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. Voice

    Overhaul, Overhaul, Overhaul!! McCain/Plane what you're really saying is that you want to get rid of the old cronies so that you can start with a clean slate and establish your own cronies. That's what Plane did in Alaska which is why she has an 80% approval rating.

    September 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Israel

    American politicians from both parties should say "NO" to Israel. It's constantly agitating to get America to attack Iran. It's constantly trying to keep U.S. troops stuck in places like Iraq. Say "no" to Israel.

    September 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Independent Just Decided to Vote for Obama

    It is so very ludicrous that Sarah is being lauded as having any true brains!

    Sarah said "this" and Sarah said "that."

    Sarah believes "this" and Sarah believes "that."

    I still don't give a fig what she thinks, if she does.

    September 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. steve from ca

    I am disgussed by the fact that Hillary would stoop low enough to campaign for Obama just to pay her political debt off....both her and Bill do NOT like Obama, she will do anything to keep in the good light of her party in case of a potential 2012 run. I would have voted for her had she received the nomination. Now the entire antics of the democrats make me sick. Yes the republicans are stooping to the lows of the democrats, one has to in politics. NOBAMA.....

    September 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Ted R. from NYC

    What is Hillary afraid of? Perhaps she can't handle not being the alpha female in the room. The true colors of this phony are showing once again. If this is an example of how she is "supporting" Obama, then she should go back to work in the Senate right now.

    If Hillary can't handle being with Palin, how can she ever handle the Presidency? Obama must be breathing a sigh of relief that he didn't choose her for VP.

    September 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. MB

    Good move by Hillary. It would be an insult to be included in the group with McPalin, who probably couldn't keep a civil tongue in her mouth anyway. Oh, and what does McPalin know about Iran? Can she see that from an island in Alaska, too?

    September 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Donzo

    This is strictly politics. McCain campaign knows that Hilary puts country first. Don't use those cheap propagandas that make sense to no-one. No Way, No How, No McCain, No Palin.Period.

    September 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Matt

    "Thank you, Democrats, for your keen insights. Your grasp of the English language is quite impressive – obviously, the result of our *reknowned* public education system." (quote of CCPony)

    IRONY!

    September 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Dana

    Could Palin even find Iran on a map?? Give me a break, all it is, is a politican stunt on behalf of the McCain campaign- they were saying already in the beginning of the week that they would be sending Palin to this UN Council rally to "boost up her resume".... YEA RIGHT- a little late no? Why dont they do a countdown clock to when Palin goes to Iraq like they did to Obama... such double standards...no one can honestly justify her position of this ticket!! They say oh her executive experience- which is currently under investigation in her state?
    A true Republican at her best!
    I could see Iran's President being really put in his place by the hockey mom herself. I wish she wasn't going so Hillary- a respected member of government could have gone, but I completely respect Hillary's decision to pull out- she does not want to be a part of a politican stunt that the McCain camp is trying to throw together...I don't blame her one bit!! Turning a serious matter of Iran to a mockery and politican stunt- shame on you John McCain!! That is not the place to try to "make it appear" as if Palin has a stance or clue on any of these important and serious matters!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. maynard hopkins wi

    Is Clinton running scared....it would appear so.....can't Hillary face the next Vice President of the United States

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Doug R.

    McCain is delusional if he believes Palin is like Hillary and people will vote for Palin beacuse of Hillary. How clueless and out of touch is this old man.

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. DB

    This is why we love you Hillary...you are a smart woman, not "fluff." Republicans can spin it any way they want, but this was a ploy and she saw right through it.

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. VA Woman for Obama

    Palin doesn't know the first thing about Iran except what talking points McCain's aides feed her to say!

    Good for Hillary.

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Rational thoughts

    "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."

    Wouldn't Hillary's presence also make the even a political one?

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Darryl

    Why are we not talking about this? Andrew K. McCain, a son of Republican presidential nominee John McCain, sat on the boards of Silver State Bank and of its parent, Silver State Bancorp, starting in February but resigned in July citing "personal reasons," corporate filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission show. Andrew McCain also was a member of the bank's audit committee, responsible for oversight of the company's accounting.

    The younger McCain, who is the chief financial officer of Hensley & Co., the beer distributorship of which Cindy McCain is chairwoman, is the Arizona senator's adopted son from his first marriage.

    Andrew McCain's position on the Silver State board and departure were first reported Friday by The Wall Street Journal online.

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Andrew Lee, Nashville, TN

    "Haha, oh snap"
    "… because the republican got something up on there sleeve"
    "HILARY, YOU GO GIRL"
    "… you dont want to be seen with the liers amyways"

    Thank you, Democrats, for your keen insights. Your grasp of the English language is quite impressive – obviously, the result of our reknowned public education system.

    CCPony.......you spelled renowned wrong :)

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Kim

    Hillary you are Awesome!!! United We Stand!

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. EM

    Way to go Hillary. Gov. Palin doesn't deserve to be on the same stage. It's like a high school athlete playing in the pros. Stick to Alaska rookie.

    OBAMA 08!1

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Haha

    Good Job Hilary! Republican don't care about anything except how to get to the white house. They had a ready made ad on the way and they were waiting for the picture "Hilary & Palin"

    September 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Spectacles

    Hillary is one smart lady. She knows not to align herself with the fear politics and manipulations of the rebuplican party.

    Good for her, I have new found respect for her!!!

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

    Oh, dumb move. It is only going to hurt Obama with the Jewish vote. Clinton wants to be a world leader, but is afraid to meet with the Governor of Alaska?

    September 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Chuck

    Paula in Illinois:

    In the case of Mccain and Palin it is because McCain and his camp are asking the Amercian people to get to know and understand his VP pick (Palin) well enough to vote for her as VP in 8 weeks. Nothing to do with their conservative views as many people have both liberal and conservative views depending on the specific issue, and everything to do with McCain's poor judgement, outright lies against Obama and the fact that there is no way anyone can know Palin well enough in 8 weeks to have the confidence to vote for her as past of McCain's ticket.

    September 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Jim in Orlando

    Hillary would be dwarfed by Palin in NY. Ratehr than be seen as second-fiddle, Hillary will pop here head up somewhere else. America is waking up, and it sure as heck doesn't want Hillary to be the first view of the morning !

    September 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Jennifer CA

    Discussing Iran should not involve tit-for-tat politics.

    Thank you, Hillary, for your common sense.

    September 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. AMERICA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH SARAH WAS A ONE NITE STAND

    Feeling a bit like a used condom Sarah? Try as you may, you cannot hold a candle to HRC.

    Go, Hillary and show her just what a real pair of ovaries can do!

    September 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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