Perry heckled as campaign shifts into new phase
August 18th, 2011
10:58 AM ET
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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. LizInStl

    Ahhh, yes it can get worse sweetness! Put another hard-headed Texas dope in there an you'll see that it can get worse. How do you think we got in this mess in the first place? Can you say G-W????????
    And for the rest of you knuckleheads that think that the damage done can be fixed in a matter of 4 years, think again. When money is lost in P&L's it takes twice as long to recover than it did to go into the toilet. It's the same principal. We won't be out of this mess for another 10yrs. Even your precious republican candidate, whoever you pick, won't be able to fix it faster.
    Get real..........

    August 18, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    FourAndTheDoor: Not only is he a strong conservative, he has some impressive results running Texas that he can challenge Obama with.

    Perry was a Democrat for almost as long as he was a Republican. Some vivid examples of his so-called conservatism include support of a $5.7 billion tax hike (largest tax increase ever passed in texas), co-authoring legislation that tripled pay for state legislators and was the Texas organizer for Al Gore's campaign in 1988.

    But then, these facts would require you to actually do some reading rather than brainlessly watching Fox News.

    August 18, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Gary

    Typical Looney Left plants! The ones responsible for the economic situation we are in is none other than the Democrats and their Looney Left followers. SS and Medicare are going to be bankrupt because the Dems have gutted it by borrowing what they cannot repay for decades.

    Want to solve America's economis problems, elect a Republican president along with a Republican House and Senate and see how quickly things improve!!

    Liberals are Liars, Cheats and NEVER to be trusted!

    August 18, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. fatman

    @eatrundive: if you do not understand why SS is an entitlement then you don't know the definition of entitlement. It is an entitlement because anybody and everybody over the qualifying age is entitled to receive the benefits by law. The government could eliminate the program (or alter it by adding means tests or similar things that will make payment non-mandatory), but it until it does, it must pay. Hence entitlement.

    Its status as an entitlement has nothing to do with whether or not you "pay into" the system. This is not a government sponsored retirement savings plan upon which you should expect some return on your "investment." It is a guaranteed minimum income program for senior citizens (and a few other groups) funded by a specific payroll tax. It was started during the Great Depression as a way of addressing the crushing poverty elderly, retired Americans often faced at that time. It has been a great success, achieving its objectives wonderfully. Ironic that it is now, during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, that Republicans are now trying to kill it (or vastly reduce it or alter it beyond recognition).

    August 18, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Don

    Rick Perry is a new world order stooge who attended the secret globalist Bilderberg meeting in Istanbul Turkey in 2007. He has handlers who control him, just like Obama, Bush II, Clinton and Bush I before them. He is an insider like the rest of the field except for one lone man who stands up for we the people and the US Constitution and that man is Ron Paul. If you want more of the same go ahead, vote for Bachman, Romney, Perry or Cain. All you will get is more of the same.

    August 18, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Stan

    "Evolution has some gaps in it"... that's hilarious. And so these gaps is what's stopping him from embracing evolution? Well I can't remember everything I did two years ago. I guess it never happened.

    August 18, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. dnick47

    Perry is a loudmouth, strupid Texan.... he more like a bouncer in a Redneck Bar then either a governor or a statesman let alone the President of the United States. Go back to the yehoos Rick, that where you belong.

    August 18, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. jj

    Not a big fan of using kids as props at protest rallies, But it is a common tea bag + religious tactic.

    August 18, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. herold aubourg

    We had bush for eight years shaming us in front of the world and we do not need another bush in rick perry. He does not look presidential instead he reminded of sarah palin(lots of noise but no substance). I want to remind everyone that it was the republican that won the last election on jobs creations and have delivered(again lot of noise but no substance). As for He has an A+ and you you do not haveto go too far(Stock Market, he took at 80000 and now 110000, osama bin laden dead and he is well respected around the world. I am asking the press to stop playing and manipulating the headlines, we see right through you and the so biased commentator. I Know for a fact that Obama will be back and you can bank on that.

    August 18, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Jonathan

    @Rudy Then why is it still referred to as the theory of evolution? You say there is no facts to not support it, but I was under the impression that you needed facts to support it. Actually I do believe evolution to a degree. It is clear to me that mammals evolved from dinosaurs, but I have not seen enough evidence that man evolved from primates. They may have or have not, but so far the concrete link has yet to be found. If the time should come when scientists can prove without a doubt that man evolved from primates, then I will accept that. But until that day comes, it is still just a theory with strong evidence supporting it.

    August 18, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. coy4one

    I was just say, "Hands off the USA," versus getting specific with just Medicare, Social Security, etc.

    August 18, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. SharplyRight

    I think it is interesting that these kinds of questions are rarely posed to Democratic candidates or if they are they are brushed off, but liberals always try to make a case about it on the Republican side of the aisle.....all while preaching tolerance and open-mindedness. Of all the relevant things this woman could have asked she fronted her son to try to push an agenda she has....sad.

    August 18, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Don't Get Fooled Again

    Re: Rick Perry's security. People that pay attention here in Texas already know this, but some in the more enlightened world might not: The "security" that's already making Gov. Goodhair look more important than he has any right to is all paid for by our taxes but we can't know how much it's costing us. Perry made sure his Attorney General kept that secret.

    August 18, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Charles

    Although concerned after reading the article, I thought he did great. We have a silly man yelling and a woman using her son as a pawn to ask questions way over the kid's head about a tired arguement. I am suprised Rick did not crack a smile about the absurdness of that event or this article. I look forward to another Texan as President!

    August 18, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. CM

    Oh, great! Another C student cowboy from Texas. Like we need another one of those! There should be a minimun IQ requirement to run for President.

    August 18, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. glyder

    i get a kick out of how many posts side with the dems or's the same people that have been running the country for decades.along with most of the media.all 3 will work to take out the outsiders a.k.a. tea party.and the idiot sheep will follow.

    August 18, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Sgt. Joe

    @Ibamaliar...feel free to leave this country at any time. That would be one less loonie we need to deal with, and take Perry, Bachman, Palin and the rest of those crazies with you. No loss.

    August 18, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. "He's Dead Jim."

    Creationism or evolution. Who cares? Neither has anything to do with running any nation on the planet. Is it usual practice for the mule parties to organize well enough to have protestors and or hecklers at events of the competition? If not it would seem that the dems are afraid of that man who has been accused of not believing in science.

    August 18, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Keyser

    You all sound like a bunch of children who just threw their toys out of the pram... Who gives a crap about whether Rick Perry believes in science, creationism or little green men from outer space... It is time to put all of these niceties away and to focus on fiscal problems in this country... Something the Dems don't get... YOU CANNOT SPEND MORE THAN YOU TAKE IN, PERIOD... Texas has added more jobs to the work roles in the last 3 years than ALL OTHER STATES COMBINED... Rick Perry led this effort with his business friendly policies... Something that the business bashing Obama can't fathom and who doesn't have a clue on how to lead our country out of the fiscal mess it is in... Oh wait, Obama will announce his plan in 3 weeks... WTF, where has he been for the last 940 days... Guess what, your social Security and Medicare benefits are going to be cut... No other way to balance the budget... It can either be done now or wait till it's too late to correct the problem... Either way, get used to it...

    August 18, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Aeromechanic.

    Wow, how many crackpots are there running for the GOP nomination now?

    Science is a theory?

    He is right there with Palin and that twit Bachman.

    August 18, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. ReallY!!?

    More ignorant people. With the current economic conditions, is this all u people have. Talks about creationism? Seriously. People r losing their jobs!!! When u can't pay ur mortgage creationism s/b the last thing on ur minds.

    Secondly, medicare has to be revamped. Moodys S&P etc have all concur these fools talking about lay off my medicare don't seem to realize that if we don't change course, the checks will stop completely. Ask some of these cities that refused to revamped their pensions. The checks just stopped. These parasites don't get it!!!

    August 18, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Nobama

    Hands off our Medicare? How about hands off my freakin' wallet?!!?

    August 18, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. DiscipleofElijah

    First of all I am a Christian and I do believe the Bible is the inspired, devine word of God. That being said, politically I am an independent and would not vote for anyone simply because they say they are Christian, although I would vote against a non Christian. I would not vote for any of the present GOP candidates, so don't believe that all Christians are locked into the GOP.

    In the blogs on CNN and other sites I continually see people "slamming" the Bible and God and more and more people moving away from the Church. I do believe we are living in the "end times" as described in the Bible. Paul wrote in II Timothy 3:1-5, 7 there would be "Godlessness" in the last days and in I Timothy 4:1-3 Paul wrote about "falling away from the faith" in the last days. I wonder how Paul knew these thing would come to pass?

    In Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation John wrote in verse 16; "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads" The mark John referred to is the mark of the beast (antichrist). What is interesting in this passage is that John says people will receive the mark IN their right hand or IN their foreheads, not ON their right hand or ON their foreheads.

    In the time that John wrote the Book of Revelation people were branded or had external marks on their bodies. When John was shown by God things to come in the end times obviously RFID chips didn't exist. I don't know that RFID chips will be used by the antichrist to mark people; but I wonder why John was shown that whatever mark was used would be an internal mark rather than an external mark when internal marking did not exist at that time?

    People can go ahead and believe that the Bible is just "fairy tales" or "fables", but I believe if you really look into the Bible you will find it full of truths.

    August 18, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Gerry K.

    How courageous and considerate to put words in your child's mouth so that he may be used as a prop to act in your behalf! It reminds me of the Verizon striker who recently put his own young daughter in front of a moving truck while screaming profanities - such a charming and gracious example to set for his child.

    August 18, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Chach

    "It's a 'theory' that's out there". Chemistry is also 'theoretical'. But no one is arguing whether or not water is comprised of H2O. Likewise, if evolution is just a theory that's out there, does that mean that he believes that the Biblical Creation story is a theory. Which begs the question to Mr. Perry, if everything is theoretical to you, how can you believe in anything. And if Creationism is NOT a theory and is accepted by him as fact, then he must base ALL of his beliefs and policies on Biblical grounds. But the mass of hysterical imbicilic, uneducated, bible pounding, flag waving, religious freaks will never question a man that claims Jesus is in his heart. He and his followers are exactly the OPPOSITE of what Jesus taught. In essence they are the anti-Christ.

    August 18, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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