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. Indy

    Perry out there lying about his job creation,Cain calling for impeachment , Bachmann with the biggest lie of the century that she can lower gas prices across the world, which she would have to do, to lower in the US, Unemployed Romney thinks he is a job creator, and his best freinds name is Corporation and they think all these lies will make a good President. Ron Paul is the only ONE that has enough intellegence to run for POTUS. The pathetic lies the rest are spewing will backfire and draw support to anyone but the ones telling these tall tales. Bachmann has no clue on how gas prices are set and she has no idea that Canada exports 80% of its crude to the US for gas refinery's yet Canadians pay more then the US for gas, it is not the middle east. You have to believe in fairy tales to believe the lying Republicans, but majority wont and all the lies will actually help Obama

    August 18, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "Hmm – what state will he steal min. wage jobs from?"

    As I pointed out yesterday, that's not really the argument. What Parry is essentially bragging about is that from 2007-2010 Texas only lost a net of approximately 53,000 jobs. The REASON for this is important, however:

    2007-2010 private sector job losses = 178,000
    2007-2010 public sector job gains = 125,000

    How did Parry do this? Simple: by using the Stimulus money Obama gave TX to close 97% of TX's deficit problem and create public sector jobs. ERGO, OBAMA CREATED PARRY'S JOBS RECORD. Both TX and Parry should be thanking Obama if the jobs situation in TX is something to be bragging about, not trying to usurp all the credit.

    August 18, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. me

    @Matt McCawley gravity is also a theory

    August 18, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. GOP hates Middle Class

    Hey Slick, did you go into details about your thoughts on Social Security too?
    Care to speak about Dominionism Slick Parry?
    Ricky must've been down here too long without any sunscreen or shade if he thinks climate change is false.

    August 18, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Captain Awesome

    This is nothing more than a concerted effort by whiny liberals that want to make any Republican look badly and unfortunately, the media laps this stuff up. And the mother who shoved her kid to ask Perry about evolution must be afraid to confront the governor herself with these questions. She probably has a limited understanding of the creationism/evolution argument and didn't want to be embarrassed.

    August 18, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Matt McCawley wrote:
    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.
    -------------
    Fact: Evolution is not a theory. It is an accepted fact in the scientific world that gains more and more facts to support it. Did you know that not one piece of physical evidence has ever been found to dispute the facts of evolution? Not one piece of evidence has ever been found to disprove the facts, not ever.

    August 18, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Governor Perry is well prepared for the attacks liberals will need to thrust upon him. Not only is he a strong conservative, he has some impressive results running Texas that he can challenge Obama with. Not that he would really need to use much to win besides, " I'm not Obama.", but he's also got some great accomplishments in areas where Obama has faltered badly.

    August 18, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. American Patriot

    Gravity is a theory that's out there, too.

    August 18, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. azmary

    @eatrundrive,Let me put it in simple terms, if you pre-pay for a ticket at a ball game the seat you rented for that game is an "entitlement". The right wing talking heads do not seem to understand what the term means or have gone out of their way to make the word sound like something only a "lazy" person would get.

    August 18, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Captain Awesome wrote:
    " ... This is nothing more than a concerted effort by whiny liberals that want to make any Republican look badly. ..."
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    Liberals do not make up words for Perry, Perry makes up his own words.

    Evolution has moved past the theory stage in the scientific community. Evolution is the first and only scientific theory to have all collected physical evidence support it, and not one shred of evidence to dispute the fact. All it takes is just ONE piece of physical evidence to disprove it, or even question the veracity of it. So far, no one can evidence to dispute it, and many have tried.

    August 18, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "And the mother who shoved her kid to ask Perry about evolution must be afraid to confront the governor herself with these questions. "

    More GOP projection. Reality: Parry's afraid to be seen on national television lying to a child's face that creationism and evolution are equally reasonable, viable, legitimate explanations for the origins of homo sapiens and that both should be tought in that child's school as comepting scientific theories. If he's not afraid of it and is so righteous in his belief that it is the correct manner of schooling our children, why didn't he stop to tell that kid precisely waht he thinks?

    August 18, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "She probably has a limited understanding of the creationism/evolution argument and didn't want to be embarrassed."

    Believing that there actually exists any reasonable debate on the subject affirmatively proves a lack of understanding of it in the first place.

    August 18, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. mario

    Mr Perry is full of hot air two reasons why all those jobs were created oil prices were up and goverment jobs were created with money he took from the democrats it is sad to look at the republican line up against President Obama Mr Perry is truly were he belongs

    August 18, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. American Patriot

    Now, I would have asked the secessionist why he chose to announce his candidacy in the city where the first secession was declared, and where the civil war began.

    August 18, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Mark from Louisiana

    Well that's one way to lower unemployment, hire union workers to protest Perry.

    August 18, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Dinosaurs walked with man "

    You didn't know? Dude...it's common knowledge and accepted fact that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a giant T-Rex named Fluffy and smote the heathen muslims squatting in the holy land by calling down meteors with his magic shepherd's crook. For real man...did you sleep through history class?

    August 18, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Johnny B. Goode

    Out of the 50 states, Texas is dead last regarding high school graduates who are now in their 20s. Not surprising since Rick Perry slashed funds for Education and gave it all to his millionaire and billionaire buddies.

    August 18, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. desi

    "It's a theory that's out there," Perry told the child. "It's got some gaps in it."

    What are the gaps? Where is the scientific evidence against the theory of evolution? And no, bible doesn't count as scientific evidence.

    August 18, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. ana

    pArry and his supporters can sit and pray 'all the problems Americans are facing today' away. He doesnt need to run for office and waste time and money.

    August 18, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. JohnRJ08

    Rick Perry has actually done the impossible. During his first week as a presidential candidate, he has made more screw-ups than Newt Gringrich. They said it couldn't be done.

    August 18, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Yeah, and the Earth began 6.000 years ago huh Rick? Creationism.....Really?

    August 18, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    "She probably has a limited understanding of the creationism/evolution argument and didn't want to be embarrassed."

    No, she has a perfect understanding of the creationism/evolution argument.

    Evolution is based on science, which deals with reproducible facts.
    Creationism is based on religious belief (it's based on the assumption that there is a God and specifically, a Christian God).

    Evolution should be taught in public schools, along with science because it is a scientific explanation of the Earth's origins.
    Creationism should be taught in religious institutions and religious schools, because it is a religious explanation of the Earth's origins.

    The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution explicitly guarantees freedom of religion (which means you can practice – or not – your own and you are NOT allowed to force others to believe your religious philosophy). The Constitution also explicitly states, "The Government shall establish no religion." This means publicly-funded organizations – such as public schools – can NOT teach religious theories such as creationism.

    Get it?

    August 18, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. desi

    "In Texas we teach both Creationism and evolution."

    I think that's a good idea. People should be taught evolution in churches around the country. Also, Bible should come with a warning label on it – "It's a theory that's out there, It's got some gaps in it."

    August 18, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Canuck

    With Bachman purporting $ 2 gas with eyes a-blaring, you have to hand it to the GOP. They found a winner in Rick Perry. It's hard to believe that anyone would listen to a guy who talks hard-line like he does in public and then goes and does the opposite in his personal life. President material? Never.

    August 18, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Tom Foolery

    "To be Presidential, you have to state what you would do to fix this country not just complain about your opponents."

    I agree entirely. I'm waiting for our current president to live up to this as well. Pointing a finger and saying "Look how bad THAT guy is" doesn't solve anything.

    August 18, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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