May 27th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
15 years ago

Several protesters interrupt McCain speech


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. Samantha

    John McCain has principles and that is good. But appearing with Bush and fundraising with Bush is not going to get him a lot of applause and it is probably going to hurt his long term fundraising efforts. The problem with his campaign is he has been all over the place. He has been doing the proverbial flip-flopping. He is green but mean. He is Conservative but Moderate. He is independent but dependent on Bush. He is frugal but promotes further big spending on the war. Sorry. Take a stand that you believe in and stick to it. Or you will lose your support on all sides.

    May 27, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Daniel, NY, NY

    Rock on John McCain. As a former Hillary supporter, we need you and your experience in the White House.

    I will never support Obama. Hillary can not save us, but now you need to!

    May 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Phil-Little Rock

    Make no mistake, there's a special throne in Hell for George W.

    For all his lies, deceit, greed and turmoil, that moron better drink all the ice water he can while he's here on earth. When he gets where he's going, it's gonna be so hot Satan's gonna need A/C.

    May 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Anne

    Quote......Ron May 27th, 2008 1:44 pm ET

    Never retreat, never surrender. I don't care if every soldier in Iraq is killed, we can never give up! The stakes are too high. If you want the terrorists to win – vote for Hussein Obama. If not – vote for John McCain – a real American hero.
    Ron you are truly one sick puppy. I guess its not your kids getting killed is it or maybe it is and you just have the usual republican war is good mentality.

    May 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. MD

    These comments clearly illustrate the intolerance of Obama's radical left base.

    May 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. boered1

    I hope he gets used to actually hearing from the people of America, i think every speech he (or his clone Hillary0 gives should be interrupted wiht protestors saying "You voted us into this illegal, immoral war based on lies, you are keeping us in this illegal, immoral war based on lies and we want our people to come home" We no longer want to hear lies like we are fighting them over there so we will not ahve to fight them here! The TRUTH is there WERE NO AL-QUEDA IN IRAQ IUNTIL WE BROUGHT THEM IN! the TRUTH IS AL-QUEDA WAS IN AFGANISTAN AND WE AHVE IGNORED THEM TO FIGHT IN IRAQ, THE TRUTH IS THERE IS NO REASON FOR US HAVING GONE INTO IRAQ AND WE SHOULD LEAVE NOW AND FIGHT THE REAL TRERRORIST!
    Bush you and Hillary are GUILTY OF AUTHORIZING AN ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL WAR, YOU, HILLARY AND THE ENTIRE BUSH GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE UP ON WAR CRIME CHARGES it is wrong for crimminal to seek the office of the President war criminals should be tried not elected!

    May 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. j hawk

    He just doesn't get it !!!!!!!!!!!!Just like Bush...He will not get my vote

    May 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. crazy bastages

    Obama isnt even president yet and you are all brainwashed by his communist views. get lives

    May 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Karen

    . We must ask ourselves as a people what is more important than bringing our sons or daughters home from Iraq, This is not a white thing, or black thing, or yellow or red. A bullet or bomb doesn't set out to kill one race of people in a war, all of our children are dying in this war and we are here in the comfort of our homes making an argument if my candidate does not win then I am voting for McCain. Remember if it is not your child or relative in Iraq, it could be if this war continues. This is so scary. They are talking of building up the Military, where do you think the young men and women are going to come from? Think about this people, and quit the childish bickering and lets do what it takes to bring our children home. No one is exempt, no one goes untouched. If you ask a serviceman or servicewoman, they are not over in Iraq divided, they need one another and we who pride ourselves on being patriotic must really seem hypocritical to those who are paying such an awesome price for a war that no one really understands why we are fighting. We all are paying enormous gas prices, food prices, and mortages and that is something we all have in common no matter where who you support. Let's stop all of this hating and rudeness and come together if not for us for our children and grandchildren. I have one son who is almost 18 and I will do whatever it takes to ensure his future, I LOVE HIM MORE THAN I DISLIKE EITHER DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE.

    May 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Carl Los Angeles

    Yes, this war makes sense NOT. We were in so much danger from Iraq. HECKLE AWAY FOLKS! And to you MIANNE: Your brother is the only one to find wmds because after 19 months there I didn't find one of them. You sure he was in Iraq? And for all the folks crying McCain is a war hero; As Gen. Merrill A. McPeak said " don't get to be a hero by getting shot down, you get to be a hero by shotting the OTHER guy down"

    May 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. PapaJon

    Ok... I get the whole anti-war thing; really. There are many valid arguments. But I can't help but wonder: what's the alternative then? I'm sorry but what good does chanting "Bush lied people died" do us? Who wouldn't want to bring all the troops home; but then what? Does anyone honestly believe that will bring peace? Does anyone think that if we leave Iraq then magically the terrorists will stop? Magically iran won't go after nukes? IMHO, the alternatives are far more frightening than anything we've seen so far.

    If you want to be all anti-war, fine. But until you come up with a better way to safeguard and defend our country, then that line of thinking I find entirely worthless and wholeheartedly disrespectful to our military.

    May 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Kimber Grace

    I don't agree with the war in Iraq. HOWEVER, many, many Americans SUPPORTED this "venture", as someone else said, because 9/11 was still so raw. The problem now is that we invaded Iraq, people are finally realizing what a lie it all was, and want to "just leave". I am not so naive that I think it is possible, although I wish it was. McCain is far from stupid, has sacrificed tremendously for our country-I do believe even his young son is now an Iraq war vet. I believe Obama is FAR from the answer to our problems, and have enough faith in McCain to give him my vote for at least the next four years.

    May 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The protestors do not even want to hear the man out all they care about is their agenda and no one else has the right to view their opinion. To the left they are the only ones who have freedom of speech because they do not like conflicting ideas. I guess we know what these protesters Mom and Dad injected into their bodies in college and their liberal professors have taught them well.

    May 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Matt--Nebraska

    What a bunch of disrespectful morons.

    Not just the ones at McCains speech, but on this blog as well.

    I just hope you people aren't old enough to vote!

    May 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Eric

    Obama has now opened a big lead in Iowa. So he's now leading in Penn, Ohio, Virginia, California (where more that 50% dislike Hillary).
    Point is, he is way electable and ready for the general. Let the lady make her farewell and prepare for GOP dirty tactics. To paraphrase the village idiot, bring them on.

    May 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Lorna, NY

    I am shocked! No I'm not. He deserved it!

    May 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Bruce

    So many "cut and run" proponents out there. Glad there weren't so many back in the 40's.

    There is no question that the Bush administration blundered by attacking Iraq. Papa Bush knew that there would be a vacuum in the middle east with Sadaam removed...that's why he didn't go into Baghdad in the late stages of the first Gulf War.

    To his credit, McCain was one of the first to opine on the way the war was being mishandled under Rumsfeld. That being said, he has the knowledge and courage to understand that it would be an even bigger blunder to arbitrarily pull out at this point. Conditions on the ground continue to improve and to just up and leave before our objectives of a stable Iraq are met would be destabilizing to the region and would inevitably lead to greater chaos going forward.

    Personal attacks on any of the candidates for their views are immature and convey a lack of intellect. I discount the opinions of anyone who uses terms like "McLame" or "Shrillary" and belittles the service of people in elected office. People like that are the political equivalent of "armchair quarterbacks" and I have pity for their shallow views and tendency to regurgitate party soundbites.

    May 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Ernie Garcia

    Senator McCain:

    Define victory and once defined it cannot be achieved in this lifetime.
    The "enemy" can only be contained. Quit playing the majority of the citizenry as a much of chumps.


    May 27, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Proud American

    No McCain! Not now not Ever!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Lazarito

    McCain hasn't said anything different from what we've heard in the las 8 Bush-Cain years!!!Please no more republicans!!!!!!!Obama 2008

    May 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Andy J, NY

    I think its funny that everyone blames all of our problems on the Iraq war.

    Wait until Obama is president- see what a liberal commie socialist will do to our country. Social security crisis? No problem, we will give health care to everyone!..... wait.... that won't work... uhhhhhhhh

    I can't wait for the socialist commie libs to fall on their faces.

    May 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. katrinka29

    It is scary to think this man may become the next president! we will be at war for generations to come!! Democrats and Independents unite for the general election, and get this country back on track!

    Obama 08!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. George Long

    Victory, victory? You have to have a war first.
    The illegal invasion of a soveign country that didn't do anything to us, that never had a SINGLE terrorist link (duhhh republican morons, read a book and know middle East, you idiots might learn that the bath party rulers are from a different brand of Islam and are actually AGAINST radical Islam. Saddam was a nut job and a dictator but not a radical religious, and THERE WAS NEVER EVER any Al Quaida in Iraq !!! Get it through your thick skulls.

    Duhhhh, we need to elect someone smart , intelligent for a change.
    McCain is NOT SMART enough and DOESN'T NOT understand foreign policy. He is a veteran (I give him that, thank you) and fought overseas,...doesn;'t he understand jack about foreign policy.

    Ron Paul was the best, but the Republican party mouth piece, aka fox news, and the rest of the ignorant hard liners right wingers never understood that...

    May 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Dave

    And this was by far the most excitement ever seen at a McCain rally.

    May 27, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Chuks

    Democrats be careful, McCain is going to reinstate the draft! Why do you think he is against the GI Bill from Sen Webb.

    Anyone but that creepy old man, I hate to say it even Hillary will be enough for me though i support Obama if that is what it takes to avoid going to Iraq and Iran. We are literally going to WAR and HELL if we allow such an old mentality get into the white house. I repeat Mccain wants to bring back the draft!

    Vote for Obama or go to WAR! Your choice.

    May 27, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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