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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soundoff (427 Responses)
  1. Ex-Bush (McCain) Supporter

    ................and the truth will be known.

    September 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Greg M.

    Hey, you elitist ,copy cat ,non-truth telling , republicans. All of Mccain comments are mistakes he says. If you ask me and the country his whole campaign is a mistake. He said he made a mistake and did'nt vote for Dr.Martin L. King birthday to be a holiday. I guess he made a mistake when he said that he did'nt know his family owed a plantation in mississippi and owed slaves. This isn't a mistake it's the truth. Now, Mccain is copying off of President Obama talking about change. Mr.Mccain , President Obama is about positive change, not chains that stupidness was back in your time, but that's over and you need to just drop out, you and the lady, we've all had enough of your circus and clown show . Thanks Obama 08'

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Sleepless in NC

    While Sarah was doing her speech, did anybody else hear her say "In a Palin/ McCain Administration" etc.? I could have sworn I heard that. John better get a food tester if he makes it to the White House.

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Ron

    Hahaha, she called Cedar Rapids, Grand Rapids. Moron. I bet the crowd loved that one.

    And all these Hillary supporters are turning to Palin as their savior, lol.

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. EqualbranchesofGovernment

    Good for them....in 2004 George Bush held "closed" town hall meetings and threw out people wearing T-shirts opposing the Iraq War!!........McCain/Palin should open up the campaign events to all Americans.

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Doug

    Whoops!

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. MICHAEL

    Why should McShame/Palin be upset? First off Sarah doesn't even know where is at. Shouldn't everyone have a right to their opinion? Oh wait....This is a Republican event where everything is staged. McShame/Palin should be upset with their organizers who let these people in. Hey Johnny "Got to have a sense of humor"

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. out of work

    I wish they had stones to throw at them .

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Holy War

    Gee Sarah, don't know what the protest is about. Must have been a bunch of heathen protesting God's will in Iraq. So what are thousands of dead when you're on a crusade.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Neilla from Eagan

    I am disgusted by the horrible nasty , remarks in these posts. Hatred. Sexism. Stupid.

    September 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Courtney

    Why are the conservatives here pretending liberals would discourage protesting anyone, even Obama? You've got your parties mixed up, "my friends"! In fact I was one of thousands that descended upon the Democratic National Convention in an anti-war protest!

    That protest was led by the Iraq Veterans Against the War, and we marched as close as we could to the convention. When the riot police would let us go no further, the Obama campaign sent out a representative to speak with us and consider the IVAW's 3 proposals.

    ALL parties must be petitioned, it is your civic duty. Is it really "country first"? What does that mean to you? What defines a true patriot?

    "There’s a time when the operation of the machine...makes you so sick at heart that you can’t take part...And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus – and you’ve got to make it stop!" -Savio

    September 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. jaye

    I bet McCain had them thrown in jail. He dosen't believe in freedom of speech.
    BTW – he and his VP pick are both dishonest and liars.

    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Hoax

    Thanks, I recorded my posts and your resultant deletion. I promise to draw attention all over the web to your devious sensorship and agenda!

    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Chris

    Oh please four minutes is all they missed. LOL
    Please they can go back and play the firs four minutes of her GOP acceptance speech at the Convention.
    I mean the lady says the same thing at every stump!!! LOL

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Ex-Bush (McCain) Supporter

    Will somebody PLEASE tell Giddget and GEEZER that this is not a side show. We need REAL answers to REAL PROBLEMS. NOW.
    I can't with clear concise give my vote to these to dancing bears.
    Come November 4th when I cast my vote......FOR CHANGE
    OBAMA-BIDEN

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Recipe For Disaster

    I can see the GOP has brought out their crackerjack ace to bring us some new ideas.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. BJGT

    McCain is in trouble – maybe not from Obama but from Palin.

    Her saying the 'Palin/McCain administration' was not a Freudian slip. It is what she plans on it being.

    The thing is, it may have already started – where she is controlling the campaign more then he is.

    If elected, we will find out some day that since McCain subcumbed to his age, disease, whatever early in the administration, it had been Palin who was in charge.

    She is in the process of taking over the campaign and, if elected, the administration. This should scare everyone – including John McCain.

    September 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Annette, Washington, DC

    You know, I don't blame them. People are really seeing the McCain camp for what they really are, a joke.

    September 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Ex-Bush (McCain) Supporter

    OUT OF TOUCH
    OUT OF TOUCH
    OUT OF TOUCH
    OUT OF TOUCH
    OUT OF TOUCH
    OUT OF TOUCH.............and
    HE JUST DOESN'T GET IT.
    HE JUST DOESN'T GET IT
    HE JUST DOESN'T GET IT.
    HE JUST DOESN'T GET IT.

    September 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Moving On...

    Politics is a bloodsport, and Sarah is a poodle, surrounded by wolves. Let's move on CNN.

    September 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. SONGBIRD MCCAIN

    LOL...

    I love it. Proposing great new ideas that Obama already created. And then not even knowing what city she's in.

    How is it even this close?!

    Obama '08

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Megan

    There go the Dems, one slip and the woman is laughable, was it not your magnificent Mrs. Obama that said she was NOW proud to be an American, you all got pissed that people thought she was unintelligent , but you think an honest mistake is appalling, grow up. and as for the protesters, they can speak their mind but do it out side like the rest of us.

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Mrs. P

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is a mess...first she doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is and next she is talking about she is in Grand Rapids??? That chick hasn't been outside of Alaska enough to know anything. Country redneck self needs to go back to her life and leave this race to the big dogs....

    September 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. petena

    Maybe Sarah thought she was in an international country (Cedar Rapids) gaining Foreign Policy experience. LOL. Just imagine her abroad making such goofball remarks. ENOUGH!

    September 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Joseph, Los Angeles

    I can't, but can, believe that she continued to read her prepared speech while protesters were yelling at her. Even Obama takes time to listen to people who don't agree with him and talk to them as well.

    When we get a leader who listens to us, it will such a refreshing change.

    September 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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