Heckler roughed up outside McCain rally

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March 27, 2010, 8:44 pm
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(NECN/KNXV: Mesa, Ariz.) - Following her remarks at a Tea Party Express stop in Searchlight, Nevada, Sarah Palin joined her former runningmate at a campaign rally in Mesa.

As Palin took the podium at the rally for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), hecklers began to disrupt her remarks.  One of the hecklers, who said his name is Alex, was removed from the auditorium.  He can be seen in the video player above being tackled by three men -- one identified as a police officer in plain clothes, a man in a McCain T-shirt and another man.

The heckler could be heard yelling "freedom of speech" and "help" repeatedly while being restrained. 

"I hate Obama; I don't like Obama.  I'm a Libertarian," the heckler said while being escorted off the property.  "I'm trying to save America.  I like America, I like Americans -- I just don't like John McCain."

Sen. McCain is up for re-election, and received his latest endorsement from Palin.  A few weekend ago, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) joined the senator in Arizona.  This battle for the Republican primary has been called the toughest of Sen. McCain's career.

Video and information courtesy of KNXV.

Tags: Arizona, Mesa, heckler, Sarah Palin, John McCain
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