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. ThinkAgain

    "I remember not so long ago when the Texas governors mansion burned on his watch, he sent flyers out to the people of Texas to send in money to rebuild."

    And, during May 2009, $22 million was allocated to the restoration the Governor's Mansion, $11 million of which came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. An additional $3.4 million has been raised through private fund raising.

    $11 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Sound familiar, anyone?

    That's the formal name of the STIMULUS BILL.

    Parry took $22 million in Stimulus money to renovate the Governor's mansion ... Funny, because on March 13, 2009, Gov. Parry wrote a commentary entitled, "Stimulus bill puts unfair burden on employers." Parry's big complaint was the Stimulus bill's stipulations regarding extending unemployment benefits for laid-off workers.

    Parry didn't want to take the money because it would help unemployed people; that is, until he needed the cash to fix his house.

    August 18, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "he has some impressive results running Texas that he can challenge Obama with."

    Name them. I would really love the opportunity to debunk whatever vague nonsense you're relying on.

    August 18, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. VistaPoint

    Who is this guy and why are Republicans backing him? This guy has problems with Science, Maths, Education in general as he is fighting to get down the standard of education in Texas, has problem with Environmental Protection – calls himself a conservative, but does not believe is conservation, the Commander-in-Chief while he wants to be one, the federal reserve. What is this guys I.Q. level. We should set a minimum I.Q. level requirement to be a Presidentail Candidate. Afterall, we the tax payer pays for all of the security once these jokers call themselves as Presidential candidates.

    August 18, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Jo-Jo

    To Josephine: "Tough with a no=nonsense attitude" that Perry has will not solve our country's economy. He's tough on the middle class and poor, and totally in agreement with the wealthy and corporate America who has chosen to establish plants and offices in foreign countries, HIRING CHEAP LABOR. This has been the ruination of our economy. When was the last time you purchased a product that was made in the USA?????

    August 18, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. MTATL67

    The Fiscal Terrorist group the Tea Party opened these flood gates with their extremely rude behavior so don’t act shocked. This is what I do not understand about the Secessionist governor Texas had tax surplus under him it Texas's debt has ballooned to approx $27B (and they have oil ?). The Secessions governor said he didn't need the federal governments help then borrowed money from them to pay its bills. The Secessionist governor made damn good profit on some shady land deals with his buddy's Doug Jaffee and State Senator Troy Fraser of Horseshoe bay but he can fix America seems like he has got to fix Texas first. One Nixon in the White House is enough thank you.

    August 18, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. gg

    Rick Perry behaving goofy!

    August 18, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Bob

    The real scary thing about this bozo is that if you watch him and listen and close your eyes he sounds like BUSH. Now that is scary.

    August 18, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Not surprised that Perry's campaign is stumbling from the start. He can't control or defend the ridiculous things that comes out of his mouth. His advisors must be pulling their hair out because they have a candidate who is out of control. They can't run away from the truth that their man has little substance and cannot stand up to close scrutiny.

    August 18, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. susan

    Perry fancies himself on the side of God. And then, there's everybody else.
    Evangelist Perry will eventually destroy himself. He's toast!

    August 18, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Alex

    It's pretty weird and unsettling that Perry doesn't believe in evolution. But its way, way more disturbing how that woman used her poor son as a political pawn. What a coward she must be.

    August 18, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Be Sane

    No, not another cowboy!

    August 18, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. John

    I'll take Perry over Obama any day of the week. Obama is the biggest joke out there. Way over his head but then what do you expect out of a man who had very little experience.

    August 18, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Thomas Covenant

    That is all these liberals have left. Heckling. Obama is another Jimmy Carter.

    August 18, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. susan

    We need a break from Texans. I thought he wanted to pull out of the union? too bad he didn't, as that way he would not have been an American citizen and Trump would have someone else to go after.

    August 18, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. alvy singer

    Funny that we never hear specifically what "gaps" there are from evolution deniers. Those who have no use for science are just plain stupid and should have no part of making public policy. That means you Perry.

    August 18, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Jack Batters

    If these people really understood the facts, they would understand that it is Obama that is destroying Medicare and social security. Obama funded Obama Care with half-trillion dollars in cuts to Medicare. The payroll tax decrease of 2% comes directly out of social security. Take the lost earning power of that 2%, extrapolate over years, that will amount to a trillion plus of additional unfunded liability of social security. As I said before, facts talk and liberals walk (away from a real argument) the level of ignorance over Medicare and Social Security is amazing.

    August 18, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. SCAtheist

    If man walked the earth with dinosaurs, and the earth is 6,000 years old and the biblical story is 6,000 years long, then how come dinos aren't mentioned in the Bible?

    August 18, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. TN

    Tx is backwards? Must have never been, while Rick Perry may overstep some boundaries the last thing we need is another Liberal President running the bill even higher....Perry may be the best option for our Country at this point, we need someone who makes the comments that stir up thought and conversation....The times we face now, cannot be handled by a President who is scared to express his true views and scared to anger folks...News flash, not everyone will be happy with what is to come, we do not need another leader who tries to ride the fence....Tax the rich right? I say flat tax us all, the rich either by birth or hard work are the LEAST dependent on the government, why should they pay more for those who cannot or will not provide for themselves?

    August 18, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. D Cali

    Talk about moving to the 'Center'. Gov. Perry say's: "In Texas we teach both Creationism and Evolution." Did the 'Religious Right' and the 'Tea Party' see what I just saw? Gov. Perry 'Blinked' on God. Pres. Obama is right! Let's cut this 'Newbie' some slack. He's new to this Nat'l Game.

    August 18, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Liz the First

    Soooooo, has gov. Perry signed a form relinquishing his right to Medicare? bet not. and that's not all he should be heckled about. he's another climate change denier. just what we need in the White House, someone with no grasp on reality or so in the oil co.s' pocket he's just spouting the corporate line. how much more evidence needs to be shoved under his nose before he recognizes the reality burning up his own state????

    August 18, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Amory

    It's simple really. People who don't believe in evolution have not evolved. People who do believe in evolution have evolved.

    August 18, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Peggy Munro

    Mr Perry,

    In times like these we need confidence and inspiration. How does bad mouthing the President help America? Maybe you and the other GOP candidates should take a talking holiday. The economy will be better off. You are not looking too good sir.

    August 18, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Mike

    35 protestors? really? since when is 35 people protesting national news?

    August 18, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Steffani

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

    Perry won't even last through primary season. He would never win a general election either. You have to have independents and middle-of-the-road voters and he won't get them because of his extremism and his ultimatum about seceding from the U.S. He is entertaining with his right-wing crazy talk though.

    August 18, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. MiketheElectrician

    Sorry Perry, NH voters are not impressed by swagger. I wonder what power he thinks is at work when something drops to the floor. HAHA..

    August 18, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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