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. Morgan

    I live in Illinois and you can see Iowa from parts of Illinois so I guess that makes me an expert on the state.
    Iowa is Obama territory. I'm surprised McCain is even bothering with Iowa. Evidently the McCain/Palin road show doesn't play so well around the college educated students who protested. Maybe they can find some gun clubs or Nascar races to speak to. Or- do like Bush and address all the VFW events.

    September 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Where am I?

    Gee, with Sarah's extensive travel resume you would have thought that she would have know where she was.

    Maybe that's not Russia she can see from her house, but the $20m money pit she had built in Wasilla on land without a clear title.

    Ugh!

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. JD

    Wow! Why is it that Americans have turned so hateful recently? People, listen to yourselves! We have issues in this country that we need to work through, and calling each other vile names on comment threads such as this one is really not the way to solve them. This is scary!

    We have two presidential tickets that need to be considered in light of their policies, personnel, and past record. You and I may have different opinions, but our goal should be the same–more economic stability, advancement of quality of living for every American, and protection from foreign threat. Both of these guys are trying to do that as best they can–just in different ways (herein lies the choice).

    All the hate mongers on here really need to cool it. I hope you aren't my neighbors, or I need to move across town!

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Tim

    It's sexist to criticize Palin for getting the town name wrong.

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Iowa

    It is Cedar Rapids not Grand Rapids!

    The Iowa Chops are in Des Moines, Iowa

    I thought the ticket was McCain/Palin.......guess not!

    Mrs. Palin, you may want to prepare a bit more before you read your tired same OLD speech.

    Please take a look at McCains senior advisor on economy if you want to know why the banking system is where it is!!!

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. berliner49

    Way to go America. I was waiting for someone to take the lead instead of following these two blindly. Their ship is sinking and their supporters will drown with them.....the seconfd coming of the Titanic. Shame from McSame for tearing down signs. Americans stand for this?

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. kathe]

    when she stumbled too bad she didn't fall on her head , maybe a knock on the head would make her speak the truth. Im a hockey mom and would not have any part of her at the rink.

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Double Talk Express

    The Alaska governor told the audience that she was thrilled to be in “Grand Rapids,” the Michigan city where the campaign had just overnighted.

    Ding....Wanna get away???

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Jeff

    They chanted USA, USA, USA....

    This is ironic seeing that their great leader are selling the country off bit by bit. Shouldn't they be chanting China, China, China...?

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Shawn - GA

    The best part was the way McCain handled them. He said basically that he welcomes all to his town hall meetings even the protestors. He then said that Obama has yet to meet him at one, and asked what Obama was so afraid of. It was wonderful!!!

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. down with the GOP.

    heck yea!

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Brian

    Republicans have created this kind of chaos where people feel the need to shout over political leaders in order to be heard. The last 8 years have shown the American people complete disrespect and unfortunately, this seems to be the only way to get people in Washington to listen. McCain and Palin are just on the wrong track. That's just the way it is.

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Chris

    I applaud the protesters. That's (trying) to keep our First Amendment rights alive!

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Steve - St. Louis, MO

    I'm glad to see the wheels starting to come off the Straight Talk Express. It also can't be good that McCain has to divide his energy and time between running a campaign and trying to block the investigation of Palin in Alaska. I figured it was a matter of time before the novelty act wore off, and sure enough, she's starting to stumble and bring Grampa down with her.

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. RJ

    Today McCain made another gaffe in an interview on Spain. Realizing the mistake he did, now his aides say that he meant what he said. This guy is pathetic. He seems to have serious memory problems and that's scaring me.

    September 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Lamps

    Bye bye obamabots.

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    Leave the woman alone. She had a brain fart , she had just gotten out of her tannig booth. She lives in Alaska just across from Russia and can't remember "JACK".

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. debi

    no comment, except the republican are a joke, and why is that mccain is stealing every words obama is sending to the people..... he repeats everything obama had said... doesnt he have a mind of his own....
    mmmmmm....makes me you think...

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Dave P. Iowa City, Iowa

    Good for you! Glad to see my fellow Iowa Citians out making sure we are all heard.

    Dave

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Maryann Rose

    J from DC:

    I agree...why don't we see more of Biden?

    SOUTHERN HOTTIE:

    That's what the protestors were saying? – Yeah, CNN, why not report the WHOLE story?

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Helena

    My family & I were in Iowa this summer visiting relatives.
    Iowa is Obamaland. Obama yard signs, bumperstickers, banners, billboards all over the place. It was an awesome sight to see.

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Herman In LA

    The most conservative flip-flopper of all time McCain/Palin

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. John Bouchard

    Good grief...are politicians supposed to never make a slip of the tongue? And I am not talking about the Clinton kind either. Perhaps Palin thought she was in the 53rd state or something...oh wait, that wasn't her...that was somebody else. Perhaps it is time to reflect that nobody is pro-war in America. No political party wants to see our young people die. We also don't want to see our civilians killed by terrorists, and to protect our interests we have to sometimes show our strength.

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. R, Ohio

    It amazes me that there are people that really support Sarah Palin. People often say that she'll "shake up Washington", and how exactly does she plan to do that? Does she know what she's doing? I mean really, people we are at a MAJOR ECONOMIC CRISIS, and she has votes because she's a woman, a hockey mom, is pro-life.....give me a freakin' break already! This situation goes far beyond just "LIKING" her. Can she really do what's needed to save us from this failing administration, this failing economy??? John McCain is even more clueless, and many of those supporting him are certainly aware of it; they are just voting for him b/c they don't like Obama. Well, you don't have to personally like him. Take a look at his plan and ask yourself how it could help you; help this country.

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Marilynn, Wilmington, NC

    Vivi I agree with you.... I caught that "misspeak" also.. The Palin-McCain ticket.. 🙂

    I'm even more surprised that when she spoke the other night, she answered the question regarding equal pay for women... by saying she was a product of that equality system, and that is why she is where she is today. she indicated it started in high school when she was on the BASKETBALL team, and McCain added she was a point guard... What does that have to do with anything? The question was about McCain's stand on equal pay for women?

    September 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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