September 18th, 2008
08:30 PM ET
10 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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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came at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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. Joseph, Los Angeles

    I agree that Palin should not be invited to this event. Yes, we do want Iran to not develop a nuclear bomb, but we don't want to go to war with them either. She would just read a war mongering speech that would make matters worse.

    Now, back to the economy...

    September 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Kevin from MN

    How can McCain blame this on Obama???? Clinton is not apart of his campaign, and neither Obama or Biden were invited (not McCain for that matter either)

    Any time a Democrat does something, he/she is now apart of the "Obama Campaign"?

    September 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Amy Kathleen

    Why does no one find the fact that politicians are attending an "anti-Iran" party disturbing? We need the next president of the United States to stop trying to be the biggest bully on the playground and start being the smartest kid out there. That means playing well with others, even if you don't like anything they do, you have to find a way to make it work. Holding rallies intent on calling the other guy names? None of the candidates belong there, and the only ones who seem to show any sense here are the Obama campaign, who didn't send Biden.

    By the way, the McCain campaigns completely baseless claim that Hillary was told to pull out by the Obama campaign- Pathetic. I'm sick of a government run on lying to the public and making stuff up.

    September 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Israel's the Problem

    It's wrong to view this event in a positive light. Israel puts constant unreasonable pressure on the United States to keep troops stuck in the middle east and have antagonistic relations with Arab countries. Proxies for Israel like Joe Lieberman even advocate for military attacks on Iran.

    The kind of American leader I want will look Israel straight-on and say . . . NO.

    September 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. readysteady

    Those of you who think Palin is a bucket of fluff, I can guarantee you she would never have voted PRESENT 100+ times. And I guarantee she would not be pushing for a bill that effectively taxes citizens of the US for global relief. I believe that is beyond the constitutional boundary.

    September 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Tide's a turning

    Aw, c'mon!
    I say let her go and make a fool of herself!

    (Actually I agree that the event should be non-political, especially under the circumstances. But it would certainly be amusing to see Caribou Barbie wipe lipstick off her toes, wouldn't it?)

    PS Anyone seen those Palin family tax returns yet?

    September 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Mary MS

    I tell your something about this woman Palin isn't right. The government knows, they just aren't telling us yet. But by and by it will all come out. Hope it sooner than later.

    September 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Democrat for McCain/Palin

    Yet another reason why I can't vote the democratic ticket.

    September 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. mmd

    I just listen to a video of palin, at which time she made reference to the PALIN AND MCCAIN TICKET.
    I think she knows something that we don't know, and is not afraid to say it..

    September 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. j.williams, san diego

    they should invite Jimmy Carter, he would say what Iranian threat and is Israel a country ?

    September 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Dan, Maryland

    McCain campaign: "we don't want to make this a political issue, but we will because Obama is the reason we're no longer going."

    What happened to the responsible, straight forward, respectable John McCain??? If someone finds him let me know, I'll keep looking for his straight talk express in the divisive ditches that line our political highways.

    September 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Carrie

    I'm sorry. While I may not have supported McCain I did respect him but his campaign has gotten so ugly, with so much drama I am disgusted. I agree with what others have stated. Ms. Palin is a decent person but certainly no Biden or for that matter Hillary Clinton in terms of her being ready President should an emergency occur. There are serious issues that need to be addressed and that is what the American people will be considering when they vote on not personalities.....

    September 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Matt, 18 yrs old

    Is this the change Obama is trying to bring, eliminate the competition and have no one oppose you?

    September 18, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Naomi


    September 18, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. Pete from Arizona

    Sarah Palin can't even protect her own Yahoo email account, & McCain is touting her National Security credibility? Sure. And I've got a bridge to nowhere to sell you....

    September 18, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Gary DeLong

    Actually who cares if Clinton and or Palin do show up, my God sometimes some ppl make such a big deal about little to nothing..Will this help our economy which is in a darn crisis? Answer, Heck No, so please focus on the important items for our country.

    Thank You

    September 18, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Enough !!!

    She would have claimed that she could see Iran from where she was in Kuwait, when she visited with the AK National Guardsmen in that country.

    September 18, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Rachelle

    Why does the McCain camp insist on blaming every slight against them on Obama? They have no proof that Clinton's withdrawl was 'at his behest', yet they continue to try and sully his name. Stop putting other people's words in Obama's mouth and stretching the truth. This is why fact-checkers put you to shame when the vast exaggerations in your campaign ads were highlighted. I never thought I'd have to say this to a man in his 70's, but GROW UP!

    September 18, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Poor Sarah, it appears that the bloom is off the rose. The trending is now clear -- Senator Obama is up again in the polls, back in the lead, and has a huge margin (over 14%) in the woman's vote. Thanks Hillary, for showing what a phony McShame is. You have more brains in your left ovary than goofy Sarah does in that Tina Fey look-alike head.

    Of course, these polls today do not include all the non-LAN line users, who are about 90% for Senator Obama, by any conservative count.

    Hey John, the fundamentals of the economy are "strong", right? Maybe we can find a foreclosed ranch for you in Crawford, Texas.

    September 18, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. United we stand.

    I think it was interesting that Palin was invited in the first place. What could she possibly have learned about Iran in her extensive education and experience as a small town mayor and Governor of Alaska. She doesn't know anything about the continental US let alone a foriegn country.

    Hillary Clinton was invited as a ploy to get her to seemingly endorse Palin's candidacy. It was a trick and as soon as Mrs. Clinton found out she responded appropriately.

    When ever something doesn't go McCain's way he's quick to attribute it to the "behest" of that Barack Obama. He does this even though there's no proof or evidence to suggest it. Why does he get away with saying it. It reminds me of Bush saying Al Qaeda is in Iraq. No proof to say that either and look where we ended up.

    September 18, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. MyComment

    Once again the McCain camp make wild, unsubstantiated remarks to further their own cause. Do they have no shame? I think the majority of the US and the rest of the world is sick and tired of the politics of inuendo and sleight! Why anybody would be prepared to place the responsibility of a country, let alone one as challenged as the US, in the hands of such idiocy, is beyond me. I genuinely think McCain and Palin are from a bygone, laregly white, privelaged majority era that is fast receeding into minority ... these are the last vestigaes of a dark past.
    I just wish I could cast a vote in this election – nothing would make me prouder as a world citizen to be one of several million people putting the final nails in the coffin of the GOP. The world will be better off when they are retired. "We need men (leaders) who can dream of things that never were" ... JFK

    September 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    So, it's ALWAYS Obama's fault. Grade school kids on the playground - HE did it, HE attacked first, HE lied. Oh, NO, it's NEVER anything McCain or Palin did or said.

    September 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Nancy TC

    So were the other people.

    But let me make one thing clear, I was a supporter of Hillary Clinton and I will not condone this treatment of Sarah Palin.

    Be careful where you tread Senator Clinton. You may hurt yourself more than you know if you follow the command of the Obama camp.

    I contributed to your campaign and after the show that went on with the invite to Sarah Palin and your actions; I am losing my faith in ever recognizing you as a candidate for the future.

    What a show of Unity this would have shown the world if Senator Clinton and Governor Palin were both there, but again we must deal with the hate. Shame on you!

    September 18, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. Lie-a-day Failin' Palin & Inane McCain Ain't Ready for Primetime

    Next move, nix her from the ticket!

    September 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Boston

    Good for the organizers in recinding the invitation to Palin. No free camapaigning there. Why are the McCain people trying to blame OBAMA for republican problems? for example TROOPERGATE.

    September 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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