May 27th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
7 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."

Related: McCain calls for slashing U.S. nuclear arsenal


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  1. NickNas

    BLAH BLAH BLAH

    The GOP Is STILL trying to play to our sense of VICTORY.

    Further proof that the SON and GRANDSON of Miltary ROYALTY has NO Idea what it means to serve as a common servicemember.

    McCain just wants to keep that HUGE FREE MONEY pipeline to Bushs Buddies WIDE OPEN for as long as possible all the while pretending it is all about " Honor" and "Victory" He is just a full of BS asw Bush is and plays to the hopeless people who think their mission (yes I said "THEIR" Mission) is about anything more than greed, power and Oil.

    May 27, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. AB

    Our country and our armed services cannot afford another leader like President Bush who would keep our overstretched military in Iraq for 100 years while ignoring the other threats our country faces both at home and around the world." McCain has said that U.S. troops could be in Iraq for many years if those troops were no longer being injured or killed. He also says the economy is strong but how can he not see that families like mine are struggling to pay for out-of-control health care costs, home heating bills, gasoline and college tuition. And to think i or anyone else for that matter can have four more years of the same Bush policies
    Bush said McCain "won't flinch in the face of danger" and McCain strongly supports the U.S. efforts in Iraq. Electing a leader who would continue Bush's policies in Iraq would be a mistake.

    May 27, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. No McCain

    YESSSSSSSSSS.. INTERRUP THIS MAN... let him know we had enough deaths and injured in the war... stop the war and take care of our injured soldiers!!! THIS WAR HAD MORE CASUALTIES THAN SEP 11!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Helena

    You can expect more of the same wherever you go John McCain.

    Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States.

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. K. Daniels

    End this WRONG WAR Now!!!!! 4,075... 4,075... worth of collateral damage!!! Rice, Bush and McCain that is all our young, old, women, men... are to these heartless, blinded by their own personal agendas …war at any cost! Nah I take that back war at BIG COST!!!

    End this WAR Now!!!!!

    Obama 2008!

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Lovely in VA

    Only the beginning McShame, only the beginning!!!
    There will be many more protests at many more of your speeches.
    You'll never be my President.

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. People are you listening

    What are we not SURRENDERING. Please someone tell me. Iranian influence. We are the ones who made them stronger. Irag Oil. I thought we were not there for oil. What are we not SURRENDERING? Please someone tell me.

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Andre' of Maryland

    There is a major disconnect from washington politics and the American People. We have to many of our young people now risking theirlives on a daily basis because this Administation and this Nominee wants to see things thru. We should have never set foot in Iraq and we must go. This is the type of respect that John McCain gives this country's veterans, a continuation of a war that should have never been sought and the non support of the 1940's GI Bill.

    This is not a leaer of the future but a figure of the past. It's time to turn the page.

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Barack-ocrat

    Ha! Ha! John Mc "Looks Like He's in Pain"

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Angus McDugan

    Look at this barage of short sighted responses. Where do you think islamic extreamist will stop? The middle East? Europe? Asia? Do you believe they are too lazzy to cross the ocean?

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Todd A

    Just checking in to see what McCain's position is on Iraq today.

    Seriously, if he believes that leaving Iraq equates to surrender, he's saying we can NEVER leave.

    There was a time when Mr. McCain stood up to the Bush administration's stranger polices. Now he just parrots them.

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Army Vet in Charlotte

    They SHOULD have heckled him about his opposition to the new GI Bill... His sorry butt didn't even show up to vote on it–he was too busy raising money with the owners of a pro football team. Shows where his priorities are.

    Support the GI Bill John, and prove that "Support The Troops" are more than hollow words coming from you.

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Andy J, NY

    You liberals are so hateful and disrespectful. I don't like Republicans or Democrats, I think they are basically the same.

    But its like Mr. McCain said, be respectful and don't interfere with another person's right to free speech.

    Maybe you should go hang out with Jimmy Carter- Your beloved Obama is as liberal as Jimmy, just wait and see what a disaster this guy is in office. I am willing to sacrifice 4 years of anther crappy president if it take away the delusions of all you socialist commie liberals. WAKE UP, we are not a socialist nation! Thats why i am forced to vote for mccain. hes not exactly my cup of tea, im more conservative.

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Tony

    Mc"Bush" is an old fool and so are his ideas. I would have heckled him too. RIGHT ON!

    May 27, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Independant

    I'm not swayed by these protesters. I will vote for Hillary or McCain.

    May 27, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Mister Anderson

    Victory and Honor (can anyone define it?) with no G.I. Bill so the American Dream will be as elusive to them as it is to most other Americans.

    McCain's (media ignored) Triple Play: Hagee, Parsley, and Falwell.

    May 27, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. John in Ohio

    Watching the latter half of the speech on CNN was scary. This guy is all about nukes and Iran, and he's obsessed with both. Not somebody whose finger I want so close to the Big Button.

    May 27, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. kim portland, oregon

    they'll come him victory and with honor, but NOT with good health care, unemployment benefits, or college money, you hypocritical creep!!! how dare you talk about our troops when YOU and your huggy-kissy buddy bush are denying them them the benefits they DESERVE for risking their lives for our country!!!

    i hope you mccainies know that john mccain DIDNT EVEN BOTHER to show up and vote for the benefits our troops DESERVE!!!

    the repugs SAY they support our troops, but it's just a slogan and empty yellow-ribbon magnet to them. ACTIONS speak louder than their empty words, and their ACTION was to NOT support our troops.

    there is "supporting the office of the presidency" and then there is voting against your own interest, a vote for mccain is EXACTLY that!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Independent

    It's easy to state six years later that the war was wrong.

    When it was proposed, EVERYBODY was for it. Bush's approval at the time was in the eighties, and it would have been impossible if the House and the Senate hadn't agreed.

    I'm SO glad that we have a president who doesn't rule by what most of the idiot public thinks at the time. To quote Cheney

    "So?"

    My whole family is military and we all support our commander in cheif and the warriors who do battle for your right to be beatnik hippies.

    May 27, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. david in nyc

    Booooooo

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Mary Sue

    "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.

    Oh, really? Is that why McCain has been so condescending and dismissive of Obama's right to stand up for his position on the war in Iraq? Is that why McCain and Bush have been so dismissive of the majority of Americans who want to withdraw from Iraq?

    I am not looking forward to a McCain presidency. All he knows about is war, but nothing about diplomacy or even respect for others with different views.

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Craig

    Funny how it's not "surrendering" when McCain panders and says that the war will be over by 2013.

    Of course, HE can set a deadline, but anyone else who suggests such is guilty of "surrendering."

    How can anyone buy this??

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. DrMan

    Liberals absolutely kill me. Make a comment about Clinton's gender or Obama's race and they come down on you like a load of bricks. But if it's McCain it's all right to say, "go back to the old folk's home". Libs are the epitomy of a double-standard.

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Tony

    McCain is a blood-thirsty war monger.

    Let there be no mistake, when it comes to war McCain and Bush are joined at the hip!

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Blayze Kohime

    This man is insane and a threat to the entire world.

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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