September 18th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Protesters interrupt Palin and McCain speeches

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. P Carter

    I guess McCain and Palin will don't be doing a town hall meeting in that city. Cedar Rapids may ask harder questions. :0)

    September 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Andy in Seattle

    There's a reason we protest against the GOP. McCain suffered a lot from his days of being at war, but did he really learn anything? If he did, he would know that an unauthorized war based on lies and false facts only hurts us more at home and stretches our economy thin. What are his answers? Nothing. To still seek "victory", whatever that means. These GOP candidates should be scaring all of you.

    September 18, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Pat

    McCain and Palin are trying so hard to keep the cover over that elephant that keeps following them. Their campaign is starting to look like slapstick. If I was't laughing so hard, I would feel sorry for them. And as for Rove, he's running as fast as he can from this botched up campaign.

    September 18, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. katiec

    Think this is only the beginning.
    With our country in complete chaos Mccain/palin continue
    on with their tired lies, oblivious to the crisises that
    face our country.
    We are not stupid republicans.
    We know who got us into this mess and your lies,
    distortions, false promises and ignorance will not
    survive this time.

    September 18, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. mushe

    This is now getting interesting,since Mc sane nomination its now clear that the country wants to move forward,all these interruptions to Mc sane and Parlin shows that the republican party and their candidates are in reverse gear,shame why do they even bother,are they stupid enough not to see that the country is moving in a wrong direction with the republican party.

    September 18, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. James in NJ

    Five Reasons To Vote For McCain/Palin:
    1. You feel that our country is better off today than eight years ago

    2. You think that Bill Clinton's/Obama's policies are(were) bad ideas

    3. You think that the Iraq war was(is) a brilliant idea

    4. You think that Karl Rove and Dick Cheney did wonders for America

    5. You believe that the next four years will be different than the last 8 using the same minds, ideas, and people!

    God Bless our Country!

    I'm tired of the Obama-Will-Tax-Me-To-Death-Tax-Hike stories, all Barack will do is bring tax levels for the people making 250k and over back to what they were during the Bill Clinton years. I remember those years fondly and my 401k does too!

    Elect the brains this time
    Obama/Biden in 08!

    September 18, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Fabian

    This Democrat has jumped shipped. I no longer wish to be a Democrat. I think, I love America, I love my country, therefore I must be a Republican!

    September 18, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. You sure about that?

    Transparency Please September 18th, 2008 1:25 pm ET

    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.

    So? Obama did the same thing a few months ago. Too bad that didn't get reported on by the objective reporters at CNN. I'm pretty sure that was also right around the time that obama said there were 60 states, so if you want to bring up gaffes let's look at both sides.

    And how is this news? Feminists always feel the need to interrupt republicans.. It helps them sleep at night. Now if it were a conservative group that started protesting it'd be news.

    September 18, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Jesse From Berlin

    I bet they forgot to give them the mcsame/palin banner before the went in...

    September 18, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Melanie, LA

    I'm sorry to hear this. I want them to continue the lies so that the American people can see them for who they are–liars.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Republican for Obama

    Angus, I didn't know that you had to be a Democrat to be anti-war!

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Carol for McCain all the way

    "NIT PICKIN" ! TO THE ENTH DEGREE ! WHAT PRESS. THEY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO. GO WATCH OBAMA'S WIFE BECOME A "BEST DRESSED CELEBRITY" She can match her "ROCK STAR" PARTNER and we can all pay the taxes ! If you vote him in, magazines are all you probably will be able to aford and look at while you are in the FOOD lines. We need LEADERS with EXPERIENCE at all levels of Government. 2 years JUST doesn't cut it. In 2 years ( of PRESENT – Senate service ) all you learn is how to TALK. We need action. There are foreign governments out there, terrorists, and speculators just waiting to BUY AMERICA. We cannot let this happen. We need someone who will STAND UP for AMERICANS for AMERICA and protect our Souviernty as a GREAT NATION. TALK is CHEAP ! ACTION & TERM LIMITS not words will get us out of the mess we are in. Be carefull what you wish for, there are some CHANGES you cannot live with. The SECURITY of OUR NATION is at RISK. Don't be BLINDED by the Celebrity image.

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Brian

    Maybe its Canada she sees from her house?

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Republican Garbage

    what a is in the midst of the biggest financial and international crises in decades..........and this is what we get........a hockey mom from Alaska..........I am so disgusted and ashamed for our country...

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Scott

    When I look at both candidates, I think to myself that is the best that this great country could produce? I am not excited by either one, but everyone is all over Palin about her lack of experience. Which begs the question of how is Obama qualified to run this country (his experience is virtually identical to Palin's). He certainly is a good speaker...but that does nothing for me. How many times have politicians talked a good game, but can't fulfill on their campaign promises? While I am not a huge fan of McCain, he will be getting my vote in Nov. My vote has to be based on experience.

    One other thing – I am not a fan of Bush...but his administration can't solely be to blame on the current state of the economy. Folks, we need to put some focus on congress – which is run by democrats.

    Come Nov., I really, really hope we put the right man in office!!!

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Jon T from Cedar Rapids

    Who did not see that coming

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Stop Electing Dumb People ‘08

    EVERYTHING comes as a surprise to these 2.

    Whaaaa? …the economy is terrible? Iraq wants us out of their County? Spain is not our enemy? the world is not flat? evolution? …gravity?…fire? That's cause there Mavericks!

    Maybe Dirk Nowitski could be Secretary of State…He’s a Maverick…and he has foreign relationship experience since he’s from Germany. Hmmmm.

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. me

    People tend to trash, scrutinize, attack women more than men. Obama has on his shoulders worse than Palin! It is Rezko, his pastor, and other. I cannot cannot believe americans. They need their excitement, they do not listen, they fall for petty things (Palin's misspeaching, her family things...), but avoid big things ( Obama's deals, and he misspoke more than Palin and Hillary together). Obama is not any better than the others.

    They call McCain liar, but so is Obama.
    Obama DOES NOT have good judgment.

    they say that McCain copied Obama, well, Obama copied Hillary in many ways....

    Obama changed his opinions many many times, so does McCain.

    They are all copycats in a way. It is not easy to come up with fresh, new, never used, tested policy. There is always some sort of copycatting anyone...
    We will be doomed anyway, either Obama or McCain. Should be Hillary.

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Thor

    I wonder if you can see Grand Rapids from Cedar Rapids.

    My friends, today we are all Grand Rapidians.

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. conatasustenamus

    I do not believe–that any conservatives have had to be removed from an Obama rally or meeting.

    Why is it that the radical left–can leave decorum at the door–yet preach to the conservatives of a high ground?

    McCain/ Palin: Obsessed with our nation–not obsessed with themselves.

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. conny

    Reaping what you sow

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Sara, Birmingham, AL

    It's probably just as well that the audience couldn't hear what Palin was saying in her scripted speech. Most of it would be lies anyway. She and McCain seem to be very comfortable telling lie after lie. Thank goodness the public is catching on.

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. AJ

    McCain is trying to grab headlines by blaming Wall Street, talking about firing SEC chairman Cox etc. This is all for last minute political maneuvering to give false impressions that he can straigtenout the current mess. But all this is happening because under his stewardship as Chairman of the Commerce committee, the regulations and rules relating to Wall Street and other financial institutions were made so lax that the manipulators could do anything they wanted. Now he is waking up to realties and says he can do something. It's too late pal – you had the chance and you blew it. Now let someone with fresh mind and fresh insight do something about it.

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. sparack

    what about the night at the democratic convention when obama forgot what city he was in when talking to his daughter? you people have very short memories, or your just obamabots with no interest in seeing a fair election.

    September 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Tyrone Brown

    They should not be surprised by the protest, especially by a group of young women who see McCain for what he is really is – bad for America's future.

    We need people to continue to speak out and not be distracted from bringing real change to Washington.


    YES! WE! CAN!


    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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