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AIDS Protesters Halt Obama Speech

AIDS Protesters Halt Obama Speech

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President Obama was interrupted by protesters for AIDS funding during a campaign speech in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday.

Obama was stumping for Democratic Senate candidate Dick Blumenthal, telling the audience about the successes of his economic stimulus plan, when AIDS protesters started heckling him, stopping the president's scheduled speech in its tracks. Here's how he responded:
"Let me just say this ... Excuse me, young people ... You've been appearing at every rally we've been doing, and we're funding global AIDS and the other side is not. So I don't know why you think this is a useful strategy to take. So what we would suggest ... I think it would make a lot more sense for you guys to go to the folks who aren't interested in funding global AIDS and chant at that rally. Cause we're trying to focus on trying to figure out how to finance the things that you want financed."
After pausing for a minute, he continued, "This is one of the great things about Democrats ... we always like to be heard."
Watch the exchange below.
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