McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has been branded a "war criminal" by protesters as he appeared at a Senate hearing. Members of the Armed Services Committee clapped to muffle the demonstrators' shouts.
Protesters interrupt the start of a Senate Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, as former Secretaries of State, from left, Henry Kissinger, George P. Shultz and Madeleine Albright, prepare to testify before the committee's hearing on global challenges and the U.S. national security strategy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state, arrives to a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The hearing was titled 'Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy.' Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Codepink demonstrators disrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, center, and George Shultz, right, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The hearing was titled 'Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy.' Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, right, arrives to a hearing with former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, George Shultz and Madeline Albright, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The hearing was titled 'Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy.' Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Protesters shout 'Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes' as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (L) arrives for testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee January 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from Kissinger, Schultz and Albright on the topic of global challenges and U.S. national security strategy. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Protesters shout 'Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes' as (L-R) Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright wait to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee January 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from Kissinger, Schultz and Albright on the topic of global challenges and U.S. national security strategy. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz (R) pushes away protesters shouting 'Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes' as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (L) watches prior to the two testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee January 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from Kissinger, Schultz and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the topic of global challenges and U.S. national security strategy. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz (C) pushes away protesters shouting 'Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes' as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (L) watches prior to the two testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee January 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from Kissinger, Schultz and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (R) on the topic of global challenges and U.S. national security strategy. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Madeline Albright, former secretary of state, arrives to a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The hearing was titled 'Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy.' Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Les activistes de Code Pink tentent d'arrêter Henry Kissinger pour crimes de guerre (c) Gary Cameron/Reuters http://t.co/UYnOc48FHy
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., discusses the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain, and three other Republican senators are pushing for new restrictions on President Barack Obama's ability to transfer terror suspects out of the prison. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Code Pink member Tighe Barry, right, walks out of the room during testimony by Dir. of National Intelligence James Clapper, left, at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Standing from left; Ellen Sturtz, Medea Benjamin and Joan Stallard of the group "Code Pink", wave protest banners before the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "examining a constitutional amendment to restore democracy to the American people" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Activist Medea Benjamin, of Code Pink, is led away by security as she protests during a statement by National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, left, during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
A Capitol Police officer, center, monitors members of Code Pink from l-r, Tighe Barry, Cayman Macdonald and Alli McCracken, as they hold up signs before the arrival of Dir. of National Intelligence James Clapper who will testify at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A Code Pink demonstrator chants at a venue where former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to speak, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Protestors gathered in Tampa to march in demonstration against the Republican National Convention. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 28: Anti-war Code Pink protesters hold signs behind Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odiernoa, left, and Navy Rear Admiral Craig Faller before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing titled 'Impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and Sequestration on National Security,' in Dirksen Building, January 28, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., adjusts his tie, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, prior to the start of the committee's hearing to examine global challenges and US national security strategy. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz pushes away protesters shouting 'Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes' as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger watches prior to the two testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee January 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from Kissinger, Schultz and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the topic of global challenges and U.S. national security strategy. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has kicked protesters out of a budget hearing, calling them "low-life scum."

The upheaval came Thursday on Capitol Hill after members of an anti-war group calling itself Code Pink approached a witness table where former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and George P. Shultz were testifying. The protesters carried signs calling the 91-year-old Kissinger a war criminal.

McCain blurted out, "Get out of here, you low-life scum."

Capitol Police removed the protesters from the room.

The hearing was the third in a series in which the Arizona Republican has called luminaries from the foreign policy world to share their experiences with lawmakers on the panel.

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