June 28th, 2008
11:52 AM ET
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McCain speech disrupted by several hecklers

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Sen. John McCain's speech to a Latino group Saturday was interrupted by hecklers. Photo credit: AP.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain has been taking most weekends off since effectively securing the Republican nomination, but the Arizona senator has a busy weekend, including a speech to a Latino conference where he was heckled several times.

McCain spent the morning speaking at the annual conference of NALEO, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the event after McCain.

Three hecklers from the anti-war group, Code Pink, disrupted McCain's speech at separate times and were later escorted from the room.

According to the group, Phoenix resident Liz Hourican, holding a camera aimed at the candidate, stood up when McCain said "I represent Arizona..."

Watch: McCain gets heckled

"John you do represent Arizona! And we want a peace candidate!," she yelled. "We want a peace candidate! Peace takes courage!"

McCain, laughing off the disruption, joked, "that's a long trip out," adding: "I'm sure you've seen the polls out now about trust and confidence in our government, and the one thing the American people want us to stop doing is yelling at each other."

Five minutes later, two more female protesters jumped up, yelling loudly.

"Your silence is consent to war crimes! War criminal!" one said. Another heckler carried a pink banner that read "McCain=Guerra" — or "McCain=War."

McCain, however, was met with a standing ovation by the audience at the end.

"Thank you very much," he said. "It makes me feel very wonderful to have such a wonderful reception."

NALEO expressed apologies to McCain just before the Obama speech. "The individuals were not NALEO members, they are not part of this constituency, and they do not reflect our values of engaging in dialogue and conversation with the next president of the United States."

Though much of McCain's speech focuses on the issues he has been pushing throughout the week - energy solutions and the lagging economy - McCain also touched on key issues among Latinos.

The senator paid his respects to "the contributions of Hispanic-Americans to the culture, economy and security of the country I have served all my adult life." He also emphasized that immigration reform begins with securing the United States border with Mexico.

"We must prove to [Americans] that we can and will secure our borders first, while respecting the dignity and rights of citizens and legal residents of the United States," he's said, adding: "We have economic and humanitarian responsibilities as well, and they require no less dedication from us in meeting them."

Before the NALEO conference, McCain met briefly with Iraqi president Jalal Talabani in Washington. Later in the day, he is scheduled to meet with the president of the Philippines, Gloria Arroyo. He then flies to Louisville, Kentucky this afternoon, where he will hold two fundraisers.

On Sunday, McCain will meet privately with evangelist Franklin Graham in Asheville, North Carolina.


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soundoff (379 Responses)
  1. tigerakabj

    And another thing McCain, don't trash talk Carter calling him "lousy!" You disrespect Carter, hecklers will disrespect you. Negative campaigning doesn't work. Furthermore, I would rather live under a Carter 2nd term than a Bush 3rd term any day of the week.

    Remember McCain you reap what you sow.

    June 28, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Carly

    Wow! Personally i think it's very disrespectful to boo someone, ANYone but I do agree with the nessage of the protesters.

    June 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. mello doug

    I don't care much for McCain but that being said it is downright rude to disrupt the man's speech. We do live in a psudo democracy and people have the right to speak freely regardless of whether you disagree with them. Just what we need are more mini-dictators.

    June 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Ikakoo

    All those activists have no manners whatsoever, all they can do is yell and try to get attention. I was taught by my parents to listen to and respect everyone, then challenge them. I guess those activists did not have parents to teach them.

    June 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Former

    Serves him right. It's all true. Darth McCain should just stick to the racist hillbillies and religious nutjobs that would have been voting for him anyway.

    June 28, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. democrat in the white house

    MCAIN NEEDS TO BE CHALLENGED, THE MSM IS NOT DOING IT SO IT WILL HAVE TO BE UP TO THE VOTERS. MCAIN'S COMMENT ON WIFE BEATING WAS AN INSULT TO THE MANY WOMEN WHO ARE SUBJECTED TO PHYSICAL ABUSE AND SHOULD NOT BE JOKED ABOUT. THE MSM DID NOTHING TO BRING THIS OUT BUT LET IT HAVE BEEN OBAMA THEY WOULD STILL BE REPORTING ON THE COMMENT. MCAIN TAKING CREDIT FOR THE GI BILL'S EDUCATION BILL HE OPPOSED DEFINITELY SHOULD BE MSM NEWS. BUT IF MCAIN WOULD BE CALLED OUT ON HIS MANY FAULTS BY THE MSM, IT WOULD BRING UP OBAMA'S POLL NUMBERS, THANK GOD FOR HUFFINGTON POST WHO REPORTS IT LIKE IT SHOULD BE REPORTED. VOTERS PLEASE GET EDUCATED READ HUFFINGTON POST !!!

    June 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. john

    I love how they interrupt him.

    Who knows if these people lost someone in the fruitless war in which we are in.

    If mcbush comes to my town, I will do the same

    June 28, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Phil, FL

    Seems like he only wants to shut up the folks that are telling the truth about him.

    That's the McCain Way!!!!!!!

    June 28, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Well I don't support him, but there is no need for that during a speech. They don't get out their message by being so disruptive. They just make themselves look like fools, and in the end help the person they are heckling.

    Poor McCain. He FINALLY works on a Saturday and this is what happens. Guess he won't be doing weekend work again.

    Obama 08

    P.S. PUMA Democrats is an oxymoron

    June 28, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. jim simpson

    To paraphrase a great American panderer:
    " Keeping McCain out of the White House will be my top priority; yesterday, today and tomorrow"

    June 28, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Phil, FL

    Bet he won't even get re-elected in AZ again. A lot of my retired friends there are NOT going to vote for him.

    Time to enjoy a lucrative retirement, McShame.

    June 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. J

    I like how McCain's supporters booed the idea of peace.

    June 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. ron

    when will the obama supporters understand that the terrorist of this world are not influenced by words. the reason you can walk freely in this country is because you have the protection of the law enforcement. there are many area's in this country where street gangs rule, killing and terrorizing their neighbourhoods protected by bleeding heart laws that tie the laws hands and discourage people from coming forward to testify.it's easy to shoot your mouth off when your living in a upscale neighbourhood protected by the police try that in a slum area.how many terrorist attacks have there been since bush went after them.vote for who you want but don't ever think that diplomacy will prevent people that are willing to kill their own women and children as well as themselves will respond to anything but force. once they know the consequences then they'll want to negotiate. obama did not invent negotiations it's been around since the beginning of time. remember JF kennedy negotiated with kruschev but it was the threath of force that made him leave Cuba

    June 28, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. J. Dean Juno Beach, FL

    OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN SHOULD RETIRE. HE CANNOT HANDLE AMERICA'S CURRENT CRISIS.
    SENIOR CITIZEN McCAIN HAS ENOUGH MONEY TO RETIRE TO AN OLD AGED HOME.
    SAYONARA

    June 28, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Lyz in MD

    Now, let's try to see it from McCain's perspective. He has so few supporters, he can't afford to screen people as carefully as he would have liked if he wants it to look like he has any support at all. So a few representatives of the majority slipped through. What about all the people there who weren't smart enough to know that McCain would continue Bush's disastrous policy until we have no military left at all?

    It's so like the liberal media to focus on the few failures of McCain's campaign instead of the many brain-damaged old cranks that he did muster.

    June 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. ANGIE

    i kinda feel sorry for mccain this happens to him all of the time when is that man gonna get it NOBODY WANTS YOU AS POTUS thats why he only does town hall debates hes scared to do public debates because these things keep happening to him

    June 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Roy B

    I guess BS is BS in any language.

    June 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. ifeyinwa, germany

    they are right in what they are saying.
    maccain is all about war, nothing more but war. he's got only old dirty ideas in how to settle matters at hand! he is not what the WORLD NEEDS NOW!

    June 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. James , Houston, TX.

    Again, Again, and Again; McCain was a Nam P.O.W. for 51/2 yrs at the Hanoi Hilton. Gave UP Flag and Colors in Lieu of his Skin.He's certainly NOT MY HERO!
    AS a P.O.W. He's Not FIT to be President nor be Commander in Chief any more than G.W.

    June 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Dylan

    Well done, folks...

    McSame needs to get it through his thinning pate that we will no longer stand for this horrific mess of a war.

    June 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Chris

    Contrary to common perception, liberals do more to stifle civil debate than anyone else.

    When your political idealogy is a proxy for fundamentalist religion and it's zealotry, I suppose its no surprise.

    June 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. dmmathis

    Mr McCain, yes lets stop yelling at each other. Lets start with your supporters at Conservative talk radio. Is that Rush and Shame yelling at me?

    June 28, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Cindy

    McCain is made of steel. He can handle the pressure and still stay focused. I believe he will be a much better president for America at this
    time. McCain/Powell '08

    June 28, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Brian Knoxville TN

    At least he didn't call them c__t's on the way out the door. Score one for McCain. Considering the fact that he crashed 5 aircraft while in the Navy, it's no wonder he bumps his head(literally) getting in and out of a car. Hero, my arse.

    June 28, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Jan from Michigan

    You bloggers who criticized McCain for saying that Carter was a lousy president should listen to a few of the speeches from your exalted democratic candidate calling President Bush every derogatory name he can think of. I don't hear any of the horrified-"how can Obama stoop so low?" comments that you have used on Senator McCain. Since you have no Clinton to kick around anymore (she has joined your Obama"s team and they have kissed and made up), I guess you only have Senator McCain–so have fun on your blog sites. You all really should look in the mirror and see "hypocrite" on your foreheads. By the way, just because you bloggers monopolize this site does not mean your man is ahead–just means you are probably blogging while the rest of us work!

    June 28, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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