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

Protesters interrupt Palin and McCain speeches

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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.


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (427 Responses)
  1. Trysh, Los Angeles

    Are there ever protesters at Obama rallies? And why do they try to drown them out instead of listening to them?

    September 18, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Lifelong Republican supporting Obama

    I hope more Americans wake-up and realize the ridiculous nature of McCain-Palin!

    September 18, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. The Fab One

    You ever notice, it's always the ones who are on the side of wrong who get protested the most?

    September 18, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Sarah Falin? No Thanks...

    I'm sure Alaska is looking pretty good to her right now. Everybody wants her to come back home, except the moose.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. VIRGINIA will be blue

    Thank God some people have the nerve to stand up to the nonsense McSame and his puppy keep spewing at these town halls. USA and Sara chants won't drown out the voice of the American people. 2/3 people in this country want the Iraq war to end.

    September 18, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. john

    good liar are desreving

    September 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. J

    To counteract the childish and absurd "USA USA!" people should shout back "No More Lies!". It also has 3 syllables and has a more truthful ring to it. There should be organized protests surrounding every one of McPain's speeches (he knows he's too weak as a candidate to stand on his own...how does that qualify him to be president?) and just keep chanting "No More Lies!" until these bums get the hint and go home.

    September 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    GOOD!

    September 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Peter from Dover NH

    Hey are you other Obama posters getting $3 a post? I heard others are getting $4.50. When I asked the office they told me everyone gets $3.

    September 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Emilio

    Funny how you never hear of this stuff at an Obama or Biden rally.

    September 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Lourdes

    The first amendment is a beautiful thing! Did anyone see when McCain got greeted with chants of "Obama 08" while touring an auto plant yesterday? Americans have had enough and we're not going to swallow the lies anymore.

    Obama/Biden!!

    Cnn – don't keep me in moderation PLEASE

    September 18, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Palin does not represent the interest of American Women. Her comments on Russia are extremely worrisome. She is trying to be tough but she really ends up revealing that she knows Absolutely Nothing about foreign policy. Hey Sara There are other human beings on the plant beside Republicans. Has the cold damaged your brain? Diplomacy is what brings world peace, not cowboy threats.

    September 18, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Linda

    She may have gotten the city wrong but at least she knew it was one of the "50" states unlike Obama who believes America has 57.

    As far as the protesters, you say go ahead protest. I wonder when that happened to Obama how you liked it. Probably not!

    You are the most hateful group of supporters I think any candidate has ever had and if I was Obama (and not deseparate for your monies), I would denounce all of you hate speaking followers and throw you all under the bus with Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakan, Grandma (who got taken back out from under the bus when needed), etc.

    Linda, Salem, MA

    September 18, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Republi-Con

    Again????? wasn't he escorted out of a Michigan auto plant to shouts of Obama 08 just yesterday?????

    enough lies from CrashDummy/Pinocchio 8

    September 18, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. JJ

    The team is being met by all kind of protesters. Yesterday when McCain went to visit the car factory in MI, there were people chanting "Obama '08". McCain and Palin should be used to the protesters.

    September 18, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Paul

    I have a feeling that Palin's comments would have been mostly unintelligible anyway.

    September 18, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Andrew

    If you are an Obama protester at a rally and the Republican crowd tries to shout you down with, "USA, USA!"...

    then simply shout back:

    "Lipstick, Lipstick!"...that should stick!

    September 18, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Lisa

    The differences in the two leadership styles is so obvious by how they both deal with protesters. I saw a clip a couple months ago where some protesters at an Obama rally held up a sign and chanting. The crowd tried to drown them out with Yes We Can. But Obama settled everyone down, including the protesters, and asked them to be respectful and let him finish, then they could ask him any question they wanted – they'd have their turn to speak.

    Contrast that with McCain rallies where the protesters are forceably removed, and McCain and Palin mock the protesters, or even worse, ignore them.

    Who's a Leader? I think the answer is clear!

    YES WE CAN!

    September 18, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. worried

    Romney understands the economy. I am beginning to suspect that Palin will not help us carry the day after all. I was excited by Palin at first, but am now wishing Mitt were the VP candidate

    September 18, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Susan

    Hey McCain ~ I can see a gas station from my kitchen window, can I be your Energy Advisor?

    September 18, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Was for Hillary, now for Obama 100%

    Good for those girls. We must not forget that these 2 candidates want to continue to put our nation's service-members in the line of danger for nothing! They are WAR MONGERS! We cannot allow them to take over the White House.

    Obama-Biden '08!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Gary

    Ah, the irony that McCain-Palin uses the chant "USA" to drown out dissent.

    September 18, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Next time you get heckled, instead of chanting "USA, USA!", it would probably be more appropriate to chant "Seig Heil! Seig Heil!" It suits your party lots more…

    September 18, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. vperry

    I am scared that Obama is a fascist.

    September 18, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. beevee

    Welcome to the lower 48 states of the USA. Iowa is not Alaska. Here people have opinions and they voice them.

    September 18, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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