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. Blame Not Working

    I think that everyone should back off & allow Obambi & the DNC have total control of all the economy........Bankruptcy in less than one year!
    What part of BROKE do Democrats NOT understand?I don't get it, Blaming S&P & Bush, & Arab Sping, ATM machines, Republicans, etc etc' like me blaming McDonld's for being fat!

    August 18, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. jake123

    The woman prompting her son with questions is a typical left wing idiot. Why is it most on the left are dumber then rocks?

    August 18, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. JennyTX

    This is totally wrong: "In Texas we teach both Creationism and evolution." My kids attend public school in Austin. The science teachers here in Austin teach evolution, not creation. Perry is doing some wishful thinking.

    August 18, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Perry is obnoxious

    If you think that we came from the monkeys and apes that are still around today then you are an idiot. Humans evolved from an ape-like ancestor that is probably related to humans, monkeys, gorillas etc. Science has NEVER said that human beings evolved from apes ever. You people are crazy. Go to church and say a prayer that you gain some intelligence.

    August 18, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |

    @ Blame Not Working

    I think that everyone should back off & allow Obambi & the DNC have total control of all the economy........Bankruptcy in less than one year!
    What part of BROKE do Democrats NOT understand?I don't get it, Blaming S&P & Bush, & Arab Sping, ATM machines, Republicans, etc etc' like me blaming McDonld's for being fat!

    August 18, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm
    You're great at trolling.

    August 18, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Tulsa

    blame not working...
    I agree, if the Repuyblicans would stop saying "NO" and hand everything to the Pres and the Dems, we would see significant changes.
    In fact, I think we would come out of this jobless recovery WITH jobs, infrastructure, R&D for green technology, a robust private sector supported with grants from the Federal Gov. to research and invest in new energy and hire AMERICANS..... so why not tell the Republicans to let the Dems "ruin" the Country.

    August 18, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

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

    No, she's wanting Parry to face those (children) who would be most affected by his ridiculous ideas (creationism taught in public school).

    And considering how these Repubs treat people who ask them questions they don't like – manhandling them, shoving them around, etc. – maybe she thought that she could get a tough question in without worry of being stomped by Parry's people.

    August 18, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. gt

    wow ..i did not know that the pagans and infidels have the answers on creation...

    August 18, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. So long Obama, Welcome President Perry!

    Rick Perry has created more jobs than Obama has. A paycheck is better than nothing, most liberals seem to forget that... then again they are the ones sitting at home getting welfare (i.e. a paycheck not to work). Go figure a liberal would complain about not having something, then when you give it to them, they complain that it's not good enough. If Barack Obamas stimulus package had created these jobs (which most dems claim that it did) they would be calling him a savior and saying, "What has Rick Perry done for jobs?"

    August 18, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. PeterCA

    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.

    You know, doug, everytime I come on these boards, I see a number of these unintelligent diatribes from you. I have to wonder how you have so much time to do this. You surely do not seem to be bringing anything useful to the argument.

    August 18, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Perry is obnoxious

    For those that think the raising of the debt ceiling is something never been done before and that it is all Obama's fault, here are some facts
    – Raised 7 times under George W. Bush
    – Raised 18 times under Ronald Reagan
    – Raised 3 times under Obama, so far
    – Raised 4 times under Bill Clinton

    Do your research first before posting ignorant political comments. Republican or Democrat- Stop being so unsophisticated.

    August 18, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Cmofo

    Medicare is unsustainable. We should have raised the payroll tax to 33% to cover it and Social Security. Sure people have been paying into it, but not enough to cover the costs. So give them what they paid for or make them pay a lot more...

    As for me, just let me opt out.

    August 18, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. PeterCA

    It's a THEORY because science can never prove anything 100%. That is what the scientific method teaches us. All we can do is more studies to strenghten the evidence for something. That is how evolution has gone through the years. Creationism (or intelligent design or whatever you want to call it) is not science because there is NO scientific basis to it.

    And, yes, it is an important distinction. Witness what the Texas school board has allowed into history books. They rewrite it to be sympathetic to thier ideology not to facts.

    August 18, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Dscot

    I think teaching Creationism is okay for Texas, but it should not allowed to be taught in the U.S.!

    August 18, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Why, oh why?

    Re: Think Again

    Well said! I voted for Kay Bailey Hutchison hoping to get rid of this swaggering fruitcake. He's a detrimental embarrassment to Texas.

    August 18, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. MAngeline

    Wish I had driven up to Portsmouth to see the non-existent "crowds" who support this guy. Was heartened to see that hardly anyone showed up to hear his B.S. New Hampshire voters do not in any resemle Iowa voters. His biggest block of voters are the truly right wing Christian conservative zealots. People from the Granite State tend to be God fearing folks, but they don't wear it on their sleeve telling others know how holy and devout they are. This guy is not electable nationwide..

    August 18, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "@Sniffit – Argue with a child?? Really? With a media that's so obsessed with optics (except when it comes to obama), how would it look if a candidate argued with a child the merits of intelligent design?"

    Well, I'll be honest, since in this situation he'd be arguing that creationism is legit and an equally viable alternative to hundreds of years of empircal evidence, study and proof confirming evolution and its roots in things like allopatric speciation or gene mutation, he'd look like a freekin imbecile. On the other hand, nobody was saynig he shoudl argue with the kid, just be honest and say what he really thinks instead of hiding it and turning tail because he either (a) thinks something really really stupid or (b) doesn't want to say that he actually doesn't believe that really stupid thing because not believing it will be unpopular with people likely to vote in the primary. So, basically, he had a couple honest and say what he thinks and, well, that's that. Argue with the kid, altho nobody was really advocating that. Or, run like achicken because it was politically inconvenient to be fully honest. He chose the third option.

    August 18, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Ivan Bial

    Republican Presidet, Senate and House = good-by SS and Medicare

    August 18, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Bash

    College professors, scientists, chemists and nuclear engineers say that Uranium used for Nuclear weapons formed *millions* of years ago in stellar explosions.

    So does he "believe" in Nuclear weapons?

    And what is the Sun powered by? Recycled Bibles?

    August 18, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. southillspgh

    If I were a science teacher, I would probably enjoy the Creationism unit. It would be really easy to write lesson plans for: "God did it" That's it, that's the whole unit, three simple words. No vocab, no scientific method, no study guides for the kids. Just "God did it". No radial carbon dating, no carbon 14 dating, no geolocial timelines, no genetics, no studies of peas, no DNA, no environmental factors, no Vitamin D theory, none of that at all. Every question that a kid asks the answer is exactly the same "God did it".

    August 18, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Canopus


    I'm with you. George Will, a well-respected "conservative" intellectual, has noted in the past that the Union movement in this county made the US essentially a middle class country. Many, many of the rights, benefits, working conditions and schedules most people take for granted were lawfully negotiated over time via collective bargaining.

    And people mumble...why teach history???

    August 18, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Miken3


    Why are Rupublicans being asked about non-issue issues? Geeze...with all that is going on, gay right and creationism are the number one issues?

    August 18, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |

    because they will make sure that once in office that these WILL be the issues that they focus on to satisfy the ultra right wingers that blindly follow them

    August 18, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "In Texas we teach both Creationism and evolution."


    HOW WONDERFULLY ILLEGAL! The reality is, they don't, because it would get them in all kinds of trouble. Parry is pandering to the reight wing extremist fundamentalist crowd and/or just really has no freekin clue what is going on in the public education system he's spent so much time and effort destroying in TX.

    August 18, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. carla

    "If we are going to get this country back on track, I have no doubt that Rick Perry is the man to tke us there. We need somebody that is tough with a no-nonsense attitude and he has got that."
    Sounds like another George W. Anyone recall what that cowboy attitude did during those 8 years? Bush did whatever he wanted to and got away with it. Got us into a war that was brought about through lies. My son fought in that war. I will never forgive GWB. We don't need another "no nonsense" President. In Texas terms (i've lived there), that means, get out of the way, i'm coming through. This guy wanted to secede from the union. Seriously? Do we need that? Obama is STILL trying to fix GWB's mistakes whether anyone cares to believe that or not. He can't fix the mess with a Congress whose only goal is to get rid of Obama. The NO congress. Perry will run us into the ground. Please don't have short memories folks.

    August 18, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Barry G.

    Did I hear correctly?

    Did Rick Perry actually say that global warming is a scam?

    Does he actually believe that the world’s most respected and eminent scientists and scholars are wrong about global warming?

    How can I vote for someone who is either so foolish or so duplicitous?

    August 18, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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