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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soundoff (400 Responses)
  1. Anne

    How can you call 4000+ american lives and countless Iraqi lives and who knows how many lives changed by those deaths or the injuries some have sustained as victory and honor. Its just another vietnam. Shame on you McCain and your war mongering.

    May 27, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. atypical white person

    We are in dire need of new definitions for "victory" and "honor." Yours are becoming obsolete–not to mention doing more harm than good.
    Peace

    May 27, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. mike

    An obama victory will be a "second"term for jimmy carter.

    May 27, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. reda

    he looks like he lives in another planet or dimension. if the US citizens want the statu quo, then they need to vote for him!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. carolflowery

    wonder how much those obamanites got paid

    May 27, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Carl Los Angeles

    I think that was Jack Cafferty heckling McSame. Jack Cafferty for President! And when the hell is Jack getting his own show?!

    May 27, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Randy - Denver

    Our troops will come home I agree.

    I only ask you this Mr. McCain: What honor is there in invading a soverign country under false pretenses, destroying its infrastructure, failing to rebuild it and having American Service Men and Womane die for no real positive results? the FACTS are these, WE turned Iraq into an Al-Queda training ground, we brought the terrorist to Iraq, we overthrew a legitimate government based on lies. I agree our service members have done a good job in Iraq, considering there has been no real defined mission I think the actual boots on the ground have done an excellent job. but an honorable job? No, the individuals have been honorable but the "mission" itself has been dishonorable and victory is still undefined and impossible to claim. there can NEVER be an honorable victory in a dishonorable invasion and occupation.

    May 27, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. 1926

    I support Senator McCain, and will never support Obama, should he win the nomination. Senator McCain is a strong, brave patriot, will not back down nor compromise with our enemies. He reminds me of the American Eagle. I strongly urge everyone to support him, and if you cannot support him, then Senator Clinton. We will be very sorry if we dont . Obama doesnt have a clue.

    Okay, time to moderate against this post, CNN.

    May 27, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Mark

    "...will come home with honour and victory"

    The question is: How many of them will come Home?

    May 27, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Fomer Navy Veteran

    Our American troops already have HONOR and are already VICTORIOUS!!! They will ALWAYS BE!!!

    Let the Iraqis fix Iraq and let our troops come home to their families. It's been long enough.

    The amount of suicides by our returning troops is growing, Senator McCain!!! THEY HAVE DONE THEIR JOBS ADMIRABLY AND GRACIOUSLY!!

    BRING THEM HOME!

    May 27, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. my pet goat

    John is a political coward for letting Bush slam him in 2000.

    May 27, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    Good, someone has to stop his bull.

    May 27, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. The Boss

    Someone please tell Oprah, Bono and Bruce Springsteen to let the man talk!

    May 27, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Eric

    What is exactly a victory for you mister Mccain. As eveybody knows, you haven't been able to even define what could be a success. Was it the defeat of Hussein's regime. Well, it is done. Is it to reduce Iran's influence in the region. Then, things are going worse everyday. Is it when US troops will not be attacked daily. Then, it won't happen, because no country tolerates an army of occupation, something Ron Paul tried to explain to you but you are too dumb to understand. So, without any definition of honor and victory, how will you know when it's the end. Instead of reliving your own personal war traumas on US population, why don't you realize your mistakes and let those poor young women and men come back safely to their country.

    May 27, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Tired of W, OH

    How long until McCain starts referring to the insurgents as the "Viet Cong"? It's obvious that he's one of the people that believe we only lost the Vietnam war because we stopped fighting.

    May 27, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Nancy

    Interrupting is rude, but McCain is scary. If he won't leave until our troops have victory in Iraq, we'll be there a lot longer than 100 years! Does he not understand that the USA can't win a vcictory in the Iraqi civil war?

    May 27, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Anony-mouse

    I wonder which it is – the right of free speech, or Obama doesn't have the background to criticize McCain's stance on veteran's benefits? Seems to me that you can't have both... so which is it?

    May 27, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Proud1of 26% in WV

    People who really want to protest and do something about the war come out in November and vote for Obama.

    May 27, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Brian

    Typical line from the warmongering right. There are no clear benchmarks for progress in Iraq. There is no roadmap to peace in the middle east. There is no qualitative or quantitative formula in place to even determine when "victory" has been reached.

    We simply need a president with the courage to come into this mess and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    May 27, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. HyeWave - Glendale, CA

    Mr. McNuke: You are an old sickness. We the poeple of Earth don't need a dangerous figure like you to be a continuation of Bush's legacy in the White House. We all prey that you will be the greatest loser in this election year... Your supporters are nothing but a bunch of blind lunatics, out of touch with reality and irresponsible of future disasters that your administration may carry out all over this planet!

    P.S.: McCain = WW3

    May 27, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Tired of all the flap!

    By the way, thanks protesters for challenging GRANDPA and his senility!

    May 27, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. E.Frank MD

    Never surrender....in Iraq, Vietnam, Dafur

    May 27, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. jonny

    "One thing we don't do is interfere with others' right to free speech" then why were the protesters kicked out? Free speech only applies to McCant, and not the protesters?

    May 27, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. chicago chris

    I hope John McCain can clearly define what "victory" is in Iraq. Beating Al Quaeda is not very specific as this "enemy" has no standard definition like victory over the Germans or Japanese.

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

    "Our American troops will come home with victory and with honor."

    A good portion of them will come home in a box.

    Shame on you, McSame. Or is it McBush ?

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