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. Ed Olanrewaju - Virginia

    I believe McCain is still fighting old war (Vietnam). There is no victory in wars, and Particularly not in Bagdad because of the reasons we went in there. We went in there based on Lies and false pretence. Our Men in the Military are already brave men and women because they have done their job under uncertain odds. They don't need a victory in Bagdad to be called brave men and women. This is the longest war we have ever fought and for what? Lies and more Lies. They need to come home and we need to start taking care of our own people for a change with all the billions we are spending in Iraq. We Americans needs to speak up and demand change. The only way we can do that is not to settle for the same old propaganda from tired old man like McCain. And you really don't have to have served in the military to be President of this country Like he would like us to believe.

    Let's demand change Americans.

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Kathy

    My question to the “under 30 generation” who for the first time in their lives “found their voice”… in Obama…..where have you been? Why not until now have you not exercised your right to vote? You place your faith in a man who has not been tested, pocesses little record of accomplishment and little to no experience in international or economic matters. Go back and check the record…Obama released his platform weeks after Clinton released her Solutions For America agenda. His were extremely similar to hers. The Clinton campaign reacted to the release of the Obama platform by saying…”at least his is not that different than ours” So I ask you, what does this man stand for when he copies what it convenient to his campaign? For shame!

    Life to you folks seems rather simple. I suppose in your minds, Obama offers a sense of entitlement - your time has come. The simple fact is that if you look past his rhetoric there is little substance. You buy into his chant of “change..yes we can” with little thought or experience as to the complexities involved in bringing about change. Some of you worship him like he is a “messiah”, here to save us from ourselves. He may in fact be anointed the nominee, and you like him, will think nothing can stop you. The simple and relevant truth is……. One can fool some of the people some of the time…but not all the people…. all the time.

    McCain may represent a party for which I may not find a lot of common ground however, I respect his honor, integrity and sacrifice to our country, the scars of which he still bears as a testament to his courage…. And I will place my hope for change in him. He has earned my respect and most likely my vote and the votes of millions of others who feel the same way.

    For the sake of our country and that of our future….thank god there are more of us than you, and we will not allow this fantasy to continue past Nov. DNC party chairs and uncommitted superdelgates… either stop this false prophet now….or we will do so with our votes come Nov.

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Sean

    I don't support McCain at all, but those kinds of protesters are doing a bit of harm to others who honestly want change.

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Obama v McCain

    And by the way.. i will never surrender in Iraq..............................
    there is a well known saying.. something about Pride and Falling?

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Lisa in GA.

    Whatever happened to peace? I don't see America being a leader of peace with this war in Iraq... a war that should have never been started. I as an American take no pride in kiing innocent people... its not about winning or losing.... its about all the innocent lives that have been lost in this war. Bush ought to be a stone cold alcoholic from all the souls that have been lost in this unnecessary war.

    I pray God have mercy on his soul.... but what does he care.. he has never worked a day in his life.... have never served any thing for our country... .. and yes.. he will go down in history as the WORST PRESIDEN that has ever cheated his way into the White House....

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    And Bush III starts his campaign in the tradition of his Bush predecessors. No dissent allowed and gung ho on we go.... The Bush Wars were based on LIES and represent one of the lowest points this country has gone through.

    Bush III stands there and rants about VICTORY without ever defining it.... sound familiar?


    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Kevin

    McCain doesn't give Foreign Policy speeches; he gives War Policy speeches.

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Jessica in IL


    What the hell are we in Iraq for, again??

    May 27, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Tony

    Republicans and war cannot be separted. It's in their DNA!

    May 27, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. unite the dems

    End the WAR. End the blood shed. Send all the Bush, Cheney, and Mccain family members to Iraq to serve. Instead of innocent young kids, you should be giving your lives for this unjust war you got us into.

    May 27, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Oma

    John McCaine speaks so often of never surrendering in Iraq – I am puzzled, who would we surrender to? We invaded a country, there is no real identifiable enemy, rather then "surrender" lets say that we will get out of a country we are not welcome in. Could that explain a lot of the resistance?

    May 27, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. open your eyes

    To McCain this is all about winning. Listen to how he says we cant have Al Qaeda claiming they beat us. Who cares if they claim that!?! We know the truth. This was never going to be won or lost anyway. Get over it John.

    May 27, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. No McCain

    Hey McCain..... seems like u are still in a dream thinking we are still in Vietnam war surrounded by thousands of so called enemies shooting at us..... WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the Vietnam war is over and we lost and we decided to CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Tony

    If Bush doesn't take us to war with Iran before he leaves the White House, McCain sure will if he gets in. VOTE DEMOCRAT!

    May 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Emmanuel

    Mcsame's problem is that he has no real ideas or solutions for the blunder that is Iraq. He is engaged in wishful thinking, hes gambling and he is more of the same failed Bush foreign policy fiasco. Mcsam's problem is not his old age but his old ideas which are irrelevant to Americas future.

    May 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Mianne

    Vince in NC – " we ousted Saddam, rid the country of the non-existent WMD's,..."

    There ARE wmd in Iraq. My brother in law is in the military and he confirmed that they absolutely found wmd in Iraq. I'm not sure why this isn't being reported... liberal media I guess....

    May 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Chris from San Antonio

    I don't see how you can surrender to an ideology Mr. McCain.

    May 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Lisa

    How can you restore honor to soldiers fighting in an unjust war?

    May 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Joe

    Keep on dreaming McSame!!!! You will not win the Iraq war. You said:" I will never surrender in Iraq". This is easy for you to say because you don't have a son or daughter in that country, you don't care about all the money the USA spend in Iraq and you don't care about the struggle o fthe American people. We don't need your face!!!!! Go away.

    May 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. wycliffe, NJ

    Your bad JUDGEMENT to take us to IRAQ war has costed our ECONOMY, EDUCATION, NATIONAL SECURITY, ........................



    May 27, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Quick

    Most likely some Obama supporters. They don't know any better.. Maybe they listened to Rev J. Wright to much.........................No, wait a minute, slept for 20 years and didn't listen and didn't know. YEA RIGHT!

    May 27, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. marymary4868

    McCain, we are all surrendering , are children in that unspeakable mayhem of a war that isn't even, or never should have been, it was about greed and power, did you bother to listen to the boys at the congressional hearing , about the coruption ,and they know it's wrong to be there, doing the horrible things they are told to do, to keep occupying that country, What in God's name do you call winning???? When all the poor people that live there are dead, women and children slaughtered like animals in a pen, and we even treat animals better. It is discussting to me that there are people that will vote for you, thinking that you will make everything o.k., you are discussting to say the very least, mc bush. You play the nice guy part, but a war monger under the sheeps cloth!

    May 27, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Sharon

    Senator McCain– This is the beginning of unrest.

    Please excuse
    their rudeness
    the rudeness of a country and a group of legislators so uninformed and unwilling to see their mistakes that they will allow others to die for them.

    We pulled out of Vietnam–just think where you would be if that lasted as long as the Iraqi War.

    History Lesson–How do you spell Iraq–Vietnam

    May 27, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Obama supporters

    Obama supporters would like to take away his right to free speech
    They are pathetic. I think the country will wise up before November and Obama will go back to the streets of Chicago. This only proves how anti- American they really are.

    May 27, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Citizen

    "I will never surrender." Hillary is that you?

    May 27, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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