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. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    MY BODY MY CHOICE is what they were saying. CNN why are you distorting the story?

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Mercedes

    Where is the freedom of speech we so highly regarded this country to have? Its a shame that they we not allowed to stay. I believe that if there is a town hall meeting everyone should be allowed to speak their minds. That goes for the democratic party as well. This just shows how this country is so divided and the media doesn't cover it in depth.

    September 18, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Alissa in Kansas

    WHOOT! Glad to see they can't run from the truth, even if they try to distort it.

    September 18, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. brent

    haha looks as if the ol wheels are falling off there mcsame

    September 18, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Kinson atl

    I would interupt to if she's going to give the same scripted speech in every state she campaigns in

    September 18, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. NORA, FLORIDA

    Interruptions again at a GOP campaign. You don't say. This should a be a clear sign that the American people are just fed up!!!

    September 18, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Diplomacy First, Military Second

    Protesting is protected in this country – it's one of the things that makes us a great nation. Newsflash, everyone – it's okay to not agree with war, especially when it's preemptive and based on political motives and not defense.

    Republicans are for war at all costs, it seems. Not all of them...but the majority.

    September 18, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Sylvia B

    Great job Anti-War protesters. Keep it up. We should try to do this at all their speeches. Watch out that no one gets shot. This is how the repugs squelch Anti-War protesters. NO MORE WARS!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    WHERE AM I?? HOW DID I GET HERE?

    This is not my beautiful speech! This is not my beautiful campaign!

    My GOD! WHAT HAVE I DONE???

    September 18, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Bullwinkle says no to Palin

    I am only suprised that there not more protest and rallies against these clowns.

    Obama 08

    September 18, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Pops

    I still don't get the whole idea of chanting "USA!, USA!" when someone is protesting. They are basically saying anyone against McCain/Palin is anti-American. It is like Republicans think they are the only ones who are patriotic, it is a little insulting.

    September 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Susan

    These two better get used to protesters. If they are elected into the White House and their policies (those of the Bush administration) continue, they will face worse in their four years in office.

    September 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Central Scruitinizer

    Amazing how this ticket has become so insignificant in less than a week. Is it the refusal to cooperate with troopergate? Is it her fluff filled stock answers to the handful of questions shes answered?? Is it the constant lies about bridge to nowhere? Or has a majority of people woke up and realized these two are not mavericks, not reformers, have no ideas of thier own and finally admit to needing to address the economy.

    September 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. j.williams, san diego

    Typical liberal leftist socialist that do not believe in free speech unless it's their own...Defeat the far left-Defeat Obama.

    September 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Ellie

    Gov. Sarah Palin was asked at a Town Hall Meeting in Michigan to give SPECIFICS on how they would deal with the issues facing our country...

    PALIN'S RESPONSE: "YOU WANT SPECIFICS? WELL… ...

    SHE NEVER GAVE ANY SPECIFICS SHE BASICALLY JUST "BLEW THE QUESTION OFF" and began her usual "stumping talking points".

    I'm surprised she didn't answer by saying....

    Did I TELL you I can see Russia from my house.... or that I have a BRIDGE TO NOWHERE I want to sell to you, but I'll keep all the money!!!

    BLAH....BLAH.....BLAH...

    September 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. James

    There we go , McCain and Palin drama
    Is this what`s you want to run our country.

    Let`s get real
    Go Obama !!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown

    Poor Gidget... Welcome to the big league!

    September 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. MLD

    Guess it's too hard for these women to get dates in Iowa.

    September 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Mark

    i love it when they start chanting USA USA. As if these repbulican supporters give a rip about this country. They're the ones who are responsible for most of this gigantic mess and are lined up at the trough for more!

    To all GOP supporters:

    You're so dumb, you voted for George Bush....twice!

    September 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Peter (CA)

    The protesters are not doing anyone any favors. They'll get a few seconds to shout and then they'll be hauled out. Go to the sppech, get close to the cameras, and unfurl your banner. Be respectful in getting your message across. If the campaign people tear your signs, do interviews with local media saying that the McCain campaign denied your rights.

    We have seen how the Bushies handle such dissent. They never let you in to their events and remove you quickly if you get in.

    September 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. MW / Calif.

    This does not surprise me. A lot of Americans fear what will happen if an extremist like Palin is given even more power than she has now. This thought really horrifies me. Did anyone see the protesters in the Rep. campaign during McCain's speech? They were men wearing hot pink night gowns. At first I thought one of them was Rudy. 🙂

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. DAVE from NC

    Why arent there more coverage of these outbursts/protests?

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. jerry

    true democrats, a bunch of rude people

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. DARIUS

    Good! No one wants to hear Palin or McCain's lies anyway. I hope those supporters are at every one of McCain/Palin speeches.

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Informed

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa is in the "lower 48" Sarah. It probably has a population the size of the entire state of Alaska. Welcome to the real middle America, where people will challenge your canned stump speech.

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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