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.


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  1. Not sleeping at the switch

    Seems the worldly Sarah didn't even know where her plane landed? Well add that to McCains long list of foul ups today and well...... I wouldn't let these two mow my lawn let alone run ANYTHING.

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Dave B.

    Send the troops home.. We do not need military personal any more.. We have protesters that will do it for us. Ask your self, what did you for the country besides pay your taxes.. I am a x-vet.. (inlist)

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. shahid

    I have to admire Obama for being such a genius to be able to inspire a lot of protesters, planting them in every city and ready for any GOP campaign. It reminded me of communist revolutions where naive young people believed in wealth distribution that the communists promised. But reality was much different. History's being repeated.

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Notices a trend...

    She said Grand Rapids but she meant "Cedar Rapids is the fundamentally strong base for Grand Rapids"

    If you can't get any of this stuff 'right'...don't say anything at all...

    P.S. I love how the DNC didn't have 'pro-war' protesters outside but almost every GOP gathering has some kind of protest...faaaantastic...Oh, and another thing...Dubbya already gave the 'Mission accomplished" speech like 5-6 years ago...getting out of Iraq wouldn't be surrendering, it'd just be flat out smart to bring our friends and family home...

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    One more,

    Bush may have been more Unilateral his first term but he got it right his second term. 7 of 7 years and no attacks. He may not be a public speaker and awkward but he got it right in his second term. And for those of you who think Iraq is his fault you should know that the prosperous years you had with Clinton had a Republican congress.

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. paul from jersey

    Sarah Palin is the new Katherine Harris

    No way, no how, no McSame-Failin

    Obama-Biden '08, '12

    September 18, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Jer

    Looks like Iowa will be blue in November. Way to go Sarah. Perhaps a geography lesson would serve you better than VP.

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. hillary supporter now 4 obama/biden

    President Barack Obama- get used to saying it!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. S.

    Obama always screens his speaking engagements so why can't McCain? Dumbocratics have to interpret McCain's speaking engagements because Obama can't speak for himself!

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Reasonable Observer

    I always enjoy the "civil" discourse offered by the Left in the USA. Perhaps the Republicans should start being rude during Obama campaign stops. Oh wait, that would be evil, wouldn't it? We cannot be disrespectful to the greatest candidate ever!

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Philip

    WHAT A " DIRTY " GAME BY OBAMA TEAM ...ANTI_??????
    WAKE UP AMERICA_ OABAMA IS BETTER THAN SARAH PALIN ? WHAT HE DID 8 YEARS AT WASHINGTON D.C ? AND ILL. ? WHAT DID BIDEN DO 33 YEARS AT WHASHINGTON D.C ???
    **************MC.CAIN/SARAH PALIN 2008**********

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Rick Carter

    To Angus McDugan: Democrats shameful and disappointing??? Are you serious?? Recent ReTHUGlican Politicians are the least ethical politicians EVER!! The GOP is an outdated party that is full of self righteous phonies.

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. juiceball

    Written by MattS on USATODAY BLOG 9-18-2008:

    "So Much Clearer Now!

    If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."

    If you grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, it's a quintessential American story.

    If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic secret Muslim.

    If you name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

    If you graduate from Harvard law School you are unstable.

    If you attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

    If you spend 3 years as a community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

    If your total resume is: local sportscaster, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

    If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

    If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife after a serious car accident and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

    If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

    If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

    If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's values.

    If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable."

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Les Livingstone

    I was present at the rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this morning. The four anti-war protesters tried to cast what was essentially a heckler's veto on the rally. The First Amendment gives Americans the freedom to receive and impart information. The hysterical University of Iowa girls at this morning's rally tried to take away the right of thousands of people to listen to Palin and McCain.

    The University of Iowa needs to do a better job teaching students to disagree but not to be as disagreable as these four students were.

    While the report correctly states that the crowd drowned out the protesters with shouts of USA, USA, Sarah, Sarah, and boo, boo, it should have stated that McCain lectured the girls about not yelling at people you disagree with.

    September 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. David

    You people are talking about Sara forgetting what town she is in?? Are you kidding. I'm sure she at least knows that there are not 59 States in the U.S. Remember Obama thinking there were 59 states?? Give me a break. I'm also sure Sara realizes that it is impossible to give 95 percent of the U.S. working people a tax cut!!!! Why? Because only 60 percent of working americans pay taxes. The bottom 40 pay no federal income tax. Obama is in this due to people like you who are an uninformed electorate.

    September 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Voice of a Youth

    Somebody needs to tell them that they sound like a broken record.

    September 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. justin ferguson

    All we are saying is give peace a chance. Protesters are patriots too.
    Anybody remember Kent State OH? The national guard shot and killed four innocent students on campus in an overreaction to an anti war demonstration They died for their country, even if they didn't mean to.
    Republicans are all about god and country, that's all good except somehow they twist it into a need to kill others and justify later. Lets elect Obama and educate the right wing about getting along with others, even people who don't look like them, talk like them or believe in their version of god.

    September 18, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. BK

    When asked about Obama's foreign policy expeience. He said. 'Why can't I just eat my bagel?' NO EXPERINCE! And you people are worried about the vp's experience?

    When asked another question Obama said. 'I'll get back to you sweetie'

    And you consider him pesidential material?

    I do not trust Obama to protect this country. If we get attacked Obama will say PRESENT

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. TC

    I love how the question of "Are you better off" is posed to try to prove a point as to why you should vote blue.

    My answer....Quite frankly, yes I am much better off than I was 8 years ago. In the past 8 years:

    – I put myself through Grad school at night,
    – I started a family (married to a terrific guy, had 3 kids)
    – Bought my first house 2 months ago because they are finally realistically affordable.
    – More than doubled my own salary since 2000
    – My only debt is mortgage and student loans

    Do I feel lucky? Of course I do. But I am better off because I worked and continue to WORK HARD. In the past 8 years I didn't get handouts when times were tough or now when the budget is tight again. I don't have new furniture in my house or cable in every room and I donate to charity when I can. My point is, you don't need government involved in EVERYTHING to be better off. It's called working for it. You want to go to school – work for it. You want a decent paycheck, work for it. You want a house – SAVE FOR IT.

    I am a Minority Female who isn't buying that arguement to vote blue because we are all in the toilet. Some of us are managing because we know the gov't won't nor shouldn't be there to pay for everything and bailout for EVERYTHING!

    September 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. south central

    Oh Why you are sadly mistaken.
    It is John McCain & Sarah Palin that are the liars!

    September 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Wal-Mart Mom September 18th, 2008 2:56 pm ET

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

    Probably because there is nothing positive coming out of the Palin/McCain campign these days. NOTHING. You should be glad there is one.

    You're really going to use "Wal-Mart Mom" as your user name? I can think of a couple synonyms for that.

    September 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. RH

    Interesting that the counter-chants were reported verbatim, while the protesters' were only generally labeled as "anti-war slogans."

    September 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. mmd

    In addition to Hagel's comments today, Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, MD endorsed Obama.

    Lady whoever, the clinton use to supporter now mcain backer, called people who live in small towns REDNECKs on CNN yesterday. At least Obama made a misstake in calling these people, but the gist of his comments was that he wanted things to be different for them this time, in that he wanted to look out for them and try to fulfill some of the unkept promises from the past.

    September 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. mmd

    corrections Obama made a misstake in calling these people bitter.

    September 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. John in Ohio

    The more you tighten your grip, McCain, the more battleground states will slip through your fingers.

    September 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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