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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    Sarah Palin hant even been to a war zone she was in kuwait but not iraq like everybody else has in this election like mccains been to iraq 6 times obamas been there 2 times bidens been there like 1,000 times its probally no surprise they un invited her because she has nothing to ad or contribute with her lack of foreign and international experience

    September 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Esmaralda

    Cooomeee oooooon. The McCain/Palin ticket doesn't need anything to be the truth or have any sort of substance for their claims.. As long as they "say it" – isn't that good enough!??

    September 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Issues Voter

    Republicans....... I can't figure out what it is about "intelligence" that you despise. When it came to Bush, it seemed the more gaffes he made, the more endearing he was. And now Palin is your hero..... it seems the more she doesn't know, the more charming she is.... Didn't the past 7+ years teach you anything??

    September 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Richard Mcfarland

    Do not agree with decision but neither do a lot of us "Reagoncrates-"

    McCain and Palin proud to be Americans and the record reflects that. Democrates died with JFK and I finally figured that out-

    September 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. allen

    If they really thought Sarah would make a fool of herself, wy did the Democrats "un-inivte" her? Fear, that's why. She'd show how well she can handle it and they know it. They're scared of Sarah Palin.

    September 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Mike

    How funny!!!! You can't make this stuff up!!!
    I wonder how the McCain camp figures it was the Obama Camp that got Palin booted from the event?
    More lies,More lies that will do it.I'm glad to see that the walls are closing in on the liers.

    Mike in California

    September 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Andy

    This just underscores that McCain is going to have a very large problem appealing to Jewish voters now that Palin is on the ticket. Say goodbye to Florida, McCain.

    September 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Doug

    Just another in a series for the liberals to shut down the voice of the people. One more step to democrat communism..

    September 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Patrick

    That group just lost any form of respect. Any really you think a democratic president is going to stand up to Iran? The people at this rally clearly care about Iran not getting a nuclear weapon; which President do you think would have the guts to launch a pre-emptive strike against them? Obama who denounced Bush for doing this to Iraq or McCain who has stood by the decision. The people who got Palin removed from this event are directly hurting their own cause.

    September 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Darren

    Why, being that Sarah Palin thinks our country unworthy of our taxes, why would she have bothered wasting her all important time on an issue like this in the first place?

    September 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Sean

    They are smart enough to realize that when Pinocchio Palin defend Israel, that would be harmful and not helpfull to that cause!!

    September 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Well Troopergate Palin can give her canned spiel elsewhere.... it's not as if she has a thing to say.

    September 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Kim

    Don't suppose the 'Fact' that Palins Church preaches that Jews are the cause of terrorism. Influenced the uninvite.

    September 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Michael G.

    If Palin attended she would probably say something brilliant like "you could put lipstick on a terrorist regime" but it would still be a terrorist regime". forget it.

    September 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. canuck

    people, the Iranian Govt is the enemy not Clinton or Palin. Anyone who believes this should be invited to go. remember is used to stop at the water's edge.

    September 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. If I could ask two questions?

    Mccain (while eating some pitted prunes): Hmm, I wonder what this button does?

    September 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. A verb, a noun and POW-that's all he has.

    Where's Bush? That should be the question. For all you people that voted for him because he seemed like someone you could drink a beer with. Can you afford beer now?

    Obama & Biden – A change we can believe in!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. reasoner

    Everyone wants to bash McCain today for the economic mess we're in. I'm a Democrat and I remind everyone RIGHT NOW that "CONGRESS" is Democratically controlled and "CONGRESS" is the "INSTITUTION" that is approving the BIALOUTS! OBAMA IS A DEMOCRAT! I WON"T BE AFTER THE ELECTION!

    September 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. tori

    If Mctrouble/Mcpain wins, our trouble will double, the economy will bubble into a rubble, and that will give us double trouble .
    We do not need a big mc or double mc

    September 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. financeman


    September 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Palin's God's Will

    If anything happens in our world according to Palin; war, disease, hunger, Ice melt, animals extinction, polution... it is not man made but God's will anyway. Maybe then God is trying to tell us something when she is cancelled from appearing at an event to help protect the Jewish community.

    September 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. E>Dozois

    You have more brains than most "'adaults" you are one of the few to see obama for what he is.

    September 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. TS from Canada

    Is it just me, or I feel like her presence in this election is getting increasingly irrelevant...?

    September 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Tommy Lent, Bronx

    The reason for this is simple. The Obama camp most likely DID put pressure on Hillary to withdraw from this non-political event because if Hillary did speak at the same rally as Palin and they both seemed to be in agreement over the fact that Iran is a threat, then former Hillary voters would likely feel that Hillary and Palin are not so far apart in national security issues, true or not. This might sway some Hillary fans to vote for the McCain ticket.

    Please think logically folks and not emotionally.

    September 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Kook Leadership

    The average Iranian citizen is just like the average American ... they want to live their life in peace and prosperity but are ruled by insane kooks. There are also a minority of kooks who practice hate and are so pathetic and stupid that they perceive war as the only answer ... the same as in America. We call them "extremists", our people are called Republicans.

    As soon as we elect a government that will communicate we will be on a path toward peaceful relations.

    September 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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