May 27th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
13 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. Amanda

    Why is it so hard for "The best polital team on tv" to update there own delegate counter.

    May 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. perception5

    ONCE AGAIN, intolerant liberal Democrats interfere with the "rights" of American to express their views.

    What a truely sad bunch.............................

    May 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Tony

    McCain calls himself a patriot and says no one respects the service men and women of this country more than he does, yet he is against the GI Bill put forth by Sen. Jim Webb of VA guaranteeing all military personnel full benefits after a year of service. Apparently what was good enough for McCain is not good enough for todays men and women in uniform.

    McCain will turn his back on the service men and women of this country, as well as the rest of to get what he wants. TYPICAL REPUBLICAN. Hasn't the last 8 horrific years opened America's eyes???????? WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    May 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Annette

    McCain please define victory? It's now 5 years +. A point on the GI bill? McCain with the war in Iraq and Afganistan and the deplorable conditions at Walter Reed and other bases during your tenure, and your experience being a war hero. How on earth could you argue about this bill? If you really want to show your support, then incorporate your bill with the one that just Webb has out there which includes educational benefits for family. This is what working together is all about. Our troops deserve everything the US can offer them and their families.

    May 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Carl

    Scott W. May 27th, 2008 1:43 pm ET

    Don't blame me, I voted for RON PAUL.

    "The Revolution: A Manifesto" by Ron Paul
    #1 on Amazon
    #1 New York Times Bestseller

    Read it.


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

    At first, I couldn't imagine anyone voting for this guy. But then I realized that both Dem candidates want to use my hard earned tax money to bail out morons who didnt realize that house prices were inflated and ARMs and NegAm loans were a bad idea. In actuality, it'll only bail out those that have claim to these mortgages, not the borrowers. As prices CONTINUE to fall (which they will), homedebtors will continue to walk away despite whatever bailout they've received.

    Call it the MBA in me but rewarding uninformed people's financial stupidity with my tax dollars when I knew prices were headed down and I needed 20% and a fixed just a slap in the face.

    In short? I hate the war, but I don't wait a stupid bailout. IDK '08. Dems are all about helping people who can't help themselves, etc, but about 90% of these people's predicaments were built on their own greed and ignorance, not anyone/anything else. Then again, we need to get the hell out of Iraq NOW. It's a waste of time. These people were POLLED, and a majority of people want a constitution based on Islam – which, like all religions, does NOT equal democracy (or logic). So what are we going to do convince them otherwise? Give me a break. Either our government is extremely cocky to think they can counter thousands of years of beliefs, or there's another agenda. Either way, it's BS.

    May 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Ricky Marlin, New Orleans, LA

    What is victory in Iraq?

    Has any of the Oil Club told us what that is yet?

    May 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. JRM


    You seriously need some help. "Hussein Obama"...that's a nice touch, you fear monger. I hope the good people of this country wake from their deep sleep and rise up against politicians and people like you. Only then will the true spirit of America be fully realized.

    Please people, start writing to your congressmen and women. Start taking an active involvement in politics. Things will never change unless we change them.

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

    Typical military guy– it's all about 'victory and honor,' right? PLEASE. Put your pride aside, bring out troops home.

    This will be your downfall in November McCain... America doesn't want to be at war anymore. This just shows how out of touch you are.

    May 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. james, newport, KY

    "I'll never surrender in Iraq?" Never say never, John.
    As in, I'll never vote for John McCain.
    Ooops...that would be just like a politician...I misspoke. Allow me to correct myself. I'll not consider voting for McCain. Or Obama.
    Third party please stand up!

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

    Is it possible for McCain to start thinking diplomacy instead of harping on fighting and winning this war as long as it takes? Hasn't it been long enough, now? It's time for some policy changes and McCain doesn't appear to be entertaining that possibility. Why he continues to follow Bush's policy in Iraq is beyond comprehension, especially, after over 70% of Americans are against this war and want to bring it to an end soonest.

    May 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. CW4Barak

    There will be no country for old men! Say no to this WARMONGER!

    Obama '08!

    May 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Greg

    As a still serving veteran of 27 years I believe McCain is intolerant of any views regarding Iraq that differ from his own. He has wedged himself into the nomination with an unrealistic solution and is determined to not waiver on this issue. He has really becom pathetic and cares little for the tropps as he has systematically voted against their needs for years. The troops serve with honor now and pulling out from a misguided pre-emptive war is not surrendering. We achieved the military mission. Those who decry that we have to stay there regadless of the deaths need to put their money where their mouth is and enlist.

    May 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Navy Corpsman

    I totally agree with you army captain and thank you for your service. I'm going to Iraq next year and dreeding to go...why can't the civilians realize we cannot win over there. Also, people like ron need to serve in the military obviously they don't respect us! Thanks again army captain!

    May 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Paul

    Our troops need to come home, McLame.

    May 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Bill

    Wake up John McCain. How many of your rich republican supporters of the war in Iraq have served, and how many of their relatives have served? I'm so sick of their macho crap about cut and run, surrender, etc.I am not a member of your party, but being a former Airedale Navy Sailor i did respect you. Do the tough talking clowns you represent respect your military service? I don't agree with sending our service members to Iraq to be killed, and to kill others.

    May 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Michael Wiese

    Don't mess with Grumpy Grandpa McCain, he will send you to your room without any dessert, then forget why he sent you there in the first place.

    May 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "American Party May 27th, 2008 1:44 pm ET
    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"


    Wrong blog – this one's about McCain getting heckled. It's not about Barack Obama.

    Next time, focus on the task at hand!

    May 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Pat

    Elect McCain and Bush will have a 3rd term. McCain is more Hawkish than the bloody Pres and VP. He wants to deny vet benefits unless they've served at least 3 years. What if they become disabled in the first year of service? I guess they'be tough outta luck.

    May 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. fred2..since another stole my name

    I can understand where McCain is coming from...Our VietNam vets came home without honor...and that was a shame!!

    Go Hillary.

    May 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Chi4Obama

    So "Body Bags McCain" still wants to continue this war until we are "victorious". I still have yet to understand by what criteria does he actually measure "victory" by. Is it by the amount of tax payer dollars that the U.S. is spending unnecessarily? Or is the number of lives that we have lost while in combat?

    Then again, maybe he is trying to relieve his war days vicariously through our troops. But yet, he opposed an amendment to a G.I. Bill that would give our veterans supplemental funding for college.


    Democrats '08.


    May 27, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. J.O.

    Churchill said that the weakest part of a democracy is the voters. After perusing a number of the comments on these blogs, I know he was correct. The non-thoughtful herd following behaviour demonstrated here is actually frightening. If you want to be listened to, don't call names, do research, make an argument and state facts, not opinions to support it. Think with your head, feel with your heart, don't confuse the two.

    May 27, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. H-ROD


    May 27, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Generation X

    This is great, Hillary supporters heckling McCain, I heard one of them scream, "Hillary" in the background. So Hillary supporters are you supporting Hillary or McCain, you guys need to make up your mind!? And you Hillary/McCain 08 people, what are you going to do? It is like going to McDonald's and ordering a Whopper!

    May 27, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Dexter

    Who woke the baby-killer and had him give a speech?

    Go back to sleep, John. November is right around the corner, and then it'll be over and you can retire on your C**t wife's money.

    May 27, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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