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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  1. nuster

    Social Security. Millions do not pay into it. Most federal employees and most police fire and other groups. Explained by they will not use it. B.S. They take 20 to 30 years of their highest earnings out of the system. After retireing the work private sector foir about 10 years and get right back in. Separate SS retirement (long term enrollmewnt) from SS disability. A 20 year old drug addict that can not support themselves. A 5 year old with ADHD that sublements the family income. And why are any checks being given to people in prisons and jails. Are military , FBI, federal judge retirement checks considered "Entitlement". I think we should seperate the catagories, and if you want to opt out from FICA taxes, STAY OUT permanently.

    August 18, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Ed Zumar

    Hey Josephine – a mind is a terrible thing to waste and you obviously have been very wasteful. Where do you people come from?

    August 18, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Beverly - NYC

    Rick Perry , same village, different idiot. Come on Texas cut the nation a break, we already babysat your last governor and that did not turn out well. Why does Texas hate America?

    August 18, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Triple A

    So he is heckled... Why? Just because he doesn't think like a liberal. When the Right does this the liberal press labels them as anti-American or terrorist. I live in Maine, I know you New Hampshire you are better then this. What's up?

    August 18, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Ron

    Get ready for President Perry, it will be nice to have a real president back in the White House

    August 18, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Randy

    Ask him to define Ponzi scheme. He won't because he can't. He's just mimicking words he hears on TV. Another RNC (Rogue Nut Case) candidate on the loose. America, beware!

    August 18, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Denise

    Jon Stewart said Perry is "Bush on steroids" but he seems more like Palin without her lithium or Bachmann without her prozac. What an incredible idiot this man is. And there are people that actually BELIEVE in this guy which is even more astonishing. Are you without your medication too? It's really unfortunate there are intellectually and reality challenged citizens that buy into this ignoramus. And that prayer meeting....he has no more regard for the teachings of Christ than the fundamentals of finance or the civil rights of any American. This guy is a total fraud and given the chance will ruin the country. After all, look what he's done to Texas.

    August 18, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. norush

    You have got to be kidding me. What has Obama done for us? Not a thing except get us in a deeper mess. Those of you who voted for Obama to prove you were not racist need to vote republican to prove you are not an idiot. So we were created be a big bang? How stupid are you? Look around and open your eyes you will see God everywhere. We teach the truth in Texas and we teach teach the evaloution fairy tale as well.

    August 18, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. David

    Perry was actually wrong Evolution is taught but creationism is not in Texas public schools. Liar!

    August 18, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    the secessionist is the new kid on the block. His time will soon pass because like the "girls" it's all about looks.
    BTW – what's up with giving a speech with your leg on top of a hay stack. Was he trying to sell the family jewels to the crowd? BRAF!! 🙁
    This guy is so full of himself!

    August 18, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Andrew

    It's kind of redundant, heckling a clown.

    August 18, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Lampedusa

    Every day it's worse with this guy. Nobody's even talking about how he condemned Cameron Todd Willingham, an innocent man, to death in 2004, refusing to delay the execution by even a month so new forensic evidence could be examined. Then he disbanded the commission investigating the matter in 2009 because it was interfering with his re-election campaign.

    August 18, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. pass a note to obama

    come to florida obama, we and bting all those idiots so we can heckle you and let you see what its like to be chasised by a bunch of real Americans

    August 18, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Liam

    I downloaded this unhinged woman for a parenting class I teach every week. It is very instructive..................

    August 18, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Luke Brown

    Earth to norush ... Evolution is a scientific theory. Creationism is religious mythology, created in the 7th century BC.

    August 18, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Jim

    That woman who had her child ask questions was just pathetic. I'm not a fan of creationism, but using a child as a political pawns is really disturbing. Rick Perry is obviously never going to be a scientist, but he has more common sense than all the Obama administration combined.

    Those who state "evolution is a fact" are correct, but then they go and illogically assume this proves every related theory. The change of genes over a few generations from natural selection or mutation has been clearly observed – this is "evolution". The idea that anyone knows with certainty who descended from what more than a few thousand years back is scientific theory – highly plausible, but not directly observable. In other words theory, not fact.

    Someone could insist some life came from a spore on an asteroid or on an alien spaceship, or was created by God and there is simply no way to prove this is not the case. Teachng the difference between theory and fact is important and it's a shame they don't seem to cover this in the elite liberal schools.

    This seems to be typical liberal exaggeration of science. While it a measurable "fact" that the world has warmed over the past 30 years, it is a theory that most of this it attributable to CO2 emissions. You can certainly beleive a theory, but at least have to good sense to know the difference between a fact and faith.

    August 18, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. rick s.

    Anyonr who supports this guy must have voted for Bush. He is an arrogant crook. Hey Republicans you already have a contender...Ron Paul! Maybe if CNN and Fox ran more interviews with the man who almost beat Bachmann in her own state then people across America could actually get to know the man. I encourage people to get on the internet and review Ron Paul. Go to and do a search his name. You'll find that he has been in politics for 35 years and he is the only one Republican or Democrat who can say with a clear conscience that he has stood by what he talks about and he is an extremely respected and feared man in washington because he stands for smaller government, a change in the failed monetary policies and most important; getting out of the middle east NOW. Not next month or next year he wants to get us out NOW. Thats why no one wants to talk about him. He isn't going to just say he'll get us out like Obama, Ron will actually do it! Sooo, America do your homework and make up your own mind. When your ready for someone who will not waffle in the face of political pressure check out Ron Paul!!!!

    August 18, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Hall for Obama

    I want to know do he believe people or diffent race should be separated?

    August 18, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Liberals Smarter Than God

    What a shameful display, that Mom pushing her son to ask Rick Perry what he thinks about science! Here's the real issue; Liberals really do think they are more educated/intelligent than God.....if they can't see Him the in their super intelligent they say he doesn't exist. This is for you super intelligent more highly sophisticated, intelligent ones......Eternity is Too Long To Be Wrong! One day you will wish you had not been so "intelligent" Mom; you had best be teaching your children to seek God while their hearts are Moldavia & not push them into your super intelligent & hardened heart. Meanwhile, I will pray for you & your children.

    August 18, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. franklyfedup

    I have suggestion for ricky. Since you favor more state control and less big gov, why not have all the (14) military bases moved to other states where they would be accepted? The gov backed Houston space center should also be moved out of the state. All corp of eng projects (dredging ports, water projects, highway projects, gov border protection, etc.) should no longer be financed by the federal gov. The keystone pipe line (voted on by all house rep) should be halted. A better solution would be to build improve refining capabilities near the Candian border. Any remain funds shoud go to solar power for individual home that meet the requirements for installation.

    August 18, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. kazz

    I'm having trouble telling these GOP idiots apart.

    August 18, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Brian

    There are crazy liberals in New Hampshire... stop the presses!

    August 18, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Liberals Smarter Than God

    Sniffit, I am in Texas & we DO teach both.....but since when does anyone who blogs for the DNC tell the truth? If you didn't, you would lose your did tell everyone where your check comes from.....didn't you?

    August 18, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Billy Davis

    The Decider II couldn't handle just a little heat. PUNK...

    August 18, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Billy Davis

    But Ron, you said that about Palin, then Trump, then Romney, then Bachmann now it's Perry. You sound like the rest of the GOP totally confused.

    August 18, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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