Peace activist Sheehan argues with man outside Ala. Capitol
The Associated Press, al.com, July 12, 2007
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan got into an argument with a man Thursday outside the Alabama State Capitol.
The visit to Montgomery was part of Sheehan's 17-city "Summer of Love '07" protest tour that began Tuesday at President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch. Footage from Montgomery's WSFA-TV shows a man yelling at Sheehan as she walked away after briefly speaking to reporters.
"What happens to Iraq after we leave?" the man asked repeatedly.
Sheehan initially continued to walk away but then turned back to say something. The man, who identified himself on camera as Chris Vucovich, kept repeating his question as she tried to speak.
Sheehan then walked back until she was standing right in front of Vucovich and asked, "Are you going to be quiet so I can answer?"
He told her to go ahead.
"How many Iraqi people in Iraq have you talked to?" she asked. When Vucovich didn't immediately answer, she continued, "Zero. The people of Iraq want us out."
The two then both began speaking at once until Sheehan turned around and walked away. Vucovich yelled after her, "You were used by the Democratic party, ma'am."
As Sheehan and her supporters walked away, Vucovich was asked by reporters why he had come out to the Capitol.
"I'm out here today because I'm just sick and tired of all this," he said, adding that the country is at war and is committed to democracy in Iraq.
Sheehan's group planned to walk from the Capitol to the Civil Rights memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center and then to walk through Montgomery's historic Cloverdale neighborhood, where the group planned a rally from 5-7 p.m, The Montgomery Advertiser reported.
Sheehan, who is from California, has announced that she plans to run as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi next year unless Pelosi moves to impeach Bush by July 23, the day Sheehan's group plans to arrive in Washington.