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. Creative Woody

    "Our American troops will come home with victory and with honor to a government that doesn't support the veterans with healthcare or education."

    There, I fixed your quote, McCain.

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. vesper


    You are unfortunately one of a kind.
    May 27th, 2008 1:46 pm ET

    Republicans LOVE war. psycho people.


    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. G Margate, FL

    John McCain needs to get his old behind on the battle field to see what these young men and women are going through.

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Karen P

    If McCain doesn't want to be coined "fear monger" "war monger" then he needs to let up a litte. We've all heard his war stories, we all know he's patriotic, we all know he was a POW...enough already.

    I want to hear about the economy. So far the only candidate who acts and talks like a true leader is Obama.

    This is a country, not a commercial for the pentagon.

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Ben

    How many American lives is McCain's pride worth?

    As far as I can tell, all the objectives for Iraq have been met:

    1. Secure Iraq against the threat of spreading WMD to terrorist groups that might use them against the USA - check.

    2. Remove Saddam Hussein, his family and his followers from power - check.

    3. Institute a democratic government in Iraq - check.

    4. Have democratic elections in Iraq - check.

    What else are we doing there? At what point do we have to say that we have done all we can do, it's time to go?

    Meanwhile the Taliban is trying to mount a comeback in Afghanistan, bin Ladin is still breathing air and putting out tapes to al Jazeera, and we have more enemies than we did on September 11, not less. So could someone please explain to me why we are wasting our time in Iraq instead of refocusing our forces on the people who hit us on 9/11?

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Ben

    ". . . we don't interfere with others' right to free speech" McCain said as one group of protesters were escorted out.
    Am I the only one who finds this sentence funny?

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. James, SC

    American Party,

    I love your words. They speak of you of little integrity and character. You are too big a coward to even attach your name to your own words, or perhaps you are not smart enough to come up with these words yourself?

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. stuart_zechman

    Heckling McLame is the patriotic duty of all real Americans. No to 100 years of war in Iraq!

    No to mcLame!

    No to McBush!

    Yes to Obama!
    Yes we can!

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. SaneTexan

    I really don't like the man (McCain) but he is not nearly as scary as Obama and Michelle and their deep seeded hate for whites and America. Obama doesn't have a clue about foreign policy and he will sell out our country to the Muslims like Bush has to the Saudis and big oil. Anyone but Obama in 08!

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Esther

    Please, could someone ask McCain what exactly he means by 'victory'? Victory against what or who? What/who are they fighting against in Iraq? What is the war all about? Why are they wasting american money and resources fighting the war? Who is benefiting? What is 'VICTORY'? You hear of wars between two countries/powers for a certain purpose, but the Iraq war has no goal nor opponent...John McSame, please clarify what 'victory' means. Thank you.

    May 27, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Sgt Baird

    My name is Sgt. Baird. I am in the Army over in Iraq. I watch this sights and posts with disappointment that the freedom I am willing to give my life for is so people can bicker like this. Yes this was a bad guided war and yes young American's have lost their lifes for its cuase. And yes we all wish we could come home, but at what cost. Ask yourself this before you protest to bring the troops home. If we leave, who are to protect the innocent over here, the children, the wifes, the husbands, the sons. I joined this military to fight for freedom both at home and abroad. Is their freedom any less important then ours?

    May 27, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Obama supporters

    Don't let obama and his anti-American drug users fool you!

    May 27, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Andy J, NY

    Hey, Vince in NC-

    To answer your question: Yes, it is our problem if the Iraqi state fails and Iran comes to dominate the middle east. For a number of complex, interconnected reasons, we cannot afford to let Iraq fail.

    If they don't make it work, there will be even bigger problems with oil supply- due to who will control the vast iraqi reserves (most likely iranians).

    So, instead of regurgitating the typical and sad democratic party line, why don't you do a little research and hit the books. I suppose you could be one of those liberals who doesn't want us to drill for oil in the wildlife reserve in alaska or off the coasts, you want to "protect the environment," but you won't bother to look here first. You want to make us dependent on foreign oil, and then just give up a major line of supply to Iran, by pulling out of Iraq and declaring it a failed state.

    Thats just one small facet of the complex situation we face.

    May 27, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Tyme4chaing

    McCain will not go to the white house this year. He has join forces with Bush again. No McCain not this time. America is deternine not to let you into the white house. McCain has no intention of changing the Bush policies. McCain is one of the same with Bush. Both of them are losers.

    May 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Tired of W, OH

    How long until McCain starts referring to the insurgents as the "Viet Cong"? It's obvious that he's one of the people that believe we only lost the Vietnam war because we stopped fighting. He's still fighting the (Vietnam) war in his head!

    May 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Pistoff

    McCain is a war pig. We don't need another right wing kook in office.

    May 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Canuck

    the protesters are obviously unemployed bums. get a job you democrat degenerates!

    May 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. JOE-VA

    These may be the finest moments of McCain. Once he has to deal with Obama on policy and vision, he will be toast.

    May 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Tim in California

    let me re-write

    For all 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 middle of a civil war.

    If Joe Lieberman was present…he could 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 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Ken


    Glad to see you're willing to sacrifice everyone else but you for your war fanatsy.

    May 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. FP

    The Obamaniacs at work again!!

    May 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Calvin Martin

    How does a political or foreign policy failure determine the success or failure of a military campaign. I'm tired of hearing these beaurocratic bone heads trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Just because their idea of a solution failed doesn't constitue a failure on the military. The military has done what it was asked to do. They deserve the utmost distinction that our country can give them no matter the circumstances of their return home. We as a country threw them into this mess and tied their hands with bad equipment and unrealistic goals and we just expect every thing will come out rosey. Sometimes we make mistakes it just takes a true leader to admit it.

    May 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. becky

    I am tired of people on the news saying how americans hate to lose so we will stay in this war tell we win. STOP SPEAKING FOR ME. We have been losing as a country for the last 12 years. No one has done one thing for the american people. What Washington has forgot is "We the People" and not "You the top 10 to 15% wealthy".

    It is time "We the People" take back our country.

    We should never have gone into this war, we now have a broken country.

    Bush needs to get it together, start taking CARE of our service men and our country. Get it together or get out! That is what we hired you to do, Washington start doing your jobs.

    May 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. think people

    C'mon, people, stop calling him an old man. I have the deepest respect for McCain and his commitment to this country. He suffered in service for America in ways most of us cannot even imagine.

    However, I think that his Vietnam service is clouding his judgment, making it impossible to admit that this was an unjust war that should never have been waged. Object to his policies; critique his poor judgment in not seeing the financial writing on the wall; reject his attempt to continue the same Bush policies and to sell out to the conservatives. But don't question the man's integrity, devotion, or service to this country.

    Incidentally, I am a staunch Obama supporter. I trust most Clinton supporters are smart enough to swallow their bitterness from the primary and do what is best for themselves and America–if they are capable of rational thought, anyway.

    May 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Mike D. from San Diego

    As a war veteran myself, I'm sick of this notion that many veterens (McCain included) think of themselves as some kind of super citizen. It's disgusting that he thinks Obama has no right to mingle in veterans affairs or be commander in chief because he didn't put on a uniform...Obama clearly had the foresight to not get caught up in the pro-war hysteria and give his approval to this debacle. THAT in itself makes him supremely qualified to be commander-in-chief...I don't care how many shiny buttons and pins you have on your uniform or if if you have one at all.

    May 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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