September 17th, 2008
12:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton cancels appearance over Palin

Clinton is canceling an appearance at an event Palin is also slated to attend.
Clinton is canceling an appearance at an event Palin is also slated to attend.

(CNN) - Reporters who got notice yesterday of an event headlined by both Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton figured the prospect of an SNL skit come to life was too good to be true, a gift from the campaign gods.

But for a few hours, it was. “We are pleased to inform you that the keynote speakers at the “Stop Iran. Now!” Rally are confirmed to be Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Governor Sarah Palin and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel,” read an e-mail from a leader of a Jewish group planning the event.

But the curtain came down on the comedy sketch-turned-reality before the duo ever hit the stage: Clinton officials soon said they had not been told Palin would be on hand — and that her presence, which made the event a political one, would mean the absence of the New York senator.

"Her attendance was news to us, and this was never billed to us as a partisan political event," said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines. "Senator Clinton will therefore not be attending."

The McCain-Palin campaign has not yet said whether Palin herself will still be attending the event, but released a statement criticizing Clinton’s withdrawal. "Governor Palin believes that the danger of a nuclear Iran is greater than party or politics,” said spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. “She hopes that all parties can rally together in opposition to this grave threat."

Palin has praised Clinton since being named John McCain’s running mate — although she has largely dropped those compliments from her stump speech after drawing a negative response from GOP audiences. Clinton herself has largely avoided mentioning or directly criticizing the Alaska governor during her appearances on behalf of Barack Obama’s presidential bid.

(Updated to include comment from Clinton spokesman)


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Sarah Palin
soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. John in Ohio

    Haha, oh snap.

    The Republicans tried to pull a fast one and get Palin and Clinton on stage together. Too bad Clinton is too smart for them, and unlike so many of the Republican operatives who claimed to support her, Clinton is actually loyal to the Democratic party.

    September 17, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Jerry Ohio

    I do Agree with Hillary because the republican got something up on there sleeve they would try to make a image Of Hillary as being Palin close supporter. Do the right thing Hillary dont attend I would not want to be in the same room with Palin she is awful and lier

    September 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Yea Hillary! Palin does not qualify to stand on the stage with Hillary.
    Hillary is common sense. Palin is a hip shooter big mouth who is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame with wise cracks and comments that Mccain writers are putting in her mouth. She doesn't know a thing about anything outside Alaska or troopergate.

    September 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. AUSTIN,TX

    GOOD FOR YOU HILARY, YOU GO GIRL

    September 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Belle1

    I am kind of surprised Hillary would decide not to go.

    September 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. bumblebe

    Politics before the people thats what the Dems are all about apparently

    September 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Amy in Minneapolis

    Good Hilary......you dont want to be seen with the liers amyways!!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Constance

    I'm glad Clinton didn't fall for this ploy

    September 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Obama Supporter from FL

    I think it was pretty nasty that they invited Palin without telling Hillary. I mean, clearly this might raise some eyebrows.

    Also, if you haven't read Wiesel's book "Night," you really should. Poor guy is getting caught in a firestorm with the Palin/Clinton controversy...

    September 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Victor Swindell

    Hmmm Me thinks something is rotten with the Clintons...

    September 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. George Bush in a skirt!!!!!!!!!!

    This Palin woman is for sure a drama queen.
    Who is she going to insult?
    Americans love George Bush!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Latina for Obama (nj)

    LOL

    September 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Dee Okla.

    Thank you Hillary!

    September 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Republicans Hate America

    Good for you Hillary dont let the McPhony camp make an ad showing you and Palin together which is exactly what would have happened.

    September 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Pam

    I'm sorry to hear that the Senator canceled her appearance. I would have loved to have seen a good cat fight. Hillary, I supported you during your run. I now support Obama, wholeheartedly. You need to do the same. If you choose not to put your full efforts into this, your campaigns will NEVER see another dime from me again.

    September 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Callie Willis- 23- Savannah, GA

    We love you Hillary!! :)

    Barack/Biden 08!

    September 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. jason,tx

    Good for you Senator Clinton. I wouldn't want to be on that stage either.

    September 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Thanks

    Way to go Clinton! I have to give it to you...You have really stepped up to the plate...Now you need to talk to your girl Mrs Rothschild!

    September 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. fella from Chicago

    Bad move Hillary. If you believe the event would be interpreted as political, then it would have at least come across as bipartisan. Better pray that Sarah doesn't attend or the Dems have lost the Jewish vote. How many retired Jews from New York and New Jersey live in Florida?

    September 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. OBAMA ALL THE WAY-NJGIRL

    She couldn't shine Hillary's shoes, let alone stand on the same stage at the same event. That is preposterous!

    September 17, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. karen, MD

    I would have paid good money to see that! LOL

    Hillary isn't going to take on Palin because she doesn't want to alienate the women that now support Palin. Hillary's already looking to 2012.

    September 17, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Good for you Hillary. I respect that Palin is a legitimate governor of one of the smallest states (in population) in the Country but she still shouldn't be on the ticket and she wouldn't even be invited to this event if she weren't.

    September 17, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Carol for McCain all the way

    Great ! Senator Clinton and Sarah Palin are NOT competing for thae same position. NO REASON for them to appear together or to GIVE the APPEARANCE of COMPETITION. What is the PRESS looking for? More DIRT? Lets get real here! It's simple stupid ! CLINTON is OUT SARAH PALIN is IN. Get it !

    September 17, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. sm00thnicky

    Smart of Clinton. She could ask Palin the time of day or how she felt about Iran's oil exports to Europe and be accused of ambushing Palin the way Charlie Gibson was in asking her BASIC questions.

    September 17, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Guy Kasweka from Toronto

    This is my Hillary@work

    September 17, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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