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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    Should of asked him about separation of Country and States,.. wasn't Perry advocating Texas secede from the Union?.. a real patriot. Do the people really want a traitor as their President?

    August 18, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. 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.

    August 18, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Hawk in Texas

    Any one that would vote for this flake would bathe in sewage water.

    August 18, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Hmm - what state will he steal min. wage jobs from?

    August 18, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Maybe he'll send more mexicans from TX to NH for those minimum wage jobs he'll create there.

    August 18, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Ron

    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 |
  7. SKS

    America, wake up. Don't be fooled by Rick Perry aka Bush Policies.

    August 18, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Ed Texas

    It's clear Perry doesn't believe in science. By him saying "It's a theory that's out there," Perry said of evolotion. What about creationism? It's not a theory, its a religious belief! ," He also said that climate warming was a myth! He will believe in magic but not proven science. That is scary.

    August 18, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Screw the unions

    Someone in hear wrote welcome to the big leagues Perry! Hahahahahaha Perry can handle that and more unlike Obama who looks like a weak president who all he can do is talk talk talk. I put Perry's record against Obama any day. Liberals are scared because the right is fired up and Obama will be just an error in history after Nov. 2012.

    August 18, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Michael

    "Ponzi scheme" pretty much describes the Republican Party. Ordinary Americans keep giving them their votes and getting almost nothing in return, though the politicians they're supporting do very well for themselves.

    August 18, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Isaac

    Yep. A person like Perry is NOT going to go over very well here in NH. Unlike in the south, our Republicans prefer to keep religion out of politics.

    August 18, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Kevin wrote:
    It's embarrassing for the United States that there are people that think that Intelligent Design or other children of Creationism should be taught at all.
    Agreed. Once you cross the line into teaching Creationism, that raises the issue of which religion's version should be taught in our public schools. The answer to question has already been answered by the Founders. None. Public funds should not be spent to teach any religously based creation theories.

    August 18, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Many republicans doesn’t like Rick Perry even some donors

    If Obama follow 1996 Bill Clinton move he may attract some republicans donors

    August 18, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Please Use Your Brains

    This is the problem with candidates who clearly have no intention of being President for ALL Americans. They say and do things that don't make since in the REAL world. Texas is very backward, and I would never live there for those reasons, and we don't need Perry further dividing the nation with his hateful talk and views. I read an earlier comment on her GOP= Greed Over People, and that's what Perry represents. We don't need to spend money for education and healthcare, Texas is proof of that, as long as Perry and his buddies have money, that's the important thing. Truly unpatriotic and morally bankrupt.

    August 18, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. FM

    To: Josephine.
    "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"

    Who took the country off track if not your own people (GOP)? please remember: sharp tongue can cut your own throat! And one thing you can't recycle is wasted time!

    August 18, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. ART

    So this hick knows more than all the scientist in the world the earth is flat, man does not effect the envitoment, what a yahoo he is, as in the words of that great philosopher Patrick Star whats so great about dumb ole Texas.

    August 18, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Ron wrote:
    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?
    Because those are the only issues that Perry has expressed opinions on.

    August 18, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. John Herzog

    Since Christianity is a center of his political positioning.....He should answer what Jesus would do in these political situations..
    "Would Jesus give tax breaks to the rich or try to sustain the poor with minimum food/shelter?
    "Would Jesus say the angels would like him better than others because of his personal relationship with God? (Perry claims soldiers would like him better than Obama, because he served in the military).
    "Would Jesus try to prevent the poor, from other areas, from travelling to his country?"
    "Would Jesus call people treasonous who were trying to help the economy get better?"
    Rick Perry might call himself a good Christian, but his positions and policies are not anywhere near what Jesus would do......

    August 18, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Yesterday on the radio, there was a report about Perry saying he thinks that global warming/climate change is a hoax.

    Immediately following was a story about Texas' record drought and heat waves and how the state has lost over $5 billion in crop loss.

    Yep, Parry's just the man to lead our country into a future where we need to advance our technological edge, create new industries and develop alternatives to the earth's finite fossil fuel supply – NOT!

    August 18, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Chris

    I was at Popovers this morning. I am amazed that people can just look at people and decide if they are Republicans or not. I was very disappointed in the loud screams from people, I understand you can be against a candidate but please allow us who want to listen to learn to be able to.

    August 18, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Mollybee

    Rick Perry used the stimulous money he publicly criticizes to create under poverty level jobs in Texas. He thinks global warming is God's plan. His state is the 6th highest poverty state in the union. Texas shares the prize for least people with health insurance with Mississippi. The oil industry utilizes many illegal immigrants while Perry criticizes the Obama administration on immigration policy. Most telling....if you drive through rural Texas and look at its rural will know that Perry is the world's biggest hypocrite. Not surprising for someone who wants to get his own personal 'higher power' involved in politics. The man is a disgrace.

    August 18, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. The Elephant in The Room

    So is he suggesting that there are "gaps" in evolution and that Creationism is unimpeachable?

    The Earth is only thousands of years old? REALLY? Dinosaurs walked with man or are 40 million-year-old bones part of an elaborate hoax?

    August 18, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. ladynred

    I remember not so long ago when the Texas governors mansion burned on his watch, he sent flyers out to the people of Texas to send in money to rebuild. The people I spoke to wanted to know why he needed more money when the place was insured. This was during a time when layoffs were at it's worst. It's ridiculous begging assertions like this that make people wonder how he will be as a president. It will never be enough.

    August 18, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. ThinkAgain

    "We love you Mr Perry. We love your passion you strength your convictions and we love that your on your way to becoming President!"

    Besides being riddled with grammatical errors, the above post is a perfect example of voters being enthralled with the latest shiny thing. Parry may be fun to look at and he likes to talk all twang-y and tough, but the man has been a failure as a governor, harming the Texas public school system and creating low-wage jobs with little or no benefits. He's also a whiner and a traitor, threatening to secede Texas from the Union when he didn't get his way.

    Pretty much a failure all around.

    August 18, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Matt McCawley

    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.

    August 18, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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