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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soundoff (400 Responses)
  1. richard - Minneapolis

    Have you ever heard stories told by an older generation about how they had to walk to school, or use and outdoor toilet or sleep with a couple of brothers – or some other hardship? Well, I feel John McCain is kinda like that when it comes to the war. "I was a prisoner of war for four years and if I can do it, anybody can do it" – or maybe I should say SHOULD do it! I will have sadly underestimated the American people if they elect John McCain president.

    Obama '08!

    May 27, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. William P

    Would someone please define what victory in Iraq is and at what cost it come?

    May 27, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Bush is the stink! McCain is the soil!

    May 27, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Wise White Guy

    Here is a clue for you McSame. The bad decision to go to Iraq was your poor judgement not Obama. He is the one who sees things clearly and is not looking for a chance to get Americans killed at the drop of a hat or over oil. All this does is make the rest of the world hate us and makes our country weaker and poorer. You need to learn a few things if you are going to educate Obama on ANYTHING! What a joke if you think running on a pro war platform is smart. Then again, nobody accuses you of being smart. You are funny to listen to though. Do you actually believe that crap you say or do you just read it off your prompter? Either way you dont remember what you said the next day so does it really matter?

    May 27, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Will-South Dakota

    I wonder if he ordered his son to go back to Iraq or got him a deferment.....McBush is all we're getting.

    May 27, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Paul FL

    our troops are being SLAUGHTERED FOR THE THE SAKE OF YOUR PRIDE JOHN MCCAIN!! They wont EVER make it home if you are president!!!! They wont EVER see their families!!!

    SHAME ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!
    SHAME ON JOHN MCCAIN!!

    May 27, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. The Old Guard

    Thank you, skylark. Well said.

    John McCain is a threat to global security.

    May 27, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. YANICK

    HOW MUCH MORE BLOOD YOU WANT ON YOURS HANDS?. BUSH # 2.. STOP THE KILLINGS & THE PAIN BRING THE TROOPS HOME

    May 27, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Mary56

    This is why we can not have another republican elected. This war must stop and Sen. McCain does not seem to get it. Even if he is a war hero I will not vote for him.

    May 27, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Anette

    Sorry McCain. Iraq is the new Viet Nam, and like you said you know more about war than most. If you know what it's like, why in the hell did you go along with this war? You are a hypocrite McShame!

    May 27, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. janet in wv

    if this had happen to obama he would have left crying maybe he would go home to his big mouth wife,

    May 27, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Mike Birmingham, AL

    What's your definition of victory McCain?

    We never could get a straight answer from your mentor or his administration.

    If you don't define the objective, you will never reach it.

    May 27, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Frosty

    Honoring them would be supporting bills that would better their lives when they are back after giving their all.

    Does the G.I bill sound familiar Mini Bush?

    The basis that if people can go to college, they would never go to the military is an insult to many who've served, currently serving and will serve in the future.
    I would never vote for an adamant idiot such as Sen. McCain.

    May 27, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Liberals are always in favor of free speach, unless of course it's by conservatives.

    May 27, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. kenny cole

    YOU'RE BLOCKING THE GI BILL AND YOU STILL WANT THEM TO DIE IN IRAQ,MR MCCAIN GOD WILL PUNISHED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ALL MILLITARY MENS BLOOD ARE ON YOUR NECK FOOOL............

    May 27, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Vietnam Vet

    I admire your delusional commitment to a crazy conflict. It is not the 1960s anymore it is a changing world. The Iraq army is a formidable adversary, oh wait, they do not have an Army and yet we are 6 years in the hole with this war against ourselves.

    Let's pull out of Iraq. How else can we break it? We already killed over 1 million Iraqi citizens. Remind me again who the bad guys are again please?

    May 27, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Independent for Obama

    May 27th, 2008 1:19 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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.

    POST ALREADY!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. After further review,Texas

    I wonder if John didnt get shot down in Nam while running from the enemy,like he did in 2000 when Bush "boy slapped" him.

    May 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. edward gorczyca

    when are the liberals in this country going to realize that we can fight in iraq or we can fight these barbarians in jersey city?

    May 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Willis, Texas

    DEMS NOT SHOWING RESPECT?!!!

    FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DARE TO UTTER THOSE WORDS - TELL ME HAVE YOU LOST ANYONE IN THE IRAQ WAR???

    IF NOT, THEN SHUT UP AND YOU SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR THOSE FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST FAMILY TO THE WAR!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. T-bone

    People – please realize that CNN is a LIBERAL news source. 3/4ths of the country gets their news elsewhere. While all the polls look shining for Obama on this site, it's the opposite on others.
    So don't fool yourselves into thinking Obama is going to be President based on what you're reading here. Half the country is more moderate/conservative, and Obama is not their guy. He's a flip-flopper with no base and no experience. He won't beat McCain, in spite of what you're reading out here, especially with 40% of Clinton's votes, and likely the independent votes going to McCain.
    Sorry Dems - you blew your chances again by choosing the WRONG candidate.

    May 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. sheep

    A war that never should have been. Bad inteligence or lack of it .Hell take us all to the poor house before he or BUSH will admit it..People who support him start a list on here so we can make sure its you paying the bill not me ..We cant even take care of our own people ,,nor get along ourselves and were trying to show another country how to get along with its neighbors???????????Fear is that what everyone wants to live with ..And for those who say we would have been attacked were attacked every day across the mexican border ,,11 MILLION illegals in our country. My 96 year old grandmother lives on 345.00 MONTH ,, BUT A ILLEGAL IN MY SISTERS HOUSE GETS FOOD STAMPS HER AND HER 8 CHILDREN ,,HAVE MEDICAL AND DENTAL ..AND HUD PAYS HER RENT ...She just had baby 9 and has never been married ..

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Pol

    Who will defeat McCain – Clinton or Obama? Everybody. Easily. This grandfather is receiving military disability pension. Not very big choice we have for President.

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. KM

    That's the problem with this republican administration, you're clearly looking for a victory when the only outcome will be whose side has lost more. Have anyone ever asked the question and received a legitimate answer as to why it has been continued fighting in this part of the world since Biblical times?

    Due to their deeply rooted religious beliefs, they will fight to the end just the same as this republican leadership is determined to bring about "our version" of democracy. Religion is a powerful thing, when you have someone that is willing to die for their belief such as a suicide bombers, etc., how can you possibly deter continue violence? Do you say, we're going to shoot and kill you and maybe you'll stop? That won't work because they're willing to die for their cause anyway.

    McCain, please wake up and realize that this war is unwinnable for us and let's come up with a sound exit plan. Saddam was an evil guy but just maybe that is what Iraq needed for law and order to be maintained even if it meant oppressing his own people.

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. jennym

    McCain is trying to deliver a "victory" for Vietnam - to honor himself . That is all this is about. Iraq was the worse foreign policy blunder in history. Google Robert Byrd and Iraq and listen to him plead on the floor of the Senate not to do this not to send our people to Iraq. And McCain has the same Issue as Bush –not willing to admit a mistake . They don't show the coffins from this war -so people forget . But I will never forget Mr. McCain and God help us you will lose this election

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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