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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soundoff (427 Responses)
  1. dennis from chicago

    EVER ASK YOURSELF WHY THERE AREN'T ANY PROTESTER AT O BAMA'S RALLIES????? MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE HE HAS NOTHING TO SAY///

    September 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. George

    Grand Rapids eh? It's in one of those 57 states I'm sure. Obama would know.

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Go Juiceball!

    Right on! There is no comparing McPain to O'Biden. The Dems are light years ahead of the Idocracy now in office and the current Repugnicans.

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Ricki

    What qualifies McCain to be an expert on national security???
    Oh yeah, he got caught.

    September 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. ANYBODY BUT OBAMA

    Most of the liberals are outrageously rude.

    Looking at these posts is a perfect example of how out of touch and insanely rude these people can be.

    September 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. rory ryan

    Erin in Michigan .................. if that is not the most hypicritical Iine. Did you think before you spoke? Come on......

    September 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. RIP

    I wonder if we'll get a day off from work for Obama..

    The way we did for Nixon, Ford and Reagan.

    September 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Chris, Denver CO

    "Palin kept speaking throughout the disruption, but her remarks were nearly unintelligible ...."

    Yeah but her remarks would still have been unintelligible if there hadn't been any noise.

    September 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Don

    A vote for America is a Vote against Obama.
    Dirty dirty dirty, wake up people, its not that hard of a choice

    September 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Todd (Austin, Texas)

    Sarah Palin is a joke and should have never been picked as McCain's VP choice. McCain attacks Obama on his experience and then has the nerve to appoint someone with less experience. Honestly I could answer the questions she has been asked better than she has been able to...being a Hockey Mom from Alaska and Mayor of the Crystal Meth capital of Alaska qualifies you for absolutely nothing. The highschool I attended in Texas had almost as many students as the entire population of Wasilla. McCain is clueless and his choice of Palin proves he needs to have his head examined. The Republicans who attacked Obama for the experience issue and now support Palin are proving themselves to be the Hypocrites we all knew they were in the beginning.

    Larry Craig anyone?

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. WONDERING

    So then.....it would be OK for protesters to show up at Obama/Biden rallies and disrupt and that would be fine. I don't CNN wouldn't be able to print the remarks the Obama supporters would say if it were to happen to them. This country is paying the price of this type of disrespectul mentality.

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. ines

    A very SAD ticket, indeed, that they have to brief their little audience in advance to start chanting a pre-approved word to block out peaceful war protesters – that are protesting for PEACE.

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. TAYO, NY

    Well, people just don't like McCain's policy. Period!

    I dont like it either!

    He put his political ambition first and choose green horn as a running mate.

    What do you expect?

    He should be ready for more protest!

    Period!

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. jerry hayes

    all protesters believe in "free speech" as long as theirs is the only voice being heard....

    September 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Jake

    CNN Please post this!

    As an Iowa, I am extremely offended by Palin's "Grand Rapids" entrance.

    In case you forgot, Cedar Rapids was one hit HARD by the flood this summer, it was all over national news, and affected a lot of people in this region.

    How out of touch...

    September 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. TexicoFrom Mexico

    No Dennis...why dont you ask yourself why there are never any protesters at Obama rallies, BECAUSE WE ARE LIBERALS!!! WE ARE PRO CHOICE, PRO GAY, WE ARE PRO BE YOURSELF IN WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE, WE ARE PRO RELIGION..AGAIN BE YOURSELF! WE DONT PREACH AS TO HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE! NOW DO US ALL A FAVOR AND GET A LIFE!!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. rory ryan

    Great come back dennis, alot of substance in that statement. Very substantive.

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Ex-Bush (McCain) Supporter

    And just to think John..........You spent all that money on Tutoring Lessons.................Maybe if you let Sarah have an open book test.

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Ken F. , Spofford, NH

    Bob in Indy:

    THAT WAS PERFECT

    September 18, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. American Vet

    From reading the comments here...

    ....it appears that the polls show Obama leading are misleading...

    ...he is way more ahead than they show...

    ...do they poll cell phone owners...

    ...guess not...

    Go Obama, you da man.

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. petena

    SP is now getting so much controversy because the truth is coming out and she is NOT qualified to be VP and God forbid President. Had she been probably vetted, she would not be McCains selection because all this stuff would have already come out. To think that we, the women of America, are dumb enough to just vote Republican just because there is a woman on the ticket, is an insult to me. I am putting Country first when I make my decision and its not about beauty – its about brains.

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Uncle Sam

    Americans of any political affiliation should condemn such unprovoked disrespectful behavior.

    September 18, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Jerry Ohio

    They in the wrong town people are hurting these days McCain and Palin are dirty politician....We need change we need obama/Biden

    September 18, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Helen

    This election is not about PALIN so why don't we just stop focusing on her and start focusing on MCSAME AND OBAMA.

    This election is about the future of the United States, its people and our children. You IDIOTS who are going to vote for McSame need to wake up. This man has no idea of what to do to get this country back on track. This is quite obvious by the choice he made for Vice President. The only thing he is interested in is to be President of the United States and he doesn't care one hoot about the American people and how much they are suffering. How would he know anyway, he has seven houses that he didn't even know he had.

    September 18, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Dal CA

    How can McCain reprogram PLAIN PALIN when he does not know how to use a Blackberry let alone a Computer for robots.

    September 18, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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