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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    sorry Palin in 2012, by the time that year gets here Sarah will either be a footnote in history or possibly the president of the United States and if it's the latter then GOD HELP US ALL!

    September 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. MJC

    WWF's The Iron Sheik is more equipped to speak at this convention than Palin.

    September 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. G. Cane, Florida

    It's because her connections to Scientology have come out all over the internet!

    September 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. Wendy Hubble

    A very sound decision – to not have any political personalities there. Palin was to use this rally as a way to meet world leaders. That's not what it is meant to be. Bravo to the organizers! Hope the rally is effective!

    September 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Fred

    Obama probably got his Chicago thugs to put the pressure on the the organizers to dump her. Too bad, some real intelligence would have been welcomed. I have now dis invited myself from watching any coverage of this now politicized fiasco.

    September 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. JD santa barbara WASP

    Thank God (yes, Dems believe in God, too) that some of us are wiping the sleep out of their eyes and seeing what a mockery these 2 weeks have made out of this election! Yikes....
    Now...bring on the debates.

    September 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. independent

    and she so wanted to pretend she had her own opinion about something foreign!!!

    September 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Latina

    She deserves that an much more for been a liar and dishonest!!!!

    LOL too funny !! Bye bye Palin!

    September 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. elisabeth

    theeeenks, but no theeenks. Not this one....she will say dumb things and then complain if people laugh.....what did she say about Hillary? something like: her being some sort of a crybaby and that this kind of turns her off?...not only is McCain living in past glories from yesteryear (old people do that, it's normal) but the parrot only remembers the current lines...............

    September 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Obvious

    This isn't a popularity contest, for the candidate who TALKS ABOUT THE ISSUES, not about lipstick!

    September 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Sarah Palin and African Americans in Alaska

    Oh, look! It's about to rain...McCain: It's at the behest of the Obama campaign!

    September 18, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. darko

    Soooo.... in an effort to avoid the possibility of a perceived image of partisanship, they went and made it partisan.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    September 18, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. leah b j

    This should be a non partisan event. I agree with the decision. McCain is also just making more enemies in the Jewish community with comments like he is making. Not all Jews are Lieberman fans, that is for sure.....

    September 18, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. JEFF

    She has no bussiness being there anyway.

    September 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Beverly, NYC

    Democrat for McCain/Palin September 18th, 2008 6:43 pm ET
    Yet another reason why I can't vote the democratic ticket.

    Did you really need an excuse to vote gender or race? You are no Democrat!

    Maverick to Victim in one week very funny!

    September 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. rachel

    Mess with the (clinton) and you get the horn. Stop the dirty dirty tricks. maybe if Palin in her short career had ever expressed concern about jews. It was stunt and nothing more. The organizers and mccain dcamp thought they could make snl into reality so sorry.

    September 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. ROMNEY 2012

    Walmart mom–from one Walmart mom to another, please explain to me what you have seen in Mrs Palin? I would have relished a Romney/Biden debate, but won't even have the heart to see what will happen in a Palin/Biden debate. I don't think Mr. Biden will need to worry about his lunch or milk money.

    September 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Aileen

    Hillary won't play in the sandbox with others, so no one can play. Hillary's hissy fit will only rally supporters toward Palin. This doesn't make the Demorcats look very non-partisan; if they cannot reach across the isles for a national matter like this, when can they. In the end I think she knows this doesn't look good. Now all Bill Clinton has to do is come out with a sexist -condescending remark about Palin, and he and Hillary can start making campaign slogans for 2012! Silly Obama, the Clintons are only out for themselves.
    McCain/ Palin 08* Hillary/ Hillary 2012*

    September 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Joe Dallas/Fort Worth

    I just can't picture Sarah Palin negotiating with an Amadinejad or a Kim Jung Il. Those guys would cut her to pieces. They would make her look like she was born yesterday. She wouldn't be taken seriously by those dictators.

    September 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    presumably ?
    may be ?

    perhaps the martians abducted Clinton

    or else they didnt want a corrupt lying bookburning creationists
    to talk about corrupt lying bookburning creationists from Iran!

    September 18, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Gary Chandler in Canada

    she won't do interviews - Oprah's fault right!?
    she's under investigation - Obama's fault!!!
    her husband signed onto to a 'hate the American flag' Party - whose fault would that be???
    HER VOICE!!!!!!
    McCain you are NEXT on her hit list!!!

    September 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. aughhhh

    Thank God! I don't want her representing US in any way shape or form. She's an idiot and would make the US look terrible. She needs to learn to pronounce nuclear.......we've already had one idiot in the White House act like an illiterate.

    September 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. Brandon

    It's just to the point of being comical - McSame and "Daily Scandal Palin" are just constantly blaming everyone else for the decisions they make that go wrong...sound like somebody familiar?

    September 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. diana, Los Angeles

    Now this should not surprise me. What are librals afraid of? If Hillary chose not to be there, then send someone else? Now, to dis-invite Palin? How does that make sense? Its your party, and you'll cry if you want to? Hello? Wake up people, see Obama (his true colors are coming out)... He is a lier, wants to raise our taxes (not just high income over 250K), once the economy picks up.... hold on to your wallets!!!

    McCain/Palin all the way!!!

    September 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. KC

    This is getting good! Once again the Dem and Hillary had it right first..

    September 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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