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."

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  1. Dan in Sacramento, CA

    "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."

    Senator McCain then added, "Or they will never come home."

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

    Time for Mcthuselah to get with the program ... we don't need a 3rd Bush term ... so get of your knees and remove your knee pads John. You suck!

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

    Notice how he uses the word "I" when talking about never surrendering. I guess that settles it, it absolutely does NOT matter what the American people want. If John McCain says we're staying, then we're staying!

    Not another cowboy!

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

    I hope they saved the Mission Accomplished sign in case McCain gets elected–he can use it for his very own Iraq debacle.

    May 27, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Tired of W, OH

    "I don't care how many troops I have to send to their deaths in Iraq! We won't stop until we accomplish our mission, which is.... uhhh.... Where did I leave my teeth, again?"

    May 27, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

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

    You just HAD to say that, didn't you? Pity the protesters weren't around long enough to prevent you from saying that. Truly, I've no doubt Obama will pwn you with your own shoe come November.

    Vote "No" to the war. Vote for Obama.

    And to Clinton supporters: If you'd vote McCain just to spite Obama because Clinton wasn't good enough to clinch the nomination, do us all a favor: don't call yourselves Democrats.

    May 27, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. steven

    McCain said that he will never surrender in Iraq it sounds like this is more personnal for him then it is for our Men and Women who are losing there lives. Has the P.O.W. lost focus and want some get back for his unjust doing his capture, We are turly honored by your service but at what price do we have to pay we already paid 4018 lives how many more, and in war there are no vicory to claim just adjustments Mr McCain

    May 27, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Billy from Florida

    McCain has more knowledge and common sense than Obama

    could ever dream of having.

    May 27, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Redphilly

    This is a religious war. There is not way we will ever win. Read the Bible and see what it says. That is what will happen. McCain, I know you are not speaking to Hagee right now, but ask him about that.

    May 27, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. The Austrian

    Yes, John. Don't give up! Don't ever admit defeat! Even if it kills our boys, don't give up! Even if it creates even more trouble for us in that region, don't surrender! Even if it destroys our currency and leaves us in poverty, don't retreat! Even if all hopes of securing a decent future for our children are thrashed, even if our safety is compromised, even if our liberties and rights are spit upon in the name of fighting terror, even if we have to blow this earth to hell and back, DON'T SURRENDER!

    May 27, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Concerned Voter

    In 100 years...

    May 27, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Joel King

    Great man, great leader, great president.

    May 27, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Independent for Obama

    Surrender? We invaded them and bombed the crap out of their country on a LIE. Get a clue, McCain.

    It isn't surrender when you leave somewhere you don't own, you don't belong, and you don't want to be.

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

    Whatever about John "Maverick" McCain who fought so galantly in Vietnam could they be so angry about?

    McSame, I suggest you pack your stuff right now and concede to Barack. It will be that much less painful and humiliating. You won't be able to remember your name when you get in those debates.

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

    What a delusional old man. Go back to the old folks home John McLame. We dont need your close minded BS in the whitehouse.

    May 27, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. GERALD STROTHER

    NEW FOR CNN GO OVER TO FOX NEW NBC AND CBS OBAMA PICK UP ANOTHER SUPERDELEGATES PLEASE UPDATE

    May 27, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Surprise Surprise !!!!!!! Just more dems showing that they have no respect. There is a time and a place and that isn't it.

    If that happened to Obama it would be made out to be a racially motivated attack.

    May 27, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Carl Los Angeles

    It would be GREAT if they interrupted every speech so to remind HIM and others that he (by his vote) and best buddy Bush got us into this dumb war. McSame looks and smells like GW Bush... but is much older and crazier. Hillary voted for the war as well... so she can join Ol' Washington DC in the pig patch.

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

    Don't forget Body Bags, McCain.
    You can't convert Islam to Christianity any more than you can convert Christians to Islam. They believe as they have since biblical times.
    We need to stay out of it and let the people of Iraq battle it out as they always have and always will. It is their country. Not ours. Their religion, not ours. By the way, not all good Americans are Christians either. And not all Christians are good Americans. The pilgrims came to this country to escape religious tyranny in Europe. They risked it all for freedom. They would not be proud of what some of us have become.

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

    I really struggle to understand how this guy can continue to push this war so hard. He may be misguided in his views, at least in my opinion, but he's literate – he must know that more than 70% of the country is against the continuation of this disaster – yet he doesn't flip flop as he has on so many other important issues. Even when he's directly confronted with the general beliefs that are out there, it almost seems to firm his resolve more than open his mind to other possibilities. It's baffling.

    Regardless, I'm a registered independent who just wants us all to move as far away from the policies of the past eight years as possible, so the more this candidate ties his platform to Bush, the better, as I just can't see how anyone would reasonably think we as a country are better off now than we were in 2000.

    May 27, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. jackson from Iowa

    Pride comes before a fall!

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

    What is the cost in young American lives for your "victory" Mr. McCain? What is the cost in Iraqi civilian lives? What is the cost of the stature of our Country in the eyes of the world?

    Our service men and women already have honor. They are doing their duty to the best of their ability. They are serving 3 and 4 tours of duty without rest. You don't even support the GI Bill that would offer them educational opportunities to better their lives.

    Bring the troops home now!

    May 27, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. R.T.

    How come the ACLU stands up for free speech rights but its those folks who support the ACLU the most who take steps to limit other views they don't agree with? Hypocrites.

    May 27, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Tired of all the flap!

    John McCain who really cares about your war credentials because their are many of soldiers that has gone and goes through the same events that you've gone through. So to say one moment that "you do not have to have military experience to be a U. S. president" and the next moment you are angling towards someones inexperience for opposing the war that should not have ever been fought is a laughable misspeak on your part. You are parading around as if you are the national hero of all times because you just happened to serve during war time as many of our soldiers have done and is doing now and to gain the upperhand in this election season due to your foreign policy ideas which we are going to solve nothing because you are being just like George Bush in bullying the people of the U.S. of America that no matter how we feel we will still stay at WAR. That to me is nothing but a WAR-monger, just admit it YOU LOVE WAR!

    May 27, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. CNN POST THIS

    why don't you send your sons and daughters to IRAQ? By the way its not too late for you to serve!!

    May 27, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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