Newt Gingrich was the object of yet another Occupy Wall Street protester-induced “mic check” during his visit to the Iowa Capitol building on Wednesday.
The videos depict protesters chanting everything from “put people first” to “speaker Gingrich, you can run but you can’t hide.”
According to the Des Moines Register, David Goodner of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement screamed “mic check” and others in his camp shouted as he abruptly started towards Gingrich. Security ushered him out of the building.
Gingrich responded, “I was at the University of Iowa the other day and that same 1/10th of one percent – all noise, no thought – tried to drown out the conversation so I appreciate you all putting it in that perspective.”
The Register adds:
Soon after the press conference this morning at the Capitol finished, several of the nine protesters from CCI or Occupy Des Moines attempted to ask Gingrich questions about taxes and other issues but were either held back from some of Gingrich’s staff or given only a slight answer from Gingrich as he left the room.
The group – along with several dozen media employees – followed Gingrich and his wife Callista down the stairs of the Capitol and to a vehicle that was waiting to escort them.
Occupiers reportedly screamed at Gingrich as he walked away:
“You gave me 10 seconds, sir. What if I had a million dollars. Would I get 10 minutes? How about an hour?”
“Speaker Gingrich, you can run but you can’t hide. We’re going to come for you everywhere you go. You can’t show your face in public without seeing us.”
“You say you don’t like super PACs. How much money are super PACs spending on your campaign right now?”
But this is not the first run in the Republican presidential hopeful as suffered while on the campaign trail in Iowa. On Tuesday, The Blaze reported that a man approached Gingrich and, using some harsh expletives, insulted the Contract with America author:
In a moment captured on camera, the man, dressed in camouflage, approached the former House Speaker in a grocery store and told him to his face, “You know something? You’re a f–king asshole.”
Though audio of the exchange is slightly muffled, Gingrich seems to answer, “No I am not!”
“Yes,” the man said.
“It’s a free country,” Gingrich is heard saying as the clip ends.
Below is an additional report on Gingrich’s most recent heckling: