September 18th, 2008
08:30 PM ET
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Palin nixed from Iran rally

Palin is no longer attending an anti-Iran rally.

Palin is no longer attending an anti-Iran rally.

(CNN) - Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin has been uninvited from attending a rally against Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next week in New York, one day after Hillary Clinton nixed her appearance at the event because the Alaska governor was slated to be there.

“In order to keep the focus on Iranian threats and to ensure that this critical message not be obscured, the organizers of the rally have decided not to have any American political personalities appear,” the organizers, which include several Jewish groups, said in a statement.

In a statement, John McCain expressed disappointment over the decision.

"Governor Palin was pleased to accept an invitation to address this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with Republicans, Democrats and independents alike to oppose Ahmadinejad's goal of a nuclear armed Iran. Senator Obama's campaign had the opportunity to join us. Senator Obama chose politics rather than the national interest."

A spokesman for the event, Glen Rosencrantz, would not confirm a Politico report that several high-profile Jewish Democrats had pressured the organization to nix Palin from the event.

But in a conference call with reporters Thursday, Ira Forman, the Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said his group strongly disapproved of Palin's invitation to the event.

“We have a presidential election where the McCain-Palin ticket want to use what’s supposed to be a very, very bipartisan-type of operation to, again, use it as a campaign event," he said.

The organizers announced earlier this week that both Clinton and Palin would be "keynote speakers" at the event, along with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. But aides to Clinton announced Wednesday the New York senator had been unaware Palin would also be attending, and as a result would not appear at the event after all.

The McCain campaign quickly criticized the move and suggested it came at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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," McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb said.

UPDATE: Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor has issued a statement reacting to McCain.

"This is another dishonorable lie from John McCain. The Obama campaign had planned to send a surrogate to the rally," he said. "The truth is, John McCain had a real opportunity to stand up for Israel's security yesterday, but he refused to stand up to his allies in Congress who blocked Barack Obama's bipartisan divestment bill that would have increased pressure on Iran. So while Senator McCain uses the 'Stop Iran' rally to issue dishonest political attacks, he has refused to join with Barack Obama in supporting the kind of sanctions that could actually stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon."

- CNN's Martina Stewart contributed to this report

Filed under: Extra • Hillary Clinton • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Dandelion.


    I love this election.

    September 18, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Palin 2012

    Clinton is a joke. Palin is the true American hero.

    Palin 2012

    September 18, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Palin 2012

    Hey Pumas, you can all go home now, McCain does not need you to win this election. We now have Palin.

    Palin 2012

    September 18, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Hope LV,NV

    Why is the McCain camp always trying to make the Barracuda look like victim/wimp? And if Obama had so much pull wouldn't the McCain camp be a non issue? No Way No How No McCain.

    September 18, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Lance

    Maybe they're worried she'll say she can see Iran from her house.

    Or maybe they're worried Johnny McCain will show up singing, "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran."

    Can you say "out of touch and incompetent"?

    Now matter how much lipstick you put on it, a pig is still a pig, and McCain can't pretend he's for the American people and have seven major lobbists running his campaign during the worst financial crisis in history.

    It just doesn't work like that.

    September 18, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. Susan

    Show the proof where Obama and his people put pressureeon this group! Is it Obama's fault every time it rains or snows? How about hurricanes? The Republicans sure love to point fingers rather than look at themselves! Cry and Whine that is all McCain and Palins people do. If they cannot stand up and be honest with us, how the Hell can we trust them???!!!

    September 18, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Wayne

    Ooooh. The Palin bubble as officially BURST. Every time she opens her mouth, unscripted she sounds...umm..not too bright. Thats the nicest I can put it. Her stock is dropping like..well..the stock market thanks to Bushonomics.


    September 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Wow

    Great, what good could she do anyway? And this is just what a McCain/Palin Administration would look like. She will drive McCain crazy because he'll have to spoon feed her all the time.

    McCain is too old to do his job, and Sarah's too. Let him retire, go back to Arizona and Sarah can go back to Alaska and take care of her baby, and I mean that in a good way.

    Who wins? Well, the baby for one thing, McCain will have better health and let's face it, America will win for having an engaged president like Barack.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. No plan, No future.

    But on Tuesday, when asked how much worse the economy would have to get before the campaign released a specific plan, McCain senior adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin said that it wasn't "imperative" for an "exact" plan to be drawn up yet.

    September 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Tom

    She would have brought nothing but her fading star power to this event anyway. This isn't even newsworthy.

    September 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. DB

    They were probably afraid she was going to give the same speech.

    September 18, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. GA Dem

    And the walls come tumbling down.........

    September 18, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Eight is enough ...

    Sarah does not even know where Iran is on a map ... she is not fit for governing caribou

    September 18, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Nevada Mom

    Who cares?

    September 18, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Another Republican for Obama

    I bet McCain is envious, that he can't "dis-invite" Palin onto his presidential ticket, after her D- performance and scandals thus far. All this "energy and enthusiasm" everyone was raving about is already gone, and Obama is back in the lead – right where the qualified and highly intelligent candidates should be.

    September 18, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    The WORST thing that could happen for America is to have Sarah (I can see Russia from my kitchen window) Palin anywhere near the opening of the United Nations next week. The idea of having this vapid and totally inept woman representing your country to world leaders is an insult to the intelligence of us all.

    September 18, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    If only McLame would "uninvite" her to be the VP candidate... oh wait, on second thought, don't change a thing

    September 18, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. Gina

    What a shame such an important rally became politicized by Hillary Clinton. Governor Palin should not have been disinvited, just because Clinton chose to place party above country.

    September 18, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Tom

    hey Palin 2012, I believe you might ask PUMAS back. You are going to need all the help you can get. LOL

    September 18, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. disappointed in ND

    Is it everything at fault of the Democrats? If by some chance the Republicans were elected to the White House in November – in January will they still be blaming things on the Democrats and Obama?

    September 18, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. WASP!-Woman Against Sarah Palin

    What really happened was it was a political move on the rethuglicans to put palin next to Clinton but since Clinton backed out (she is no dummy) then there was no reason for palin to appear. Period. Of course john blames it on Obama like he does everything else.

    September 18, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia

    BE-GONE PA'IN!!!!
    NO WAY – NO HOW – NO McSAME – NO PA'IN!!! lol

    OBADEN 2008-2016 YES WE CAN get rid of the PA'IN!!!

    September 18, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Stop Electing Dumb People ‘08

    As someone who lobbied the organizers to reconsider their invitation to Gov. Palin I can tell you for a FACT it was not at the request of the Obama campaign.

    September 18, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. sc

    clinton choses not to go.
    Palin wants to go, but nobody wants her. nice!
    looks like pretty soon a majority of the real republicans will be distancing from mccain & palin.
    that happened to bush already.

    September 18, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Mark - NY

    It has only just begun where America is waking up to their senses!!!!
    Can't afford Palin to 'Open Mouth – Insert Foot' again like she did with her very first interview! No wonder she is off limits to the press.. what a bunch the Republicans are!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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