September 19th, 2008
09:48 AM 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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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came at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

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soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Shirley

    They organization know that Palin doesn't have the experience to address a group of jewsih people. I am glad they are not letting her make a fool out of herself and the American People. I don't care if she makes a fool out of McCain because he is a fool. The McCain campaign needs to grow up and stop blaming Obama for all of their unvited attention. McCain get a running mate that has leggs to stand on instead of waving in the water trying to be rescused from you.

    September 19, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  2. Bulldog

    The ONLY reason for Palin to show up for this is purely political. Why else would she be invited? Nobody even knew who this lady was until 3 weeks ago. Good for them to disinvite her. They don't even know her like most of Americans. The facts are still coming out about her.

    September 19, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  3. Purple Nurple

    After all that has been said and done, this was just a show for sarah the dog. I am happy Hill did not go

    September 19, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  4. ladym

    Sarah NO ONE wants to be bothered with you or your husband so GO HOME!


    September 19, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. Concerned Citizen, IN

    McCain should be happy! This just saves him from Palin proving once again that she has no foreign policy experience. She has no credentials to be there in the first place other than being a VP candidate.

    September 19, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |

    From the looks and sounds of her answers to impromptu questioning, it was a GREAT THING for AMERICANS that she was uninvited.

    It is clear from her answers that she falls wayyyyyyyyyyyy short of knowledge about foreign policy. McCain is no help either....Mixing up Spain with Mexico but the only ones that really called him on it front and center was MSNBC and the Michael Basdin radio talk show

    September 19, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  7. Ilene

    Wow, I think people are starting to wake up and the glaze of Sarah's newness is finally waning. I have my hopes it lasts all the way to November 4th when the voting end.

    September 19, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  8. WallyWutMD

    McCain and Palin are laughable. First they try to trick Hiallary into co-starring with Palin, now they're lying about being uninvited to the event. Pathetic.

    September 19, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |

    CNN why are you posting this again. Please talk about McCain mix up on Spain and Mexico. I can't believe the blunders that he is making and CNN and FOX seem to be turning the cheek.

    How much is the GOP paying CNN to keep quiet. Clicking over to the VIEW and MSNBC where we can get the facts!!! UNFILTERED OR MODERATED!!!

    September 19, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  10. Obama Supporter

    Hillary is a committed Democrat; it's her clan and she is a very partisan member. There is no way that she would appear with Palin at something like that! I can't even believe the Repubs tried to pull the stunt off.

    September 19, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  11. Jay

    LOL!!!! I love Americans, they lift you up like a celebrity one day and drop you like it's hot the next.

    September 19, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  12. Kathie in Arkansas

    Yet one more reason for me to leave the Democratic party. Obama has brought out the very worst in people, but I guess we women should be thankful that he exposed the visceral disdain the party actually has for women. Despite being 50% of the membership we were really only there as accessories for the men, and even then only so long as we sit down and shut up.

    I hope Hillary finally gets enough of being used and tells Obama and the DNC where they can go. Lord knows millions of women already have. I am ashamed I ever was affilated with what have become the very vottom feeders they once said they deplored.

    September 19, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  13. Ron from Baltimore

    Never should have been invited in the first place; has no insights, not outreach history, nothing but a possible political gain OR LOSS at stake. I know McCain's campaign went through all the trouble of teaching her how to say "Ahmadinejad," if not "nuclear," but they'll have to eat that one.

    Maybe she could go visit a Russian border guard next time she's home, ask for his supervisor, and claim that as having met with a foreign official?

    September 19, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  14. Saya Failn

    Great! She's a warmonger anyway.

    September 19, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  15. Will

    So wait, if Palin were to go to this event it would be political but Hillary's attendance would NOT make it political? Liberals are so full of hypocrisy it is laughable.

    September 19, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  16. Bob

    What great news that Sarah Palin was uninvited!!! She would have nothing to add to this situation. She is uninformed and only sees Russia from her backyard. Give me a break! Does she know where Iran is on the map?

    Obama 08

    September 19, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  17. Jeff, North Dakota

    An anti-Iran rally – what a grand and intelligent concept.

    Next we can have an anti-jew rally, then an anti-gay rally, followed by an anti-black rally, concluded with an anti-woman rally.

    We have come a long way, America. Be proud.

    September 19, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  18. Jules

    McCain ought to be thankful for this and any other non-appearance by his running mate - the less she's seen or heard from, the better for his campaign.

    September 19, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  19. Joe Green

    Why does the media always say that Sarah Palin is "hot" and that men want to vote for her becase they think she's "sexy"?

    Isn't that......sexist?

    I dunno about you, but 50-something married women are not "hot" in my book, and when it comes to politicians, their "sexiness" is the last thing on my mind.

    Here's a clue, commentators: Men think the girls at Hooters are "hot", not middle-aged Moms. If more men than women like Palin, perhaps it is because more men than women are conservative.

    As for this Iran thing, what a tempest in a teapot. Every time it rains from now on, McCain is going to say it was a plot hatched by the Obama campaign.

    What a WHINER McCain turned out to be! Why did I support him in the first place?

    September 19, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  20. For Obama

    how can any woman, conversative or liberal trust this lying, secretive ignorant fool??

    She and her husband refuse to cooperate with investigators!!!! They REFUSE to cooperate and she's out there on the stump saying she and McCain are all about transparencey???

    Palin you insult our intelligence- You should be ousted!!!-


    September 19, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  21. Mario fl

    How again arrogant McCain is...Palin does not have a clue of whats going on on the world, and he try to me us believe that she will be ready on day one... Who is stupid enough to vote for that ticket. It's gone be worst .. and worst and worst... By the way at the age of seventy two years old .. well the brain is getting slow, and nobody will denied it..

    September 19, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  22. birdie3

    shes a big ZERO

    September 19, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  23. Orlando

    She thought this would give her some international experience. lol

    September 19, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  24. Stray Yellar Dawg

    I am really sad to see that neither Hillary nor Sarah will not be at this event.

    And I am suspicious as to why.

    Are we going to follow the UK's example, and open our courts to Sharia law here in the US now, too? Canada seems to be considering it.

    What a terrible step backward for women!

    September 19, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  25. CM

    This woman is starting to look like a liability for the GOP ticket. That is, except for their supporters, they accept anything thrown at them as the answer for all their problems.

    September 19, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
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