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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soundoff (523 Responses)
  1. Greg

    Only the nuts in Texas like this guy, no offense Austin you're the only normal city in Texas. People will learn who Perry is, a liar about his job growth, the only way he balanced his budget was with stimulus money, religious enough to compare him to the Taliban and the list goes on. The media and voters will catch on to this guy real quick. He's Trump lite just better hair.

    August 18, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Matt McCawley

    First off, I support caring for our environment and being good stewards of it for future generations but reading some of the comments got me thinking... If true Darwinian scientists believe in "Natural Selection" and "Survival of the Fittest" the why spend so much time and resources saving endangered species? Shouldn't we let the stronger species (man) prevail over the dwindling population of inferior species?

    August 18, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    GOP solution: Turn the Old, Sick, Poor, Unemployed, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, Employed, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military.

    August 18, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Mike from MN


    No wonder the US is on the decline ...

    And with Perry as President, we can get rid of Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. We can also get rid of private insurance as well. Who needs health care when we were all INTELLIGENTLY DESIGNED! Just PRAY!

    What a joke!

    August 18, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Diana

    Rick Perry doesn't beleive in anything other than Rick Perry. Folks, this man will do and say anything to be in power. He was a Democrat prior to becoming a Republican. Carl Rove convinced him he could become Agriculture Commissioner in Texas if he would just change parties. This man has no true loyalties or belief's, only those that will keep getting him elected and living off of the public dole.

    August 18, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. GeorgeBfromOhio

    This just in ... Perry to announce gas at $1.99 per gallon. However, to make it happen all 300M people in America must simultaneously pray for this while wearing a Perry for President badge.

    August 18, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Matt McCawley

    To the person critisizing my calling evolution a theory, whom can't even write their name on their post... For the record I am a scientist. Sorry to burst your bubble.

    August 18, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Mary

    All we need in the White House is another Texas Cowboy...didn't we learn our lesson with the last one. Why do you think we are in the mess we're in now.

    August 18, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Just think of where our nation would be without all the lib liars, leeches, and criminals.
    Yeah, one can only dream... In the good old days, these were the ones that eventually became vulture bait. Now all the hard working consevratives have been forced to work to keep them alive and multiplying. Cockroaches infesting America.

    August 18, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Learn To Fish

    Way to use your child, you make me proud not to be a liberal. "Ask him about evolution", "Ask him about...", the kid should have said "shut up, ask him yourself, I just want to meet someone that might be president one day." I can guarantee he doesn't care if his teacher explains evolution and creationism in the same class, or if Perry has the evil "R" next to his name. Perry is exactly right, the kid should be allowed to make up his own mind, but clearly this mother won't let that happen. This borders on emotional child abuse.

    Anymore than the kids who get shipped off to Glen Beck's 9/12 Project camps? I hear all the time from social conservatives who scream about how children are not being raised with the "right" values, and than scream when a child pokes holes in their Swiss-Cheese logic by asking straight-forward questions. Maybe the kid does care about these things, and if you are offended by that, than you are suffering from emotional abuse, not that child.

    August 18, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. New Englander

    I can't wait for President Obama to campaign up here, so I can send my four-year-old up to him with questions about why we're still fighting the wars he opposed and why he extended the tax cuts he was against and why we attacked a country that didn't attack us, and why we still have unemployment over nine percent two years after the recession ended, and why the solution to the Bush-era massive spending is even MORE massive spending.

    But after our President fails to address those minor issues, I'll tell my child that it doesn't matter, because he believes in global warming and evolution, which appear to be the most important issues on the minds of the REALLY SMART people.

    August 18, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Joker429

    You go Ole' Open Borders Perry!

    August 18, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. CalmDog

    One more time – It's NOT "the theory of evolution". It's "the theory of evolution by natural selection". The natural selection part – the part that creationists leave off (or don't understand) – is the part that's the theory. The fact that evolution occurs is clear and provable. Again – the theory part is HOW it occurs.

    August 18, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Justin

    I'd care if this guy had a chance. There's only room for one village idiot from Texas and we already had him. The economy could take a double dip and he'd be a punching bag for Obama.

    August 18, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. GRofPA

    Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any worse than George W Bush.........

    August 18, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    @ 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.

    Can't stand the fact our President is a great family man with a real education, eh? Personally, I'll take a Harvard grad who edited the law review over a Texas A&M grad with a 2.0 in Animal Science, who has spent the bulk of his adult life kissing his way up the Texas State Government tree When Obama produced the long-form certificate and had Bin Laden killed must have been a bad stretch for you.

    August 18, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Ewing

    Evolution is a theory that's out there?
    Well, technically, that's true.
    Gravity is a theory that's out there, too.

    But here's a fact: Perry may be fine for Texas, but he's much too extreme for the rest of the US.

    August 18, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. ahetch

    Creationism should be taught at home, in church or religious schools not in public schools. My tax dollar shouldn't go to any religion, even Christion.

    August 18, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Matt McCawley wrote:
    Fact: Evolution is a THEORY. I'm not arguing that there isn't evidence to support this theory but calling it scientific fact is completely wrong. For those accepting this as fact without doing your due diligence I urge you to do your research.
    Some of us are scientists with Ph.D.s.

    August 18, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. rtbrno65

    I don't like Perry at all but come on, using your child as a political weapon? That woman should be ashamed of herself.

    August 18, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Jaywing

    Really... some people actually think this idiot has any brains in his head? The man is so far right and so much a fundementalist christian as to be a zombie throwback to the dark ages. More proof that America has the highest ratio of dumb/ignorant or downright stupid people on the planet.

    August 18, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Dean

    Rudy NYC

    Matt McCawley wrote:
    Fact: Evolution is a THEORY. I'm not arguing that there isn't evidence to support this theory but calling it scientific fact is completely wrong.
    Fact: Evolution is not a theory. It is an accepted fact in the scientific world that gains more and more facts to support it. Did you know that not one piece of physical evidence has ever been found to dispute the facts of evolution? Not one piece of evidence has ever been found to disprove the facts, not ever
    -------------------------Oh, am I suppose you have found the "missing" link that would be evidence to prove your theory????

    August 18, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Michael - Portage

    Rick Perry.....another fine product of the Texas "educationable" system. What a we need more extremism in this country.

    August 18, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. mark in Atlanta

    I have to believe that our great country is too smart to elect a swaggering boob from Texas to be President. Of course, I've thought that before.

    August 18, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "and just because Perry had a poor initial little publicity outting in no way reflects his ability to get elected long-term, which of course would be disasterous."

    Electing any one of the current crop of windbag GOPers would be equally disastrous, including Ron Paul or Rick Perry. Whereas Bush did know when to keep his mouth shut, Perry doesn't, carrying his cowboy nonsense to utter disbelief. Whereas Bush became a *born-again* without much fan-fair during his presidential election, Perry has been promoting his credentials far too long to escape the ramifications of his already published inanities on the subject. I don't underestimate Perry at all. Nor do I underestimate my fellow Americans. He'll never make it past the primary.

    August 18, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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