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. No more Bush

    GOOD! She doesn't deserve to speak to Americans, we should all go protest at every event. Why won't McCain listen to people who don't agree with him. Please everyone research McCain's temper he's just not right for us.

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Seattle Sue

    Just like GEORGE W. BUSH don't allow anyone with a different opinion into your rally.McCain/Palin should do like GEORGE W. BUSH and just speak at millitary events where the audience can't speak out.

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    It was several minutes before the women were escorted from the venue.
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    Women escorted from the venue? Sexist!

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Corey Gabriel

    The more protests, the better at McCain/Palin events. Unfortunately, most of their events have strictly controlled lists of invitees in order to prevent a showing of dissent. McCain/Palin are trying to divorce themselves from the record of their party over the past 8 years.....they must be held accountable, because the problem with the Republicans is that no one is ever held accountable for their disasters. Protest loudly, complain loudly, ask for answers, not just more of the McCain/Palin spin, lie, distort tactics.

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Dylan from MPLS

    That's so good on so many levels.

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

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

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Barbara

    This is what happens when you lie constantly.

    People get fed up with your BS message and start speaking on top of you.

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Mike Bulmer

    Despicable that chants of "USA! USA!" were being used against the protesters. Is being against an illegal and unnecessary war anti-American?

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. stephen .E

    " thanks but no thanks" put them both on the bridge to nowhere .lets put our country together again........

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. NYC Hillary Supporter

    Should we be surprised that a republicans tried to mute the voice of the people?

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Craig

    Part of me thinks these protestors are planted by the McCain and Republican campaigns themselves. It's the same theme, someone looks like their going looney and they get shoved out of the crowd by police officers and then the crowd chants like their at a sporting event. This has happened at Bush conventions and gatherings, the RNC just recently, and now this. It all just seems kind of strange to me.

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. bill

    you tell them iowa university someone needs to hold them accountable bush lied for eight years look what tha got us bush mccain palen BIRDS OF A FEATHER WAKE UP AMERICA

    September 18, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Johnny

    Men think Sarah is a MILF

    Give me a break...She is very loose.

    Get back to reality....

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. ket

    CNN are you gonna mention that a republican from maryland endorsed Obama this morning as you mentioned a Clinton supporter endorsed McCain yesterday????????.... probable not.

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Hillary 2012

    CNN most trusted name in news !!!!!!!!!!!

    I watched the speech both them hammering Obama and Biden
    Report that
    I think Mc Cain is on the track now

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Steve, New York, New York

    The more Palin says, and the more the world sees her record (IF SHE LETS the world see this), people will realize that this person has not given much thought to anything, beyond her next hunting trip.

    Bless McCain for his service to this country (and his horrible experience in Vietnam) . . .but we should trust a former P.O.W. and a moose hunter to FIX THIS RECESSION???

    Don't be ignorant about McCain's tax-cut promises. How on earth will he pay for them? Convince the Chinese to buy more bonds???

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Noemi in Los Angeles

    But McShame... I thought you wanted to hear the voice of the people? Oh wait, you want to hear the people as long as they don't say the truth!!

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. PLEASE PICK ME SARAH, I WANT TO PLAY STUMP THE CANDIDATE!

    Sarah what color is your lipstick?

    In what aspect, Mike?

    Game over!

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Jeff

    These idiots tarnish the image of the anti-war movement and make us all look like crackpots.

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. ZANE

    Let's face it folks ~~~~~~~this party is over........literally!

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. RYAN kr Jr

    Americans will wake up one morning and find out that their country is gone...Cheerleader and McSame honeymoon 're over. Now, it is time to face the facts and policies left behind by Lame president George Bush.

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. shocked

    Give her a map so she can find her way home taking John boy with her

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. JO-ANN

    NO PROTESTERS @ THE OBAMA'S RALLYS....WHY HE DID NOT VOTE FOR THE BUSH & MCCAIN'S WAR...OH I MEAN IRAQ WAR...

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    The public can see right through their faux reformer message.

    The supply-side economic policies of the Repugnant Party is what got us into the current financial crisis..............now suddenly they are for regulations........Puh-lease.

    Does McBush/Failin stand for anything except whatever it takes to get elected?

    These folks cannot be trusted!

    YES WE CAN take our country back from the entrenched special economic interests that are running our economy into the ground with the help of Republican Party inaction!

    Obama/Biden in 2008 and beyond.

    September 18, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Kevin PA

    I am an huge Obama supporter but I have to confess I like palin I don't agree with anything she says but I hope McCain does not drag her down and ruin her promising career I would feel real sorry for the Hockey mom she seems real nice

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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