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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  1. sam

    If the crowds reaction isn't an accurate representation of die hard republican voters I don't know what is.

    Just shout down any meaningful talk to solving any of the myriad problems this country faces by screaming "USA! USA!"

    False and idiotic patriotism.

    God Bless America, by giving its people the intelligence to elect leaders that work for our betterment.

    And if we choose to trust the same hypocrites and tyrants we've had for the last 8 years, may he punish us with more of the same.

    September 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. John in Binghamton NY

    Why didn't the chant "D-Fence" or "Go Team Go"? What a bunch of grunting morons.

    Thomas Jefferson – Dissent is the greatest form of patriotism.

    I would not expect GOP voters to understand something that complicated and I would not expect them to know any history either. This country was founded on protests and free speech.

    If you want a war in Iraq then go fight it with your own life and own money.

    September 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. randy

    yes as i said before and will say it again young people will decide this election.john mccain and his vp what ever her name is will lose come november.

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Jon

    It would be hard to imagine things going much worse for the Republicans. At this point Palin is probably regretting accepting McCain's invitation to be his celebrity VP.

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Freedom Lovin Patriot


    He'll FLIP-FLOP and not stop!

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. TC

    Any person who is still ignorant, apathetic, unaware and irresponsible enough to vote for McCain and Palin deserve exactly what they get. Even the devil himself, Karl Rove, put out a statement today saying taht Palin was nothing more than a "political pick" to appeal to women.

    That just proves what has long been known by any rational person, able to think for themselves, that the republicans have ALWAYS counted on the ignorance of the American, especially women, to win elections.

    It is a proven fact that MOST REPUBLICANS ALWAYS vote Party, rather than on the issues. How pathetic!

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Eric, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    J from don't see more of Biden (or his wife Michelle) because they don't come across well in public and can't be trusted with what they may say.

    Biden is a long-winded has-been who sticks his foot in his mouth way too often (like yesterday when he said it is "patriotic" to pay more taxes). Also he comes across as an "angry old man" and has had the same job (Senator) for 36 years (a perfect reason for term limits).

    Michelle is basically an American hater and shows signs of racism, towards whites when she was in her college years (and took Obama to Rev. Wright's church where he married them). SHE OBVIOUSLY WEARS THE PANTS IN THE OBAMA FAMILY (a good indication Obama is not very strong or aggressive).

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Scott, Wichita

    Ok, so Republicans support the war. At least they're polite, and don't interrupt people's speeches...

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. desertique

    thanks for the great news about chuck hagel.

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. ZANE

    Just heard that Donald Trump endorses McCain. There isn"t a beauty queen he hasn't admired . Go figure. If Obama is elected, Donald will have to pay taxes for the first time in 8 years. ....and he's got alot to loose!


    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. FLewis

    In Palin's interview with Charlie and he asked her what she said when MaSane asked her to be his VP, she said she did not blink, however I think her response should have been "Thanks, but no thanks".

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |

    They were "sexist" subversive Obama plants!

    Sarah, maybe you could make them feel more secure, if you mentioned how that one visit to the State Bank of Wasilla lobby, got you close to the money, and therefore, you are now a financial expert!

    This woman's voice makes my eardrums bleed!

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Power to the People

    I commend these citizens for voicing their outrage. A few weeks ago, I was scared because it seemed the American electorate had been numbed into apathy. Now I am starting to take solace in the words of a wise man who declared that nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change. Keep rising up, people!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Midwestern Truth

    Being a graduate of the University of Iowa, I know too well how this group of losers act. It's really sad to have a town as great as Iowa City be filled with people who on one hand demand the right of free speech and then turn around and trounce on another's previlege. This is the same thing that happened during the RNC convention and I think it turns people away from the radical left.

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Chris

    She can't get the city right. McCain sees Spain either as part of Latin America or an adversary. Everywhere they arrive they are met with protests. Way to go McCain! You are really uniting the nation and the world! Dividing us from friendly European nations and nominating a fraud to be second in line to the most powerful leadership position in the world. Not to mention, your pandering, flip-flop, regulate don't regulate, incoherent understanding of the economy .

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Latina for Obama (nj)



    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. AMERICA for Obama


    I want to know where all the hippie's are that were against the Vietnam War?!?!?!?!? The Iraqi war is even more illegal then that war was yet we have yet to see protesters show up in the 1,000's to McCain's ralley's like they should be! C'mon hippies, where you at, get out there and protest what you know is right!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008-2012!!!

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Debi

    What is wrong with people!!! Why don't we ship these protestors over to Irag, Afgahanstin and let them see what life is all about. and maybe they will appreciate our freedom! It is so disrespectful to our military with these idiots! i don't like war, any more than the next person, but at least I can support and appreciate the people who are fighting for me and my freedom. See that they are not protesting at OleBama's speeches, but better watch out, he will be sending them to serve in the military to gain the $4000 toward tution!

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. john

    get used to it Palin and obviously you were shaken by this. get used it!!!

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. anubis

    It is apparent she does not know her location or limitations.

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. S. Boatman

    When You Hear People Chant Usa They Are Trying To Drown Out The Protesters! It Happened At The Convention Also!

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Rich

    It looks horrible that people will chant USA, USA, to drown out the voices of protesters. That's so un-American.

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Tam in CO

    "Grand Rapids"? Guess she don't do so well if she doesn't have the script written for her. I have a lot of repect for Palin and what McCain acccomplished for her, but VP material she is not

    September 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Republican for Obama

    Welcome to The McPain Travelling Comedy Show!

    September 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. That's RIGHT!!! Keep fighting DEMS!!!

    We MUST take our country back. We have sat back too long and watched these unethical, lying thieves run our country.

    I will scream it from the ground, to the roof tops, from the valley's to the top of Pikes Peak (shout out to CO).


    Fight for what is right and what is rightfully ours. OUR COUNTRY!

    Fix the mess! VOTE DEM in NOVEMBER!

    September 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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