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. mesamick

    The Rev. Ricky Bobby should have stayed in Texass with all of his white chrizzjun only gun slingers. His six-gun wavin' GIDDY-YAP and shootin' from the LIP ain't gonna play well any place else except in the dust-bowl, cow-plop counties of rural TX...

    August 18, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. nowar

    except for ron paul, all the potential gop-ers have acting one flew over the cuckoo's nest. 'i'm not a witch...i am................a republican candidate....rofl. saying that, i do have to admit that obama is the biggest failure since w.

    August 18, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. nowar

    rich..kind of a familiar strategy...the elephants used it last your eyes, dude, this is the trashy side of american politics as they vie for the big bucks. vote em all out.

    August 18, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. GOP hates Middle Class

    Net job change in private sector jobs here in TX = negative
    Net job change in public (i.e. GOVERNMENT) jobs in TX = positive.
    Biggest % net change in public jobs: STATE GOVERNMENT.
    So Perry took the stimulus money and grew government jobs. Why is he so against the policy that helped Texas employment? Once again the two faced Slick one is all about professing government is bad and doesn't create jobs, but won't tell you that he's clearly the beneficiary of President Obama's policies.
    Question for Slick: what smoke and mirrors are you going to use for next budget when you no longer have that sweet federal monies to help you out?
    Parry is an empty suit, a W wannabe.

    August 18, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. American Patriot

    "If you do care to argument FOR Perry, do tell us what he has done that qualifies him to run for President. But do come with something solid, not talking points, please!"

    He's a former porn star and professional wrestler. Or was that President Camacho? I always get Governor Perry and President Camacho mixed up.

    August 18, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Perry is a fraud


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


    Hey Janelle, do you love his words or his actions?

    August 18, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Tillie in Texas

    Thanks to the people of New Hampshire who can clearly see what those of us stuck in Texas have known since Perry became Gov – He's a fraud. It's unimaginable to me that anyone would want America to become just like Texas. His record on jobs, poverty, education, immigration, taxes and environmental issues have been disastrous for Texas.

    Protect America – Keep Rick Perry in Texas.

    August 18, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Bob

    Go into "Burnt Orange" and other articles on the Internet how Perry invested in porno movies and tried to hide it in a trust. It is all over the internet.

    August 18, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Jack in Florida

    George Bush the Sequel. There's a reason our Founding Fathers seperated Church and State......Perry doesn't get it and his beliefs are frightening. BTW, we pay into Social Security and since when is this an entitlement?!?!?

    August 18, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    Laugh all you want Gail, but considering there were MORE protesters than supporters, the protesters have the last laugh.

    August 18, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:
    That's the Dems attack strategy. They will be doing that to any and every opposition candidate that they perceive to have strong support.
    Strong support? It would seem that you are mistaken, grossly mistaken. Virtually no one from NH showed in support of Perry. Did you notice that the Tea Party rallies across the country have come to a virtual halt? Bachmann herself tried to hold one in DC against the debt ceiling and more reporters showed than supporters. The biggest support these candidates have is support for new choice of candidates.

    August 18, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    My reply was directed at GALE, not GAIL.

    August 18, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Push'em Out

    That's the Republicans for you! Much ado about nothing. They have No Plan except one - to target the elderly, the poor, and the sick with cuts on top of more cuts so that they can then use that money to give tax breaks to the very wealthiest of Americans who support the Republican party! That's how it is and how it's always been with Republicans. That's why the poor and the middle class cannot afford to keep voting them back into office anymore! Know and understand that. Republicans literally throw the middle-class and the poor under the bus and forget about them and then have the nerve to target groups of people who have Paid into Social Security for thirty, forty or more years and who are most certainly entitled to receive those *entitlements*! That's how those who understood things structured the system so that people in their golden years did not have to worry so much about their retirement and old age after paying well into the system during their working years. But rich Republicans who can well afford to pay their own way would just as soon reduce all programs to include Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment Benefits with their heart-less rhetoric about reducing the deficit. They should be more than Ashamed to target those in need who have to rely from paycheck to paycheck each month on their Social Security and many times have to do without their medicine and are forced to choose between that or putting food on their table. What a heart-less bunch of conniving hypocrites who ask those they want to target for cuts for their vote with one hand and stab them in the back with the other. Talk about talking through both sides of their mouth! Enough already with Republicans! America is TIRED of Republicans. They have been an utter failure in the past and bringing them back is to resurrect Failure once again. Enough is enough! Push them all out of Congress in 2012!! End of story!

    August 18, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. demogal

    Heeheeheehee. You're not in Texas anymore, Perry.

    August 18, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Liberals are scared because the right is fired up and Obama will be just an error in history after Nov. 2012."

    The right is fired up, is it? Yes, well, I'd be fired up, too, if those who wanted to represent me where as boorish as this crop of fools each vying for YOUR vote are. Perhaps not fired up in the way you suggest, though. Spitting mad, more like. Doubtful that directing anger at the man who will most likely defeat each and every one of your GOPer wannabees isn't going to chance the outcome. Just saying.

    August 18, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Hector

    Rick Perry is not good for this country. He is arrogant, rude and a crooked politician. Be very afraid of him. By the time he is done with America we will be looking like a cummunist country!!

    August 18, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. SaintM

    Yosemite Sam is at it again.

    To be president, you have to be qualified on all fronts. Rick Perry couldn't carry on an intelligent conversation with any world leader without them laughing behind his back. He'll ruin America, and he will be the second president to have shoes thrown at him.

    Please, Republicans–Bush 3.0 is not acceptable–choose another bright candidate, or at least vote democratic in case he gets the nomination. We spent years being the laughing stock of the world, please don't let this happen again.

    August 18, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. gt

    i dont blame them... heck do nothing and go broke thats the american way now ... let there children and grandchildren suffer the pain ... its ok to be greedy grand pa ....

    August 18, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    Tom wrote: I don't agree with anything he says, but I respect his ability to not give a crap about what is going on around him.

    The previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania avenue had that same ability – and here we are!

    August 18, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Ken in NC

    Gov. Perry. Welcome to the Big Time. You're not in Texas (Kansas) and more Toto. This Gov. makes George Bush look like a genius.

    August 18, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Pay Attention!

    The Social Security "Trust" Fund is the largest holder of US government debt (19%). Do you know what that means?

    Yes, the government has borrowed the cash you've paying into social security and replaced it with an IOU.

    Now how is the government going to redeem that IOU? Right! They're going to tax you (again) for it!! (Or, more likely, simply inflate away the debt while you're not looking.)

    "Creationism" Appallingly ignorant man. Why aren't people like him wiping down a table somewhere? Oh, yeah, Texas. Pretty low bar there...

    August 18, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. r schier

    "This is nothing more than a concerted effort by whiny liberals that want to make any Republican look badly"

    hahahahahahaha....The fact is, making any Republican look bad – as of late – requires absolutely zero effort on the part of anyone.....

    August 18, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |

    Perry denies global warming is man-caused, he is a pure creationist, believes any government support of people is socialism (it's ok for government to stroke corporations, however), and probably is a member of the flat earth society.

    August 18, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    @janelle – please go outnah get yourself a real man and stop making a fool of yourself like a little girl adoring the newst celebrity on the block.
    The man is a traitor!
    Sniffitn- GREAT post!!!

    August 18, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. gt

    sounds like the pagans have all the answers on how we got

    August 18, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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