May 27th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
12 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. mrkusn

    McCain must 1) either know something the American public does not know about the specifics of the debacle in Iraq or 2) be guided by the ghosts of Vietnam in that he does not want to see what would appear to be another foreign policy defeat. McCain is enough of an independant-minded figure to challenge the missteps that have already taken place. I guess the third option is that he really thinks that American policy in Iraq can win a secure peace and viable government.

    If we leave too abruptly without an adequate political infrastructure in place and the correct amount of security, Iraq will turn into a humanitarian crisis-ridden, civil war where Iran's militias will certainly win out. However, staying there as a strategic foothold in the region for generations to come will not, most likely, create stability in the region. The whole strategic course is faulty here. Nation-building is a commitment that Americans don't want.

    This is a bitter pill for all of us. It is time to stop the blame game and get to work on real solutions. Withdrawl in 16 months is unrealistic Obama. Staying in Iraq long-term is not going to create stability, McCain. We need to re-stablish our credibility, re-build the coalition, and turn this baby over to the UN. Militarily we have all the capabilities to win. We just don't have the political will and Iraqi infrastructure to do so.

    But it is probably too late for that.

    A showdown with Iran, who conitnues to supply sanctuary to the militias in Iraq, is the next act in a series of risky, short-sighted attempts at not making the world safe for democracy, but making the world into democracy.

    May 27, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. True American

    Great post skylark. Thank you

    May 27, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. therealist

    The neo-progressive way of promoting free speech..

    May 27, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Ron

    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.

    May 27, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. American Party

    MSNBC aka Muslim State National Broadcasting Corp. is pushing this Left Wing Nut Job in Training pants that can't win the votes of anyone except his cult; The obama team is now sending Daschle to get the working man's vote, now why in this world would Obama want to send a loser like Daschle to speak to blue collar workers? He's about as blue collar as Bill Gates. Anyway, these folks won't vote for Obama. They're smarter than that. " they voted Daschle out"

    .Obama is an unelectable lightweight. At least McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore and Kerry, whose footsteps Obama would soon be walking in if he successfully weasel his way into the nomination of the Democratic Party, had the experience to run a national campaign and the resume to be President of the United States.

    Obama's nothing new. He's the same old story for the Democratic Party, with the comic twist that he's got a ridiculously thin resume that would be laughable if we weren't talking about losing the presidency of the United States yet again

    May 27, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. R. Brown

    McCain is losing more of his bearings.

    He's still trying to win one for Nixon. He's suffering from flashbacks which makes him even more dangerous.

    May 27, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. David Shine, London, England

    People forget under what circumstances the vote for Iraq took place. A lot of people were very shaken after 9/11 and, even if there was a 1% chance that all the 'evidence' was true they didn't want their 'nay' to be the cause of another attack. This piece seems to be missing in your analysis CNN.
    Further, this makes Barack's opposition even more valiant.

    May 27, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Army Captain

    I am sick and tired of the Mccains of the world leaning on their time while serving as a stepping stone for many americans who will not or have chosend not to serve. I Have been in the army for 9 years and I am so please at the respect that I recieve from the civilian population I am also happy they have decided to support the USA in other terms serving your country is more than just being in the military. J. Mccain is like a cancer that many Soldiers would not feel privleged to deal with. He had his time in the lime light when he was serving and I bet he would of voted us out of this war if he was my age. I have 70-80% in my unit that I just beat up and tired more have lost there families of this war and many are just fed up with all the troubles.......The GI BILL veto will come but its a shame that its has not been pushed to the american people truthfully .....this bill would give the Soldiers too much power it would encourage them to leave the service and go to college...Mccain does not think that is a good Idea know that we will be serving in Iraq for the next 100 Years...Obama/Dems 08

    ps. Hilary please lay off the Kennedys they can't help you its too late.


    May 27, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Jason from Colorado

    Why do so many Americans seem to attach such a stigma to having one more insignificant entry into the "L" column. It's time we got over it and brought the troops home.

    May 27, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Richard

    Greg in Pottstown,

    Where in the article did it say that those 4 sets were Democrats?

    Nice spin.

    May 27, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Arrthur Elmer

    What does McCain call victory? Our military has already achieved military victory. Does he think that we can give Iraq a democracy, then he is like a no good hound dog, by barking up the wrong tree.
    He may be getting senile along with his age. If he and Bush think they can put in a puppet government and get the backing of the people in Iraq they are both nuts that have been in the sun too long.

    May 27, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. robert

    all the fools through all the ages...same old bluster.....'we. will. never. surrender'. I just wasn't certain until now that it also applied to illegal, illegitimate, phony wars where innocents on both sides are slaughtered by the folly of a few tired old men. McCain gives me that...well...that imperial Romanesque kind of twinge in my belly. It makes me sick.

    Someone said it best in another comment;

    'pride before the fall.!

    May 27, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. CW, St. Paul

    Our troops are already honorable for what they have done. Their honor is not contingent on 'when they come home'.

    May 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Vince in NC

    Of course the usual questions without any answers.

    First of all, what is victory? We already won the military victory, we ousted Saddam, rid the country of the non-existent WMD's, we installed a new government. Is there realy any more we can do? Isn't it up to the Iraqi's now to make their country work? If they don't, is it our problem?

    May 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    McCain believes that winning is the most important thing; I think McCain believes that winning is the only thing........and so did Hillary.

    May 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. alex

    Republicans LOVE war. psycho people.

    May 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. jason

    victory over what? how is it that we are suddenly at war with Iraq? I thought we were liberating them from a dictator. We've done that – hooray for us!

    If we are at war with Iraq, it is bush who put us there.

    May 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. R. Brown

    From this point forward John McCain will be known as "Body Bags McCain".

    May 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Greg in Annapolis

    As I watched this happen live earlier, I was clapping in my living room for nobody to see. He may feel that this was rude of people to do, but he better get used to it. It goes to show that the level of dissent against this war and the mentality of the GOP destruction machine have reached a boiling point. McCain may never "surrender" in Iraq, but thankfully, a growing population in this country will never surrender to another 4 or 8 years of relentless manipulation and bullheadedness. Bring on change and bring on intelligent conflict resolution! This country can be looked highly upon by the rest of the world again, but not with the GOP in charge. NO MORE!
    Obama '08

    May 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. The Truth

    Sounds a lot like Bush to me......

    What means victory?....Bush's reasoning for being there keeps changing.

    * WMD's?.......
    * Get Saddam?......
    * Set up elections?......
    * Set up a Government?......
    * Restore utilities?......
    * Organize police force?........
    * Train an army?.........
    * Mediate religious conflicts?....
    * Push democracy?.......
    * Fight terrorism?....
    * Intimidate Iran into war?....
    * What happened to Bin Laden?.................

    You and that idiot Bush dont have a clue...And HILLARY voting to go there made it even worse! BRING THE TROOPS HOME!

    When Obama gets elected he will bring our honored troops home.

    OBAMA '08!

    May 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Ken

    How many young Americans have to give up their lives or bodies to satisfy McCain's concept of "honor and victory" in Bush's Iraq War? Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Feith have committed a war crime in Iraq with tragic consequences for the 4,000 plus Americans killed and the 30,000 plus wounded as well as the Iraqis themselves. The Bush Repubican neocons have achieved their dream of regime change in Iraq but a nightmare of grief has spread across America. A vote for McCain will only continue this Bush Iraq War tragedy and may well include war with Iran!

    May 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. The Reality Check

    Poor McCain! He's at his best when he's conjuring up wars! He just keeps fighting and fighting and fighting! It's his only way of getting attention! If he's not fighting a war, he really doesn't have a reason to exist! How sad to be so old, and so angry! Does America REALLY need a McCain in the W.H. in THIS DAY AND TIME! McCain is 2 Old, 2 BE GIVEN, 4 PRECIOUS YEARS OF MY LIFE!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. from CT

    The only way this guy would win would be because of the Hillary supporters.

    May 27, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Ratgurl

    FYI, John, Withdrawal does not equal surrender. Think about those 4500+ young, gifted soldiers who gave their lives for an oil war. Do you want to be remembered as they candidate that lost because he supported an unjust & indefensible war?

    Support our troops. Bring them home.


    May 27, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Dale Wise

    Once the Democratic nomination is wrapped up by Obama and America's focus shifts to McCain, his feeble-mindedness and senility will be exposed. His 'support' will plummet.

    Obama WILL be the next president. This is apparent to anyone of a certain intellectual level.

    May 27, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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