June 28th, 2008
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McCain speech disrupted by several hecklers



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. CB

    he is a war-monger. he loves "all things war – all the time" – its the only thing he seems to know anything about – except he has no humanity for the victims of war, only the soldiers. The costs of war Mr. McCain – are more than what it costs the military.

    June 28, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Pappy

    >> "That's a long trip out," McCain said to laughter

    I wonder if that was a deportation remark. McCain is a boob. The whole 'WAR HERO' thing is SO played. I have a neighbor who's a decorated war hero. He can't feed himself these days, but I guess he's qualified to be President, according to the Republicans.

    LISTEN to Barack Obama and tell me he's full of crap. He's not. He speaks from his heart. He's real. McCain is a freakin' 72-year old puppet. I cannot wait for the debates. McCain loses the GE by over 25 points, nationwide.

    June 28, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. carol

    McCain, you are a fine man, but this isn't your time. It is time to turn the page and write a new chapter in American history. God bless you Obama.

    June 28, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. OBAMA 08

    McCain = War. We want our troops home.

    June 28, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Nganenu

    The three women should be respected. They simple voice, the only and best way they could, their opinion of a war monger, a hawk who into to lead America the way bush did in 8 years. Do we want that?

    June 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Dennis

    I am waiting for the first person to come out and heckle Obama.........oh well I guess that will never happen.

    June 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Ha, ha, what did Mccain expect! After saying he would not vote for his own bill, concerning immigration.

    The conference loved Obama, he was very well received

    Go get Um

    June 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Mike

    Code Pink is a joke. Just another group being manipulated by others and too ignorant to realize it.

    June 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Mike in NYC

    "Peace candidate." A very feminine turn of phrase.

    Many people, among whom women are numbered disproportionately, seem to think that a particular candidate will bring "peace."

    BO, if elected, will have His War.

    As a Republican political operative said a few months ago, there will be "continuity" in foreign policy no matter who is chosen POTUS. BO’s recent pronouncements re: Iran and Israel support this view.

    June 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Linda31


    June 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. James , Houston, TX.

    Instead of McCain kocking Jimmy Carter;as President, He should ask Carter if He knows what the AFFECTS of Gravity have on Skin Wrinkles? But McCain, don't drop your Trousers, Again!
    Also, McCain is it better to have be a " Has Been" than a "Never Was"?

    June 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. jaja

    john McCain is out of touch, he does not understand the reality facing the americans and the world.

    June 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Karuna in Cali

    The first of many heckled speeches I hope

    June 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Karuna in Cali

    The first of many heckled speeches I hope. You don't see that happening to obama.

    June 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Barack Obama Our 44th president!

    NALEO and many others will heckle and boo McCain because he IS a war-monger. He lives, breathes, and sleeps war. This is his primary solution to everything and people are tired of it !

    He needs to spend that much energy in better education, healthcare, energy, economy, etc. policies. But of course he falls very short in these areas, because he is a weak and loose cannon. I hope America doesn't get this election year wrong and elect McCain, because if so nothing would change – the American people's lives will NOT get better – all he is capable of doing is to pursuing some kind of war, and it will be with Iran.

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    June 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Tony

    This speaks volumes of how McCain is viewed by the Latino community. It shows how a greatly the democrats don’t want any more of the war in Iraq. If McCain thinks he is going to win over the democrats he’s got another thing coming.

    June 28, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. JJ

    This old war monger is such a hack....I really think the GOP are going to lose big time in the fall.

    June 28, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. James in Kamiah

    This coming from a man who called President Jimmy Carter a lousy president, he sure is doing a good job of trying to immitate Carter's record of reaching out to those in other countries.

    If this guy can't handle a few hecklers better than that, then he needs to drop out now.

    June 28, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |

    Well he may have laughed during the protest but he won't be laughing in November. The stupid smirk on that face will be out of the window and something inside of me tells me that McCain knows that he has a tough hill to climb.

    Look around folks just look around at these past state elections over the past 6 months. What has happen when a Dem and Republican has ran in an election. Hmmmmm.

    June 28, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Ted

    Can't blame em.

    June 28, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. fred

    Code Pink is always disrupting the McCain events. What a bunch of losers they are. And code pink is just about the dumbest name for an organization that I have ever heard of. Also, I think the anti-abortion groups shouldn't disrupt Obama's speeches, because, as much as I'm against abortion, to disrupt a speech is very rude, and it just wastes time. These people, instead of saying stupid things at candidate's speeches, should peacefully try to do good, instead of calling people names.

    June 28, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. David Goldman for OBAMA








    June 28, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Steven Gall

    McSame is out his mind if he thinks he can hoodwink hispanic american's into voting for him. As a hispanic, I can not believe he can stand there and act like he is for us after failing to stand his ground on sensible immigration reform, which at one time, was really the only thing that differentiated him from other republicans in the eyes of our community. The republican party has never been good to or for us. And this time, no mater what McSame says, we all know what he is really about: "anything" but change. You can bet we will never vote for this shameless panderer or for his party again.

    June 28, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. fred

    also, McCain does not equal war. He equals freedom for Iraq and safety for Israel and the U.S.A and sometimes war is necessary to keep nations safe.

    June 28, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA




    June 28, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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