September 18th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
11 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.


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (427 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Honestly, at this point, I'm convinced they're pumping pot smoke into the front of the plane where Palin secludes herself.

    September 18, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Boulder Brian

    Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

    September 18, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. susan

    Hail The Joker and the ventriloquist's dummy who tripped on her way out the door.

    September 18, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. hurriCAIN PALIN

    protestors are nothing but a bunch of stoned democrat hippies

    September 18, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Scott Tucson

    Gee...I was wonder what Michelle Obama, Rosy O'Donald, Ellen Degerates and Oprah was up too?

    September 18, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. B

    Dem mantra: "Freedom for me but not for thee"

    September 18, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. worried

    Romney would have been ready from day one. I grow more and more sick as I see the shine wear off Sarah. I was soooooo excited when she was brought onto the scene, but I would feel safer with Romney as the second in command.

    September 18, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Wal-Mart Mom

    CNN-–Ticker stories that are pro-Obama lead pro-McCain stories by at least 5 to 1.

    Consequently you are not news we can trust. You are only political hacks for Obama, which is OK, but please advertise yourselves as such.
    If you can't be unbiased, at least be honest.

    September 18, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. JD in Houston

    What's with the "USA! USA!" chants the Republicans do every time someone disagrees with their view? This has gone on for several years now and is the most un-American thing I have witnessed in my lifetime. We are a country founded by the right to dissent and built on recognizing the need to allow dissent as part of what makes us ALL Americans!

    It's just another example of how Bush and his party have tried to divide this country and will keep it divided if McCain wins.

    September 18, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. J from DC

    Ever have someone cheat on your paper in school?
    Seem these days, the McCain campaign is coping answers off the Obama Campaign. From his message of Change to his Campaign colors. Problem is they are getting away with it. Maybe, the McCain campaign is subconsciously endorsing the Obama Campaign. Now that’s a story waiting to be reported.

    September 18, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Sarah, Sarah, Sarah

    Back to the "cone of silence" while you learn your geography.

    But not to worry, we have faith, we understand that you cannol see Michigan from your house.

    September 18, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Holy Grail

    The Holy Grail:

    I know McCain was a POW and I respect him for his service, but...he's not God because he was a POW. POW's don't want him to use that horrific time of his life as a crutch, which is what John does.

    I for one don't think it's so honorable to boast about your POW experience. Why, well everyone knows he came home and had an affair, and left his wife and kids. If he wants to talk about the past, talk about that part of his past–not just the part that wins him votes.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. baby mama

    why are the leftists so rude??

    September 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. worried

    ROMNEY 2012!!

    September 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Jennifer W (Burlington, Iowa

    I'm glad there were protestors. I am definately not a fan of Sarah Palin or John McCain. One of my biggest problems with them is that they refuse to answer questions as they are asked. I was disappointed in CNN yesterday when Sarah Palin's first town hall meeting answering questions was covered. Someone in the audience asked Sarah Palin directly if what her SPECIFIC qualifications in foreign policy were and she started talking about having the readiness to be vice-president which wasn't what was asked. Joe Biden, democrat vice presidential candidate has loads of experience in foreign policy and can give specifics when asked. The media would never have allowed Biden/Obama or John McCain for that matter to get away with an answer like she gave. It's appalling the way she always dances around answers or redirects or distracts people away from the answers needed. She is completely unqualified to be vice president. Hilary Clinton had the qualifications, Joe Biden does, Barack Obama does.

    September 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Trysh, Los Angeles

    Am I the only one who noticed that even CNN lists Palin BEFORE McCain?

    September 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. mary

    yes,yes,yes, the honeymoon is over Mccain/palin ,so now lets get on with real business. the issues that faces us ,affect and we all are very ,very ,very concern about. we are hurting this country is hurting very,very,very bad. i dont think most people realize how bad things really are .wake up people there is no time for sleeping through this election.we saw the destruction comming 8 years ago now here we are .most voters must cloes theirs and fell asleep voting the last time,i hope that dosen,t happen this November 4,2008. maybe they should sing as they are voting "I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW" OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. WI Cheesehead

    Alaskan Moose in the headlights

    September 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. The Holy Grail

    The Holy Grail:

    I know McCain was a POW and I respect him for his service, but…he's not God because he was a POW. POWs don't want him to use that horrific time of his life as a crutch, which is what John does.

    I don't think it's so honorable to boast about your POW experience. Why, well everyone knows he came home and had an affair, and left his wife and kids. If he wants to talk about the past, talk about that part of his past–not just the part that wins him votes.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. MB

    Good. Real patriots and citizens.

    September 18, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Liane

    How ironic that extreme liberals who preach tolerance can not tolerant anyone who has a difference of opinion. It's like outdated lead up to third reich – like blind following.

    What ever happened to moderates? Why does the far left want to alienate us by telling us we are not allowed to think for ourselves and make a decisions about "OUR" votes as we please? What happened to this party??? Did everyone lose their minds?

    September 18, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Don

    WHY ARE THE DEM`S SO MAD All THE TIME? LESS EDUCATED?

    September 18, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Sarah Bell

    Did anyone watch her answer yesterday to the question about what skills she posesses to deal with foreign policy??? "I'm prepared" was her answer. Unbelievable!!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Attack Dog-Dem

    Don't worry! Biden going to speak and they are still waiting for palin to prove...........something? As far as I know Biden will eat her for dinner. U wanna an attack dog, u got one and he's nasty in debates! I would much rather have a vice president with experience than a vice president trying to prove herself. McCain can only copy for so long before the public realizes that he's a fake from the begining.

    September 18, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    What is most disturbing to me is that everytime McCain has protestors at his events, they are drowned out by chants of USA! McCain and the GOP do no have exclusive rights to patriotism, just stupidity. Instead of chanting U-S-A, They should be chanting "We're with stupid"...far more appropriate for a McCain-Palin event!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18