September 18th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Protesters interrupt Palin and McCain speeches

John McCain and Sarah Palin were interrupted by protestors Thursday.

John McCain and Sarah Palin were interrupted by protestors Thursday.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) - Sarah Palin’s introduction of John McCain in Cedar Rapids Thursday was noisily interrupted by a small group of anti-war protesters from the University of Iowa, who sparked a back-and-forth of shouting that drowned out at least four minutes of her remarks.

Palin kept speaking throughout the disruption, but her remarks were nearly unintelligible to much of the audience inside the airplane hangar where the rally was held.

About five minutes into Palin’s speech, four female students from the University of Iowa Feminist Majority and Anti-War Alliance held up a cloth banner, and began a loud anti-war chant in the middle of the crowd. An advance staffer tore the banner from their hands and other members of the audience shouted them down with chants of “USA! USA!” and “SARAH! SARAH!”

It was several minutes before the women were escorted from the venue.

The demonstration should have come as no surprise to McCain-Palin advance staff: a local newspaper, The Gazette, reported earlier that the protesters would be in attendance Thursday.

Another protester disrupted McCain’s speech about half an hour later, sparking an even louder, but shorter, commotion.

Palin stumbled out of the gate on arriving in Cedar Rapids. The Alaska governor told the audience that she was thrilled to be in “Grand Rapids,” the Michigan city where the campaign had just overnighted.


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soundoff (427 Responses)
  1. J from DC

    I heard a lot about the economy from Biden this week. Why do we not get to see more of Biden. I know he is not black, or a women, but there has got to be something positive and interesting about him that is worth reporting. So far, I am still under impressed with the current coverage, or quality of stories on him. For a story to run, it needs legs. For a man who has been in public service has long as he has, I think he is getting the short end of the stick. He may not have gotten a lot of votes in is Presidential run. But, then again, Palin did not even run. This man may seriously be the most qualified of all the candidates.

    September 18, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. a, holley

    Any women wil do? I guess

    September 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Transparency Please

    Palin stumbled out of the gate on arriving in Cedar Rapids. The Alaska governor told the audience that she was thrilled to be in “Grand Rapids,” the Michigan city where the campaign had just overnighted.

    aaaargh. Someone forgot to reprogram the Stepford Hockey Mom. Too bad.
    Hey Sarah, how about some transparency...care to answer some questions about Troopergate?

    September 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. J from DC

    They said Sarah, Sarah. No McCain. I guess they really dont like him. And, to shout USA and Sarah, what does that really mean.??? What ever happend to "Yes we can." Oh, thats right, that Obama...

    September 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Rena

    Obama or America is doomed! It amazes me how months ago they claimed Obama had no experience yet he is the ONLY political candidateon this election feast showing that he has experience and good judgement. McCain has copied everything this man has done and said. He took the Change line, he now approves we need to talk to our foreign opposers, we need to regulated and not deregulate, we now need to withdraw troops out of Iraq using a timeline, and Obama said no holiday tax it's a gimmick; where is the holiday tax McCain? Thanksgiving and Christimas is coming up. Lastly, McCain said Obama is inexperienced yet he picks the least experiencef person on the map. Can't he come up with anything original on his own. Oh, I forgot he's waiting for Obama to come up with the next plan so he can copy that.

    McCain=Copy cat and liar

    September 18, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. mitchell

    the wrong town? omg! i'm sure that went over well. methinks the protesters have it right.

    September 18, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Kiah G.

    HA!

    September 18, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. ines

    It was noticeable. We all saw it!

    September 18, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. K.NIX

    Good for them!!
    Someone needs to let them feel the pain of the people
    Not the elites
    I hope they continue to protest wherever they speak.
    Like the Roman empire, America would fall if those 2 got elected

    September 18, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. nunnya

    Thank GOD for real patriots.

    September 18, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. mitchell

    the protests will only grow,now. it's becoming kewl. i do like seeing mcpalin squirm.

    September 18, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Loud & Proud Leftie

    Love it! But, how sad for our (supposedly) free democratic nation that Palin's "advance staffers" tore down the banner. So much for free speech.

    September 18, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. mitchell

    this does not look good on your resume' ,mrs. palin.

    September 18, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Steve

    ANOTHER Republican has jumped ship. This time it's Nebraska's Rep. Sen. Chuck Hagel. I agree Sen. Hagel, It would be a "Stretch" for Sarah Palin to be President. Most Republicans can see the writing on the wall, now their out to save their own butts!
    GO OBAMA

    September 18, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. obamacrat

    Welcome to the big leagues Sarah!

    September 18, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. nick, texas

    Citizens enjoying their 1st amendment rights. Tearing down banners is
    un-American.

    September 18, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Cam

    Hahahahaha.....I'm glad to be in Grand Rapids, even though that's not where I am.......

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    An advance staffer tore the banner form their hands and other members of the audience shouted them down with chants of “USA! USA!” and “SARAH! SARAH!”
    -----–

    Are you sure they weren't chanting "Four legs good, two legs bad"?

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Matt

    What a mess the Republican ticket has become.

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Vivi Sanders

    Not only did she "misspeak" the name of the city, but was it also a "misspeak" when she referred to the Palin-McCain administration?
    Just who is the presidential candidate here?

    Vivi from Lindale, GA

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    You forgot to mention McCain trying to speak to automakers at a car plant who waited for him to start speaking when nearly all began shouting, "Obama! Obama! Obama!"

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Angus McDugan

    This is how dems conduct themselves. No respect for anyone but themselves. Shameful and disapointing.

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. NORA, FLORIDA

    The better get use to the protest if they plan on winning because if they win, they haven't seen a real protest. This country will go CRAZYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. mitchell

    glad she's not directing a float-trip.

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Dave

    Dems are really good at creating chaos

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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