Reporting from Ames, Iowa — Rick Perry took another shot at Mitt Romney's offer of a $10,000 bet, but the Texas governor found himself under fire himself Sunday, heckled at a campaign stop over anti-gay bias, including by a man identifying himself as a Marine veteran from the Iraq war.
The heckling followed Perry's brief remarks to Iowa voters at a coffee shop in downtown Ames.
"Why are you demonizing gay and lesbian people?" shouted one heckler.
"Why can't gays compete in the military?" chimed in Jason Arment, 24, an English major at nearby Iowa State University. Arment, of Grimes, Iowa, who said he was straight, said he served with the Marines in Iraq in 2007 and 2008,
Perry is airing a campaign ad, aimed at evangelical Christians in Iowa, in which he says that “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.” Sunday marked the first time the candidate was confronted over the ad on the trail. (Watch Perry's ad below.)
Arment, in a brief interview, said that he found the Perry ad "extremely offensive" and "insulting" to service members.
The governor did not respond to the hecklers and left the coffee shop shortly afterward.