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. Chut Pata

    Looks like a fixed fight to me. Everyone knows Sara Who messes up each time she opens her mouth, so fix some protestors who would should while she speaks so that nobody can get her gaffes. lol

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Susan

    You can argue that Obama doesn't have a lot of experience, but neither did John F. Kennedy...

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. TCE

    Nothing lost in the fact that no one could hear her, as she has nothing to say.

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. FAILIN PALIN IS INEPT, AND WE NEED CHANGE!

    McCain picked someone that only brings her gender to the ticket. So, we Americans deserve a more qualified VP that fits these standards.

    DOLLY! DOLLY! DOLLY PARTON!

    Now that is what I call a qualified woman, because her “BIG HAIR“ puts her closer to God than Palin!

    What did YOU think I was talking about?

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. jway

    Wow!!!...this is started to become a trend for Mcshame and "I can see Russia from my house" Palin.

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Ravi

    "Palin kept speaking throughout the disruption, but her remarks were nearly unintelligible to much of the audience..."

    Don't worry, Palin. We knew anyway what you would have said.....

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    Cedar Rapids, Grand Rapids…..welcome inquiry, stopping subpoenas….for the bridge, said no thanks to bridge…against earmarks, biggest consumer of earmarks per capita…facts, fiction…20 percent of nation’s energy, 14 percent of oil…what’s the difference? I am not a political pundit...but I am a think...and I see a pattern.

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. carlo

    CNN-You're leaving out the part about how the crowd began leaving once McCain started speaking.

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. IAMWMD

    Please send them to Altlanta. I'm jealous of the BooBirds in Iowa.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. alaskan fisherman

    OH MAN SHE GOT THE CITY WRONG WHAT A B

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Greg Rodgers

    They will not have to worry about those interuptions.

    Pretty soon McCain will be back in Arizona sipping a budweiser and Palin will be back in Alaska eating moose stew for the next four years.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Johanna not voting GOP

    "I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,'" he said. "That kind of thing is insulting to the American people."
    Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Andrew

    This sounds about right; Republicans thinking they have a monopoly on patriotism by shouting "USA." Crazy stuff – thinking that being against the war is unpatriotic (all the evidence points to the contrary, by the way). Their behavior also shows how programmed/robotic they are with this knee-jerk conservative responses.

    September 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Accountant Guy

    Well can't say that I am surprised. At least these women are smart enough to not fall for the crap of McBush/Palin!! THANKS BUT NO THANKS ON MCCAIN AND HIS BRIDGE TO NO WHERE VP PALIN!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 18, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. McCain for Pres.

    Why no blog on Bidens latest statment about paying taxes being patriotic?????

    September 18, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. D&D

    2 lies don't make 1 truth McCain-Palin, you are just being paid off!

    September 18, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Mike

    Losers. Let the candidates speak and let the voters make up their own minds based on what they think. We do not need protestors or fot that matter media talking heads to influence voters. Let people make up their own minds.

    September 18, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. WhoIsPalin?

    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. Hahaha Caribou Barbie already losing her bearings, it must be contagious....

    September 18, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Frank

    Palin/McCain .. the parade of clowns!

    September 18, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Mama Sue, Chicago, Illinois

    Interesting that they use a chant of "USA! USA!" to shout down protesters. To me it seems to say that if you disagree with them you aren't being patriotic. And yet, that is exactly what makes America strong!

    September 18, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Fabian

    Ignore the democratic protesting plants sent from the Obama camp. Sarah was fine. No one is annoyed with the slip of the tongue. Except maybe the biased media. Obama, Michele, Biden and the rest have made plenty of there errors as well. Oh, I forgot, Obama wants everyone to think he walks on water. Last time I checked, only one ever did that. Our creator!

    September 18, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Terry

    It appears that the only people that have time to protest are those without a job. We, hardworking taxpayers, have to go to work each and every day and can't afford to miss work and protest. These jobless protesters are the ones Obama agitates even further too promote lies and deceit. Liberal Democrats hate when the right has something to say. The LDs are afraid we might listen to what the right has to say.

    September 18, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. JPM in Michigan

    In McCain's 2002 memoir, "Worth the Fighting For," he wrote, revealingly "I didn"t decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. . . . In truth, I"d had the ambition for a long time."

    September 18, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Well, that's one of the caveats of living in this country. I daresay it's one of the perks. McCain can talk about "protecting freedom" until he's blue in the face - but "freedom" isn't just some nebulous concept to use on a campaign stump. It includes peaceful protest - even if it's obnoxious, disruptive, and inappropriate - without fear of reprisal. Because this is America. That's what we DO here.

    September 18, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. none of the above

    People like this are helping Mccain and don't even know it. Most people don't really want to be on the side of these people acting crazy. I don't really like either one of these two guys running, but since i have to pick one, i will pick the side these types of crazy people or not on.

    September 18, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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