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. Rudy NYC

    James - Columbus wrote:
    I was FOOLISH enough to vote foe Obama last time. If I go to the other direction and vote for Perry, maybe it will all work out. Lord knows, it can't get worse than what we currently have.
    Anyone out there remember the phoney bloggers supporting Hillary back in 2008? They have evolved. They're back.

    August 18, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. ART

    Four and the door is obviously a mental midget

    August 18, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. SaintM

    Perry and the republicans on this blog are are acting like he has the nomination already. Election day is more than a year away. Note to Repubs: 3 years ago is not long enough to forget what another swaggering, evangelical, ignorant Texan did to this country. Perry will turn out to be his own worst enemy, and he is already not liked on the national stage.

    August 18, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Atlanta Independent

    Maybe them 35 protestor should follow Perry everywhere he campaign at and tell him dont mess with our social security.
    I wonder were they teabaggars who protesting against Perry the joker

    August 18, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Limbaugh is a liberal

    So... evolution and creationism are equivalent, and religion is equivalent to science? Okay, then let's start lecturing science at Sunday services as well! It's just as good as a religious sermon apparently because there is no difference between religion and science...

    August 18, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. w l jones

    well well if people evolve here on Earth then why people on other planet look like we do. All planets through out the universe look similar so do human. Enough said.

    August 18, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. johnson

    this Perry person will soon find out that he in bed with the Big dogs and he does not stand a chance in hell because GOD does not want him and HELL is fill right nowbut in a week he can go to HELL him and his racial teabeggers.

    August 18, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Steven Bannister

    There are Republicans protesting Perry too! In my opinion, he is a RINO, a manufactured candidate put into play by the "establishment."

    He's another pro-war, pro-amnesty Bush style politician – exactly what the Republican Party DOESN'T need. He should be opposed and shouted down by conservatives and Tea Partiers at every turn.

    August 18, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Perry is a fraud

    In Texas we teach both Creationism and evolution

    and we also lead the nation in death penalty execution...we're just so Christian.

    August 18, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Trace

    The terrorist dems would rather see the country fail than succeed... Give me mine, give me, give me, give me

    August 18, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |

    We don't need some creationism teaching, far Christian right freak running the executive branch... And I'm a registered Republican... Reality people! we'll need 4 more years with Obama, if this is all that the moronic Republicans can generate!!

    August 18, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Carrington1

    This heckling is a very good omen. The political left often shouts down those who they think pose a political threat to their agenda. With President Obama dropping in the polls to ever deeper lows and with Governor Perry's track record electorially and with the Texas economy, it is small wonder that his oppoenents see the need to resort to this tactic.

    August 18, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Mike

    This election is going to be SO MUCH FUN! Do we go with the Harvard educated constitutional lawyer who's cleaning up after G.W., or the guy who believes our ancestors cavorted with dinosaurs? Umm, let me see . . .

    August 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Andy Botwin

    It's refreshing to see people actually confronting all these right wing whack jobs called Republicans.

    August 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    Chris, you can thank the teabaggers for that. They lowered the bar so much at last year's town hall meetings that now anything goes.

    August 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. FDA

    Turn off Fox news before you shut down your brain! (James-Columbus) Obama inherited this mess, so voting FOE him didn't hurt.

    August 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Jess Sayin

    Vote for Rick "America Second" Perry? Only if you hate America.

    August 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Magi

    Perry is awesome, he almost managed to swing Texas back to a Democratic Governor just because the state as a whole is sick and tired of him. One decent democratic candidate against Perry and Texas is going back to blue.

    August 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Jim

    lisaspups, because one is based on facts and the other fantasy. I've never heard god say anything, how about you? Please don't believe everything you read. Like Jack Webb used to say, "just the facts ma'am". Don't be afraid of reality.

    August 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. CP in FL

    I keep looking in scientific literature for the theory of Intelligent Design or Creationism. What, it's not a theory. It's just something a group of men came up with and has no scientific evidence to back it up. Evolution has volumes of evidence in support of it. Humans evolved from lower life forms, as did all other life on Earth. Why do you think a human and a chimpanzee have over 90% identical DNA? We evolved from a common ancestor. Rick Perry as a cowboy is all hat and no cattle.

    August 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. No Moreofthem

    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 who 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 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. BADGUY

    Yes...Evolution IS a theory. is just about everything else! ITSaphilosophical argument even the Greeks (unsuccessfully) tried to deal with. The meaning of the word "IS"?...What is reality? But..saying all that...Evolution has scientific evidence to back up its "reality". The bible's story of Creation has nothing. Therefore the theory of Creationism has no backing in science and cannot be considered "on the same" plane as evolution.

    August 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. VAL


    August 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    Captain Awesome, pArry doesn't need "libruls" to make him look bad. The truth about his record in Texass speaks for itself.

    August 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Peter E

    Always amusing that the Tea Party, that most vocally advocates making government cuts, is largely made up of retirees who themselves live off of Social Security and Medicare...
    Should individuals be given the option to refuse to pay taxes for things they don't like? Okay, then can I get back my share of the taxes that were used to finance the Iraq War? Or for that matter much of the completely unnecessary defense budget? The subsidies to the farmers who don't even grow anything and STILL have the galls to complain about government and taxes? The bailouts to the banks that ruined our economy?

    August 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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