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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  1. Dean

    Rudy NYC

    I would ask Perry if he believed in seperation of church and state. If so, how and where should the line be drawn that separates them. I would point out the Founders tried to be rather explicit in how the line should be drawn. I would want Perry's interpretation on that issue.

    Simple Rudy. The U.S. government should not use its powers to force people to select one religion or non-religion over another.

    August 18, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. FoolKiller

    "The mother then told her young son: 'Ask him why he doesn't believe in science,' as Perry continued into the cafe." Why didn't she just buy a parrot? It's easier than training the kid to be one...

    August 18, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Phil

    It takes guts and money to try to make a difference, it takes being a jerk to heckle!

    August 18, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. jennifer in Houston

    Slick Rick hates to be heckeled.. He's not used to it as he usually only goes to really friendly groups and everyone else is kept well away by the long arm of the law. I hope they give the arrogant son of a gun a really hard time. He deserves it, he thinks he is above the law to the point he doesn't think he has to reveal his travel expenses to the electorate.

    August 18, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The wealthy are the only ones who can afford to buy what passes for the souls of these Cretins, so they represent the wealthy.
    For the most part, the people who represent the rest of us do it out of respect for us, our cause, our "plight."

    August 18, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Mike kerns

    Well I would say Perry's protesters have a lot of work to do of they want to cause trouble as well as the tea turds. Who set the gold standard for hate,obstruction and fear mongering.

    August 18, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. wishing

    Perry isn't so much the 'Flim Flam Man' as he is the 'Music Man'. "You got trouble I tell ya, Trouble with a capital T, right here in Washington DC. With his unique fashion sense, drummed up brooding disaster, he ready to solve all our problems. It made a nice movie, but I am not ready to give him the national baton.

    August 18, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Steven

    Matt McCawley- There is a lot more evidence in evolution than there is of god. Just saying. This man is anti gay, anti science, anti middle class, anti separation of church and state and anti intelligence. In other words, he's a Republican

    August 18, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Steven

    Phil, you have never booed at a sporting event? If you don't like someone in the public eye, or if that person wants to outlaw your way of boo them. Don't play holier than thou. That's Rick Perry's job 🙂

    August 18, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Jilli

    Listening to Perry's tough guy cowboy schtick makes me want to stick rusty nails in my ears!!

    The GW Bush flashbacks...oh wait, they're not flashbacks at all – we're still living with the horrible consequences of the smarter version of Rick Perry, does his dumber brother really deserve a chance? Not just no buckerroo, but he|| no!!!

    August 18, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Steven

    Phil, can you say that you have never booed at a sporting event? If you don't like someone in the public eye, or if that person wants to outlaw your way of boo them. Don't play holier than thou. That's Rick Perry's job 🙂

    August 18, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. NovemberElection

    Democratic State Sen. Burt Cohen was one of the HECKLERS. LOL Cnn "new phase". The only phase is the one where a Tea Party Citizen is called terroristic for asking BHO a question in the handshake line while this screaming Democrat behavior is congratulated.

    August 18, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. tammarella

    Just because this guy is from Texas does not make him a baffoon or a moron. I'm so sick of people thinking that there are not intelligent people here in Texas. I personally am not from Texas, but I have lived here many years, and this State truly gets the shaft from the news media. They always seem to pick the biggest, dumbest redneck to give a comment any time something happens in our State that makes the National news, and gives everyone the impression that people here are backwoods. Although I did not vote for Rick Perry, this guy is not a stupid human being. If I were to pick between Obama and Perry, I would choose Perry any day!

    August 18, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. boocat

    Just what we need....another retarded cowboy as president. He doesn't believe in climate change but he believes an invisible man in the sky can end the Texas drought.

    August 18, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    @ 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????

    They are finding missing links all the time, they are still hoping to find one that proves Republicans are not a lesser species. Keep hoping they find it.

    Have you gone in search of fire on your way to the dwindling Tea Party rallies?

    August 18, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. AEJ

    I really hope and pray that the Charman of the Federal reserves will sue this wignut!!! This man took STIMULUS MONEY from the Federal government, used the money to balance his state budget. The very day her sent the letter to the Federal government BEGGING for STIMULUS money, her came out talking poorly and critizing the President about STIMULUS money. HIPROCRISY AT ITS BEST!! What can I say, he is a TEA-Bagger!!!

    August 18, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Diego

    And they think Christians, Jews and others of faith are whack jobs. How about that loon for a Mom. Perry is used to laughing at loons but the depraved & intolerant mother makes you sad for the child. I prefer others in the race besides Perry on the GOP side but do live in Texas and have seen him openly laugh at hecklers as opposed to bristle like Obama so he can take a punch.

    August 18, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. ted

    He is stone deaf to the little people, as is the whole GOP. They only like big corporations and rich people. SSI was set up as a pay into all your life and then you are entitled to get paid out. Pretty simple. But GEorge W Bush spent the SSI money on the Iraq war, you remember, the war based on lies. CAn't wait for the gotcha media to reallly trash Perry.

    August 18, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. FajitaBob

    Most interesting excerpt: the woman who uses her child as a pawn to promote her agenda. How typically liberal. It's great to differ in opinion, but please, people, be adult about it.

    August 18, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. AEJ

    All the photos I see of these GOP Presidental hopefuls, I just cannot see one BLACK person (except Herman Cain who the GOP pays to run) in these photos. What a shame!!! I am glad finally America is now confirming that the TEA-Party is the same old white folks who had voted for John McCain and fool, fool Sarah. Nothing less, nothing better. Herman Cain get out and run, or is it too much to ask you to do. Money over self eh?

    August 18, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Lampedusa

    ...why doesn't he believe in science? Does he know there are human artifacts that have been dated to older than 6000 years? Why doesn't the bible mention moses riding a triceratops through the desert?

    August 18, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. nuster

    Lets try not having the federal government subsidze the states. Here in Indiana I pay, federal income tax, state income tax, county income tax, sales tax, property tax, excise tax, wheel tax and others. And we still took 9 billion from the feds last year. I think we could tighten hard and get by. Texas ( Rick Perry ) has no state income tax so it needs alot of federal funds. Tennesee ( Ron Paul ) has no propery tax and takes alot of money. Mississsippi ( Halley Barber ) takes the most per capital of all states. A close second is Alaska ( Sarah Palin ) and finaly Louisiana ( Bobby – the Brady bunch – Jindal ). would e back in the stone age. ALL of these names I have listed complain about Washington spending/debt. Give them what they want, Washington takes care of national items and the states take care of themselves, a bonus is the holy grail called states rights. Such hypocrites.

    August 18, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Slick Rick

    Slick Rick, Keep Your Hands Off My Social Security benefits that I earned a Long Time Ago! We know it doesn't matter to you one iota if you personally receive a Soc. Sec. check since you are wealthy enough to afford to pay your own way and the way of any other relative you would care to help along the way. So, quit being so idiotic and start thinking Clearly. People need their Social Security, Medicare, and other benefits, especially the elderly, the poor, and the sick. If you want to show people you are a true Christian, then Open Up Your Heart Mr. Perry and help those who depend on their Social Security checks each month in order to survive. Quit playing the Christian card and put your and our money where your mouth is.

    August 18, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Preston

    Love the lady that makes her kids ask the questions she is too afraid to ask herself...

    August 18, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. ZweiStein

    In the picture, Perry looks like he stepped out of a "Godfather" movie.

    August 18, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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