May 28th, 2012
03:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Video: McCain to heckler: 'Jerk!'

(CNN) - A San Diego crowd cheers after Sen. John McCain called a man a jerk for heckling his Memorial Day speech.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. bassman

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you a typical Pres. Obama supporter.

    May 28, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Cody

    Why are democrats and hippies so angry and do nothing but disrupt the republicans, but republicans never disrupt any Obama events?... these democrats show such disrespect for everyone who doesn't agree with them. Pathetic.

    May 28, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Jules

    Cody, Are you kiddinig me??? Are you new to watching the news or what? That was also a typical GOP response to someone who disagrees with them. Articulate aren't they.

    May 28, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Uhh ... did I miss something here, Cody ... what identified the heckler as either a "democrat" or a "hippy"? I didn't see any sign or name tag. What's to say the heckler wasn't a republican who didn't believe a word that John McCain was saying?

    May 28, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Katie B from NC

    What did the "heckler" say? Looks like he was wearing a POW-MIA t-shirt.

    May 28, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Dan

    Oh come on Cody, Republicans and Tea Party members heckle Democrats all the time. They even heckle their own, Mitt Romney's son was booed off the stage recently by Ron Paul supporters (as was Lisa Murkowski), during the health reform debate numerous Democrats were heckled and received death threats, and a Republican Representative heckled Pres. Obama during a speech to Congress (and raised a lot of money off it). Republicans heckle just as much, if not much more than, Democrats.

    May 28, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. stephanie

    as opposed to stomping on a woman's head? why do the goper's show disrespect to the office of the President and call him racist names and make up racist songs? They don't have to go to events they have their own tv channel in faux news to spout the garbage. goper's show disrespect for everyone that does not think and look like them and i think you know what i mean. Why do the so called Christian right have the most un-Christian and unAmerican comments come out of their mouth? The individual at the speech might be a jerk and the likes of some of my family members and your self might be jerks but I served my country so that all of those and yourself could be jerks if you wanted to.

    May 28, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Hey, bassman. You think this was an Obama supporter? Seems more likely the person is a Ron Paul supporter. Just my opinion mind you, but lately Paul's supporters have been heckling everyone, including Romney's own sons.

    In full disclousure, I am a Democrat. It is not appropriate for ANYONE to heckle another. It's just too, too childish. Which leads me back to Ron Paul supporters who are themselves creating havoc in Republican primary elections, and which once again the media refuses to cover.

    May 28, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Name. Karen M

    And he should have taken his baseball cap off! Jerk! Show some redirect for the National Anthem!

    May 28, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Buckeyemom

    I am appalled to hear, of ALL people, John McCain, who should be speaking in honor of our war heroes and troops, but he just HAD to make a comment on how Romney would be a great president. You, of all people, Senator, should be ashamed for using this moment for political gain. This day should not be used for politics while at the microphone, by either party! Shame on you!!!!

    May 28, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Lionel

    McCain and Romney is the Jerk.

    May 28, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. You Heard it worst on CNN

    Stephanie – where did race play a part in this? Memorial day is about American soldiers of all races. One of these days when you grow up you will realize there are many republicans of all races as well. Heckling a memorial day speech is like heckling at a funeral. It is highly disrespectful, reguardless of your political preference or personal experience with the military.

    May 28, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. You Heard it worst on CNN

    Anonymous – you are a seriously misinformed democrat. Ron Paul supporters are not only NOT the ones heckling but they are the ones being heckled and assaulted at the republican conventions. In the case in Ariziona, Romney Jr. was breaking a very serious RNC convention rule by giving his speech and the establishment GOP was allowing it. There was outrage in the crowd. Before you spout off with the Ron Paul folks being disrespectful you first must understand they are having a near Jim Crow experience within the RNC and secondly you must attend one of their rallies or go to the RNC conventions, talk to them and see for your self. You will find they are the most peace loving, freedom loving, friendly group you will probably ever see. Can you honestly say that about the modern democratic party?

    May 28, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. GonzoinHouston

    Every once in a while, either accidentally or intentionally, McCain says exactly the right thing. "JERK!". I can think of a few other phrases that would be even more appropriate, but there were families present. I don't care what their political position is, heckling is childish and disrespectful.

    May 28, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Thomas

    It's nice that they come out here to San Diego . I hope they notice all the homeless vets around Balboa Park.

    Maybe Mitt can show John his new car elevator ! Romney won't carry California !

    May 28, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "Why are democrats and hippies so angry and do nothing but disrupt the republicans, but republicans never disrupt any Obama events?... these democrats show such disrespect for everyone who doesn't agree with them. Pathetic."

    You must have missed the entire GOBP cult's teabagger movement. And to those who say "no heckling ever'. why? If ANY politician gets in front of me and lets loose with a string of lies, there gonna hear the truth back. People need to do this more, not less.

    May 28, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. hnstyingov

    Maybe the Guy who shouted out was ACTUALLY a Real Veteran who wanted to use his 1st Amendment Right and be heard?
    Versus Romney who decided to run off to France? ( to hide) Wee Wee?

    May 28, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    McCain should know - he is quite the JERK himself. And to do all this political crap to a captive audience hoping to observe memorial day? Un-American Jerk.

    I dont trust Robme and more than I did McLame/Pain.

    May 28, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Ben Dover

    McCain, you need to retire, and spend more time with your Rich wife...and while you sit outside, you can yell at the children to get off your lawn.

    May 28, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. B

    Romney is draft dodger.

    May 28, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    "Anonymous – you are a seriously misinformed democrat."

    I absolutely respect your opinion of the "peace loving" Ron Paul supporters. I don't necessarily agree, nor am I inclinded to attend one of his "rally's".

    As I said, there should never be cause to heckle another ... regardless of provocation ... real or imagined.


    May 28, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Beverly - NYC

    Isn't that lovely the values party stifling free speech, and Mitt laughs at bullying typical GOP.

    May 28, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Pete

    McCain,of all people to talk patriotism,the Saigon Songbird as he was known in Vietnam.Even vets dispise him because of his so called "hero" label,voted against extending healthcare for vets.And he probibly never was in prison,those pics were him after he crashed his jet,for the 5th time mind ya ,in a rice patty.Those pics of him were in a Vietnam hospital,not from torture,but from the jet crash, like he lead ya to believe.His military records permantly sealed by his admiral father never to be opened, except the president.Ask him and his Cindy how they took the taxpayers for over 3.5 billion in the 80 s with the KEATING 5,real patriotic,steal from your employers,he does work for you republicans,right,not me,real pathedic,real hypocricy!!!

    May 28, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    How did you come to the conclusion that this was a Democratic supporter? The Tea Party Republicans not only disrespect Democrats, they disrespect their fellow Republicans. There has always been discourse in politics but nothing like things are now with an African-American Democrat in the White House and the Tea Partiers who go out of their way to be disrespectful, nasty and down right mean and whose behavor can only be described as shameful. Of course they have good teachers in Rush Limbaugh and the Fox News staff. Every decent Republican should hanag their heads in shame for how their once-proud party has fallen. Ronald Regan, a good and decent man, must be turning over in his grave! How sad!

    May 28, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Gurgyl

    You thin it is not fake. These things, GOP idiots pick one person from their group, do this silly thing, blame on democrats, then that person gets remuneratef in a hidden fashion,. These are 3rd works tricks. Do you believe these GOP thugs??? Never trust any thing from GOP cult....god bless!!

    May 28, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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