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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    Hillary was sidelined by Obama and Pelosi and Kerry.

    She knows how to keep all of them away now.

    September 19, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. elsie

    The Republicans remind of an old vinyl record that gets a scratch and starts to skip on the same portion of a song: "It's the Democrats fault", "It's the Democrats fault", It's the Democrats fault."

    September 19, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Ken in Dallas

    I think that the Palin invitation was based on her status as VP nominee in the first place, because her religious affiliations include some strongly anti-Semitic influences. To give Palin a platform for bellicose posturing toward Iran would be a dubious compromise for Jewish interests. Even though Jewish/Israeli interests and Palin have a bone to pick with Iran, solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people would not have Palin's primary purpose in appearing.

    Withdrawal of the invitation was appropriate.

    Incidentally, we do all realize that CNN moderators deliberately screen posts for emotionalism and inflammatory content. Calmly reasoned posts are usually deleted.

    September 19, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. PSK

    "Show her resolve on this grave national security issue"? Thank heavens John's there to summarize the (now cancelled) appearance. I find it very difficult to believe that Ms Palin has resolve on ANY topic, excepting her non-cooperation with "Trooper-Gate".

    September 19, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. McDangerous

    Can she be nixed from Washington, please!

    September 19, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. bill for barack

    It's not fair to Palin.
    She'd be perfect for this event.
    She wants a warwith Iran – give her the chance to say so in a public forum.

    September 19, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Sabremer

    The driving force behind the "hatred" toward Governor Palin is obvious to me. She is an unexpected, legitimate threat. The Democrats realize this and are reacting in typical fashion.

    September 19, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. Melissa

    I don't understand. The Executive of the organization "strongly disapproves" of Palin' s invitation? So WHY did they invite her again?

    September 19, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. a REAL American

    While I agree that the McCain campaign shouldn't be blaming Obama for this, I find it absolutely shameful that Hillary would be so spiteful as to decline because she doesn't want to be seen next to a Republican. And Ira Forman's statement is a total joke.... both tickets have used supposedly non-partisan items to get a leg up. I guess we all know where Forman stands politically!

    September 19, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Rick

    The headline could read "Palin Nixed From (Iran) Reality", but that wouldn't be new news, would it?

    September 19, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. P.Ogo

    Makes sense to me, the Iranian leaders are probalby laughing their heads off over this. Mccfuddled just doesnt get it with this gal. If Mccfuddled has to laucnh the dogs of war into Iran as the boys in Tel Aviv have told him he has to for thier suppourt the death toll is going to make bushies Iraq look like a fender bender. The guy who claims he knows how to "WIN" wars is utterley baffling when he would make more points we me if could say " I know how to avoid one and still prevail. Somehow I just cant help thinking Mccfuddled is overwhelmed with his own ingnorance.

    September 19, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. Pat

    Is it just me, or is the "Palin/McCain" ticket looking more like the Cheney/Bush administration? They say they are reformers, but I haven't seen much difference.

    September 19, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. Truth Be told

    to bill – YOU don't get it. sarah likened herself to a pitbull. last i checked, a pitbull is a dog. also, people are only retorting to the lies she spews off each and every rally that she and her candidate.

    September 19, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. ANGIE

    Thats because she has no FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE! HER ANSWERS TO IRAN WILL BE THE SAME AS JOHNS BOMB BOMB IRAN!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. Andy G. Balmaceda

    Man,Man. I'm from Anchorage,Alaska. I want Gov Palin to go back home.She a'int belong over there. John McCain is lying again about our economy. John McCain is like Nixon in the 70's. He says I'm not a crook but after weeeks he resigned his presidency.

    GO BARACK OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. Amy, DC

    AND YOU DONT "GET IT" YOU ARE LYING AGAIN!....to: nowhere!

    September 19, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. s.b.

    I'm sorry these Jews only want help opposing iran's nuclear prolifieration if someone is a liberal Democrat? They knew Palin was running for office when they invited her. This snub completely deligitimizes their cause. They are the ones that made this partisan.

    September 19, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. carol

    Of course she was univited, you can't have somone like Sarah Palin
    going to something she knows nothing about, but of course that has never stopped her before!!!!
    Lets just be honest here, Sarah Palin is just the " MOUTH PEICE" for John McCain......she draws the crowds because he can't and that folks is about it!!!!
    This woman has no substance, no credibility, no knowledge and is quickly losing the women voters......so much for McCain's SEXIST move to encourage that.
    The voters are beginning to see through all this junk and are tired of it, the real issues are what we care about and getting this country
    back on track.
    McPalin ticket is doomed to put this country back years!!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  19. Christian

    "This country is in bad shape when there is such hatred of someone. Why do the Democrats HATE Gov Palin. You can see it in post after post….the sheer hatred of this individual…. What has she ever done to deserve such venom?"

    You know Bill, this is a very good point and as an Independent and an adult I feel we should all be above the childishness and name calling. On the flip side I would ask you though.. What has Barack Obama done to deserve the harsh words [racial or otherwise] that many republicans, so-called democrats and even some Independents have thrown his way?

    Don't admonish the actions with one sided finger wagging. If you say it for 'YOUR" candidate then it goes the same for those that you don't support. Time for many Americans who call themselves ADULTS to grow up and show our younger generations how to act like it!

    September 19, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  20. Erik

    Palin could use the extra time to prepare for her full cooperation with the ethics investigation going on in her home state.

    September 19, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  21. Fed Up

    I can see Iran on a map. That must make me an Iran expert.

    Just say NO to Bush 44.

    GO Obama/Biden!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  22. Mark in Florida

    Palin ignored her own scientists and sued the federal government because the Bush administration placed Polar Bears on the Endagered list.

    Palin: WORSE THAN BUSH.

    Palin ignored her own scientists and sued the federal government because the Bush administration placed Polar Bears on the Endagered list.

    Palin: WORSE THAN BUSH.

    Palin ignored her own scientists and sued the federal government because the Bush administration placed Polar Bears on the Endagered list.

    Palin: WORSE THAN BUSH.

    September 19, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  23. Not a Maverick/MILF Fan

    this was just a show for sarah the dog"

    This country is in bad shape when there is such hatred of someone. Why do the Democrats HATE Gov Palin. You can see it in post after post….the sheer hatred of this individual…. What has she ever done to deserve such venom?

    She lies everytime she opens her mouth! The Stright Talk Express has crashed in Moose Country!!

    September 19, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. ohio girl

    Maybe they told he No Thank You, We all have heard the speech ..... Over and Over and Over............

    September 19, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. Joe

    What pitiful comments filled with such hatred. I do not understand why Democrats hate Sarah Palin so much.

    It looks as though it is time for the Republican party to get back to its roots as the party that fought for Civil Rights and Women's suffrage.

    September 19, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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