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. AA

    Exactly, everything is politics.

    The GOP needs HRC so that they can manufacture more lies.

    The DNC does not need Palin except for sound bites that they will get anyway, whenever that fool opens her mouth.

    The cause? Don't worry, HRC is a statesmen, if she supports it she will be there for them, she always has.

    While I've always supported Obama, I know that HRC has dignity and brains, and in no way should she ever have to lower herself to appear with that she, who all of a sudden believes in the Jewish cause and foreign policy? Please – that poser knows nothing of either subject.

    Peace.

    September 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. AZ Indie

    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."

    And that is why she is not going, STOP IRAN is the focus of this event, and it should not have any other reasons, So go and talk Ms. Palin, Hillary is a big girl, so other big girls needs to stop crying.

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Paula in Illinois

    Please help me understand why a rally against the appearance of the Iranian leader and to stand with the Jewish people, is a Republican attempt to make it look as though Hillary is for Gov. Palin. At this point I am an undecided voter and things like this continue to keep me undecided. Is our whole system soooo dark and corrupted that this entire rally, the invitation to both women, and everything surrounding this event is a ploy and orchestrated by the Republicans?

    I am a small town girl trying desperately to understand why all of this antagonism exists.? Why being a liberal or a conservative is reason to like or dislike somebody as a person.?

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Jersey Todd

    Poor Ellie Wiesel.

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Rob - NC

    WOW! Its amazing what the republican party will do. How about they letting the "Pitbull with Lipstick" off her leash so she can expose herself for what she is. Go Obama/Biden!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Poole4Obama

    No, George Bush and his father created 9/11.

    Thanks.

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Beth

    Do you feel a little insecure>

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. sallie

    If you truly supported the POLICIES and VALUES of Hillary, it defies all logic that you can now support the POLICIES and VALUES of Mccain.

    What is more logical is that all these pumas...aka hillary dems now voting for Mccain...are paid operatives. The more you scream for attention, the more obvious it becomes.

    PUMA = paid undercover mccain agitators

    Have a nice day.

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Smart Women Everywhere

    I don't even *LIKE* Hillary, and I think she's doing the right thing, and is way smarter than Palin.

    At least she isn't interested in being part of the McLiar Spin Machine. Wouldn't trust the Repubs any farther than I could throw them.

    AND I am a registered Republican!

    OBAMA | BIDEN 08!

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Brian Rich

    The Republicans would DIE for a photo of Clinton and Palin on the same stage. In fact I'm surprised they haven't kidnapped Clinton and forced her in front of a camera alongside Caribou Barbie for a photo op.

    Or they could just Photoshop an image with both of them together. Based on some of the things the GOP has done this season, I wouldn't put it past them for one second.

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. bova

    Hillary, you are very smart.
    don't let them steal what you have being working for all your life.

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Palin 2012

    Pumas,

    Go home, seriously. We don't need you to win this election. God I can't stand Hillary or her supporters. Hillary is a pig witch in lipstick. Palin is the true american woman.

    Palin 2012.

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Mary KS

    Typical Dems response. Never thinking clearly. Always emotionally driven reactions. Let's think about what this rally is about. Who cares about the Palin factor. Hillary is making a mistake not showing support at this gathering.

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Robin

    What was the name of the crazy organization that thought they could put both Clinton and Palin at an event together without informing them first?

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Merle

    WHY THE OBAMA team still is askin Hillary to stump for him is beyond me....HES the nominee now....its HIS JOB now to unite the party....he cant even do that!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Jon in scary Oregon

    My, my, isn't that interesting. I guess Hillary is above supporting a common cause that would show she is able to put politics aside for the common good. And she wants to run in 2012? Guess what Hillary????????

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. nad

    This is a serious mistake from the Obama camp. The message of unity is much more important than party politics. Amadinajad has called for the destruction of Israel our closest friend and ally in the middle east. Hillary should do what is right for the US and Israel and attend this rally.

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Nancy Maryland

    Hillary is a very smart lady and I hope when BO losses the election and she can sit back , SMILE and come back in 2012!!! I am a die heart Dem who will vote for McCain!!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. cathy

    I can't believe that they can get a turn out with Palin there.....
    McCain/Palin pulled some pretty dirty stuff in Michigan with the Jewish voters and they saw through it, they needed Hillary there to get support. Way to go Hillary, take the stage with your "peers" as your hard work and intelligence has earned you. I would be sickened to ever see you in the same room with Palin. Your head and shoulders above.

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Cathy in MD

    Sarah Palin is an imposter, and she is a threat to our national security.

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Israel's the Problem

    Oh . . . you say Obama has "problems with the Jewish voters"?

    How about non-Jewish voters? A lot of us have problems with ISRAEL. Call a spade a spade – trillions of U.S. dollars have been lost, due to unwise military engagements in the middle east and damage to the U.S. economy related to 9-11. And the ultimate cause of antagonism between the United States and the Arab world is Israel's confiscation of Palestinian land. 41 years after the 6 Day War, Israel has still failed to give back the land it took and repatriate 1.3 refugees from squalid refugee camps.

    Israel clamors for the U.S. to bomb Iran. The proper response of American politicians isn't to respectfully attend events like this one. Instead, the proper response is to tell Israel "NO."

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. r sisk, nevada

    I don't blame Hillary one bit for canceling her appearance. Adding Palin to this intellectual forum is a joke and Hillary sees right through it.

    To Dave from Illinois, 9/11 happened under BUSH'S watch. Democrats agree that empowering Iran with Nuclear weapons is a BAD idea. Clearly you are a righty and need to blame everything on the left.

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Matt in Michigan

    I guess it shows the truth about Clinton, she doesn't care about a cause that is good for the people, just what is good for her. Some things are bigger than political party ties. Like if Iran gets a nuclear weapon only Republicans would be in danger and Democrats would be safe. Grow up Hillary, put your ego to the side for one day in your life.

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Esther M. Dyson

    palin not fit to be in the same room with Hillary

    September 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Cynthia

    Senator Clinton is a smart woman and knows what they Republicans are up to and will do the right thing unlike Palin.

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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