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. Dylan

    Well done, Protestors!

    This needs to be done on a regular basis so McSame gets it through his thinning pate that we will not stand for his endless oil war.

    btw... I just saw the HBO movie "Recount" last night and the though of another Repug stealing an election make me wanna vomit. This is OUR year, Dems... let our voices be heard!

    May 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. James

    McCain is a ridiculous war monger. He should not be on stage.

    May 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. JOE

    Mr. McCain: I ask you to define Victory in Iraq.

    Why won't you set a benchmark?

    The only reason we have a war in Iraq– IS TO HAVE A WAR, IN IRAQ.

    May 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. HiFi

    McCain really IS in good health...did you see how fast he ran out after his speech? And the protesters were just bored and wanted their money back.

    May 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    MCCAIN NEEDS A LESSON IN JUDGEMENT. THIS OLD MAN IS NOTHING BUT A WAR MONGLER AND THAT'S ALL HE KNOWS TO TALK ABOUT, WAR AND MORE WARS. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND SAVE US FROM JOHN MCCAIN.

    May 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Beca

    They must be the Obamabots, they want our soldiers to surrender!

    May 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Really think anyone will pull our of Iraq instantly?

    Can't be done by any candidate "posturing" to do so. And they won't do it. They're just "rattling your chain." Just imagine what would happen. Iran would set up camp instantly, hundreds of thousands of Iraquis - who have valiantly supported our efforts - would be slaughtered on the spot. Afghanistan and Pakistan would fold instantly and go to alQuaeda and the Taliban. The only way to end this honorably is to stabilize Iraq and then do a gradual withdrawal. Mark my words - this is EXACTLY what Clinton and Obama will do once one or the other is elected.

    May 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. DoneWithDems

    Way to go John. Nicely handled.

    No you can't and no she won't!

    McCain/08

    May 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. AJ, IL

    McCain says "Our American troops will come home with victory and with honor." What does "victory and with honor" mean in Iraq? McCain has been intentionally vague on Iraq.

    Even McCain supporters have no clue on McCain's plan for Iraq. They all repeat McCain's weak chants like "We will never surrender". It only takes a high spike in Iraqi violence (which will by all probability happen within the next 6 months), to get Americans thinking again our exit strategy in Iraq.

    May 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Michael

    Victory? I guess if we are there for 100 years that can be counted as victory.

    May 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Are you folks listening to McBush?

    "And by the way I will never surrender in Iraq...Our American troops will come home with victory and with honor"

    McCain/Bush, and Hillary Clinton, are all for the "WARS"

    Bomb, Bomb, Bomb!...... Iraq, Iran, wherever they feel like bombing!

    May 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. RickytheGriff

    Thank God John McCain will not be president.

    And remember, a vote for him is a vote for our children to die overseas in a pointless, seemingly never ending war.

    May 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Nicole in NE

    Yes, let's "WIN" a war based on failed policies and send thousands more to die for it. That'll show them John!

    Let's continue a foreign policy that leaves the US at odds with the rest of the world.

    I cannot believe people still buy this bull. But then again, we bought it from George Bush twice!

    May 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Gerry

    What McCain really means is "I will never withdraw tropps from Iraq, they're going to be there for 100 years."

    May 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Hannah

    I'm an Obama supporter and I don't agree with protesters during a speech.

    May 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "'One thing we don't do is interfere with others' right to free speech,' McCain said as one group of protesters were escorted out."

    Priceless.

    May 27, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. my pet goat

    Well spoken John,You chicken little coward.

    May 27, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. ALEXANDRIA VA

    His speeches are boring!

    May 27, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Swalker327

    Gosh he is such an idiot!!

    The chanting nuts should have been the ones escorted out...

    OBAMA 08

    May 27, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Venus

    Ha,ha,ha,haaaaaaaaaa!

    I love it! I hope as McShame continue his campaign – we unite this summer and start large anti-war protest across this country where ever McShame is speaking!

    "I will surrender in Iraq" You may say you will never surrender in Iraq but our troops are coming home ------

    Go Bam! We got one more week of looking and Bill and Hill!

    It's great to see a rookie bring down the Clintons – and it's funny to watch the Clintons and how they have behave!

    May 27, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. A Dem in November

    "This may turn into a longer speech than you had anticipated," he joked. "And by the way, I will never surrender in Iraq."

    It seems that your and Bush's war in Iraq is taking longer than you anticipated too, huh?

    May 27, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. mCBUSH

    ya its sad that our votes are not counted. Republicans are planning to drop a bomb on this country and make everyone to starve to death. My friends my friends my friends when i get elected i will stay in Iraq 100 years and bomb bomb bomb bomb iran get some of the oil money bush made on his eight years white house term. We as Americans have the power to stop the evil and choose the right president. we dont need republicans we need democrats to get our feet back on the ground. democrats 08!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Rachel

    Probably rude Obama supporters. I hope someone interrupts Obama soon and see what happens.

    May 27, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. T in Kzoo

    They have a right (and very good reasons) to protest, McCain. Don't whine.

    Btw, I'd have preferred that our troops weren't sent there in the first place. This government disgraced and defiled the honor of our troops by sending them into Iraq on a lie. The least thing McCain and Bush could do is bring them home alive and repay them with the dignity of the benefits that they were promised (rightfully adjusted for inflation) and offer them an apology (and perhaps their own lives) for wasting the lives of our troops on a personal vendetta and blood oil.

    Dems '08

    May 27, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Neil

    He borrowed that phrase from Nixon. Seems appropriate.

    May 27, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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