Perry heckled as campaign shifts into new phase
August 18th, 2011
10:58 AM ET
11 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. Mike From Kittery

    As someone who goes to this coffee shop and live here. Portsmouth square has always been filled with the same nutjobs. They are so boring, and we just wait for them to shut their yap so we can listen to good music programing on WSCA... You know who you are Burt Cohen. Time to fade away...

    August 18, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Patrick - Montana

    @James - Columbus, I will vote for Obama for you. As president, he gets credit for the failures of everyone, including the Tee Party. If our government was not held hostage by the Tee Party, we would be in much better shape.

    @lisaspups - At last a voice of reason on this topic. I have thought the same thing for EVER!

    I used to be a republican but now they are all CooCoo for Cocoa Puffs! I am also amazed that Ms Bachmann can't seem to remember that gas was OVER $4 a gallon when Bush II was in office. Do these people think you become omnipotent when you become president?

    August 18, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. WDinDallas

    That's hardly heckling. Screaming absurdities and lies at a candidate.

    We need to ask real questions, not opinion pieces and tal;king points from move on . org or fox.

    August 18, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. dirtygopfleabaggers

    Yawn. Wake me when it's time to vote
    Obama 2012

    August 18, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Rob

    This guy really embarrasses the hell out of me as a Texan that was born and raised here. As much as I'd love to say that this backwards ignorant thinking isn't typical of my state's population, it's actually the norm in many areas. This explains why Texas is near the bottom in Education, in Healthcare, but near the top in MINIMUM WAGE JOBS.

    The vast ignorant of this state are perfectly fine with keeping the rich wealthy while everyone else struggles for education, healthcare, and wages that allow them to live a modest living, but at least they have their Christian/Nascar/gun-carrying/Faux News watching lifestyle intact.

    They say Texas is its own country, the religious zealots that preach to us with 1 hand and rob us of our education, health, and wealth with the other hand have turned it into its own 3rd world country.

    August 18, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. vatoloke

    With patriots like Cowboy Rick Wrinkles who needs traitors?

    August 18, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. GOP hates Middle Class


    Rudy NYC Pehaps u should ask Perry How will he put America back to work. B/c Obama is clearly clueless on how to do this & for the past 2yrs been touting how he is going create jobs but wait till Sept for it after my long vacation in Martha's vineyard! Nice huh?
    I got this one Rudy. You really want to go there?
    Fact: TX private net job change is NEGATIVE
    Fact: TX public (read: Government) net job change is POSITIVE.
    Fact: TX biggest public net job change is in the State Government.
    Fact: Slick Perry used public stimulus money (courtesy of Barack Obama) to grow those public jobs.
    What I've given you are facts, you may not like them, but it does not make them false. Parry is another big govt guy from Texas, kind of like W but with an Aggie degree instead.
    So you thank Obama's policies after all if you fancy yourself a Parry guy (be careful with that label, has mixed meanings around here in Texas...)

    August 18, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Jim in San Mateo

    And this idiot wants to be President?

    August 18, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. vatoloke

    With patriots like Cowboy Rick Wrinkles who needs traitors and anarchists?

    August 18, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. GOP hates Middle Class

    @ Jim: too funny, so are we to take you for an unemployed regressive?

    August 18, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. doh

    Well, I don't believe in Rick Perry either!

    August 18, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Mike Q

    "It's a theory that's out there"

    My God, is this man really that ignorant?

    August 18, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. doug

    Even Rick freakin Perry seems like a moderate when compared to our far leftist president.

    Judging by the way people conduct themselves in blue and red America, yup, it is a moral obligation to vote Republican.

    Just think of where our nation would be without all the lib liars, leeches, and criminals.

    August 18, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Jersey George

    Perry has a split personality, J.R. Ewing and Elmer Gantry.

    August 18, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Stop the stupidity that is the GOP

    @ Ibamaliar

    By your comments, patting yourselvs on the back your not very smart. Besides, how can you down another after you voted for the worst President this whole world has ever seen. Even Hussain was a better person than the sneaky fraud, Obama is. All I can say is, if America voted this man back for another fours years. It is time to start looking for a place to migrate to, for America is lost. People in five years will be the starving children in Africa. I pity them, but look what is ruling them. Then that is the direction your taking this country to.


    and let me guess, you voted in the last Tex-ass in for 8 years, huh??

    August 18, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. RODNEY

    Can we just hurry up and get rid of Obama. I did not like Bush when I voted for Obama and after what our President has done this country I could easily taken another term of Bush.

    August 18, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. V in Chicago

    @Learn to Fish – Nice! Is that part of your fundamentalist christian upbringing? Teaching kids to tell their parents to shut up? Let me know how that works for you when the kid ends up in jail for not respecting authority.

    August 18, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. LouieD

    Evolution is just a theory? Fine. The physical evidence for it is out there in the form of fossils and other archaeological discoveries. Now let's see some physical evidence for creationism - and I don't mean Bibles or any crap about bananas being engineered to be held by human fingers.

    August 18, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. LouieD

    Also, DOUG:
    Give some examples of "far leftist" policies that Obama signed into law. New poll out today shows that his approval rating is low because he's been catering too much to the right. But don't let the truth slow down your cliches, Sparky.

    August 18, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Look at your 401Ks and the economy. He has done nothing but pushed his agendas. Our leader has dropped the ball!!! I regret ever casting a ballot for Obama!!!"

    Took a long look at my 401K back in 2007. Well, what was left of it anyway. In all fairness, I really, really can't fault a man who had yet to become President. Apparently you have no qualms in doing so. Good luck with your next presidential vote, which will in all likelihood be the same as the previous, your *regrets* notwithstanding. (PS. Pushing HIS agenda gave you away.)

    August 18, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. George

    Rumor has it he has trouble keeping something in his pants.

    August 18, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    george wrote:
    Even though the South Carolina governor said she is remaining neutral until she meets the candidates and they campaign throughout her state, that didn't keep her from calling Perry a "superstar" in her remarks at the conservative gathering following their meeting. ....
    As someone has already so eloquently wrote, "Gravity is a theory, too."

    Evolution will always meet the scientific definition of theory because gathering of all of the facts (as you have observed) is impossible. There countless gaps in the evolutionary change, even though more a filled in from time to time. The only way to meet the scientific standard of "fact" is to have all of the facts. Which means we need a record of each and every last creature and organism that existed in the evolutionary chain.

    Ideally, we could have someone videotape the entire billion year process. But, the FACT still remains that not one piece of evidence (even forms of evidence unknown to Darwin) disputes the facts of evolution. All it takes is just ONE piece of evidence to the contrary and the entire theory goes out the window.

    August 18, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Tea Party Mike

    The heckling Perry got was mild compared to what Pelosi got yesterday. And Pelosi was not heckled by conservatives, she was heckled by her own nut job lefty crowd. They yelled at her for being a sellout and worse for voting for the debt ceiling bill.
    If Obama follows through on his plan to modify Medicare and Social Security, all the lefty nut jobs will be howling at him, they will forget about the Republicans and start eating their own.

    August 18, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Patrick - Montana

    The trouble with the term scientific "theory" as in theory of evolution, is that it does not mean the same thing as "my theory about why my car broke down". Look it up.

    August 18, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    That is where you are wrong James of Columbus-It could get a lot worse-Remember the last cowboy from Texas put us in to 2 unfunded wars,thought wiretapping and spying on US citizens was his right and that the rich and sucessful corporations and oil industry should pay no taxes and be unregulated. Do you really want to see and taste the air you breathe and work 3 jobs just to live like people in Texas do???

    August 18, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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