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. Kell Ca

    delusional old man give us a break. Our troops will come home with honor..remember the war is a lie.

    So no honor would b????

    Rep party? hello

    Rep's are nothing more then warmongers

    No way will this country vote 4 more yrs of this stupid war.

    get real McBush!

    May 27, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Carl Los Angeles, all you are doing by pointing out that McCain voted to authorize the war is letting the Republicans shape that debate, just like Bush let the Democrats shape the debate definfing success in Iraq by allowing the argument to revolve around the finding of WMDs.

    Many of your party elders also voted to authorize the war, including John Kerry, and the Republicans used this to their advantage in 2004. Obama was not in the Senate when that vote was taken... so saying that he didn't vote for the War as some positive qualification would be like a 15 year old bragging that they didn't vote for Jimmy Carter.

    May 27, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Less, Austin Tx

    McCain "Jokes", what else is new.

    "Never surrender in Iraq"; aren't the Bush's wallets full enough, or is McCain planning to profit from this war also?

    Better hope this guy isn't elected president, as big of a mess this country's in already. McCain will definiately finish destroying this country's meaning and purpose of our existence.

    And our troops, they do need to come home, but with McCain, don't count on it. I can say this though, my sons will never serve this country under a guy like McCain or Bush, I will make sure of it.

    May 27, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. VoteForChange, Florida

    McCain: "One thing we don't do is interfere with others' right to free speech."

    –> So why don't you let them speak instead of kicking them out of the room ?

    May 27, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Aren't we running out of soldiers? I realize it's a trivial problem, but shouldn't we try to resolve it before we commit to another several years?

    And isn't this country running out of money? Aren't we in a recession?

    And my last question is: If we have a Democratic congress (with a larger majority), what do you think the odds are that they stop funding the war?

    May 27, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Talk about out of touch

    How many of you saying we need to stay until we win (which we never will – these people don't back down because they don't fear death as we do) many of you are posting from your foxholes in Iraq?

    May 27, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Kell Ca

    blood-thirsty war monger

    May 27, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Bill C from Florida

    People who claim to believe in the right of free speech and then interrupt someone exercising that right are the worst kind of hypocrites.

    May 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. The Bu

    Being a former member of our Armed Services, I see this war in Iraq as something that can never fully be, for lack of a better word, won. This war has now become about an ideology, not an actual purpose. Once Saddam was captured, we thought it would be peace throughout Iraq and the people have continued to show us that they do not want us there. I am so proud of our military and what they do to sacrifice on a daily basis, but let's be honest, we need to bring our troops home. It would not be "surrendering" nor would it be "quitting." It would be doing what's right for our country. We've already put their country at a disadvantage, let's make sure ours doesn't fall into disarray. Do we all remember the sign on the battleship that read "Mission Accomplished"? What has changed? Have we accomplished the mission or no? Let's bring our brothers and sisters home...NOW!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. H-ROD

    Iraq never attacked us NO 1. NO2 Iraq had nothing to do with 911, no3 no W.M.D.'s WHAT THE HELL IS THIS DUMB OLD MAN TALKING ABOUT. THE SAME BULL GEOREG BUSH GAVE US SAY NO TO THE MCCAIN WAR!!!! (YES OBAMA CAN)!!

    May 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. PDMason

    These people, as well as some posters, give an insight into the angry and bitter left who will fight for "rights" of enemies, but attempt to silence opinions different from their own.

    May 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. John in Ohio

    "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?"

    We have been. You old idiots have been giving us crappy choices, obvious political animals who're wholly co-opted by lobbyists and special interests, and telling us that we should vote for them. And, previously, we have been. Now we're happy that we have someone better, and you all just can't stand that you know you've supported a system that's been so wrong for so long.

    May 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Stennis, CA

    I will bet this man has los his bearing. Bush who is McCain's "mentor" is currently negotiating with North Korea, and is sending an envoy to meet with Bashir in Sudan while allowing GE to do business with Iran. Hmm, I wonder. I guess we don't need to talk with our enemies. The fear tactics worked in the past when most Americans were lost, but guess what, we are now found, and we are tired of this adminitrations manipulations.

    May 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Tony

    A vote for McCain is a vote for a never-ending war in Iraq and a yes to war with Iran.

    McCain is as dangerous as Bush, even more so becuase McCain has a brain.

    May 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Tonya Turner

    My husband serves in Iraq, his 5th tour and is as proud to meet this obligation as the ones to Afghanistan and his previous Iraq tours. He and the rest of them will not have honor until they have victory. You people who bash him are along the lines of the Vietnam War debacle citizens who settled for what we had to end the war, you have no honor. What will you say when this country goes through another 9/11, it is the actions of this administration and these brave men and women who have allowed you to get on here and speak your trash ensuring this does not happen again so you can speak your foolishness. You may want to go back and review who on the Dem side voted to go to war, you all remind me of the sports fans who jumped on the band-wagon when a certain team started winning claiming you were a fan all along. Those of you and your comments disgust me and are not even worth to call yourselves Americans.... Signed.....A proud wife.

    May 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Lazarito

    VICTORY FROM WHAT???????????WASN"T HUSSEIN THE CAUSE OF THE IRAQ WAR??????????????McCain is still in 2000 when he wanted to be president!!OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Moe

    I'm curious what McCain would consider victory. This is war on terrorism. This is a problem with deep roots. Until we can solve the problem of poverty and the Israeli / Palestine conflict, there will always be terrorism.

    So McCain, who is really naive and lacking in judgement? He says we are winning...What does that mean? Are there fewer terrorists out there today then yesterday? I doubt it....

    For once tell the people the truth....

    May 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. 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 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. The Old Guard

    May 27th, 2008 1:32 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thank you, skylark. Well said.

    John McCain is a threat to global security.

    P.S. I am so annoyed that so few of my posts make it to the comments, whereas there are other times when a triple post of the same information is allowed on. What is the critierion by which posts are judged?

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Amanda

    RON, you are just plain stupid. There it is. There is just no other way to say it.

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Keep it in mind

    McCain and the other Republican twits that think the Iraq war can be won if we just throw enough of our young men and women at it should be forced to go to Andrews Air Force base each day and watch the coffins being unloaded from the transport planes. What appallling arrogance to think we can fix something so completely screwed up.
    Our kids will continue to die, because W and his boys have no strategy other than to throw more and more troops at a problem that needs to be solved politically, economically, and socially.

    It's time for the Iraqis to solve their own problems. If they don't have the guts to stand up and fight their own battles, then they don't deserve to have their country. The puppet government we set up over there will either face the challenges, or be replaced. it's time for them to stop feeding at the trough of American good will.

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Louis Salerno

    He sure as hell surrendered in Vietnam; so what is his problem?
    Or did some one else waive the white flag for him?

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. what the buck

    I wouldnt be suprised if bush started another war right before he got out of office, to help McSame's stance on war!!!

    obama 08'

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. John, OH

    Also, what gets me is that he thinks that anti-war people are making plans to “surrender”. Maybe after we surrender then they’ll send in a leader to take over the White House and kick out the current president. Yes, this is the kind of world that the filthy liberals want you to live in. And that’s exactly why we stay in Iraq. And, at this stage of the argument, all the intelligent people are going to be dead due to head explosion because of the sheer stupidity of the argument.

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Tim in California

    For of McCain's so called "war expertise" to date he fails to realize....or at least admit.....we are NOT in a war in Iraq. The "war" ended almost 5 years ago.

    We've been locked in this absolutely moronic position where we are caught in the middel of a civil war.

    If Joe Lieberman was present...he cought correct McCain so he doesn't continue to mistake our occupation in Iraq with a war.

    Pity the old gentleman his loss of orientation.

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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