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. Ron

    New rule, if you believe the Earth is 6000 years old and that dinosaurs lived among humans then you can't be President. We need people with sharp minds in office not mental midgets.

    August 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Sniffit

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

    Because they are, by definition, mutually exclusive. Moving on...

    August 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. ana

    Bachmann is producing gas from her back as soon as it is available she will start supplying for 2 dollars per gallon, all her supporters can stand in line.

    August 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. george

    To 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 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. stormsun

    Regarding evolution, Rick Perry says, "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." Evolution, a scientific theory constantly being challenged, modified, and added to as our knowledge grows, does indeed have some gaps in it. Yet it has no gap so large as the belief in supernatural invisible things that no one can see, hear or prove, does it Rick? "Creationism," especially for those of such miniscule intellect as to belief the world is only 6000-10000 years old, isn't even a theory, and certainly is not science. A man of such limited understanding has NO BUSINESS leading the United States of America. It's embarrassing to even read these statements he made in public. The DUMBING DOWN of America is well underway, thanks to the evangelical taliban; they are like the old Catholic church, insisting the world was the center of the universe with the sun and stars rotating around it, and threatening Galileo with torture and death for his scientific observation that it appeared to be the otherwise.

    August 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Richard

    Is Perry a seroius candidate? Do you remember O/Donnel and Angle? With his connections to Austin, Texas and as a Texan we can more readily see him as a by-product of Bubba The Bull and weigh accordingly.

    August 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. infidelio

    Creationism should be taught in schools to show students how a set of beliefs can be adopted without any basic scientific methodology. Mr. Perry: Creationism is not a theory. It is not even a hypothesis. It is an abandonment of rational thinking. To believe in creationism you have to believe that 99.99% of the thousands of biologists are all united in a grand deception to force evolution on innocent bible believin' folks. Really?

    August 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. panamclipper

    I have been paying taxes for my social security since 1965 and my medicare since that started, also in 1965. The idiot republicans want to take away something I've already paid for because they and the dems have irresponsibly wasted/diverted those funds for other programs for decades. I want my money back, with interest!!!!! The GOP can go to hell.

    August 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Mucklucky

    Perry seems to be another blue-dog Democrat... like McCain was. It would be nice to have a real Repulican run this time!

    August 18, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. marva

    Social Security a "Ponzi scheme"? The Ponzi scheme was perpetrated upon taxpayers by Perry and his cohorts each time they formed a PAC, registered as a lobbyist, and stood with outstretched hands for federal money as many of his associates became wealthy from government contracts! This man is a flipping joke! Of course, the social conservatives will fall at his feet because of his so-called "Christian" principles: line the pockets of MY friends and associates from the sacrifices made by the low- and middle-class persons, as well as our seniors! If Texas had seceded from the union as Perry has often suggested it do, we – the taxpayers – may have saved BILLIONS in federal stimulus money, Medicaid funding, etc.!

    August 18, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Greenspam

    Someone should ask Perry why God has abandoned Texas for the major drought there :-)

    August 18, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Heep

    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 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Greenspam

    @James at Columbus: oh, believe me, it can certainly get worse!

    August 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I live in Texas and people who try to compare Rick Perry to GW Bush is really an INSULT to President Bush all the way. The best we had here in Texas to lead us was Ann Richards God rest her soul. But if I had to choose between Bush and Perry I would choose Bush 100 times over. Perry is a joke and the rest of the nation will know what many here in Texas that are NOT blinded by the right nor get their "facts" from FoxNews already know.

    August 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. cf

    Read my lips: No new Texans!

    August 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Mellen

    I live in Texas and am completely against Governor Perry, he is such an egotistical man. He is only concerned about the rich and how good his hair looks! He should be worrying about the people of Texas and helping the state become less impoverished and work more for the small business owner and the locals, he doesn't do much for Texans but make us look stupid. He should have never ran for governor again and no one should vote for him in anything again. I don't think he EVEN knows where and what Africa is either. He is a tool and a robot! Here in Texas, you obviously do not need to be smart to run for governor, but have money and rich friends in high places.

    August 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Mike in SA

    What protesters are disagreeing with something a politician says? If I were a Democrat, I would cast that as racism!

    August 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. evidencepls

    "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."

    Hmm, let's see, Perry states that evolution is a theory out there (Theory of Relativity and the Quantum Theory??) that has some gaps in it, so therefore, in Texas they teach Creationism and Evolution.

    Creationism is just one big gap, with no evidence supporting it. Evolution is based on overwhelming scientific evidence, with a few gaps that are closing every day. I suppose that based on Perry's logic then, creationism shouldn't be taught due to its foundational gap. But it is, he says. Where? Not in any public school thankfully.

    Luckily, most people read more than one book and form opinions based on evidence and not emotion. Thus, I am not too worried by the uneducated born agains who merely transfer there drug/sex addictions to religious addiction. This guy better hope the atheists are correct and there is no heaven or hell.......

    August 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. DidU Know

    Did you know that Perry now lives in an affluent west side mansion in Austin, Texas, while the Texas Governor's mansion is being repaired after a small fire? And it has taken well over a year to make the minor repairs at that and they're still not finished. And how much is it Costing $$$$$ the taxpayers? A mere $10,000.00 a MONTH! Now, here's a guy who wants to Cut Spending and live within our means. Well, uh, seems like it starts with setting the right example yourself Mr. Perry! What's your excuse!

    August 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Paqrat137

    Today was another day for the "2012 Republican Run To Lose the Presidency" campaign. All of the actors showed up, including Gov. Perry. Again, until 2016, the Republicans do not want the responsibility of solving the problems for the 98% who do not own them. In four+ years, all of these problems will begin to be sorted out, we will be healing, then we can look forward to another shrub to drag us all down again, and that is the Rove strategy – take it to the bank.

    August 18, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. MikinAZ

    are there more than just a couple gaps in the bible? its a nice story – fiction, but a nice story (except for the fire&brimstone, stoning, armageddon stuff)

    August 18, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Buh bye obama

    The 2010 election was notice to the lunatic left that this country has had ENOUGH of their anti-America agenda. The 2012 election is going to turn very nasty as the hard core left turns to desperate measures to stop the growth of tea party $$$ responsibility. America cannot survive the continued no limits, out of control spending by the left. The smear campaign the left ran on Palin in 2008 will be a walk in the park compared to what they will attempt to throw at Perry. Watch the desperation of the left as this country rejects obama, his free pass media and that collection of anti-faith, anti-family, anti-American losers in Hollywood. Watch the P A N I C in the final days as they realize that obama is one and done and outta there.

    August 18, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Rob

    It’s called faith! Faith is believing something that no one in his right mind would believe.

    ~ Archie Bunker~

    August 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. MiddleOfTheRoad

    It seems as if the last Republican to announce their candidacy could be the ultimate winner. Maybe Donald Trump should jump into the race. Enough time has passed so that most of these people wouldn't remember he already promised to be their savior.

    Good luck, Republicans.

    August 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Drogo, who bit the dust

    The Uber Guber faces some realities after venturing out fromTexas.

    August 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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