May 27th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Several protesters interrupt McCain speech

CNN

Watch McCain confront protesters at a speech Tuesday morning.

(CNN) – Four sets of anti-war protesters interrupted John McCain in the first 10 minutes of his foreign policy speech Tuesday.

They were all quickly and quietly escorted out. Chants of "John McCain" broke out from the supporters after two of the incidents.

"I have town hall meetings all the time when people are allowed to come and state their views. One thing we don't do is interfere with others' right to free speech," McCain said as one group of protesters were escorted out.

"This may turn into a longer speech than you had anticipated," he joked. "And by the way, I will never surrender in Iraq. Our American troops will come home with victory and with honor."

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  1. Write In - Right the Wrong

    It's easy to write Hillary's name in in November if she does not win the nomination. Check out writehillaryin.com.

    Let's take a stand against the DNC and sexism that reigned throughout this primary process. The media and the DNC treated Sen. Clinton ,and indirectly all women, disgracefully. Women will not be treated like trash during the campaign season and then be told to herd up and support the nominee. Take a stand – now is the time. Don't take women for granted.

    Write Hillary in in November.

    May 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Good, don't want to hear what this war monger has to say.

    May 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Hey Mc out of touch, there can never be honor or victory in a war that was fought because of lies. It was, is and always will be about the oil and a US presence over there, period. The lives of the soldiers meant nothing to Bush and obviously nothing to you, you scoundrel.

    May 27, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Ratgurl

    FYI, John, Withdrawal does not equal surrender. Think about those 4500+ young, gifted soldiers who gave their lives for an oil war. Do you want to be remembered as they candidate that lost because he supported an unjust & indefensible war?

    Support our troops. Bring them home.

    May 27, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. John Smith

    Unless I am brain-dead, but if Hillary cannot even beat this newcomer – Obama, how can Hillary beat McCain and the Republican machine?

    It is good to be a fighter, yet another one to be a "clean" fighter.

    The argument about "experience" reminds me that Hillary supporters are still in the "third world" where only the experienced and the elderly rule.

    American is the land of "opportunity", not experience. If we cannot give this generation the "opportunity" to have the needed experience, then what will the Future World hold for this nation?

    By the way, McCain's speech was very "boring." Is this what I would want to wake up to for the next 4 years? I am over 50 mow, and I need some real "excitement" (not sexual scandals) from our young leaders!

    May 27, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. eoj dor

    McCain is doomed! The Iraq war will be the nail in his the coffin. With an unpopular war and unpopular President holding his hand he is none other than a Bush clone.

    May 27, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Natalie

    John McCain is a warmonger and a loser! Funny how they were escorted out because they interrupted his right to free speech, but what about their right to free speech? End the war!!!

    Obama/Clinton '08& '12!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Typical Obama Supporters

    Typical rude Obama supporters. They have no regard for anyone. They have been utterly disgusting towards Sen. Clinton this primary season. They have used nasty tactics in the caucuses to intimidate older Clinton supporters. They try to stifle free speech by scaring opponents from speaking because they create hysteria over comments which they take out of context and to which they twist the meaning (i.e: RFK primary time-line comment). They are trying to keep Florida and Michigan votes from counting and are silencing voters because their candidiate did not win (and they blocked all revote efforts too).

    Shame on Obama and his rude immature supporters.
    No to Obama.
    Write in Hillary in November.

    May 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. obama - supporter - arkansas

    MR MCSAIN
    YOU ONLY SPEAK OF WAR,WHAT DO YOU EXPECT. YOU ARE RICH AND KNOW NOTHING ABOUT STRUGLING TO BUY FOOD AND GAS FOR WORK TO CARE FOR OUR FAMILY
    SO TAKE YOUR WELTH AND RETIRE ALREADY

    May 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Beebe

    Why is McCain never asked what he means by "victory"? He's allowed to say that others who want to end the war sooner rather than later are trying to surrender but how and at what additional cost does he think the US can win the war in Iraq? Just wondering.

    May 27, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. David, Paducah, Kentucky

    Just a sign of things to come as everyone in the country hears more of McCain's warmongering. The country is tired of being in a war that never should have happened and continuing that war indefinitely is McCain's obsession. He is so out of touch with the country that it isn't funny!

    May 27, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. theresa in Prattville, AL

    No One is asking this old man to surrender but we are not planning on staying over there forever. You see McCain is really a WAR MONGER. Yeah I said it because it's the truth. That's all he knows. I understand that he is a War Hero but that doesn't mean this war is right. In fact, it is wrong and has been wrong from the beginning. Bush and McCain actually killed Saddam Hussein for nothing. Bin Laden should have been killed not Hussein. This should be considered murder. It's the truth. WHAT YALL GONNA DO ABOUT ME SAYING IT?????? I'm not scared to tell the truth nor am I not afraid to speak out against the so-called person we call President of the United States. He is not right and neither is McCain. McCain needs to crawl under a rock and stay there. Those troops are ready to come home. My mother's nephew has been in Iraq for a long time and this is his 3rd tour of duty. He and his wife are divorced now. The kids are suffering and I blame Bush and McCain for it. GET REAL!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. American Party

    Obama is A Left Wing Nut Job in Training pants, and he can't win the votes of anyone except his cult.

    Not enough to win in a General Election!

    .Hillary 08

    .Why in this world would Obama want to send a loser like Daschle to speak to blue collar workers? He's about as blue collar as Bill Gates. Anyway, these folks won't vote for Obama. They're smarter than that, and besides they didn't vote for Daschle.
    .At least McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore and Kerry, whose footsteps Obama would soon be walking in if he were successfully to weasel his way into the nomination of the Democratic Party, had the experience to run a national campaign and the resume to be President of the United States.

    Obama's nothing new. He's the same old story for the Democratic Party, with the comic twist that he's got a ridiculously thin resume that would be laughable if we weren't talking about losing the presidency of the United States yet again.

    HILLARY CLINTON '08

    May 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Mat

    Never Surrender in Iraq?!?! We're not playing a football game here – it shouldn't be about winning Iraq – it's about bring relative peace to a country we turned upside down because their dictator tried to kill our Presidents Dad – really, that was a reason! When our foreign policy is directed in a way that we sound against the Iraq people and more concerned with American Ego instead of the wellbeing of the people of that country we'll never 'win'!

    May 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Tim

    You haven't even seen the protest. Wait till the general election!!! You have no plan to win Iraq, except to keep our troops in harms way.

    May 27, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Lisa

    This is a lunatic!!! Put your money oi him if you want we are screwed for sure. I think he is a pure idiot!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Don for Obama

    We need our troops home, if you care so much about "victory", u can go out there and fight them yourself. We need that money to be spent right here in America.

    May 27, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Republican for Obama

    Surrender to whom exactly?

    There is no one to surrender to. This guy is as old as his fear mongering politics. It does not make sense. The radicals have been fighting each other for thousands of years and will continue whether we are there or not. This is crazy.

    Our troops need to come home now, put them on the border that will help curb the immigration problem. This is the same thing they said about Vietnam, and when we left the Communist took over and the world went on. The Domino theory was a weak as the current Middle East policy.

    May 27, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Wayne

    Don't be surprised McSame. People are ttired of Bush politiks and you
    will continue that path. There is no chance you will pull it off old man.
    Take Hillary with you as she is not electable either.

    Oabma for President!

    May 27, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Voter

    Bring our troops home, no more war!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Franky

    One comment for this............

    IS ALL FAIR GAME, LOL!!!!!!!!.....................like I said, we'll increase the ante if we have to.......is up to you.....

    May 27, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Susan

    And if they come home NOW as the should, they will have HONOR. End the war in Iraq, McBush, your military junta experience has no place here!

    May 27, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Left Wing Trying to Strong-Arm Opponents

    Obama and his left wing supporters have been utterly disgusting towards Sen. Clinton this primary season. They have used nasty tactics in the caucuses to intimidate older Clinton supporters. They try to stifle free speech by scaring opponents from speaking because they create hysteria over comments which they take out of context and to which they twist the meaning (i.e: RFK primary time-line comment). They are trying to keep Florida and Michigan votes from counting and are silencing voters because their candidiate did not win (and they blocked all revote efforts too). Now they protest during McCain's speech. Rude. Stop trying to strong arm America into supporting Obama.

    You may attack Sen Clinton in the most base and vile manner, and you may attack her supporters that way as well, you may have strong armed the DN into supporting Obama, but you will not get the Clinton supporters to fall-in-line behind your Obama this Nov.

    Shame on Obama and his rude immature supporters who have no sense of history or decency.
    No to Obama.

    May 27, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Dave

    McSame-" Our American troops will come home with victory and with honor"

    They may come home with honor, but many will come home in body bags!

    Get a clue John.... the jig is up!

    God Bless our troops!

    May 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. No more Rigged Elections in America

    Obviously Obama supporters. They pulled the same tactics on Bill and Hillary.

    Just wait, every Republican that won't vote for Obama will be called racist just like all of us Hillary supporters.

    Guess what Obamabots. I voted against the white half of Obama. So there. I'm not racist!

    I'm dating a latino too!

    No more rigged elections in America!

    1 Vote = 1 Vote.

    Hillary, take it to the convention!

    May 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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