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. Marc

    It is so funny that Hillary went on CNN and said that FL and MI broke the rules and the votes should not count. She said this when polls showed that Obama might win those two states. Now that she is loosing, she want the votes to count. She wants all of MI to go to her and Obama to receive none. She is the worst and I hope that Nov. takes care of her well. While Obama and McCain will be going to vote, Hillary will be going to court.

    Obama 08!

    May 27, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. T Jones

    "And by the way, I will never surrender in Iraq. Our American troops will come home wiht victory and with honor."
    Mr. McCain, when you say victory and honor does that include the four thousand plus soldiers who have come home in a pine box? Does the honor go to the thousands upon thousands of Iraqi civilians who died in the so called name of freedom? Does this honor you speak of refer to the two thousand plus soldiers who have attempted suicide and return with post traumatic stress disorder? When you say victory...who exactly is victorious? Our troops have been in Iraq for over five years now. Why aren't the Iraqi's self sufficient by now? Is our economy victorious due to this war? Or do you not give a rat's tail that we are bankrupt and paying for a war by continuously borrowing from the Chinese? But hey, I guess everyone has a different measure of what honor and victory means.

    May 27, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Niccole

    McCain is wrong again. How can anyone have feel good about fighting a war based on LIES!!! I would never fell good about winning at anything when the main issues were ALL LIES!!!!!.

    But regardless, our troops don't need to have victory to have honor. No matter who is our next President, our troops have honor because they have served our country.

    May 27, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    It is easy to be tough and ruthless with political adversaries in the US political battlefield. The kind of threat political adversaries pose is hardly life-threatening (though in other, less civilized nations it may well be). Political bullies like the Clintons, for example, feel perfectly safe in viciously attacking and denigrating those who oppose them. And, when it happens occasionally that a political adversary unexpectedly shoots back and won't go away, the bully easily falls back on the "victim" role and whines about "vast right-wing conspiracies" or sheds a few tears on cue and such.

    May 27, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Mindy

    After McCain said "I will never surrender in Iraq" He had winked.

    May 27, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Ben

    AT LEAST 4000 OF OUR YOUNG MEN WILL NOT COME HOME.
    HOW CAN ANYONE CLAIM HONOR AFTER BEING ENGAGED IN AN UNHONORABLE WAR.
    YES OUR YOUNG MEN DESERVE TO COME HOME WITH HONOR AND THEY DESERVE A BETTER G I BILL

    May 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. proud black american woman

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

    This is not about you Mr. McPOW this is about our troops. You get the RNC the G.(grumpy) O. (old) P. (people), the bush family and yourself and fight the war yourselves and leave us alone so that we can put our country back together..........

    Demos' 2008

    May 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Linda

    If McCain is going to be so in favor of the war, he needs to vote yes for the GI Bill. Put your money where your mouth is, Senator. Obama doesn't need to have served in the military to know how to treat them right when they come back.

    May 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. juang

    They're coming home DEAD John. But I guess you don't care about that.

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

    Whoever support McCain, needs a shrink.

    May 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. greg

    Given the chance this old man will continue the war, wreck the economy and the world will be a worse place for our children. What he does not understand is that his era like his cohort Bush............... is over!

    May 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Obama Man from NYC

    Hmmm. Is there really victory and honor in dying over an unjust cause?

    May 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. ANGIE

    did he not sound like g bush i thought so see hillary suppoters hes not gonna end the war he said it now to vote for this man out of spite of hillary not winning is just plain mindless come on people think !!!!!! you heard him bush bush bush all the way no votes for mcsame in 08 vote dem you will be happy you did!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Sadie

    Victory and honor are impossible goals for an unjust war. Sorry McSame, you're fighting a losing battle here. Ah, the irony.

    May 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Marcus B

    To me, the supporters of John McCain were louder than the initial protestors. And then he takes a dig at the protestors, saying they are opposed to "free speech." That's just dumb...they were all disruptive!

    May 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Chuck

    That was rude. even though i dont agree with everything McCain says, he should not be disrespected like that.

    May 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Felix

    hahaha...yeah it was very funny, saw it live...

    May 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. sophia nyc

    How about we bring them home ALIVE? They are already honorable.

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Jerry

    No, you and Bush will leave office with honor.

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Funny....
    I don't think I've seen any protestors demanding we dig for more oil, or demanding that we lower taxes, or demanding anything else for that matter–at Democratic town hall meetings?

    This said–I wonder which group really represents the best of America?

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Christoffel van Vuuren - Montreal Canada

    If McCain is in no position to be elected, these punks won't protest!

    McCain is Sturdy, steady and ready.

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Linda from Prescott

    Mr. McCain, While I respect your service to this country (and both my husband and I are vets) I think you are really out of touch with Iraq.

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. BHO

    "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 "

    Is this true?

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Christopher, Madison, WI

    More of the same from McBush!

    May 27, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. JJ

    Good for him. Most of the people doing the most screaming about the 1st amendment are the ones who won't welcome debate from those with whom they disagree. I don't agree with everything McCain has to say, but I welcome hearing from him if he expects my or anyone else's vote. Nothin' wrong with knowing what you're buying. All the best to the Senator!

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