September 19th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Protesters interrupt Obama

CNN

Protesters holding posters saying Sen. Barack Obama was endorsed by the KKK are escorted from his speech

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign rally in Coral Gables, Florida Friday was interrupted by a group of about 10 African-American protesters holding signs that called themselves, "Blacks Against Obama."

The signs said Obama was for gay marriage and abortion, and said his candidacy was "endorsed by the KKK." Another sign said, "Jesse Jackson hates Obama."

Obama originally said the protesters could stay inside the event, but they were escorted out when they would not stop shouting.


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  1. VNS - Dallas, TX

    It is worth to note the following excerpt from Senator McCain's Book
    "Worth the Fighting For: A Memoir" (2002)

    "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. I was sixty-two years old when I made the decision and I thought it was my one shot at the prize."

    September 19, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Derek

    I see that the Uncle Tom archetype is still alive and well.

    Lies and boorish behavior will get you nowhere... unless you're Republican and running for president.

    September 19, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Spencer from VA

    They're probably black republicans. I know that's hard to believe, but there are some odd ball black folks out there.

    September 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Ken

    Some people really want attention.

    September 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. no way..

    I am a 37 year old, African American Army vet and I smell a GOP rat.....

    September 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Julius

    These kids don't look old enough to vote. Who's paying them

    September 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Ryan, Florida

    So what? Far right wackos that just happen to be black. Its America, there are a lot of weirdos here.

    September 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Tim B

    Hmm, I can't read the signs.

    September 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Rickymo

    How silly and tell me again why this is newsworthy?

    September 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Spencer from VA

    This sounds like retaliation from McCain getting interrupted. I wouldn't doubt if these are some McCain kronies or paid actors.

    September 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Jews for obama------

    I wonder how much they were paid to say KKK has endorsed obama.

    September 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Stephanie from AL

    That's enough to earn my respect. A far cry from Senator McCain's "Punk" and "Ground Clutter and Static" remarks.

    September 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. We love Sarah

    Well see. Not every AA supports Senator Obama. But, he supported their rights to protest until they wouldn't let him speak.

    A sign of a real leader.

    September 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Baze

    Well that's an interesting twist. Let's see if they vote.

    ONE NATION

    September 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Jimi NY

    I have a feeling they were sent by the Republicans. McCain will do anything to win. BTW, we aren't too fond of Jesse Jackson, either.

    OBAMBA/BIDEN '08!!!

    THE LOGICAL CHOICE . . . THE ONLY CHOICE!!!!

    September 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Perplexed

    Not only are their facts wrong but it seems obvious they were put up to this. I can't believe that none of the reporters got to the bottom of this. I guess reporters today just aren't what they used to be.

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Sandra

    I think this will actually help Obama distance himself from extremists from both wings.

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Dvon

    Man talk about stupidity

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. the other jd

    So according to Sarah Palin supporters, these people would have been sent there by the Obama campaign?

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Ken

    Um, okay. Lucky for them we have the 1st Amendment. Too bad their claims were ignorant and based on lies.

    Obama 08

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Yasriel

    I am John McCain and I approve this mudsling....Hahaha
    Pathetic hateful homeless sycophants

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Grampa Simpson

    Only in America.

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Cyrus K.

    Idiots!

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. JO-ANN

    PAID FOR BY THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN!!!!

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Emster

    CNN – is this really worth reporting on? TEN protesters?!?
    Please – let's focus on the issues. We're tired of the media taking only one thing out of a speech or an event, and blowing it up to make it sound way more significant than it is.

    September 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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