September 17th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp accuses Obama of pressuring Clinton

Sen. Hillary Clinton spoke during the Roll Call at the Democratic National Convention.
Sen. Hillary Clinton spoke during the Roll Call at the Democratic National Convention.

(CNN) – John McCain’s campaign seemed to accuse Barack Obama of pressuring Hillary Clinton to withdraw from appearing at a rally with Sarah Palin, and pushing the group to disinvite the Alaska governor – but did not provide reporters any evidence to back up the claim.

Late Tuesday, an organizer of the September 22 “Stop Iran. Now!” rally announced that Clinton, Palin and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel would be appearing at the event. Hours later, Clinton’s office announced that had changed her decision, and would not attend.

“Earlier this week Governor Palin accepted an invitation to join Hillary Clinton in speaking to a nonpartisan rally organized by groups dedicated to halting Iran's nuclear program,” said McCain-Palin spokesman Michael Goldfarb said in a statement. “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to disinvite Governor Palin as well lest the rally appear partisan.”

But the Politico story cited by Goldfarb in an e-mail sent to reporters does not include any sources making that charge. One anonymous source – who is identified only as someone “familiar with the talks” – seems to reference debate among organizers over whether or not an Obama-Biden representative was needed if Palin attended the rally in New York over Iran’s nuclear program, to avoid the appearance of partisan politics. It does not mention any request of this kind coming from anyone connected to the Obama-Biden campaign, including Senator Obama himself.

“This issue is too important to fall victim to partisan politics,” Goldfarb also wrote. “Instead of pressuring Senator Clinton to withdraw and pressuring the event's organizers to disinvite Governor Palin, we hope Senator Obama will consider lending his own voice to this cause….”

There has been no mainstream media report or public claim by anyone in Clinton’s camp that she received any pressure from the Obama campaign not to appear at the rally, as Goldfarb implies. Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said early Wednesday that Palin’s presence at the event and the appearance of partisan politics was the reason for Clinton’s withdrawal.

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

The McCain campaign has not yet responded to a CNN request for the source of the apparent allegations.

soundoff (400 Responses)
  1. karen, MD

    Hillary Clinton doesn't impress me as a person who would let ANYONE tell her what to do. Next they'll try to tell us Obama was responsible for the hurricane.

    Who ARE these idiots speaking for the McCain camp?

    September 17, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Republicans Hate America

    Another phony controversy cooked up since McCain has no answers for the economy he ruined.

    September 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Question of the day

    Do you notice that the person who controls this blog is one of Obama followers? All comments blast Obama will not be selected!

    September 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    Unlike Sarah Palin, Hillary is her own women. She doesn't need to be coached & hand held. Hillary saw through your plan to shore up your Fluffy VP. What's the matter McCain did you already have a commercial planned of the women standing together, smiling, which would lead those low educated voters supporting you to think Palin has Hillary's blessing? Try again Grandpa. So tired of your lies and blaming Obama for everthing from troopergate, to the negative tenor of campaign your campaign, just because he wouldn't date you at some town halls. This voter has had ENOUGH!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Susan

    Clinton does what she wants to do. What is right, unlike Palin who is nothing but the new Republican stooge. Get over yourselves already!

    September 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Cindy

    The repubs are trying desperately to cover up troopergate and Mccains' economic blunders! So they're now stooping to this bullcrap!!

    IF PALIN HAS NOTHING TO HIDE WHY SHOULD SHE CARE WHO DOES THE INVESTIGATION-- SHE CAN END THIS BACK AND FORTH IS SHE JUST AGREED TO MEET WITH INVESTIGATORS AS SHE PROMISED AT THE CONVENTION- PROVE EVERYBODY WRONG PALIN- COOPERATE!!

    September 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. NORA, FLORIDA

    Well Granpa McLame, this is not different in your Goon Camp having tight mouth reigns on Palin. Why is she not facing the media without a teleprompter. She needs to be able to think on her feet and not off of a monitor.

    So much for the Repugs education plan. It is obvious that it is not working from the evidence of Palin and McCain!!!

    September 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. victor,nj

    I understand there are many that are hardcore republican and would vote for Homer Simpson if he was running as a republican. But seriously can anybody watch what the mockery the McCain campaign has made of this election and not get sick to their stomach. The he said, she said tactic is insulting to the intelligence of voters such as myself. WAKE UP AMERICA!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Pam

    Once again McShame/Failin team wants to place blame. Waah, waah, waah....maybe they should have a committee determine why Hillary chose not to attend. Good god! What a bunch of morons!

    I must say though, I am thoroughly enjoying watching the wheels fall off the "Double Talk Express."

    Oh and Sarah, if the teleprompter fails at this event, just remember this....
    You're screwed! (and we the people will be laughing our backsides off!)

    September 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Ann

    John McCain has become such a major liar. He will say and do anything to win. I use to admire John McCain but he is selling his soul for this election.

    September 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. gpenn FL

    McCain can't stop himself and his campaign from lying. One after another. How could anyone believe a word out of his mouth? it's getting kind of scary actually.

    September 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. RDS

    LOL...at the people who keep saying McCain/Palin 08 Hillary 12...dont you guys realize how hard it will be for Clinton to win in 2012 b/c of course McCain isnt going to run again so it will be Hillary vs. Palin. People will vote for Palin obviously b/c she will have had 4 years of VP experience under her belt. Maaan..ignorance is bliss these days!

    September 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Veteran in Kansas

    I would prefer to talk about flip flapping and a State Governor refusing to cooperate with an investigation that she had agreed to cooperate with prior to anyone ever hearing about her.

    Or maybe about what makes her a expert on taxes coming from a state that's state budget exists because of oil revenues or maybe about oil payments to each and every citizen in Alaska on an annual basis.

    Maybe her relationship with the Senior Senator from Alaska now under investigation.

    Only thing good to say about her is as far as we know she is in good health and she has not as far as anyone knows shot anyone.

    September 17, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. WOW

    Give me a break..... You all are fools.... all of you.... of course Obama pressured her not to go.....

    September 17, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Ken

    I am sure that Obama is behind Hillary Clinton not going to the rally. Obama will use any means possible to use the Clinton's for his use, even through he would not choose Hillary Clinton as his VP. Truly a slime bag (if I can use the word that another Hillary supporter used).

    How Obama is using the Clinton's is shameful, and if I were the Clinton's, I would tell Obama to shove it!

    I am sure that the "Super Delegates" are wishing that they should have voted for Hillary Clinton for their nominee and not Obama. Plus not forcing Obama to name Hillary Clinton as his VP instead of Biden.

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter that is voting for McCain/Palin!

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 17, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Silly Season II

    OBAMA HAS PROVEN HE CAN'T BE TRUSTED. HILLARY WAS RIGHT!
    -------------------------------

    If Hilary was right before, then why isn't she right now? She is supporting Obama, so what's your point? Oh, you don't have a point.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. PalinLiesTooMuch

    Hillary is way to smart for the republican party cheach tactic. She was way ahead of them this was her decision no body can pressure Hillary she is a strong woman who knows what is right and what is wrong.

    September 17, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. William, from Cali!

    Why don't all those good fans of these people...... "chose to not show up", at these rallys and town halls.........then, let's see what they do then!

    September 17, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Mark

    Republicans blame everything on Obama. Ike, katrina, Bristol's child, Palin's 6th daughter, Carly Fiorina fired from HP, Paris hilton's underwear missing, Romney's stinking mouth..

    Bill Oreily's missing brain, tropper getting fired, McCain's short hands you name it.. Obama is to be blamed for everything and anything..

    September 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. MW

    The McCain camp sure spends a lot of time starting rumors to distract from the issues. Just like in High School. Grow up people.

    September 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. PalinLiesTooMuch

    Hillary is way to smart for the republican party cheap tactic. She was way ahead of them this was her decision no body can pressure Hillary she is a strong woman who knows what is right and what is wrong.

    September 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    Where are your facts to support that claim mcclueless? Why don't you go retire and take your pathological paliar sideshow with you. Question – if she is not ready to answer reporters questions how is she ready to be VP?

    September 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Laura

    mcshame is the most dishonourable grumpy old man who gets
    excited only when he is surrounded by young female side kicks- cindy, sara, carly (now gone) but getting lynn foster.
    get rid of this dirty old man.
    mcconfuse, mcfogetful, mcnot sointouch,
    pathological liar, would do anything whether right or wrong
    shame these idiots calling them selves as mavericks.
    i would call them Mccriminals-obstucking the justice and investigation of trooper gate.

    September 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Proud to be American

    What does Obama camp have to do with Clinton not attending the meeting... gee the McSame as Bush camp blames everythinig on Obama ... they sincerely need to get a life this is just out of hand! Palin needs to talk to the folks about trooper gate and stop ducking from real issues and stop trying to get a photo oppurtunity with Hillary...

    America .... the only way is Obama and Biden 2008!

    September 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Reality Check richmond virginia

    McCain/Palin is a joke..................a bad joke.

    If I was Hillary, I would run as far away from this event as I could.

    September 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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