September 4th, 2008
10:36 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: A big test for McCain

CNN

Watch: Protestors interupt John McCain's speech Thursday night.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - As protestors in the audience continue to grab the crowd’s attention – and they unintentionally step on McCain’s speech with their chants - he recognizes that he really faces a serious problem. And he’s doing his best to short-circuit it.

The danger in incidents like this is that people will see him as a president that will divide the country. His initial response is the right on: the most important thing he can do is calm the situation, and the crowd – and keep calm himself.


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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Mike

    ARE WE SCARE YET

    September 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. Christy

    This is a terrible speech. If Palin's litmus test was the speech, McCain should be at the bottom of the ticket or away from it all together. GOP should throw this one and put Palin up against Obama in 2012.

    September 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. venus

    Mc Cain is not believable....

    September 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. high information voter

    The people at the convention listening to McCain, who has yet to state one specific plan, seem like sheep. I don't understand these people. And what is with the screen behind him? A flag? Fields of grain? Seriously?

    September 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. young, gifted and black

    y isnt he wearing a flag pin... i dont think he is patriotic enough...

    September 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. GALib

    You cannot have a convention that have been bitter in tone and full of personal attacks without any substance, and think that people will not become upset. The GOP set themselves up for the protestors. Collecting more and more along the way! Imagine what will happen if they take office.

    September 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. Jen

    Oh I see McCain is going to be a man of change by doing the same things the Republicans have always done. Wow thats something...

    September 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. GOP = change tonight? Won't work, sorry McCain

    I see, Cheney and Bush now have a new name – they are called "some Republicans" now

    September 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Mercedes

    This is sad to hear but he should know that americans are angry and want REAL change. Unfortunately, he isn't change especialy after this week. He has done wrong with the democrates and Obama and people are angry. There are others that are angry of Washington as whole and want the war to stop. Whatever the reason was, it still makes me sad to see our country so divided. Thanks Bush, look at the mess you are leaving. I hope after November the country could unite.

    September 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Shirley

    Sorry but McCain can do nothing but divide us, he comes across as disturbed and a war monger. The man really is out of touch – I could never vote for him and the token blonde on the ticket.

    September 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. UH-OHH

    If I were McSame, I'de pay especially close attention to whats going on in Alaska with troopergate and Palin's extramarital affair. The National Enquirer is hard at work over there. They were the ones that uncovered the Edwards scandel.

    GO OBAMA/ BIDEN 08'

    September 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. Jason Odell

    McCain seems to be stumbling along with his delivery tonight.

    September 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. CM

    Protests will continue to ramp up anywhere McCain and Palin are, especially since they'r right wing nutjobs.

    In this day and age we have attempted book bannings, abortion rights removed and no real economy solutions in sight.

    They're on their way out. The GOP caused these problems, they can't expect reasonable people to believe they are the solution.

    September 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. jamel

    it has been said that the issues have not been addressed as yet within the RNC but in my belief only one person can effectively do that and thats presidential candidate John Mccain. after all its him who is running for the white house not his friends, family or supporters

    September 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. Democracynow2008

    Just like the GOP silence the protesters because its the GOP that has failed the American People and the American Worker.
    I hope you will show that part of the Protesters and even interview some of them on CNN.
    Lets get their side of the story thats what a News Network should do.

    September 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. showstopa23

    "Republicans are corrupte" John McCain....He said it himself!!!

    September 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. FEMALE

    maybe it was staged he did have great words. I believe the He should have run for presidency like 15 yearsago. He has love for the country no doubt. But having sarah palin as a VP was the worst choive ever.....

    September 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. Rich

    John McCain/Republicans, divisive? Nahhhhh, really???

    September 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Ken in Michigan

    Where is McCain's flag pin on his lapel?

    September 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. lito

    he will divide the country and he is so boring. keep saying the same stuff he said befor

    September 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. pink lipped pitbull

    not only do we view rebubs as dividers, we know it

    September 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  22. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    I was surprised to see Sen. McCain embracing President Bush's administration instead of telling the American people what his plans would be–not a good move for him.

    September 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  23. NPA

    The last time the republicans bullied the media from investigating their actions, we ended up with a messy war in our hands. This time the republicans are bullying the media from vetting Palin and questioning the obviously questionables. This is the media's chance to make up for their screw ups from last time. They better grow a back bone.

    September 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. Kevin - Jonesboro, GA

    I am very afraid of the picture he is painting!!! God help us if he actually wins!!!

    September 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. Audrey Fryer

    Why I'm sure he will be ordering another "surge". What is so noble about a surge in an illegal invasion – just a license to murder more innocent people. Thoroughly disgusted that you even allow this senile old man speak let alone cover his speeches. "The surge worked; the surge worked; we got to kill more of them Iraqis; great were fixing those Islamist terrorists; kill more children, kill more babies, kill more women;" Good G-d already – he is just trying to relive the Viet Nam war that he lost. Warmonger of the first order.

    Audrey

    September 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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