texas. Oh and to the looney Teabaggers defending this moron, I truly hope that he or Bachman is on the ticket and watch them make fools out of themselves. So plese don't stop propping him up, America gets to see your nonsense and pathetic defense. And to the ones who say they voted for Obama the last time and are going to vote for the republican nominee, you're even dumber than you look or you're just idiots playing the old game of saying you voted for someone when you voted for the opponent, nice try, but fail as always with cowards like you.

    August 18, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. gatorfanatic

    "I was FOOLISH enough to vote foe Obama last time. If I go to the other direction and vote for Perry, maybe it will all work out. Lord knows, it can't get worse than what we currently have".......elect Perry and you'll be eating your words

    August 18, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. RollTide

    The rise in populism is our greatest threat: Know-nothings (most liberals) with the vote have/will cancel hundreds of years of functional democracy. They vote for the pop star who will give them the most, will require the least of them, and will blame someone else if it doesn't work out. And this class of voter is multiplying at a much faster rate than any other.

    August 18, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. CN

    the reason why evolution vs creationism is an important issue is a simple one. it comes down to this: is it okay to use american tax dollars to lie to children, or isn't it?

    btw, the lies that perry wants to perpetuate have enormous financial consequences. take the issue of teenage pregnancy, which in turn leads to questions of abortion and welfare. when one accepts that we are primates, the questions surrounding all these issues evaporate. people will seek gratification in their adolescent years because they are primates and that is what they will do sooner or later. only by addressing the reality of this can we hope to control it. instead, republicans want to insert the finger of god (women shouldn't have sex until they are married, women can't have abortions, etc., etc.) and CREATE issues that cause a HUGE financial strain on the country.

    August 18, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. CN

    wheeler01–what jobs? minimum wage ones? have at it, bucko.

    August 18, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Jim

    How interesting it is to read the posts by the unemployed liberals living off government subsidies, Not concerned with the economic consequences of their parasitic existence. Only worried about the curriculum of an elementary school. Too bad the future of scientifically enlightened children will be hobbled by a progressive electorate's lack of fiscal comprehension.

    August 18, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. V in Chicago

    @Ibamaliar – Don't let the door hit you in the behind on your way out. Obama will win another 4 years and we will be glad to be rid of the likes of you!

    August 18, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Tea Party Mike

    Interesting heckling on Medicare. Obama is calling for modifications on Medicare and Social Security and I understand he is getting heat from the left for this also.
    I saw a clip of Pelosi yesterday where she was heckled at a press conference or town hall. The left was yelling at her, calling her a sellout for voting for the debt ceiling bill. She tried to defend her vote by saying at least she protected Medicare and Social Security from being touched.
    Obama just finished a tour, saying he was going to release a jobs bill and a deficit reduction bill in Sept. He said several times that modifications to Medicare and Social have to happen to bring the deficts under control. And he blamed Republicans who he says are not willing to compromise on the fact that the debit ceiling bill was not larger and that there has been no jobs bill. Says Republicans need to put country before party.
    Where is Obama gong to get any Democrat votes for modifications to Medicare and Social Security if he and any other Democrat catches hell for even mentioning it. Where is he going to get Democrat votes for anymore spending cuts if Democrats like Pelosi are catching hell for the modest spending cuts in the debit ceiling bill.
    Fact is Boehner and many Republicans were ready to support the 800 billiion in revenue increase through tax reform that Obama and Boehner had agreed on. The deal only went bad when Obama changed the terms of the agreement and asked for 400 billion more in tax increases on top of the 800 billion they had agreed on. From what I have heard, many Republicans will agree to the 800 billion, not all but many. And from what I am hearing on Obama's jobs plan I think Republicans will compromise on it as long as Obama will compromise on tax reform for business that lowers business tax rates and will compromise on repealing some regulations that businesses say are preventing them from expanding and hiring more workers.
    I think Obama is going to have a lot harder time getting Democrats votes for his jobs and defict proposals than Republican votes.

    August 18, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Paul1st

    Perry needs to watch his image. Eating popovers in NH will not play well with the BBQ and beer crowd in TX. I wonder if he stuck out his pinky? Next thing you know, Perry will be hugging trees!

    August 18, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. SV

    Perry doesn't care about hecklers. Not unless they're stuffing large bills into his pockets. He hasn't heard a word his constituents have said for years in Texas.

    August 18, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. V in Chicago

    All you on here who are blaming Obama for the condition of this Country blow me away! Do you not realize it was the Republicans and their rich corporate and Wall Street friends who did this to us? It's like blaming the hit and run victim for being on the sidewalk when the drunk driver veered off the road and hit him.

    God people, wake up! This is not a joke. We don't need empty promises of low paying jobs, $2 gas or a slick car salesman. We need someone with a brain, courage and a vision for getting this Country back to the place it once was and could be again. Just get the idiots to get out of the way and let the intelligent folks run things for a while.

    August 18, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. SNAPPA

    Good going New Hampshire, go get em. Jim Jones should be warned he isn't the choice of the people at all.

    August 18, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Tracy

    I'm a Texan, and so glad this clown is away from our state for a while.. He is the absolute worst of the worst.

    August 18, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. just checking

    Who in their right mind would want a president that was a seccessionist governor? He fails to tell the people he took the stimulus to help Texas pay for their 9 or more billion DEFICIT. He has ruined our schools with his creationism theories. I live in Texas and he is so dishonest. He Lied al thru his run for governor........DISHONEST, ALL ABOUT BIG MONEY......

    August 18, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. John

    Rick Perry Is just a Joke. And people got to learn you have to stay away from the Tea Party ,because they are just dumb people the Tea Party can Control. Don't you think It time the American People voted for People that will work to do what best for the American People. And let me tell you It not going to be the Tea Party or any Republican. They are only out to protect the RICH AND BIG BUSINESS,they couldn't care less about the rest of us. The American people better wise up be for they take everything from us and destroy American while doing It.

    August 18, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Matt McCawley

    Re: "Gravity is a theory" Believe what you may but I suggest testing this "theory." Step off a two story building and let me know how that works for you. I'd recommend covering the earth below with plenty of soft items before doing so. Equating the theory of evolution to laws of gravity is nonsense. Laws of gravity can be tested and proved over and over again. Evolution has not.

    August 18, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. pmbg71

    What do you expect? Most people in the south believe that the world was created 10,000 years ago, that climate change is a myth and that trickle economics work. They keep dragging the real America down. They tried before in the 18th century (Jeffersonian vs Federalists), 19th century (Civil War) and the 20th century (Civil Rights). Every time we had to send troops to “persuade” them to act “civilized”. Fortunately the Union always prevailed. But don’t you think that this babysitting all these years has been too costly to America? Maybe it is time to drop them from the union and let them go back to the agrarian society they always dream of. Just a thought.

    August 18, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. MrPresidentFox

    Conservatism, Liberalism, it's all the same one-sided brainwashing that leaves little room for any improvement.

    To be a competent president, one has to mix up both values and balance them out to make it work best for the entire American population and not just the side that hands you the votes.

    August 18, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. T- Maryland

    How can people believe that Social Security will never fail... Has anyone done research on it? It is a serious issue and IS considered the greatest Ponzi Scheme of all time. What ever happened to the believe that citizens should live as they don't need the government.. We should not be relying on the government for income or health care or hardly anything unless absoltuely necessary. And why are Perry's beliefs playing into this... The focus should be on what he plans on doing to fix issues.. I'm sick of hearing about the fact that he believes in creationism and god and that makes him a bad candidate... Get real people!

    August 18, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Bob C

    Matt McCawley

    Fact: Evolution is a THEORY. I'm not arguing that there isn't evidence to support this theory but calling it scientific fact is completely wrong. For those accepting this as fact without doing your due diligence I urge you to do your research.
    August 18, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |

    A "truer" fact. Mr. McCawley is not a trained scientist and has no clue what a formal scientific theory is. I would suggest that Mr. McCawley start by educating himself and doing his own research before spouting off and demonstrating his ignorance so broadly.

    August 18, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. DandyStryker

    Doesn't believe in the fact of evolution - instead believes in the myth of creationism.

    Doesn't believe in a 4+ billion-year-old earth - instead believes in a 7,000-year-old earth.

    Doesn't believe in global warming - instead believes he can pray to Jesus and the heat will stop and the rain will come.

    Doesn't know about economics - instead believes that all you have to do is cut taxes and the country will flourish.

    Notice the pattern? The last thing we need, folks, is another idiot president. Anybody but Perry in 2012!

    August 18, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. DG

    Hands off my Social Security Rick Perry!! Hands off my Medicare Rick Perry!! Tax the wealthy like Clinton did!! Give up your Government pension and medical insurance Rick Perry!!!

    August 18, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. pmbg

    So what do you guys expect from Perry? Most people in the south believe that the world was created 10,000 years ago, that climate change is a myth and that trickle economics work. They keep dragging the real America down. They tried before in the 18th century (Jeffersonian vs Federalists), 19th century (Civil War) and the 20th century (Civil Rights). Every time we had to send troops to “persuade” them to act “civilized”. Fortunately the Union always prevailed. But don’t you think that this babysitting all these years has been too costly to America? Maybe it is time to drop them from the union and let them go back to the agrarian society they always dream of. Just a thought.

    August 18, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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