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. Illinois

    They were no doubt Obama supporters. For some reason, they delight in attempting to disrupt the opponent's campaign stump speeches. Of course, Obama tacitly approves of this behavior because he never encourages them to stop this nonsense. Obama's followers, the crazy types, are a relentless, threatening, violent crowd that probably belong behind bars....either in the state hospital or a prison cell.

    If the DNC insists on nominating this idiot, I can't wait until Obama gets creamed in the GE and the DNC is left with dealing with republicans for the next 4 years. I'm an independent and McCain and Clinton have stances on issues that I could live with either way, but Obama is a Manchurian candidate if I ever saw one. If he were a white guy or a woman, he would have been laughed off the stage a long time ago. The guy is dangerous and our country will be in far worse shape if he ever gets in office.

    May 27, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Frank Ontario

    All McCain can do is appeal to your nation's over zealous patriotism by calling a sensible withdrawl of troops a Surrender. This November election will simply be a barometer of the intelligence level of the American public.

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

    Good for him! McStupid is a warmonger and certainly deserves it.

    May 27, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. kenny cole

    CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT IS MCCAIN INTERESTING SUBJECT IN ALL HIS CAMPAIGN ALL HE TALK ABOUT IS WAR WAR I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR ANY ONE WHO LIKE WAR LIKE THIS STUPID MAN

    May 27, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Renee

    "You don't even support the GI Bill that would offer them educational opportunities to better their lives."

    I am by no stretch of the imagination a McCain supporter, but I do feel it necessary to correct this misconception. McCain does support better educational benefits for our soldiers. The argument is about whether those benefits should become active after only three years of service, or whether they should kick in after a longer period of service.

    McCain (and many others) worry about the retention rate decline the Armed Forces will experience should the 3 year program be put into effect. He is not, however, opposed to providing better benefits for our troops.

    You may not like McCain's policies (I certainly don't), but it does no one any benefit to misstate another's valid concerns, even when we don't agree with their viewpoint.

    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Tired of W, OH

    McCain doesn't support the GI bill because he doesn't want to give the troops anything to look forward to after their service is done. Think about it. In his mind, it would be mistake to give the troops any incentive to get out of the service. Then he wouldn't have the manpower to continue Bush's war.

    May 27, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Joe

    Surrender to what McCain? He's as out of touch with foreign policy as he on the economy and how it affects the everyday life of hard-working Americans.

    May 27, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Agnostic Democrat

    Grampy McWarmonger hasn't seen anything yet. Just who the heck does this guy think he is "educating" us on Iraq? I guess when you are privileged enough to have all the military protection during your "visit", anything seems like an improvement over reality. But then again, when has McSham ever dealt with reality other than being connected at the hip to George Bush when it comes to foreign policy and misuse of military force.

    May 27, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Saphhire

    McCain would sing a different tune if it were his son/daughter over there dying.

    May 27, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Talk about out of touch

    The people have spoken and said we just want out of Iraq. He is so stuck on his old mentality of we need to stay until we win that he is not listening. I don't care HOW we bring our soldiers home; I just want them to come home. Their honor is not in winning this unwinnable fight; their honor is that they went there and withstood all they have withstood and having them home now is just all that matters.

    Sen. Obama will bring them home. Iraq has the money to fund this war and they are mooching off of us. And as long as we keep the training wheels on this vehicle, they have no reason to really work to ride alone. Its time to come home. And we need a president who can hear us when we say this.

    May 27, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Ed

    I appreciated your Honesty John But sometimes there is victory in surrender I will never make the mistake of not Honoring or troops the victory lays in there willingness to fight we know we are the better country and have a more honorable cause but it is time for them to come home. Let Iraq fight there own battle.

    May 27, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Gale

    What makes people think 70% of the citizens of the US are against the "continuation of this disaster"? Where are these polls taken? Come on get out in the real world and see who wins in November.

    May 27, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. asor

    mr. mccain says : "I will never surrender in Iraq. Our American troops will come home with victory and with honor." what does he means ? have they not achived victory and honor yet ? how many of these brave young men and weman should die till mccain virtue of honor and victory are satisfied?

    May 27, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Scott L

    Dems are so disrespectful...

    May 27, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Chris, Antioch, CA

    "With victory and with honor," if we elect McCain, it will just be one more president who sells us a policy on Iraq based on vague generalities. We'll go from one 23% approval-rating pres to another. We can't afford another four years, the lives or the costs.

    May 27, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Nancy in San Jose

    Mr. Mc Cain your strategy for campaigning which is trailing President Bush literally and figuratively is brilliant and suits us democrats just fine. Keep going please. One more thing if you please choose Mr. Romny as your running mate would be just icing on the cake, Please do it.

    May 27, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Belle

    If you want the draft because there are not enough volunteers, just support Obama. Obama will not be able to intimidate Mc Cain as they did Clinton.

    May 27, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. jonny

    There are other ways to end a war without "surrendering" or winning or losing. This war was never honorable, so how could troops leave with honor? And there is no way to win the war, except by completely controlling the whole population and forcing them to believe what you believe – and this is not winning because it would not be a fair democracy, it would just be trading one dictatorship for another!

    May 27, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Swampy

    "Honor" went out the window in October of 2001 and March of 2003 with our pre-emptive invasions of two sovereign nations. "Victory" will be when we decide as a nation to end this madness by getting our troops home safely.

    May 27, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Kate

    What really baffles me are the so called democrats who are threatening to place their vote with this war monger if Hillary does not get the nomination. Our troops have their honor it is this administration and its supporters (McCain) that do not. This administration has ruled against several bills introduced to benefit our military and yet talk about supporting the troops and accuse any anti-war protestor as anti-American. Well, I consider it anti-American to insist on fighting a war that was based on lies and inept research. I consider it anti-American to go on supporting this war despite the mountains of evidence that contradict nearly every statement this administration has made and finally I consider it anti-American to not raise up and state we made a mistake. McCain should be ashamed. He has no honor as far as I am concerned. Oh and on a side note, with all his wife's millions, you'd think he would find a good dentist and get a teeth cleaning...ewwww!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Jo Ann

    IT'S EASY TO UNDERSTAND HOW MCCAIN CAN PUSH THIS WAR THE LAST I HEARD NONE OF HIS SONS IS FIGHTING THIS WAR. BOTH HE CAN MAKE THE COMMENT THAT OBAMA HAS NOT SERVED IN THE ARMED SERVICES. OBAMA IS NOT ALONG AND BECAUSE YOU SERVED DOES NOT MAKE YOU AN AUTHORITY ON EVERY WAR. AMERICA WAKE UP AND SEE THAT THIS IS ANOTHER
    GEORGE BUSH DO WE ACTUALLY WON'T ANOTHER 8 YEARS OF THIS. AMERICA WILL NOT WIN THIS WAY THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING A LIFE TIME SINCE CANE AND ABLE IN THE BIBLE AND WILL BE FIGHTING TILL THE END. THIS IS NOT A WAR WE WILL WIN SO I GUESS WE WILL BE THERE ANOTHER 100 YEARS.

    May 27, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Unshrub

    Regardless of how many more are killed?

    May 27, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. JJ

    "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."

    What exactly is his definition of victory and honor?? I don't understand why he pushing for 100 years of fighting and war. I don't get how he can stand there and say that.

    For all of you Hillary supporters who will be voting for McCain instead of Obama (if he is the nominee and vice versa) is this what you really want?????

    If McCain gets elected into office, we (the people) will have ourselves to blame. So please don't start hollering and protesting once he's in office saying he's just another Bush. You have been warned!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Robert

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

    This is just the sort of thing President Johnson used to say in public regarding Vietnam - while in private he was admitting that the war could not be won. And we all know how it ended - 50,000+ dead American soldiers later. And for what? Just so LBJ wouldn't have to "surrender."

    Expect many more protests, Senator McCain.

    May 27, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. USAF Staff Sergeant

    McCain mentioned freedom of speech.

    The protesters were simply using their right to free speech. There is no law about a right to not being interrupted.

    May 27, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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