Group says they'll protest Rick Perry appearance in St.Pete Beach

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“Rick Perry likes to compare Social Security to a ‘Ponzi Scheme’,” said Norm Bungard, a volunteer leader with NCPSSM’s “HANDS OFF - NO CUTS” campaign. “Well, more than 485,000 people rely on this important program in Florida, and to them, it’s no scheme at all. It’s their livelihood. I urge all Floridians to demand Gov. Perry keep his hands off Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”

NCPSSM stands for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a national committee who recently launched the “HANDS OFF-NO CUTS” campaign to stop threatened cuts to those three big social programs, which are the biggest programs the federal government spends money on.

The group says they have more than 219,000 members and supporters here in the Sunshine State.

Meanwhile, Perry made news Tuesday with his formal announcement on his tax plan, which argues for a 20 percent flat federal income tax.

Meanwhile, in a new NY Times/CBS news poll, Perry is way down in fifth place nationally, behind not only front-runners Cain and Romney, but also behind Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

The Tradewinds Hotel and Resort is located at 5500 Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach.

  • Rick Perry

Fresh off unveiling his new flat tax plan, Texas Governor Rick Perry will be in Pinellas County early Wednesday morning, for a $1,000 a plate breakfast event at the TradeWinds Island Grant Resort from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

For the big rollers, a $2,500 contribution will entitle you to a VIP reception and an opportunity for a photo op with the candidate, who continues to show prowess with donors but not much in the polls.

But if you don't have any money to give to the campaign, there are some liberal activists who desperately want you to appear in front of the TradeWinds.

Those local activists and seniors will be protesting Perry regarding his comments on entitlement programs, specifically his comments about Social Security being a Ponzi scheme.

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