September 18th, 2008
08:30 PM ET
6 years ago

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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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came at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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. Nj in FL

    Who wanted to be present anyways?

    September 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. MLD

    Palin was the only person who might have attended the rally that would have got the attention of the Iranians. People are clueless.

    September 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. O/B for Change

    Hey, McCain folks....seen the polls lately?? Read my nail polish!

    September 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Vinnie, Levenworth

    We're waiting for the Obama operative who hacked into Sarah's computer-we hear he's looking at 5 years up here--when we get his address we'll send him a jar of personal lubricant--the big boys up here will like that-

    I wonder if he'll think it was worth it–

    September 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Re: "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:"–NO, they're just not that into Sarah, John, and she would have been a divisive presence at that event. It's not a beauty pagaent, afterall.

    September 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. BETTY

    lord help us all if obama becomes our president. he knows nothing about running AMERICA. THINK BEFORE VOTING.

    September 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Palin- who needs Hillary

    We Republicans have Palin now. Hillary was the most hated candidate....Who needs Hillary...She is jealous of Palin

    Palin for President

    September 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Tony

    So, what would Palin bring to this event anyway?

    September 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. MD in ND

    This wasn't a beauty pageant!

    September 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Yes We Can

    Good. She has no reason to be there. She is FOR WAR not Peace, that is pretty clear........

    September 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Rob

    Who is "Palin 2012", why does he keep saying the same thing over and over, why do his comments seldom have anything to do with the article at hand, and why, o why, CNN, do you continue to post his comments?

    September 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Winnie

    They're probably looking for original statements, not rehearsed lines. I think her high pitched voice is annoying.

    September 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Johanna not voting GOP

    That's the difference between Obama and McCain… Obama picks someone who he can learn with and get real advise from and work with. McCain picks someone that he can lead around and be his yes-man.. or yes-woman in this case. Other than the fact that she's a woman… what can she possibly add to his campaign? Obama picks people based on merit… If he wanted the "sure fire win",.. he could've picked Hillary. But he's not looking for who's the most popular… he's looking for who's the best person for the job. Once again… McCain's personal ambitions are shown to be more important than the good of the country.

    September 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Clueless Lib

    Yes, but at least we weren't dumb enough to vote for Bush...

    September 18, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Cindy,CA

    It seems like if you are a decent person but not of one party or the other you will be attacked. People have forgotten that we all live in this world. The negative comments are getting way out of hand. It is making the American people ill. We need to try to get along even if our viewpoints differ. That's what made this country strong. Please try to remember that we are all human beings and we are all family in spirit.

    September 18, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Gov Palin, What Are Your Foreign Policy Credentials?

    Was THIS designer suit paid for by Alaska taxpayers?

    September 18, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Righteous Metal Broad

    oh snap!

    September 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Meka

    AMERICA WILL BE A SAFER PLACE. . .WITH PALIN NOT ATTENDING!

    September 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Wal-Mart Mom

    Sarah's here to stay-only 44 years old she'll be a powerhouse in U.S. politics for the next 25 years-Joe Biden will long be in a nursing home and she'll still be President--

    And Joe, you are going to get your lunch eaten in the debate--BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID–

    Fans of Sarah Barracuda

    September 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Joyce, nj

    Hilary said nope, Sarah on the other hand was told – NO.
    No you can't use this event and us as a brush up on Foreign Affairs education.

    September 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Larry-Minn.

    Sounds like something Obama would do..I cant think of any way that it would hurt to have them both there proving that we as a country stand together against them getting nuclear weapons..

    September 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. sam

    Here is Sarah the victim again. They have no proof that Obama had anything to do with this, but apparently they will say anything. She was just trying to get her picture taken with Hillary–good for Hillary for pulling out. She should stay far away from Palin–it is bad enough that Palin has stolen Hillary's speech ("cracks in the ceiling"). Palin has absolutely nothing to offer to Hillary supporters–I am one of those and I am definitely voting for Obama.

    September 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. AJ

    Just like high school...or middle school....
    If she is going to your party, I'm not!!!
    SO immature!!!!

    September 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Just working

    Is it just me are the Republicans just wanting to smear everything that doesn't go in their favor and say " Oh, well it's the Democrats." Obviously organizations and groups can't possibly think for themselves and want to keep things focused on the issue that they are gathering for vs. having another "Look it's Palin" day.

    September 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Chris

    “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,"

    Pathetic....That's why Hillary wouldn't show up, and the Reps. are trying to blame it on Obama?!?!?!?!?

    September 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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