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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  1. DB

    I'm still waiting for an answer to the question the lady asked her about and she went on to talk about her athlectic achievement and MCcain said she was a star point guard on her basketball team. I think the question was about equal something.

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. PALIN = GIMMICK

    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"?'

    OK THAT WAS FUNNY!

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason = Obama/Biden

    I've seen Obama address protestors in the past. McCain's camp just tries to drown them out with shouts of USA. How shameful is that?

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Voter

    I am heartened by the existence of people willing to protest the Iraq war in these complacent times. There was a time when young people took back their (our) power to decide when and where to go to war. Young people did it for us regarding the Vietnam war. Without their noisy, obnoxious, annoying and constant protests, thousands more Americans and Vietnamese would have been killed.

    I was beginning to think that the only people willing to get out there and demonstrate for what they believe in had gray hair.

    Sarah, you are not up to the job. Kudos to the protesters!

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Becky

    More and more women are realizing that they'd rather keep their RIGHTS AS WOMEN than to vote for a woman candidate.

    I said, "Thanks, but no thanks," to Sarah Palin for VP.

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Andy J, NY

    Why don't you liberals have a spine?

    People of all political stripes should be condemning these moronic protesters.

    If they want to promote their cause, they should have a rally of their own and exercise their right to free speech. However, NO PERSON should EVER interfere with another's right to free speech.

    Just goes to show how vicious and ridiculous the libs are here. Oh, and we can't forget hypocritical. Liberals are always preaching about the 1st amendment, yet don't have the stones to stand up and protect it for EVERYONE. Yeah, conservatives have rights, too, you schmucks.

    I'm not even voting for McCain and Palin- it is just the blatant hypocrisy of the liberals that is really irritating.

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. John in Binghamton NY

    Everyone knows if you do not agree with the GOP or Rush that you are god less or stupid. So were these protesters shot out back to cheers and chants of USA?

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Republican for Obama

    Ladies and Gentlemen, if you do vote for McCain this election, he will most likely have President Bush as his mentor. He has voted for Bush 90% of the time. Fact check it, it is true. This criminal war will never end. Just watch!

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Herman In LA

    The most conservative flip-f loppers of all time McCain/Palin

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Jade

    I wish I was there!

    GO OBAMA!

    September 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Silence Dogood

    Both McCain and Obama are pro-military. Don't belive them! Educate yourself.

    Check out Green Party – ANTI-war 100% (not just words)

    September 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Franky

    Sorry GOP but you ain't gonna win Iowa.

    September 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. TC

    The closest Palin will ever get to taking that 3am call is when a moose is going thorugh her garbage cans!

    September 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Susan

    Freedom of speech silenced again by McCain. Rush Limbaugh, the biggest bigot on the planet crying obama is race baiting...they just can cry me a river. this is the oploy folks, to get us to stop talking about the issues, especially the economy so they can turn this into a personality contest. Either way, Obama and Biden win, hands down!

    September 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. TC

    Vote NO on "GEEZER and GIDGET" in November.

    September 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Yes

    Protesters huh? Well, I'm an American citizen and I approve that message.

    September 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Jason

    Even the Republicans themselves are backing away from this ticket. The latest, Nebraska Rep. Sen. Chuck Hagel...the writing's on the wall....McCain and Palin are finished.

    September 18, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Cynthia Borgman

    But she knows where Russia is located. Can't she see it from her bedroom window>

    September 18, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Phil

    Haha. McCain and Palin are a great comedy team.

    September 18, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    When a political party (Obama, Dean et al)–targets radicals, dissenters, and leftist socialists–who hate our nation and what it stands for...then you get this.

    Thanks Democrats–for further striated our unity along racial, ethinic, gender, and philosophicla lines.

    September 18, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. sophia nyc

    Maybe he should throw the protestors in Gitmo. Oh remember Gitmo, McCain was up for closing it down. And now? Not so much..

    September 18, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Jill

    EVERYBODY SING!~~~~~~~~~~~~~the party's over....................literally!

    September 18, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. TC

    REPUBLICANS!

    THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE INSANE!

    September 18, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Lie-a-day Failin' Palin & Inane McCain Ain't Ready for Primetime

    Free speech. And beside that, they've both given the same speeches since the convention. Isn't evertone bored with the two of them by now, anyway?

    September 18, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Helen, NY

    Obama is a joke. Obama has no issue.He is insane.

    September 18, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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