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Awkward Perry Heckled Over Evolution Cheryl Senter / AP Photo

Perry Heckled Over Evolution

Texas Gov. Rick Perry met a feisty opposition at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Thursday. "Stop attacking middle-class families," shouted sign-wielding protesters as the GOP presidential candidate shook hands and signed autographs. Perry tried to keep the focus on jobs and the economy, but the protesters continued as he entered a café to try a pastry, asking him about evolution, climate change, and renewable energy. A little boy asked the governor, "How old do you think the Earth is?" and about the theory of evolution, before his mother prompted, "Ask him why he doesn't believe in science." Perry answered that evolution is "a theory that's out there, and it's got some gaps in it," adding that creationism is also taught in Texas schools.

August 18, 2011 12:31 PM