Protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement on Dec. 21 disrupted an Iowa Statehouse press conference in which former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich was receiving endorsements from Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, and New Hampshire House Speaker William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon.
The Des Moines Register reports that local Occupy Wall Street movement protesters drove the GOP presidential hopeful out of the facility. Chants ranged from "mic check" to "put people first" to "speaker Gingrich, you can run but you can't hide."
Gingrich remarked to the seated audience that the protesters they had just seen and heard were "the one-tenth of one percent."
This wasn't the first time Gingrich has been interrupted by protesters. Last week, the 99 percent dropped in on Gringrich's University of Iowa event, asserting that he has a "callous attitude toward poor people."'
And on Tuesday, one Iowa City voter hurled obscenities at Gingrich during a grocery store campaign stop: "You know something? You're a f-cking a--hole," he said. Talking Points Memo video follows: