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 “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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. SH in TX

    LIARS

    desparate, sad, LIARS

    September 17, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. JusLaugh

    Are you kidding me? Wasn't it just a couple of months ago the McCain camp was touting how ruthless the Clintons are?

    Now suddenly she can be pressured? Make up your mind, McCain, is she ruthless or a spineless simp?

    Clinton is a strong and accomplished woman who can make her own decisions and to belittle her for not falling into an obvious GOP trap makes McCain look like a fool.

    When will these people get it through their heads that Clinton doesn't like Palin. Doesn't agree with Palin on ANYTHING and is definitely not going to appear with her.

    September 17, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Enough already

    Okay:

    First... everybody from any side... LAY OFF HILLARY.

    She is the best and you all in your own personal hateful ways have damaged this great champion of the people.

    Second... stop attacking Palin and stop comparing two women from opposing parties and stop criticizing each of them for being GREAT representatives of their respective party.

    Finally- let's be non partisan and hear what these two women believe- and share the stage- that is dialogue and communication.

    September 17, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Paul Dobro

    Econominc meltdown and the McCain camp focuses on a "presumably" something happened. How about creating an economic plan. Oh, that right, that would be much hard.

    September 17, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Kelly

    I think Senator Clinton is more than capable of making her own decisions, and not sharing the stage with the great pretender Palin is an excellent choice. Palin is and never will be the same caliber of leader as Senator Clinton.

    I think it high time that the Republican stop fabricating a rift that does not exist and focus on the issues.

    No McCain. No Palin. Our nation deserves better than a couple of liars.

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. ct voter

    Oh my GOD Mccain camp has NO SENSE OF HONOR OR DECENCY, WHAT SLIMEBALLS!!!

    THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO SPLIT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Jeff DuShane

    Huh. Hillary doesn't want to be on stage with the person that the Republicans think is going garner her 18 million votes. Way to go Hillary....she doesn't hold a candle to you and should not be compared any longer!

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Silence Dogood

    Hillary don't listen to the Obama thugs. After the way you were slandered and lied about, you owe them nothing. Do what is right, not what Obama commands.

    Go Green Party for feminism, anti-war and real change.

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. OHIO for MCCAIN

    Obama Camp pressuring someone ??? Nah, can't be... Does the State of Iowa come to any ones mind ?

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Nikki

    The McCain campaign is just desperate... Lies are all they have left. They're going down Nov 4th.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Linda from Prescott AZ

    This nonsense has got to stop. McCain campaign does nothing but make baseless charge after baseless charge. Talk about issues. Senator Clinton is her own woman, if she chooses not to attend that is her decision. And considering Senator Clinton's stature next to that of hockey barbie, hockey barbie shouold be grateful. Of course it would make excellent fodder for SNL.

    So mccain, How are the fundamentals of the economy today?

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. McBride, SLC, UT

    These people are liers! Blame Obama for everything. This is a pattern. Obama if the one responsible for the Troopergate investigation, the failed economy, the Iraq war, the sexist remarks against Sarah and oh yes, the recent hurricane! Get a life people!

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Joan, NY

    When Hillary did the right thing at the convention, it was a great feeling. I hope we can take that same spirit and win this election. Dems deserve it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Obama

    Most people will not vote for Obama.

    HIS PAST has too many GRAY SHADOWS.

    We have many doubts hanging on our minds.

    Check his past with ACORN. He's very sneaky.

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Fred

    why do they lie? please help us McCain, your lies are becoming too blatant.

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Janet, Senior W/F

    Are the Republicans insinuating that The Great Senator H. R. Clinton cannot make an Intelligent Decision of what was exactly happening at that and any other time?

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

    More and more despicable... trying to manufacture false controversy...

    Hillary needs to make a public statement herself and slap them down.

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Truth Be Told

    And by the way....if the McCain Camp would stop pressuring CNN, maybe we wouldn't have to keep reading the same ol' lame headlines under politics about Palin and the tired "cry-baby" ranting of Cindy McCain about the View hosts actually making her husband answer a question. God forbid.

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Elizabeth in Texas

    Once again, McCain not about the issues, but campaign gossip and drama.

    Keating Five anyone? Sounsd like someone needs to google that! McCain you are done!

    CNN, post the new Gallup daily polls!

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. gl

    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,”

    But no body told Hilliary that Palin was invited and Hilliary did not want to be a part of McSane and Palin little games. Good for Hillilary to canceled her apparents. Palin just trying to steal the spot light from Hilliary and Hilliary supporters as well. No Palin, No McSane!

    September 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. My comments are always AWAITING moderation

    Yeah right! I'm so tired of McCain thinking that he invoke the name of Clinton every time he thinks it will bring some benefit to him.

    Maybe Clinton didn't want to attend because she's tired of McCain trying to take every opportunity they can to use her in a way to gain votes. I want to know who in their right mind would think that Palin attending a meeting somehow gives her new foreign policy creds?

    McCain, you are disgusting man with no honor!

    September 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Maggie

    Of course they haven't responded to requests for proof of their allegations. Just more of the same lies. Pathetic.

    September 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. RDS

    They can't respond b/c their is no source. This is yet another attempt by the McCain campaign to throw the focus off of what's going on with the economy....don't take the bait MEDIA!

    September 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    waah, waah. Are the Republican and McCain campaign attributing to Obama for having actual 'leadership' and 'power' within the DNC and its current leaderships?

    And I thought they would stick to the message that he can neither lead nor bring the Dems together.

    September 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. John in Binghamton NY

    Way to go. Make claims with no proof.

    First of all what does Palin know about Iran or nuclear weapons? She can not pronounce either correctly. She is only being sent by McCain to keep up her cardboard image.

    All she knows is how to take 5 years and 4 schools to get a communications degree. Why didn't she study something more useful like Latin?

    September 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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