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CNN's Ed Henry Hit with Gum at McCain Rally

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The Republican candidate criticizes Barack Obama's tax proposals amid concerns he might lose Virginia.(Video by Ed O'Keefe)

By Ed O'Keefe
WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- As Republican congressional candidate Keith Fimian warmed up the crowd at an afternoon rally with Sen. John McCain, CNN's Ed Henry was co-anchoring his network's weekend political coverage live from the press risers. Fimian was speaking about his personal accomplishments as Henry quizzed Bill Schneider, who was standing at another camera position at the rally.

A woman towards the back of the crowd angrily turned back and started yelling at Henry, asking him to stop talking during Fimian's speech. The woman grew so angry that she threw a pack of Dentyne Ice gum at Henry, which hit his back as he wrapped up his conversation with Schneider.

Henry finished his live shot and turned in the direction of the woman, who gave him the cut sign across her throat. Henry turned back, bent over to pick up the pack of gum, shrugged and shook his head as he tossed it to his producer.

Her anger might have had something to do with another unfortunate bit of timing -- an earlier live shot of Henry's had started just as the crowd of thousands began reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Posted at 3:18 PM ET on Oct 18, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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Joe Scarborough, Pat Buchanan, Sean
Hannity, Bill Bennett, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, and Bill O'Reilly are not liberals. The remaining 99.9% of American media is. Get it?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 20, 2008 6:36 PM

My niece's first grader came home from school the other day and said "Mommy, you should vote for Obama". She was shocked that a 6 year old child was being indoctrinated and brainwashed in Virginia schools. Same with the texts book in Racine WI which carried only an Obama chapter, not a McCain chapter. People need to wake up to the NEA and the indoctrination of our children. It only took one parent in Wisconsin to contact the school to have the text removed from future books. (Of course, if that had been a Republican chapter, they would have pulled all the books and fired whoever had added the chapter.)

Posted by: curious3 | October 19, 2008 2:47 PM

Where do you get this "liberal media" nonsense?

Are Matthews,Scarborough,Buchanan
Hannity,Bennett, Coulter,Malkin
and O'Reilly liberals?

Hasn't the MSM spread the Ayers
attack around enough for you?

Posted by: Ed--words | October 19, 2008 12:34 PM

"Bachmann on Friday told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that Barack Obama is not the only anti-American member of Congress. "The news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an exposé like that," she said."

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 18, 2008 3:56 PM

This may make you feel better. Within 24 hours of her disgusting comments, her Democratic opponent has raised over $500,000, $252,000 of it online. I urge every Democrat to put their money where their mouth is and make sure nuts like Bachmann get thrown out.

Go here:

Posted by: ObamaWins1 | October 19, 2008 11:03 AM

Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008

"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008

"The economy is fundamentally sound"
Herbert Hoover - October, 1931

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
John McCain - Sept 15, 2008

McCain doesn't have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington by mucking up the recent bailout negotiations; a deplorable campaign stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.

It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't let others be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.

McCain is being deceitful with his sudden populist message and support for regulation; his economic policies still favor our nation's wealthy elite.

Here's some more straight-talk, my friends:

Posted by: DrainYou | October 19, 2008 1:54 AM


Then why didn't she run for president?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 18, 2008 11:18 PM

Associated Press Writer
WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- A top aide to John McCain said Saturday the Republican presidential nominee still has a strong chance of winning the state because of his support in "real Virginia," the downstate areas far removed in distance and political philosophy from the more liberal northern part of the state.

"As a proud resident of Oakton, Va., I can tell you that the Democrats have just come in from the District of Columbia and moved into northern Virginia," McCain senior adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer said on MSNBC. "And that's really what you see there. But the rest of the state, real Virginia, if you will, I think will be very responsive to Sen. McCain's message

Earlier this month, McCain's brother, Joe, told those at an event for the Republican nominee that two Democratic-leaning areas in Northern Virginia, Arlington and Alexandria, were "communist country." He quickly apologized and called the remark a joke.

The senator's campaign headquarters is in Arlington, as is the home he uses while in Washington. McCain also attended high school in Alexandria.

Northern Virginia is the most populous in the state, so if McCain considers it enemy territory, he would have to run up large margins in the Hampton Roads and less populated areas of Virginia to win on Election Day. During a rally in the Washington suburb of Woodbridge, Va., on Saturday, McCain noted that his first posting in the Navy was in coastal Norfolk. (The Miami Herald )

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 18, 2008 8:19 PM

MCCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA'S ECONOMIC TROUBLES! McCain in April 08 declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and economic adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, is back with the McCain campaign full time again.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay. McCain doesn't understand our tanking economy because it doesn't affect him.

The $100 Million Man
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

The Anheuser-Busch Windfall
While John McCain played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 18, 2008 8:16 PM

Excuse me....did he say, "Rose, the teacher." Has McCain found a teacher who claims to make more than a quarter million a year??? Are the pink elephants flying around her head?

Posted by: quagli | October 18, 2008 8:15 PM

"Bachmann on Friday told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that Barack Obama is not the only anti-American member of Congress. "The news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an exposé like that," she said."

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 18, 2008 3:56 PM
Is Bachmann trying to win a McCarthyite of the Year award? Her statements are beyond the pale.

Posted by: smc91 | October 18, 2008 7:55 PM

I want McCain to win too (not in a "twisted" way).

Posted by: JakeD | October 18, 2008 7:06 PM

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.

The only question is, would this country survive it?

You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, West Virgina and Pa etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 18, 2008 6:55 PM


Thank you for the info. Did you see him get hit with the pack of gum?

Posted by: JakeD | October 18, 2008 6:41 PM

I was there, standing about ten feet from the CNN reporter. People shushed him because he was talking pretty loud, and didn't even stop during the Pledge of Allegiance. As for

"No one physical or verbally assaults members of the press at Obama rallies."

Why would Obama supporters physically or verbally assault what has become, for all intents and purposes, part of the Obama PR machine?

But just for grins, go to YouTube and look up "Fox News DNC protestors"

Posted by: Fontbonne | October 18, 2008 6:14 PM


Do you think there will be race riots if McCain wins? Then you will see some "hate".

Posted by: JakeD | October 18, 2008 5:57 PM

Obama doesn't put his hand on his heart during the pledge, why should CNN anchors be expected to stop talking and salute the flag?

Posted by: thecannula | October 18, 2008 5:43 PM

McCain and Palin is running a political campaign that is already dividing our country. People at their rallies are 'haters'.

Americans, please don't stoop to this level. Let the world see us as compassionate and a civilized nation.

How can Palin say that only small town areas are pro-Americans. Does that mean those who don't vote with them are anti-Americans. Absurd! Another non-articulate bimbo talk.

Posted by: leoruler | October 18, 2008 5:33 PM

Some people are just plain ignorant. Hitting or throwing something at somebody just because you don't like what they did is against the law. What if he had turned around and it hit him in the eye. I've done some stupid things in my life that I am truely sorry for so I would have hope the lady would have come over and apologized. Maybe he should have sent a cop to talk to her.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 18, 2008 5:33 PM

The Wingnuts are seeing their 90's power grap being yanked away from them and they're throwing a tantrum. After controlling the White House for the last eight years and controlling Congress for ten of the last twelve years they've proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that conservatism is a failed ideology and now they're panicking.

The breathtaking ignorance that presides over most McCain/Palin rallies is incredible. The GOPer base is in rare hate-filled form. There really is no wonder the crowds have turned into near lynch mobs. Between the hate filled rhetoric of McCain and Palin and the ignorance of the crowds, it would only take the slightest match to set off this powder keg of racial intolerance, religious fear mongering and all out rightwing lunitic fringe hate:

Posted by: DrainYou | October 18, 2008 5:31 PM


Do you really think it is "hate" to throw a pack a gum at someone who is being rude?

Posted by: JakeD | October 18, 2008 5:17 PM

Unbelievable. Non story. What a rag to waste space on this. God, what's next? Reporter receives nasty look for blabbing on cell phone! The CNN guy is a jerk. Poor baby. Let's get him some Trident-proof body armor for the mean streets of McCain rallies.

Posted by: wpfree | October 18, 2008 5:17 PM

LOL! It couldn't be that more than one pro-life conservative exists. For the record, however, I have never posted at WaPo under any other name.

Posted by: JakeD | October 18, 2008 5:14 PM

I think you've created multiple Washington Post accounts, Jake, although I have no idea why. By my count, there are at least three.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 18, 2008 4:57 PM

Please read this article and get to know the Real John McCain. This is sad!

This is a quote, but read the article from the link below...

"Ted Sampley, who fought with US Special Forces in Vietnam and is now a leading campaigner for veterans’ rights, said: ‘I have been following John McCain’s career for nearly 20 years. I know him personally. There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you what it is – deceit.

‘When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he started running around on her almost right away. Everybody around him knew it.

‘Eventually he met Cindy and she was young and beautiful and very wealthy. At that point McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought was better.

‘This is a guy who makes such a big deal about his character. He has no character. He is a fake. If there was any character in that first marriage, it all belonged to Carol."

Posted by: leoruler | October 18, 2008 4:52 PM

McCain & Palin: The Politics Of Hate!

At what point do we call the tactics of McCain and Palin for what they are? Hate mongering.

As both McCain and Palin continue their Swift Boat campaign, using innuendo, half truths and outright lies against Barack Obama, their crowds are looking more like lynch mobs than political supporters. A McCain rant is greeted with someone shouting "terrorist," Palin's vicious rhetoric has someone screaming "kill him," while others taunt reporters, complete with racial ephitets, and now:

"In the latest instance of inflammatory outbursts at McCain-Palin rallies, a crowd member screamed "treason!" during an event on Tuesday after Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of criticizing U.S. troops."

In every case, McCain and Palin ignored the hate that they were whipping up. And why wouldn't they? After all, that's the whole point. The only thing they have left to run on is fear and hate.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 18, 2008 4:50 PM


Do you also think I get paid to post here? I think Ed Henry was being the rude one, talking during the speech.

Posted by: JakeD | October 18, 2008 4:29 PM


The rage, the hate-filled rallies, the appeals to our worst angels, and the lies are all products of ambition. Both John McCain and Sarah Palin thought it was their destiny to win high office. Now, they're realizing that they are about to be blown out in November. A man (Obama) has come from no where to challenge them. And the American people seem the think that the stale old ways of vicious Washington politics--which is represented well by the McCain campaign--is the problem. But McCain and Palin just can't accept this. So they keep feeding the hate to the rightwing lunatic fringe. And they keep digging their whole deeper and deeper.

If this keeps up, McCain will lose by 20 points on November 4th. There was a time I would've felt sorry for him if that happened. But not after this campaign. John McCain made his choice. He could've just lost an election. But he decided his credibility and his honor along with the election. It's sad that McCain has engaged in self-destructive behavior.

Here's some straight-talk, my friends:

Posted by: DrainYou | October 18, 2008 4:29 PM

For those stating the media isn't treated like this by members of the public at Obama rallies...true. That's because the Obama campaign sequesters the media in their own area. The media may whine about it (and they do - endlessly!), but the reason is that this is the sort of behavior too many members of the media indulge in if they're allowed out to mix with the responsible adults. You know - American voters. The people the rally is supposed to be about.

Posted by: TomJx | October 18, 2008 4:22 PM

If you thought those McCain-Palin crowds were feral and hate infested inside the auditoriums, they've even more rancid and repulsive while waiting in line to get in ...

Posted by: DrainYou | October 18, 2008 4:17 PM

I think you should ask CNN why on earth they decided Ed Henry needed to do those 'interviews' at that place at that time.

That woman probably spent her entire day on that rally, from driving, parking, standing in line at a security checkpoint - all to hear a speech Ed Henry RUDELY was talking through, oblivious to everyone but himself. What arrogance! Henry should apologize to her and CNN should rethink how they handle 'overspeak'.

And as you did NOT point out, that 'cut' sign is universal-meadia-speak for 'cut it short'. Which he should have done.

Would the BBC do something like that? I doubt it. They're respectable AND respectful.

Posted by: TomJx | October 18, 2008 4:15 PM

Obama is encouraging us to have rational conversations with McCain supporters. This kind of exchange of ideas could end up going either way, but Obama knows, the better informed a person is, the more likely that person is to vote democratic in this election.
I would encourage all to comply with this suggestion. With Rovian election stealing tactics firmly entrenched, we're going to need to win by a large margin.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 18, 2008 4:08 PM

Well said.

I do think though, that McCain and especially Palin, are encouraging xenophobic innuendo and frank McCarthyism to provoke Pavlovian responses in those who've faithfully bought into their parent's sentiments, prejudices, and fears. Out of a sense of loyalty, honor, but mostly intrepidation, there are those who won't try to understand what their parents didn't know. In the next life I'm sure our parents now agree it's better we learn to think for ourselves.
Christopher Buckley, William F. Buckley Jr.s son, comes to mind.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 18, 2008 4:01 PM

McCain and Palin are trying to sell you on their candidacy in the same way sub-prime mortgage companies duped their victims. The difference is that this time, it’s the whole country that will be in danger of foreclosure.

Don’t make the mistake that Obama has this election won. The people must vote on November 4th. No complacency, my fellow Americans. We can’t afford it. The only way we give ourselves a chance to claw our way back to greatness is to make sure you get up, get out and vote. If you registered recently, just take some time to verify that you are still registered. We can start down the road to healing the wounds of the last eight years. It starts with sweeping clean the debris of failed ideals and poisoned policies, and you, my friends, are the broom. Let's start sweeping.

Posted by: gadjitfreek | October 18, 2008 3:59 PM

Time for a donation to:

"Bachmann comments raise at least $150k for opponent

It's unlikely that the American media will produce the "penetrating exposé" into whether members of Congress are "pro-America or anti-America" that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called for Friday, but there has been at least one consequence she may not have expected: Her congressional opponent, Democrat El Tinklenberg, has been showered with cash from all parts of the country — America, that is — as apparently insulted Americans respond to Bachmann's request."

"Bachmann on Friday told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that Barack Obama is not the only anti-American member of Congress. "The news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an exposé like that," she said."

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 18, 2008 3:56 PM


Enjoy the money while you can because come November 4th your paychecks from the RNC/Palin-McCain campaign will end. Maybe you can invest it in the stock market.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 18, 2008 3:52 PM

For Texas2007, if you are going to try to make some kind of point by using Senator Obama's middle name, then use the correct spelling H-u-s-s-e-i-n. Oh, wait, only a liberal elitist would care about spelling.

Posted by: texasnative | October 18, 2008 3:52 PM

Jeez, Republicans, get some control over yourselves! You're embarrassing your candidate and your country!

Posted by: jonfromcali | October 18, 2008 3:51 PM

This behavior is wrong no matter who does it and no matter which party to which they belong. As one people, we must respect that every politician intends to work towards the good of their electorate. As Americans born in a free society, we are allowed to and we should question our political leaders. They don't represent all of our values and goals. But we should also respect them even though we may disagree with their platform.

However, reality dictates that our population includes people who are prone to careless anger and thoughtless actions. The press and the people of the US must understand that these individuals are not representative of the population as a whole. Any attempt to blame a party for the actions of one or a few is demonstrative of mindless partisanship. I choose to ignore the opinions of mindless partisans.

Posted by: mraymond10 | October 18, 2008 3:46 PM

There aren't any stories, Texan, because this "type of activity" doesn't exist at Obama rallies. No one physical or verbally assaults members of the press at Obama rallies.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 18, 2008 3:37 PM

What's the deal with Obama's middle name? What's it got to do with anything relevant?
Please explain in rational terms.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 18, 2008 3:36 PM

Republican supporters act like Jerry Springer guests. If we elect democrats, we may, over time, bring civilized behavior and rationality back into fashion.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 18, 2008 3:33 PM

WHERE are your comments about this type of activity AND WORSE at Obama's campaign rallys?
Washington Post NAMES new Editor Barack Hussien Obama

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 18, 2008 3:32 PM

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