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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    i just learned that the republicans' "facts" about hillary supporters switching in droves to their side since the palin nomination is a BIG LIE. as a matter of fact, they lost 10% of women supporters since then. obama now leads mccain 7% among female voters, 21% among white female voters.

    September 19, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. G.R.

    Can someone tell me why Obama refuses to meet with McCain in Townhall meetings to address questions from the voters?

    September 19, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Alex Badme, Albuquerque, NM

    More Democrat Party Control. Don't like the message then exclude the messenger. First patriotism to give up all your hard earned money, now take away free speech via censorship. What next

    September 19, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Mickie in PA

    Sarah is only disappointed because she would have had the show to herself after Hillary declined. If Hillary had accepted, I doubt that Palin would have attended – she would have had a previous booking with a hockey game or hunting trip from a helicopter. She and Cheney would do well together in ALASKA!

    September 19, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. GREGM

    What was she going to talk about, how she can see Russia from her backyard! I mean she has absolutely no experience or for that knowledge of this issue. Oh, they were going to give her cue cards!

    September 19, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. Mary Bryant

    It is time that both parties grow up and tell exactly what they can or will do for the country. I am tired of them blaming each other for the world situation. Obama is not any more honest that any other politician in America. He only wants a name for himself. I am so sick of what each running mate will do for us when it is only what they think we want to hear. Neither party has said what it will cost the taxpayers in the dreams that they want for American people. It is like I would like better things for my family and I can tell them that they will have it but just how am I going to provide it for them. (Depend on Obama) I don't think so. I am so tired of his smearing smile that makes me sick.
    I believe that it was the Democrats that help created programs that was suppose to help the American people and that helped to put us in debt. Don't blame the Bush administration on all our debt. Bill Clinton also put us in debt. The democrats never pulled us out of debt.

    September 19, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. Ted:Canada

    She does know where Iran is. She can't see if from her backyard.

    Sorry – couldn't resist – just some humor Repubs – smile!

    Oh by the way – coast line to coast Alaska to Russia is about 250 miles – that would be like people in Detroit being able to see Chicago from their backyard. NOT LIKELY

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

    The who9le thing is political...get over it

    September 19, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. Dean in Florida

    They could invite Biden to be the warmup act. He's always good for a few laughs...idiot.

    September 19, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Mike Paradise

    When Padin wins I wonder who will be at her door saying, "We were with you all along. Can we make a contribution?"

    I hope she "Never forgets."

    September 19, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Bee

    And we should support with my Republican taxes the giving of tons of money to the Jewish state because???????

    I've always supported the Jewish state until this uninviting of Sarah Palin from this Iran rally. Perhaps Palestine has a valid gripe. I may have to turn my backing elsewhere also. When will the Jews learn who is truly on their side?

    September 19, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. christina pittsburgh

    This is to Jimmy who said Obama is for the party and not America. You are ignorant. If you are not sure what that means it is someone who is misinformed. Do your research. Palin was a political pick, his flip flopping is so clear. MCcain does not say what he believes he tells us what we want here just like Bush. What happened with that situation? So before you make yourself look really stupid again check the facts.

    September 19, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Barney

    I don't know about everyone else, but I'm sick of hearing her and McCain DELIBERATELY repeat lies over and over after they have been proven to be liars.

    We need transparency – not suboena-dodgers – not more of the Cheney/Rove type

    September 19, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Never Again!!!

    What is she going to do there anyway, putting make up and lipstick?
    And to McCain stop whining. You're stupid!

    September 19, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    The GOP political machine is used to many voters believing anything that the GOP says, or at least acting like they believe in order to justify a vote for the least qualified candidate. For the GOP to cry foul at this is to say that no one can invite one party's politicians without inviting the others.

    Well, I'm thinking of having a town meeting, and neither John McCain nor Sarah Palin will be invited. So There!

    September 19, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. former Hillary supporter

    Sarah is my girl now and John is my guy. The democratic party left me I did not leave it. I have been a dem for 41 years and left it during McGoven and Dukakis. Now we have the third worse canidate. I am a white female that makes over $94,000 and in a union, Catholic and from Florida.

    September 19, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Gidget Goes To Washington

    She needs to go back to Alaska!

    Obama Biden 08

    September 19, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Amazed

    McCain is a grumpy old man that will blame any and everything on the democrats. It is time for him to go sit in his chair in the corner and be quiet and let Cindy spend the rest of her money.

    September 19, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Jim in Florida

    It's patently obvious that many American Jews who consistently support leftist Democrats don't really care about Israel or what happens in the Middle East. For that matter there are plenty of leftist Democrats who don't care.

    CNN and most of the leftist bloggers who post on here.

    Keep up the hatred and the venom you spew forth daily against a woman you don't even know. America hates UNFAIR and there is plenty of daily journalistic dishonesty and UNFAIR to be found at CNN.

    You will see on November 4th how much America hates UNFAIR.

    September 19, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Republican for OBAMA

    This is the reason why more and more Republicans are supporting Obama. Tired of McCain blaming Obama for everything that happens. Tired of the out-right lies. Just sick and tired. Can't afford 4 more years of George Bush.

    OBAMA '08 Definitely!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have mixed feelings about any representative of the US government going before this crowd. I would like Iran to stop doing any research into nuclear fission power and weapons development. It just ties the hands of the people who are trying to talk to Iran. Let it only be public giving these speeches and showing our concern that over Iran having nuclear power. It is not responsible enough to seperate civilian power generation and fission weapons development.

    Let the citizens of American and the world show Iran that this kind of bluster where Iran has talked about the destruction of Israel will not be tolerated. Unfortunately, many countries have the wrong impression of Israel due to the hate spewed by Iran.

    September 19, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. Bill NY

    When McCain says country first, he's speaking of the type of music he prefers. For thirty years his polocies have been big business first.

    September 19, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. lkinopfl

    I think it was right to uninvite Palin. I'm sure they were pressured to do so in the first place. The only reason Palin wanted to be there is for publicity to help her and McCain's campaign, and so she could squeeze this in on her resume as "international experience". That's just a disgrace. Now the McCain camp has stooped so low as to call this because of the dems. Maybe the people who invited her in the first place changed their minds?? Maybe their conscience finally got to them and they realized it wasn't a good idea in the first place!

    September 19, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. katiec

    With the delicate situation our country is in with almost
    everyone, we certainly do not need this hocky mom
    spouting off.
    She would get up there and as usual lie, attack and
    It most certainly be an continutation of their sleezy

    September 19, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  25. Karen from Charlottesville

    She wasn't disinvited because of partisan pressure, she was disinvited because she's a loose cannon. Oh yeah, and she's not too bright about foreign affairs either. Except Russia.

    September 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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