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. Expostfacto

    Non issue, non story, period.

    September 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Texas

    Sorry McPalin. No free ride on Hillary’s back. You have no status and standing to even kiss Hillary’s shoes, less to stand side by side with her on the same stage. Go back to Alaska to kill wolves and pray for the end of the world. Those you can do just right.

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Sean

    CNN fails to mention that the Jewish leaders who supported the event are not happy Clinton bailed. One said, “Jews traditionally vote Democratic, and if a major Democratic leader does not join in the fight against Iran, where are those voters going to go?” he asked. “It’s problematic from the very point of view that says you have a national poltical leader who fundamentally is choosing not to stand up against Ahmadenijad."

    Interesting, though no doubt Clinton new this would be their reaction. Of course, no one wants McCain/Palin to win more than the Clintons.

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. just joe

    I really enjoy reading comments like all of these every day...for comic relief. Thanks, gang.

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. LoooseyGooosey

    If I were Hillary, I wouldn't want to stand next to that bueaty queen either.., she makes her look old. And I'm sure Tina Fey's husband(girlfriend??) wouldn't mind if she kept that Palin make up on, especially in bed.

    Ohhhhhhh boy, Wow! "Suck it!!" as the progressives say..

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Vincent

    Lovely Sarah Palin's hero:

    "Fascist writer Westbrook Pegler, an avowed racist who Sarah Palin approvingly quoted in her acceptance speech for the moral superiority of small town values, expressed his fervent hope about my father, Robert F. Kennedy, as he contemplated his own run for the presidency in 1965, that "some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow flies."

    It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list."

    Robert Kennedy, Jr.

    Wow Sarah, I like your choice of hero's

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. E O

    Hillary is too smart for the clueless republicans looking to pull a PR stunt.

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. INDEPENDANT VET

    HILARY KNOWS WHEN TO SHUT HER MOUTH . FOR IN THE BACK OF HER MIND . SHE KNOWS ALL THE LIES THE FLIP FLOPPERS HAVE PUT OUT THERE . SHE WAS NOT GOING TO BE THERE SPONGE TO GO THERE AND BLOTT ALL THERE LIES OUT.

    SOME SAY FAST ONES , LISTEN TO YOUR OWN ECHO , DC'S * HOLLYWOOD STAGE AND SOUND . GIVE BABY GIVE A LITTLE MORE AN WE CAN BUY THIS ELECTION . THE DC'S ARE TRYING TO SAY , WE WILL GIVE YOU X NUMBER OF DOLLARS , VOTE FOR US. THINK I AM WRONG . WELL WHAT IS IT WHEN THEY PROMISE YOU , WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY ANY TAX IF YOU DON'T MAKE $30,000 AN WE WILLL GIVE YOU $2,000.00 BONUS.
    TO ME THAT IS TRYING TO BUY VOTES . RIGHT ( NOT WRIGHT , OR REZKO )

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Barbara GA

    You all can say what you want . All I know is this woman Palin can't compare to Hillary. The Rebulican will stoop to any level even letting this country fall apart just to nominate this woman knowing she is not qualified to lead this country. Democrates this time we must fight for what is Right. All I know is that Palin has brought confusion to this process and WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION!

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. spiritualeyes

    Abbey–You truly don't get it...you are very sad..going with the McCain/Palin Ticket huh?...good luck with that. :) lol

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Ely

    People please. All jokes aside, given Palin's track record...why would she even go? Unless its a well prepared speech, she isn't going to say anything. The only reason the Republicans are even bothering sending Palin to this event is to 'beef' up her tissue thin foreign policy resume. What a joke. Let's cram it all in before the debate on foreign policy October 2nd.
    Oh but wait...if they send Palin to this event then the big snoozer McCain has to stop campaigning because he cant do it without her. What a big, humongous waste of time and money from the public campaign funding they gave to him. Another day wasted. Why even bother.
    McCain and Palin could start fighting behind the podium at a rally and all the republicans are going to say is... "Awww see how well they are going to reform. They are willing to go up against their own running mate to change Wa(r)shington." Such utter BS.

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. please

    "Governor Palin believes that the danger of a nuclear Iran is greater than party or politics,”

    Palin even knows Iran exists? Can she see Iran from Alaska too?

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Sean Chong

    For some of you who said bad things about Hillary, let's talk straight about Palin.... she has so much to hide in Alaska!

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Norma

    Watch those Republicans they still have something up there sleeve involving Sarah Palin...... I do not trust her as far as I could throw her.

    Hillary is the lady we all believe her to be, she will not dignify Palin by being in the same company with her.

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. S. Boatman

    Hillary Is Too Smart For Your Republican Tricks! You Just Want To Give Palin Some Kind Of Lift By Having Them Appear On The Same Stage! Ha Ha Ha! Palin Is Lame!

    September 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Cultured Redneck

    Hillary and the Dems are missing a chance to be bi-partisan on an important issue. Dropping the ball once again.

    September 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Doug Quance

    LOL @ CCPony

    Hillary is afraid to be upstaged, plain and simple.

    This will do nothing but help the Republicans, as the Jewish voters who are already mostly Democrats – and suspicious of Obama – will have one more reason to vote for McCain.

    For a bunch of people that used to understand politics, the Democrats sure are working hard to lose this election.

    September 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. E O

    Hillary is too smart for the clueless republicans looking to pull a PR stunt.

    September 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Eileen from Maine

    Sarah palin believes that her role as an 'end of times' believing Pentacostal , is to use whatever powers she can accumulate to speed up the end of times.

    There is lots of very interesting reading about this wide spread belief, which explains the fervor with witch many of the religious right are supporting Palin in spite of knowing she is unqualified for the role and eagerly tells lie after lie to the voters. These are the same people who would stop at nothing to get George W. Bush into he White House. They thought they understood him to be "one of us" because of the code words he used throughout his campaign to get their votes.

    It is a frightening philosophy to those of us who want our families and children to be able to live out their natural lives.

    September 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Bush Slap, GA

    Hillary is too good to be on the same stage as that Liar, unfit Parant Palin!

    Hillary 2016! Promise!

    September 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Ana

    I think it was a savvy move on Hillary's part. Everyone knows the GOP is chomping at the bit to get some new distraction going so that Americans can divert their attention away from the failed laissez faire economics that the Republicans have promoted and the nagging Troopergate issue. Too bad we got their number. Sorry no dice, Sarah come lately.

    September 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Nick123

    People, this action just hurts the Democrats. It's a win/win for Hillary. She doesn't have to share the limelight and it hurts Obama.

    How much do you want to bet Obama says something like "I regret that Senator Clinton decided not to participate in the rally".

    September 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Bruce

    way to go hillary...

    September 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Aaron

    This isn't about Hillary in the Limelight people! Well, Hillary and her supporters do. If politicians from BOTH parties attend then by defenition it is Bipartisan but then again, dems wouldn't know much about that. I thought Hillary was supposed to "reach across aisles"???? She's afraid.

    September 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. Latina for Obama (nj)

    LOL

    Good move Mrs Clinton.

    September 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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