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. Kevin in Ohio

    Shortsighted idiots. God save us from the misguided self-fulfilling prophecy of the far left. And don't tell me you support our troops when everything you say and do is precisely the opposite of that.

    We are winning this conflict, despite the naysayers. The only thing preventing earlier victory is the terrorists' knowledge that there is significant dissent here at home, and their hope it will continue. If we don't address the issue of terrorism now, it will never be addressed, especially not with Obama style leadership in both the Exceutive and Legislative branches.

    I can't even begin to imagine the world we'd get if we surrendered. I'd rather not be around to see the result of surrender.

    May 27, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Griff

    Iranian's in the Outfield? Go John 'Man of the Moment' McCain.
    By the way, you make good Pizza... ????... Not your's!!! Never mind you're still a Winner....

    May 27, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Tom

    You anti war, anti American, jerks make me sick !!!! You easily forget that most of the demon crats voted for the war in the first place then when the fighting gets a little tough you all want to run and hide! I'm sure glad you whiners weren’t around during any of the other major conflicts the U.S.A. has faced in years past or else we might be speaking German right now or might still be a British colony.

    May 27, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Wise White Guy

    And before you make more of a fool of yourself McSame, there is a big difference between surrender and making a good decision. When you were in combat and your platoon was gettin its butt kicked i am sure once in a while you heard Fall Back! Sometimes its smart to pull back and change tactics instead of going until your brains are all over the ground. Is this too much for you to understand McSame? You look at the situation, evaluate it, make a decision, and act on it. Then you regroup and if necessary you go back with a new tactic. Perhaps if you would have been commanding your platoon the whole lot of you would be dead. Just think, we would not be hearing your dribble now. You are such a puppet!

    May 27, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Dave

    Unfortunately, McCain, when you wage a pre-emptive war where we are the aggressors, honor just isn't possible.

    May 27, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. canada

    i think this guy would make the world unsafe place please stop him.

    May 27, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Mildred Herbert

    John McCain just because you were a prisoner at war, That was many
    years ago. Please send our troops now; You're talking 2013 our troops will not make home half of them will be dead. The other half is
    already gone. Thank God my brother was serving our Country when Bill Clinton was in Office. He made it home alive. So John you and George want to these guys suffer the way you did, Shame on you.

    May 27, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. McCain is Lame!

    This Republic is voting Obama!

    May 27, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. R

    Surrender! What are we surrendering? We still hold claim to the USA. Is he implying that our occupation of Iraq is leading to some claim. Define VICTORY in Iraq, Mr. McCain. Please come to your senses that there will be no victory against an enemy who's members continue to grow and strenghten each day we occupy Iraq. That said, how do we know which Iraqis are our friends and which are our delcared enemies? You are supporting Bush's failed war by staying the course with no end in sight. In the meantime our brave and honorable soldiers are fulfilling a duty to serve with no "real" objective beyond saving the oil-rich territories.

    May 27, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. edward gorczyca

    i do not want to moderate my about that fool makeshift?

    May 27, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Robert in Toronto,ON

    After watching some of the gut-wrenching stories from Memorial Day, what's really absymal is the fact that their lives and their stories of pain and suffering for a war that they should have NEVER gone into... Why spend another day in Iraq? If some of the media reports are true and there are signs of improvements, then get the US troops deployed to where they are really needed. Or better yet get them home!

    McCain would have voters believe that he will pull them out at a reasonable time, but by not setting some kind of timetable (other than that laughable 2013 spin) he will make SURE that those troops are deployed in Iraq until the satisfaction of his US government. Someone like McCain doesn't know when to quit, and won't be satisfied until everything is to his liking. He actually would keep those troops there for 15 years more if he felt it had to be done.

    May 27, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Michael, an independent Canadian

    Most of the world knows that the real source of terrorism has always been in Afghanistan. Why are the UN (and some US) troops there?

    Obama is the only one who has made it clear that he will redeploy troops from Iraq to Afghanistan.

    I'm not surprised that McCain continues to pursue policies that spend over $130Billion annually in Iraq when he has twice stated that our (Canadian) health care system is no good (I would like to speak to his experts on the Canadian health care system to show them that we get better health care at a low cost per capita!)

    May 27, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Mianne

    "What is the cost in young American lives for your "victory" Mr. McCain?"

    What is the cost in American lives if we DON'T win in Iraq. Are we supposed to just let Bin Laden, and the others, organize another attack like 9/11/01? And why is everyone blaming Bush for getting into this war. The Senate voted for the war – why aren't you holding them accountable – especially the Hillary Clinton supporters. In my opinion, Bush's mistake was holding on to Rumsfeld for too long – a sentiment shared by John McCain. Now we've adopted a new strategy and we're winning.

    May 27, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. hillary hater

    he is old . He is losing his bearing. Both hillary and Mccain voted for the war

    May 27, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Moderate

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

    Sounds like peace with Honor, we tried that in Vietnam, how did that work out anyway?

    May 27, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    It just occurred to me – our taxes are paying for the FUEL for Bush to go to a fundraiser for his fellow war-monger. I protest his abuse of taxpayers money – wasting petroleum for McSame's gain !!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. David, Miami Florida

    I'm looking forward to seeing this primate whose views are no different than that of W's being blown away come November.
    This so called war has made the U.S. the lauging stock of the planet. Iraq was invaded, and regardless of it's dictator NO country would put up with another country storming it's borders, bombing it's infrastrusture to bits, putting in place a puppet government then killing it's leader no matter how bad he or she was. Bush and company are to be sure the most corrupt in possibly the history of mankind, but even with that said American's would not tolerate another government doing what this country has done to Iraq.

    May 27, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Robert from Washington

    I, too, would like to see our troops come home from the occupation with victory and honor. But five years in, we have neither. Our national reputation is in tatters around the world, al-Qaida is resurgent, Afghanistan is sliding back into chaos, and there is no victory on the horizon. I'm a progressive, and I like John McCain, but hopeful bromides and slogans aside, he has chained himself to a Texas-sized turd and I think he'll go down with the next flush.

    May 27, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Mike from Westchester

    His view appears to be that, in Iraq, the choice between "victory" and "surrender". if that is the case, then our country has a real problem if he is elected. The only resolution to the conflict in Iraq is through engagement or negotiation and the same goes for most of our Middle East problems. If we cannot find a mutually agreeable future with the nations in the Middle East, and for they cannot with each other, and between our nation and the Islamic World, then we condemn ourselves and our children to ongoing strife.

    If our leaders, like Bush and McCain, cannot understand this, then they cannot lead. It is not about capitulating, but we must find a way to achieve our goals for peace, stability, and economic growth for the United States and for the nations in that region.

    If McCain only will pursue this war to "victory" and sees negotiation as "surrender", we WILL be fighting for decades, if not for 100 years.

    May 27, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Loletha


    May 27, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. TP

    If McCain and Bush want to bring democracy to the middle east, they should start with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The reason all the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia is that Al Qaeda wants to overthrow the corrupt and brutal dictatorship in Saudi Arabia, the most conservative Muslim dictatorship in the Arab world, and America is Saudi Arabia's number 1 supporter. Saddam Hussein not only has nothing to do with 9/11, but viewed Al Qaeda as a threat to his dictatorship. The war against the people behind 9/11 is in Afghanistan and Pakistan, not Iraq. American politicians have to be more aware of the blow back they are generating in the Muslim world with their backing of Arab dictatorships in an effort to keep the price of gas low.

    May 27, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. tblno

    I dont think we are protesting agianst the war ENOUGH

    May 27, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. kmorrison

    Gotta love how protestors shoot themselves in the foot by making themselves and their cause look foolish/childish.

    May 27, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Write in Hillary Clinton in November...We can make a difference in the General Election.

    May 27, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Scott W.

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

    "The Revolution: A Manifesto" by Ron Paul
    #1 on Amazon
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    Read it.

    May 27, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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