September 4th, 2008
11:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Protesters in hall disrupt McCain speech

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – Two protesters tried to disrupt Republican presidential nominee John McCain's speech behind and to the right of the podium.

One took off an outer garment to reveal a pink garment underneath and held a banner in front of her.

The banner was snatched away by a man nearby who threw it to the floor and the protester tried to pick it up and struggled with several people for it.

One of the protesters flashed a peace sign while being led away by a single man. The other struggled with several men before being carried up the stairs and out of the auditorium.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Poetic Blue

    Best part.

    September 4, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  2. sacto joe

    They were the tiniest tip of an immense iceberg that's been kept carefully out of sight as much as possible by the Media Masters.

    How much of Senator McCain's speech was basically a justification for a war that HE PROMOTED AND THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED?

    September 4, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. kay

    I love Obama but I saw that and felt bad for McCain. That wasn't cool at all. Thank God he made a good wise crack out of it.

    September 4, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  4. Vet from TX

    The protestors sucked, because we still had to listen to the rest of the most boring speech I've ever heard, "My Friends". He would be inspiring as President. He would inspire other countries to think how stupid we would be to elect this clown after 8 years of Bush!

    September 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. cecil

    NO ISSUES JUST A LOT OF FLUFF...SERVICE , McCAIN'S 40 YEAR PAST, WARS, FLAGS...THE RUPUBLICANS ARE STILL FROZEN IN TIME, PLACE AND ACTION....

    September 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. Obama/Biden 08

    Best part, and ONLY worth watching part.

    September 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. AG

    Crowd of 80,000 in Denver no protests. Crowd of 30-40k in St. Paul – protests. Bottomline...they're only cheering in the arena folks.

    September 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. Dude

    Typical immaturity and disrespect of the Democrats. They are truly the divisive party.

    September 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  9. Obama/Biden 08

    PLZ CNN stop moderating my comments!

    Best part, and ONLY worth watching part.

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  10. Logan - FTL

    "The spirit of resistance to government
    is so valuable on certain occasions,
    that I wish it to be always kept alive.
    It will often be exercised when wrong,
    but better so than not to be exercised at all.
    I like a little rebellion now and then." - Thomas Jefferson

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  11. Audacity

    Only part worth watching! It was actually interesting! Way to go John on your vocab!

    "prin...ci...pals..."

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. David

    When the far left can't argue on policy and facts they protest and start name calling. McCain is a gentleman, a patriot and will be the next president. Being loud and obnoxious doesn't make these protesters right.

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. Shane

    It's the only part that kept me from falling asleep! The rest was a snooze fest!!!

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    "Ignore the background noise and static"

    Disregard any sort of opposing voice to what we believe.

    "And they want both sides to quit yelling at each other"

    They yell their dissatisfaction at 8 years of failure, but we won't listen.

    Way to unify the country, John.

    "BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

    yep, I can see the change coming, Maverick.,..

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. sophia nyc

    Nothing new. Happens in his town halls as well.

    Peace not war.
    Prosperity not despair.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  16. Amanda

    Boy, did McCain mess that one up. Instead of calling the female protester "static", he should have pointed out that that woman has something she feels strongly about and she deserves to be heard and she is important to this nation. Instead, he proved how he really feels – she's nothing but a distraction that needs to be quickly removed. A very telling moment.

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  17. Reason

    McCain = Loser = 8 years of Bush = NO NO NO Please God NO NO NO!!!

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  18. deidre

    Disrespectful. I bet those protesters never served their own country that allows them the right to do so.

    IF THEY WOULD HAVE LISTENED.... they would have heard McCain say he was understands people are pissed off. And if you are pissed off do something for a cause that is greater than yourself.

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  19. Ken

    McCain will only divide our nation.

    McCain aka McSameasBush gave a terrible terrible speech. He never told us what he would do to fix our economy.

    He doesn't stand a chance against Senator Obama in the debates.

    Also what is with this USA USA chant - the Republicans are so xenophobic and chant sounds so ominous and it comes off as if they are the think they are the only true Americans.

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  20. NoMcSame No ReThuglicans

    Why? No need they did a good job of exposing the lies by talking.
    Let them talk so that the truth can be brought to the light.

    September 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  21. Tommy Georgia

    Some people just don't know how to act when it come a good man like John McCain because he put out a good speech and so someone thought hey i needed to say some out of the way. I proud to live in the USA!!!

    GOP Went Well Tonight!!!!

    September 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. mountain man

    I know that was tough for McCain but I am not sure that calling upon the party to ignore the "static" of citizens' legitimate frustrations and disgruntlements was a very suave and smooth idea to those sitting on the fence. Man...it's tough to think on the fly when the teleprompter does not feed you a pre-loaded declaration!

    September 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. Kona

    I didn't watch CNN's coverage, but I did watch the speech. It's a shame if Anderson Cooper and Campbell Brown said that there were more details in McCain's speech than Obama's. There weren't.

    I agree with PBS' coverage and NBC's, which both stated that McCain's character and life story are worthy of our notice, but that his policy emphasis was weak and his details non-existent. That's an accurate depiction of the speech tonight.

    September 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  24. Go John Go

    You don't see Republicans disrupting the DNC. Shows you the character on the other side.

    September 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |