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. Mantan

    McLame, look what your so called experience has gotten America into. Straight talk express, huh? Sounds to me like straight b.s. express. Don't you have any policies of your or only the ones Bush has given you. Go home old man.

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Our troops are not cannon fodder for Mobil-Exxon! They deserve educational benefits! Bring them home now and tell McSame and his pal Dumbya that their failed foreign policy is toast!

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. karen

    This is an ellegal war and there will never be "victory", only death. Get real McCain and quite being a warmonger!! That is why you will never win and that is the big reason there is such a movement accross this country for the last couple years. WE THE PEOPLE are taking back our country!!! NO MORE WARS!!!! NO MORE KILLINGS AND NO MORE WAR FOR OIL! Go Obama!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Barack Obama 44th president

    Just to show how very out-of-touch McCain is, little did he know his own words would come back to bite him very harm, because they do describe him wholeheartedly – "McCain has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq. I think the American people would judge that very harshly."

    It is you McCain who has been judged very harshly by the American people and the thousands of men and women who have lost their lives in this "rash war" that you have helped to facilitate.

    It is true what Ed Shultz has been saying all along – McCain is a war-monger.

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time for Barack Obama for president !

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. RP

    What victory? What a fool.

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Roswell Ed

    Where have y'all been? The surge is working.

    Bush's goal is to have no attacks here in Amer and guess what?

    No attacks.

    Most Americans opposed getting involved in WWII and how did that turn out?

    I trust our generals and admin more than I trust the likes of Pelosi and Durban the turban.

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. John

    I just want to thank gw Bush and Johnny McSame for making it so easy to roll over the GOP in the fall and return our country to greatness under our new President Barack Obama. McSame is so out of touch, and he proves it with every word that comes out of his mouth, I can't wait for the prctures of him and Bush together that will truely be worth a million words. Obama 08,12 Hope, peace and prosperity finnaly 1-20-09 the end of Bush politics and the change our country needs.

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Why?

    Old men send them to war,and the young men fight

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Nia

    If he isn't hendering another person's right to free speech then instead of blowing out alot of the usual political song and dance...invite him onto the stage...if free speech isn't be hendered. Try and see what point they are getting across. if it is unfounded then they look like the idiots.

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Peggy - Texas

    "I will never surrender in Iraq" – OK, But can you win? All you seem to care about at this time is your image and the image of the US as tough guys-don’t mess us – this post WII mentality is out of date.

    The reality is that we can never really win in the middle-east due to the vast differences in culture and religion. All we can do is keep the Arab/Jewish states weak by infighting- a fight we should not get in the middle of.

    In the mean time China is kicking our Butt's in the $$$$$ war.

    >>> Is there some reason my comments NEVER make it in??? I would like to see my 2 cents worth of an opinion to show up in print, especially when I see others have 3 or 4 comments show up in a single session!!! <<<<

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. marvinj

    If your of draft age or have children that will be . John mcSame is your guy. Let's not forget Republicans see war scrictly as a money making venture, they can talk democracy all they want. But at the end of the day it's about the money. Look at todays situation in Iraq, billions of dollars said to be sitting in some bank.
    Question of the day just the interest alone can some brilliant mind give me and idea of how much daily this would amount to? While average Americans continue to pay the borrowed money back to China and others.

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Nick Bartolo

    This guy needs to let the Vietnam thing go already. I feel very badly for what happened to him & other brave soldiers in Hanoi; but that war was a generation ago. We have no business in Iraq & never did. If we wanted to invade the real terrorist nests, we should have invaded Saudi Arabia & Pakastan... oh wait, they are our "allies" (as long as they have things we need, like oil & strategic locations)...

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Spectacles

    Make that I will bring our troops home dead, suffering, wounded and lacking in veterans benefits, health care, PTDS screening or college benefits. And then I will send them back for a few more tours because now that we have done the shock and awe thing we have to get rid of Al Qaida and build permanent bases and get at the oil forever.

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. robb

    Its not about surrender, John. We have nothing left to prove.

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. David in Chicago

    What about the dead soldiers? What do they come home with?

    What if this isn't black and white (win or loose)? What if we ALREADY did our job there and now it's time for the Iraqi people to step up to the plate and take over this job?

    What if we just bring our boys home before more of them die?

    What if you made up your mind about WHEN you want to bring them home?

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. yowza

    "They would not be proud of what some of us have become."

    You have no understanding of history, do you?

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. redwilliam of which year next?...Maybe naught

    It's the Maker's Mark, without a barrel, without alcohol. How about that? Picked and Made'em. Just 1 Man.

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Umpire

    Not to deny that there are some genuine and protesters on McCain's trail, but remember that in the past the GOP, its supporting splinter groups, and its candidates have hired and otherwise encouraged "protesters" to stage scenes like this. VP Spiro Agnew was especially fond of setting them up to give him opportunities to denounce "niggling nabobs of negativity." Expect more of the same. They make McCain look good, in a pretty obvious way.

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. History is a great teacher

    Yeah, and Custer never surrendered either...and we all know how far he got with that attitude.

    May 27, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Tina

    What is success???? This war is about money and oil. End this war now and bring our troops home. While you are at it, help them go to school and have a career after they get home Mccain.

    Shame on you Mccain, the warmonger

    End this war!!!!!!

    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. John, OH

    Isn't "escorting" out protesters basically impeding free speech, in and of itself?

    May 27, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Spectacles

    This guy needed that PTSD screening becaue he is still trying to win the war in Viet Nam
    A good stooge was chosen to continue the Bush wars.

    May 27, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. New Day

    "Our American troops will come home with victory and with honor..."

    Well, the ones that aren't killed because we need to appease a do-nothing Iraqi governement who seem to enjoy watching our men and women die while they drag their feet, anyway.

    Isn't it time we let Iraqis define their own future, imperfect as it may be? It took us almost 150 years to go from new nation to world power. In that time we went through a civil war and a lot of growing pains but we did it on our own. Iraq deserves the same opportunity.

    May 27, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL


    May 27, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Navy Veterans for Change

    Our troops already have honor and are victorious. They always will be.

    Let Iraqis fix their country, and bring our troops home to their families. It's been long enough.

    McCain didn't mention anything about the horrifying increasing number of suicides by our returning troops.

    May 27, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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