Gov. Perry peppered with irrelevant questions by liberals

Caucus Blog, NY Times:

More than a dozen protesters, many of them mobilized by the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans, welcomed Mr. Perry with signs — “My financial security is not a Ponzi scheme” and “America says no to Texas Ugly” read two — but he easily breezed past them to shake hands with the owner, who thanked him for “attracting a crowd.”

As Mr. Perry, wearing a white shirt and no jacket, shook hands with a mix of well-wishers and naysayers on the cafe’s patio, Kristin Bunce, 43, helped ease her 9-year-old son, Sam Beane, into Mr. Perry’s path.

Sam, wide-eyed and looking up at the governor, asked Mr. Perry a question. The governor crouched down so he was just inches from Sam’s face, and in a soft, calm voice began to answer.

“How old do I think the earth is?” Mr. Perry said. “You know what? I don’t have any idea. I know it’s pretty old, so it goes back a long, long way. I’m not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how long, how old the earth is.”

Ms. Bunce urged Sam to ask the governor about his views on evolution, and Mr. Perry began to answer her question, still talking to Sam.

“And here your mom was asking about evolution, and you know, it’s a theory that’s out there and it’s got some gaps in it,” Mr. Perry continued. “In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools.”

He added: “I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right. Thank you.”

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As Mr. Perry made his way toward the counter, he cheerfully dismissed the hecklers — one of whom kept pressing him on his views about Social Security— smiling at them, reaching over their heads to sign copies of his book, and ordering a popover, which he called a “pop-up.” He bit into it, handing over a warm, maple-buttered piece of the pastry to his wife, Anita, as a man shouted, “Let them eat cake, Governor Perry!”

Global warming, a topic that Mr. Perry addressed Wednesday at a Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford, N.H., came up again when State Representative Robin Read, a Democrat who sits on the New Hampshire’s Science, Technology and Energy Committee, asked Mr. Perry if he thought global warming was a man-made phenomenon.

“No, I don’t,” the governor replied. “I think the record is still out on whether global warming is man-made or not. I’m a skeptic.”

As Mr. Perry pressed on, his wife thanked Mr. Read for coming out, but Mr. Read later said he was disturbed by the governor’s response.

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It is ironic that we have a President who is willing to ruin the US economy to push his global warming agenda and some liberals are all wee weed up over whether Gov. Perry agrees with them. If you like the new green economy things will only get worse for this country. Obama has been on a tour of blaming everyone else for the mess he has made and has not even looked at how his regulations and EPA agenda or dragging us down.

That woman who decided to use her son as a prop for a question that is totally irrelevant should be ashamed. Gov. Perry is not going to impose his views on evolution and he is certainly not campaigning on that issue. Liberals need to get serious about what is happening to our economy and look for ways to grow it. Gov. Perry has some ideas that have worked in Texas and we should have a debate about those ideas.

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