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. charles

    (GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) Standing beside John McCain at her first town hall meeting since being named to the Republican ticket, Sarah Palin was asked what specific skills she would bring to the White House to “mitigate that concern” of her perceived lack of foreign policy experience.

    "Well, I think because I am a Washington outsider that opponents are going to be looking for a whole lot of things that they can criticize and they can kind of beat the candidate here who chose me as his partner to kinda tear down the ticket,” Palin said. But as for foreign policy, you know I think that I am prepared, and I know that on January 20th if we are so blessed as to be sworn into office as your president and vice president, certainly we'll be ready. I'll be ready. I have that confidence. I have that readiness and if you want specifics with specific policy or countries, go ahead. You can ask me. You can play stump the candidate if you want to. But we are ready to serve

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Pat F

    What a scream, what a hoot! She misspoke! Stop the presses! Obama wins – rah rah sis boom bah!

    What a bore. Obamatons – go buy a life.

    At least she didn't ask a paralyzed guy to "please stand up" like Biden did. There's misspeaking, and there's brain-dead.

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Joseph

    I don't want a third war front while our markets are failing, the people are not willing to kill anymore Iraqis, nor willing to sell our souls...

    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Paul Dobro

    Noting says I care like flying in and out in 2 hours. The city was devistated by the floods, block after block of the downtown still trying to rebuild.

    Thanks, but not thanks John and Sarah.

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. pghezzi

    lets see how sarah handles being booed, told that she is wrong, etc. i think mccain made a big mistake in picking her. I am a woman, but I did not just want any woman. Hillary is smart, infomre, intelligent, sarah is not. I would like to see her answer her own questions.

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Stevo

    Grand Rapids Cedar Rapids it's all the same to these two clowns. The is the best that the republicans can offer? Maybe she did not have her script in front of her, or may it was the actual one from Grand Rapids. I'm a middle aged white male and I think the party is over for the republicans in 08!! Go get a clue !

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. becky

    I am surprised that anyone who is not an ardent supporter of McCain/Palin could get into the rally. Up to now McCain/Palin rah rah's have been by invitation only. You go girls! Free speech finally in action!

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. t

    hahahahahahaha, thrilled to be where?
    ok, No comments, rest my case here.

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Mikey from San Antonio

    Who cares? She can see Russia from her backyard. I say forget VP, she should be the Sec. General of the UN.

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Cindy

    I just wonder why we have not heard about the protesters march when Palin went back to Alaska last week. Was that not news worthy?
    This Palin should not have accepted this position, simply because there is alot that she doesn't know. The Republicans have to act as if they are please with this McCain pick because they have no other way to go. This is just lies & more lies from McCain/Palin.
    I am sure leaning more to Obama!

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Hillary v. Palin 2012

    Why do liberal whackos think its ok to disrupt speeches they don't agree with? What would happen if this happened every time Nobama spoke.

    First Amendment only applies to people you agree with now? Slippery slope or double standards...

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Sandra

    So, let me get this straight, the McSame camp wants to paint Obama as some kind of socialist/communist, but his supporters are the ones ripping signs from people's hands and silencing them? Huh? That sounds more like communism/socialism than anything I've heard! We don't need another four years of facism...

    Obama/Biden in 2008!

    September 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. sky

    don't ignor the warning signals. Trust your gut. dont make another bad marriage for our country. you guys ignored the warning signals before and it has been horrible. You have warning signals now.....you can see them right in front of you...dont be in denial.....these guys are not presidential material. dont close your eyes to it for America's sake.....please...you HAVE to have learned your lesson....dont elect another crooked and stupid group.please

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Most of Sarah's comments are unintelligible, anyways. The protesters were doing her–and, moreover, the AUDIENCE– a favor!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN AND UNDERSTAND!

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. D from MI

    SARAH PALIN IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PARROT ... AND JOHN MCCAIN IS NOTHING BUT A BAKED POTATO THAT SOMEONE TRIED TO HEAT UP AND FRY ..

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Ron

    I agree with Rena. McCain has tried to copy much of what Obama has said.

    It's sad how McCain has tried to separate himself from what has happened over the last 8 years. Wasn't he there when the Republicans controlled all 3 Houses of Government 8 years ago ? That is when the Republicans inherited a record surplus from the Clinton administration and that is when the tax breaks for the rich and the deregulation of the mortgage lenders started. Look at the mess they've made. And, believe it or not, McCain tries to make you believe he wasn't even part of it. He was just standing on the sidelines.

    What a leader !!

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. susan

    Thats great!!!! I plan on protesting her in NYC this weekend..I wish her and Mccain would get a room already and stop making our country's future into some sort of gimmick...Vote Obama /Biden..Save our country

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Purple Nurple

    Did you all hear what she said the "plain-Mcain" ticket. Look it up, she said it!!!!!!!

    BRAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. CG

    Thank goodness folks are starting to get really vocal about protesting this joke of a choice for the GOP VP!!

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Diana

    The handwriting is on the wall.........................

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. MW / Calif.

    J from DC – The reason we are not seeing Biden more is because crazy gun-toting extremists tend to make the headlines.

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. nora

    I think we all need to recognize that this type of stunt could well be the Campaigns doing. In the old days it was a republican tatic to disrupt their own meetings so they could get the audence on their side. Could well be a nixon stunt.

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. pat C.

    ANOTHER COMEDY HOUR. mcain is such a joke. now he wants to just fire people in washington that are responsiable for wallstreet. isn't that right out of the sarah palin playbook? if you make her mad or don't agree she just fires you!! she looks like a duck out of water in these townhall meetings. macain will put you to sleep and sarah is there to wake you up. what a team!

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Rj

    Sarah is sweet and scary!

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. barackobama4prez

    GO DEMOCRATS! FIRE THE GOP!

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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