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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    WHAT?????????????She did not go & invite herself, Get rid of the bitterness & grow up, Your commentsare so petty & juvenile, So proud to be an American!

    September 19, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Okay.

    Then why did they invite one of the candidates and surrogates to begin with? Did they actually believe that candidates would ignore their own campaigns? Every public appearance they make is a campaign event whether they want it be or not?

    September 19, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. Obama 08

    Oh sure, Obama is the lap dog of the Europeans. If he not going to for the US against the Europeans do you think he will care about Israel? Iran and the Europeans both want to see Israel destroyed. You're being thick headed.

    September 19, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Will

    Barack Obama has stated he would sit down with the Iranian President with no pre-conditions. How can Jewish coters with a conscience vote for this guy? He absolutely will not offer Israel the same kind of protection and relationship the U.S. has had with them for 60 years.

    September 19, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. david

    Palin has nothing to offer when it comes to National Security, Foreign Policy, Economic Policy, International Relations or anything having to do with National or World affairs. Seems odd that she was invited to begin with being a no-nothing on so many National interest topics. Everyone forgets that she is a governor of a state with some 650K people all sharing the Alaskan frontier mindset. If you are financially sound and better off than you were 8 years ago, you should vote for McCain/Palin to continue your prosperity and the Bush legacy. And no, I am not a democrat.

    September 19, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  6. readyandpacked

    oh my gosh...let's look again shall we....who was ready to appear with Hillbilly and didn't have any problem with it.....then Hillbilly find out a person nominated for V.P. was going to also attend – it's just a NOMINATION...and now she WON'T come...oh please..... again....Hill and Bill don't do ANYTHING if it's not to their advantage..... guess she is going to keep crying over her "lost nomination" till next year.... get over it!

    September 19, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  7. dave

    Why are so many jews democrats? If they support Israel, then they should support Republicans because Republicans support Israel and democrats don't.

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

    If I was a person of the Jewish faith I would not want a woman like Sarah Palin there because of her church's view of Judiasm. I also would be concerned that she had no idea where Iran is. But hey she can see Russia from her house. I love that Saturday Night Live. Get out and vote people!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 19, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  9. Sharon

    Instead of being upset about being "uninvited", why doesn't Sarah and the First Dude go home and testify on the Troopergate situation. Instead, they "refuse" to participate and have McCain lawyers trying to stall the investigation until after the election. This is "honesty and integrity"???? It's more like they are trying to hide something very dishonest until after the election.

    September 19, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  10. Billy

    I've canceled her for my birthday party too. Curiously, the McCain campaign blamed Obama.

    September 19, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. dave

    Goeorge Soros, cough cough.

    September 19, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  12. Kelley

    Palin has no business being there in the first place.

    September 19, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  13. Thomas

    I wonder if Palin even knows where Iran is?

    I know she thinks Iran is bad because that is what she was told, but I wonder if she could find Iran on a map.

    Hint, it is on the Iraq-Pakistan border, just ask McCain.

    September 19, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. McCain for Pres.

    Obama says he will be bi-partisan but his actions don't match his words. He will split the country the same way he split the democratic party.

    September 19, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  15. jw

    Folks...buy a clue.

    And CNN...what a disingenuous headline.

    All politicians...repubs and dems have been dis-invited by organizers fearing that the electoral politics dilutes the point of the rally.

    September 19, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  16. Patriot

    COUNTRY FIRST = NO SARAH!

    September 19, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  17. John .A

    she should just go back to Alaska, she is just a distraction from the big issues that the GOP wants us the voters to ignore, that is the economy

    September 19, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  18. ANITA

    HOPEFULLY NOW THE "BIMBO" WILL GET IT. NOBODY WANTS YOU! GO HOME

    September 19, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. IWASP!-Intelligent Woman Against Sarah Palin

    The organization is not stupid and knew that Palin wanted to pose next to Hillary and for political purposes. Once again mccain and palin LIED. Do they have any shame?

    September 19, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  20. larry florida

    Does Palin even know where Iran is? How in the world could any thinkinh person feel that she would have anything but political talking points, to provide. This women as a vice-president candidate is an insult to all women. Is she really the best Republican women that exists? Hilary is entirely correct in not wanting to give Palin stature by appearing at the same event. SHAME ON YOU MCCAIN – Your campaign is just evil.

    September 19, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  21. larry wi

    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.

    EXCUSE me, but didn't they invite her! now they are afraid as to what context her presence would address, give me a break Ira, apparently your group is nothing more that a bunch of misguided mis led individuals who are to stupid not accept the help of both parties in our shared common interest. Go ahead fight your own fricking battle.

    September 19, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  22. Bill

    "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?

    September 19, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  23. JIM...TX

    You can bet if Palin and Hillary had gone, the Republican hacks would have had a slick ad out in hours with a sweet voice-over PANDERING to women! Good for Hillary...she definitely doesn't need to share the stage with a moose hunter:)

    September 19, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  24. Kenneth

    I think you missed the part where McCain also blamed Obama for Sarah Palin's grandchild, Hurricane Ike, his cancer, the New York Mets, the writer's strike, the Tsunami, the LA riots, 9/11, Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, Nicole Brown Simpson, the Challenger space shuttle, Pearl Harbor and the Lindbergh baby.

    September 19, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  25. Tom in Delaware

    It was the Organizers of the event that invited both of them...WHY?

    September 19, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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