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. ED FL

    Thank GOD Hillary, Sarah might want to give you some advice about sex and/or abstinence ,to prevent pregnancy.

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Becky

    If Obama had chosen Hillary, McCain would not have chosen Sarah Palin. Palin is a tool. Sarah Palin's #1 purpose is to get Hillary-supporters to vote for McCain. Why else would McCain choose a running mate who was ALREADY under investigation? Sarah Palin was hoping to get a great photo standing next to Hillary Clinton (even if Hillary Clinton was frowning...hahah) to use in future commerical ads for McCain. Sarah, if you don't try harder to deceit, I'm sure McCain will send you back to Alaska.

    please post

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. ginger

    Well done Sen. Cliton.

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. lee

    GOOD JOB HILLARY,
    Hillary is a TRUE woman and leader of this country, Palin is a cheap disgrace to women and the McCain camp wanted both together to try and get Hillary voters...well as a liberal first and Hillary supporter second..I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR PALIN.

    Once again McCain is resorting to scum like behavior to win votes well its not going to work because Hillary is much to smart for a hockey mom!

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. just joe

    Hey, CNN says, 19 seconds after I submitted a comment on this story ...that my comment was a duplicate....."looks like" I've said this before. HUH? Are the cloistered monks who monitor CNN"s comments to insure that they "are deemed appropriate for posting" all chosen by Obama or what? Anyone else noticed this kind of crap going on?...go ahead, CNN.....your comment?
    (Do Not Delete Per FCC Regulations)

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Go Sarah!

    How come the Best (worst) Political Team on Television are ALL REGISTERED DEMOCRATS? Why were ALL CNN Pundits covering the Republican Convention REGISTERED DEMOCRATS???????

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Steve

    Is Hillary scared of Sarah Palin? Seems like it to me!

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. ran

    people another reason to vote Obama/Biden and only other Democrats this time .

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Palin 2012

    Go home Hillary, you lied in your campaign which your supporters seem to have forgotten all about, You are a witch and a lipstick pig. Pumas are a joke.

    palin 2012

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    You know Hillary just came off of a tight race, where she could have been the winner, she needs her space.

    Palin is benefiting from Hillary's effort, so she should thank Hillary for paving the way.

    If it wasnt for Hillary, and if Palin was just thrown out there, nobody would have voted for McCain.

    September 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Len in Washington

    Smart decision on Sen Clintons part.

    September 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. NO way NO MCshame

    Can someone tell me what Palin got to say at this forum? She can see Russia from her backyard?
    Please people this is not talks btw Hillary and her

    Palin want to engage Russia, Clinton believe we need Russia as an ally, Hillary supports women right to choose paling opposes, Hillary supports Talks with Iran Palin wants to engage Iran.
    This is not a forum of peac its a forum to promote war and hillary wont get herself dented like Bush did on Iraq

    September 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Rena

    Abby –

    You are a phony pretending to be a Hillary supporter. You can fall for these loser if you want. This was a wise judgement from Hillary and Obama. Your are right it is the Country before politics and that's what she did. Thought about the people and not some gimmick the Repugs are trying to set up. Beside Hillary would have ate her alive and served her up for dog meat.

    He is a real fighter not a pretender like that floozy ya'll are running after.

    September 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. bumblebe

    Bumblebe, I think you need to research who is putting politics first!
    McPalin – Putting party, corporations,special interests, politics and pretty much everything else, before country

    TLF if you can't see that Hillary put party first by cancelling and that Barack has voted consistently along party lines, and that he is also the 2nd largest recipient of donations from Fannie and Freddie Mac who he likes to villainize but quiety sticks his hand behind his back to take the money while you sit and lose your home all to further his agenda and politcal self interest and Hilary as well then you deserve what you get. Everyone has a stake in this and everyone yourself and myself included are to blame for the mess. Its truly not about one party or the other everyone needs to grow up and stop pointing fingers and take responsibility for the problems and stop the name calling. Did you happen to notice that I was able to post this without once referring to your candidate in a name calling babyish manner. Its called maturity, why don't you go out and get some.

    September 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Economy

    The repubs are always trying to a fast one. Thats the kind of stuff that just pisses me off. STOP, trying to play me for a fool. Talk about the issues. Is it just me or everytime our attention turns to the economy then you have some type of terriost attack to focus on John McCain....... A little suspect to me

    September 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Carlos

    Hillary you are my hero. You have done so much good for us and I know you will always be there for all of us. We love you. Stay away from that moose hunter you never know what the republican party is up too.

    September 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Angel Blaize

    Father God please keep on Blessing your Dear son. OBAMA

    September 17, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Foo Man Jew

    I think Miss Alaska needs to wake up a bit earlier in the morning to pull this kind of BS on HRC

    September 17, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. realville,USA

    Why didn't Palin ask Biden to join her then if its greater than party and politics? This was clearly a stunt Hillary has proven she believes a nuclear Iran is unacceptable.It is Palin who needs to prove her worth.

    September 17, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. disrespect

    I love YOU lILLARY. You above this woman Sarah Palin.

    September 17, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Chad, Wisco

    I too am disgusted that everything has become a political event. Hey Palin and Hillary, I have two tickets to the Pack/Cowboys game. They are yours if you wish to come. Oh wait, somehow that would get political.

    September 17, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. chris S.

    the republicans think people are stupid, trying to put MS. I COULD SEE RUSSIA FROM MY HOUSE, one stage with hillary to make it look like she is endorsing her. nice try!

    September 17, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. keilla stradford

    Good for Mrs. Clinton this seems to me like some more of the same tricks of the republicans to divide the people of america with all this garbage this country is in a fight for its very survival and these evil tactics will not prevail why add fuel to the fire with Mrs. Cliton appearing with this fly by night palin who is only being prostitued by the rebublicans thinking voters dont see through this iam a woman voter and wil not fall for this so all these people who were so called friedns of Clinton now we know who you were fpllowing the skirt will be the ruining o america if we dont get back to the real issues at stake so to all you devils advocates " No weapon formed against me shall prosper " to those who trully believe we need change in this country before we become the next third world country !

    September 17, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Rena

    Abby –

    You are a phony pretending to be a Hillary supporter. You can fall for these loser if you want. This was a wise judgement from Hillary and Obama. Your are right it is the Country before politics and that's what she did. She thought about the people and not some gimmick the Repugs are trying to set up. Beside Hillary would have ate her alive and served her up for dog meat.

    Hillary is a real fighter not a pretender like that floozy ya'll are running after.

    September 17, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Mike from Calgary

    Nice grace note from Hillary. SHE WILL MAKE A GREAT HEALTH CZAR, TO EFFECTIVELY BRING ABOUT HEALTH CARE REFORM.

    She can bring about more change in Health Care than she could as VP.

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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