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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    Excellent call. Why let this newby power-hungry politician cash in on an event that that should speak to all of us about the seriousness of this escalating situation? Will the current lame duck president get us into ANOTHER war mess right before the election so the Republicans can cash in on the fear vote?

    September 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Missy

    'Palin 2012', you crack me up!!! Hillary Clinton knows so much more about both domestic and foreign policy than Sarah Palin does it's laughable. I feel like I'm on the 6th grade playground. Please... stay home on November 4th. I have no problem with someone voting for McCain if they believe he's the better man to run this Country, But for Palin to influence the vote at all in his favor is ridiculous.

    September 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Dennis

    I really have enjoyed being safe the past seven years. Biden and his side kick Obama will be weaken us by talking to the enemy just like Roosevelt was doing when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. They are blind to what is going on in the world. The only ticket that will keep us safe is McCain/Palin!

    September 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Just an average American fundamental

    That would've been entertaining.
    " I would tell Iran, thanks but no thanks. If we want that bridge we'll build it ourselves."
    Lipstick and dipstick.

    September 18, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. TO: Democrat for McCain/Palin

    You friend are no Democrat if you consider this a reason for anything other than a slight chuckle.

    Funny how republicans are having to pretend that they are not republicans, pretending to be democrats. Fortuneately, they are fairly easy to spot.

    September 18, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Bacusla


    "Rally against Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next week in New York ..."

    Over failing Banks, maligned economy? Really?

    The Republican presidential ticket has a solutions to problems in Iran – by a RALLY in NEW YORK?

    Obama/Biden '08 – Keep talking about improving our lives – not these distractions!

    September 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Joyce

    HAHAHA!!! I'm loving this. She is a DUMB BROAD!!!! Hillary unvited herself while Sarah was uninvited..PERIOD. This is TOO funny. This just shows you who is the real QUEEN BEE...IT"S HILLARY. Oh, and McCain, Obama had nothing to do with this. The people don't want her ignorance to rub off on them.

    September 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Allison R.

    So the Jewish community uninviting Palin was democratic partisanship? I don't get McCain's reasoning. Am I missing something?

    September 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. ROMNEY 2012

    I cannot understand my party's fascination with this woman. When she was first announced, I thought she would be a true agent of change. But now I hear she is trying to block the investigation she started. She left her own town in debt. Here we see where if Mr McCain had selected Mr Lieberman as his VP choice, he would have taken a strong voting block in Florida. I was excited by Sarah at first, but the shine has worn off. I have thought about this a lot today, and am truly dissapointed in Mr McCains choice.

    September 18, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    May have just avoided another war. This VP pick is dangerous she has no idea how to talk on the world stage.

    P.S. other countries do not take kindly to liars.

    September 18, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Shannon WA ST

    Something about this women isn't right people. Didn't she just say bad stuff about Hillary not going?? Something up people..

    September 18, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. The Republican Conscience

    Palin can see Iran from her house.

    September 18, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Marie in California

    Blame Hillary for Palin not being there. It was bipartisan until HIllary learned Palin would be there and then decided not to attend. I sure nope no other politicians of the major parties are attending either.

    I know they always talk about the "Jewish Democrats." How come I know so many Jewish people who are Republican?

    McCain-Palin – 2008

    September 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Jamara - Los Angeles, CA

    Dang, why do the democrats for to be blamed for this one. Hellloooooo repubs, maybe they didn't want her from the get go!!!!!! Good job Hillary, now get back on the road for Obama.

    September 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Dwayne - Naples, FL

    Sarah 'Barracuda' more like a 'Barnacle' w/ Lipstick stuck to the GOP's sinking ship.....LOL

    September 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Johanna not voting GOP

    -Her draconian philosophy on sex ed failed with her own daughter.
    -She's being investigated by an ethics commitee in Alaska for abusing power regarding her former brother in law.
    -She fired people from city government as mayor because they didn't support her campaign.
    -She promised to support the bridge to nowhere as a candidate for gov, and then decided she was against it after it already died in the us legislature.
    -She believe Iraq is a "mission from God"
    -She wants to take away my choices concerning my own body.
    -She's given speeches to an Alaskan secessionist group recently.
    -This "mother of five" (Palin) doesn't seem too concerned about the toll spotlight due to her candidacy will or could do the her pregnant teenage daughter. All she can say is "it's a private matter" while the GOP themselves continue to talk about it as some whack-a-doo example of solid values.

    September 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Ira

    Does she know where Iran is ? I want to see her make a fool of herself.
    Once they come to know how dumb she is, the jewish community decided not to.
    It is about time,
    American people see what these two idiots are like.
    McShame & Palinliar.

    September 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Sherri

    If Obama is actually doing all the things the Republicans are claiming he's doing, you should make him president. Apparently he can get things accomplished!

    September 18, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Joyce in Florida

    There goes Governor Palin pointing her darn finger again. I think this was a wise decision and the Repugs should stop complaining and whining and, invariably, ALWAYS blaming the Democrats. I don't care to see Palin and I am sure I am not alone in that respect. She doesn't have the qualifications for attending this event, and definitely not qualified to run as V.P. of our country. OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Democrat In Nebraska

    @ 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."

    It sounds as if you may have some facts from the ground out there. Would you please elaborate? I haven't seen anything in the news yet, you may be able to scoop them!

    September 18, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. ItsMidnite

    Speaking of Hillary, have you noticed how vigorously she has been campaigning for Barak......... ( silence ) all she is doing is ducking Sarah, who asks ,and answers, real questions, and campaigning for Hillary in 2012.
    Go Sarah Go............. trust me......Conrade Obama is not looking forward to the VP debates .
    Wasn't it Joe Bide ( 29 years ago ) for you CHANGE advocates, that help Jimmy Carters hand while he let Iran walk all over us and open thr door to terrorism.............. oh yah.... that's History, and we don't study History in the Peoples Schools.

    September 18, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. JC

    McCain/Palin-Thanks but no thanks!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. CM

    I love the GOP supporters who come on here saying that Obama doesn't know how to run the country.

    Well I don't know if you guys have been watching the news for the past few months but McCain has been looking increasingly lost with the issues the country has been facing. He changes his stance hourly just this week.

    Vote McCain because of your own ignorance. Just don't try to justify it to the rest of us.

    September 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. Patty

    Boy what a free country. For those who are at all interested in the truth
    about the Fannie and Freddie failure please google Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005. I don't understand why CNN has not jumped on this storiy and put the questions to democrats about this issue.

    September 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. ItsMidnite

    Comrade Obama

    September 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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