Perry heckled as campaign shifts into new phase
August 18th, 2011
10:58 AM ET
12 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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soundoff (523 Responses)
  1. LEWG

    Rick Perry? Like Michele Bachmann, he's been created by the media (in Bachmann's case, Chris Matthews) and will tumble quickly as people pick up on his idiocy. Too bad he didn't succeed in his earlier effort in seceding from the union. We've had enough brainless Texans trying to run this country and failing miserably. Remember "nuculur" Bush? They think that by wearing cowboy boots and talking with a twang that they're charismatic. What jerks.

    August 18, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Karla

    Oh Ok so we the People elected a former Republican Texas Governor to the Presidency and look at the way we (the middle class) were driven into the ground on jobs, taxes, privacy, etc. That same guy gave Rick his approval to go for the presidency. And you would seriously vote for this clown? Does anyone want our country back? We the democrats aren't finished cleaning up the mess of the first Ex Gov of Texas, sorry it is taking more time than expected but George had eight years to screw everything up. Obama is way better than these clowns.

    August 18, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. James

    If only Perry and the rest would listen to the real problem. Which is they, all of the Tea Party and blinded Republicans. They just will not listen.
    Don't cut entitlements find a way to keep them.
    Social Security Has been paid into. Medicare has premiums paid. They don't need to cut it. They want cut their pay and expense accounts. Free rides the office, etc.
    Cuts needs to go to Companies the Government has been trying to help get started. If it has not taken off after 5 years needs to be looked at again. Of course their are ways around that. They just start a new company with same Stock owners.
    Taxes is the way. Not necessary new taxes unless they are designed to bring our Jobs back. Charge Tariff as a price to use our markets. And tax the super rick they will get richer doing it.
    A sound and powerful American is good for the American commercialization of our markets.
    Again we need American farsighted jobs back on our soil. If we had jobs that had a retirement , and health benefit their would be a cut in Medicaid. Less SSI. It needs to be more profit to have a Job on American soil.

    August 18, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Dan J

    I don't get it. Intelligent design, a form of evolution, is what Rick Perry believes in. In other words, he does believe in a form of evolution. So the mom is wrong, he does believe in science.

    Creationism is actually left of what most Americans believe in, and yet the mother asks why he doesn't believe in science? That's pretty off. I like his answer: A Theory is a theory, it's not scientific fact. There's a big difference. If you believe in "science," you would recognize that difference. Let the kids decide for themselves. What better place to have this debate than in a school. That's something the mom should be doing.

    August 18, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. doug

    I just love it when Democrats volunteer to show just what it means to be a Democrat. Not everyone is like me, living in a blue area where I get a reminder of the evil that is the Democrat each morning and afternoon. Since there is more good in America than evil, if everyone had the truth and facts on what a Democrat really is, the selfishness, hate, meaness, and dishonesty that consumes such a horrid being, we would never have a lib president again. Only the areas where evil outnumbers good, aka the ultra blue areas, the only habitat that can produce a snooki, would vote dem.

    August 18, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Al in Texas

    @James - Columbus ; "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."

    I'm from Texas and you have NO clue. Even a flashlight can't help some people on a sunny day.

    August 18, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Marc

    For the record, I am a life-long, 7th generation Texas, and I think Rick Perry is a moronic, pandering piece of crap. If the best you can do is vote against Obama, and elect this idiotic bottom-feeder, just stay home on election day. Obama is light years better.

    August 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    God wants Parry to be prez ~ if it is good enuf fot god it is ok by me.

    @lisapups ~ go take your self out ~ today for the sake of humanity

    August 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. A.W.Messenger

    "Hands Off Our Medicare!'
    Okay. Real simple
    Repeal Obamacare.

    August 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Dan

    He's never heard of Stanley L Miller, that is why he does not know anything about science. And, for the same considerent, he thinks the global worming up is a science scam. But then, look at this largely uneducated and narrow minded group: Bachman, Perry, Palin...No major achievements, only ignorance. And they dream to contend for POTUS position? Give me a break...

    August 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. 2tired2care

    It's the beginning of the end for the Rickster.

    August 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. patriot1942

    God created me.....

    Perry 2012...!

    August 18, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Good stuff

    He doesn't believe in evolution 'cuz he's duuumb.

    August 18, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Christiannx

    He doesnt believe in science cause hes a wingnut Christian Republicant.. duhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    August 18, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Adam

    I'm gonna be smiling ear to ear thinking about these liberals when Perry becomes our President next year.

    Middle America by far outweighs the less than 10% of the atheist community out there. Also, the 30% that think the country can continue to spend money it doesn't have.

    August 18, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Chuck Darwin

    Evolution is only a theory - just like gravity.

    August 18, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. bethjoyce

    I'm glad to see some people out there finally are getting the message about this clown

    August 18, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    "James - Columbus

    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."

    you shouldn't be allowed to're the type of voter that helps cause these types of idiots to be elected because you don't see what is TRULY happening...why obama can't get anything done, is because idiots like you and like PERRY, BACHMANN, THE TEA PARTY, PAWELNTY, ROMNEY ETC. ETC. ETC. the list goes on and on, republicans have caused this confusion in your mind...they've offered NOTHING in a form of jobs...they just want to strip you of union rights, healthcare, jobs,...yes JOBS, give that money they saved by cutting those areas out to their rich buddies on wall street! ...this country is just plain stupid, at least half of them are! they're known as republicans and independents!

    August 18, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Allan Frazier

    Like most Republicans he fits the mold. Republicans call us Big Government Liberals.....listen to HIS rhetoric. No, really listen. He's a Cheap-Labor Conservative. The working class mean nothing to this guy. If you're a Republican, please, I know you can do better than this!

    August 18, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Terry Gloege

    James in Columbus who says " it can't get any worse" must have an awful short memory. We were hemoraging 775,000 jobs per month under the last Texan in the White House, almost lost our banking system, started a trillion dollar war based on wrong information, added another unfunded medicare program, and started another war financed with money from China. I think things can get worse.

    August 18, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. JoeInNC

    Wow.....35 protesters! Count on CNN to report anything negative about a republican. The country is falling apart and Obama is on vacation. Write something about that, why don't you?!?

    August 18, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Real Patriot

    Hey Slick Rick....
    This is a whole new ballgame man--The average American is a whole lot smarter than the average might want to reconsider......

    August 18, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. David

    MR Perry welcome to the big boys club what you say and do will be used against you How do you justify asking Texas to leave the union of states and now you want to govern the country? How can you unite this country when you were just talking of Texas leaving the union?

    August 18, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Steve

    So the woman puts the son up to asking the questions. Is she that much of a coward to hide behind her son. Then she tries to get him to ask why Perry doesn't bellieve in Science – a gross assumption and exaggeration. What kind of role model is the mother?

    As of those who don't want Perry to touch their entitlement. I wonder what they would tell a debt counsellor. "yes I have a debt problem, but I don't want to make any sacrifices, so make my neighbour make all the sacrifices"

    August 18, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Ancient Texan

    Rick Perry said he could see why some people would consider the idea of Texas Secceding from the Union after Obama's dissing Texas. He Never said that He wanted Texas to Seccede, but LIbs will go on spreading that myth.

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