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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    "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."
    The McCain campaign, and John McCain himself, are already proven to be persistent and flat out liars. Now they're just starting to sound stupid.

    September 19, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. Jimmy

    More politics from the left.

    Obama is a disgrace.

    Party before Country.

    Get used to it, it's the democrat way.

    September 19, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. Theresa

    No how, no way, no McCain, no Palin!! Enough is enough! Obama 08!!

    September 19, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. Vigla

    It doesn't take much for the McCain campaign to complain that her being disinvited is Obama's fault...

    We can't afford another 4 years of this nonsense... We have to elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden. When McCain has to say on the stump that he can work with the other side, even after running a slash and burn campaign, you have to be crazy.

    Obama has run a "mostly" honorable campaign and has kept the tone civil. Even though lately Obama has been throwing out some more red meat, he STILL doesn't sound like he's a grumpy old man like McCain does.

    September 19, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. Joe Average

    The dems are running from the McCain / Palin ticket because they know that they (the dems) are whipped!

    September 19, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. Kenneth

    If only he'd have met up with John McCain for those town hall meetings, none of this would have happened.

    September 19, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. Julia O

    Poor Sarah! Everything that happens to her is the fault of these awful democrats. It's just terrible and unfair.

    Give me a break!

    This pittbull seems to whine a lot, doesn't she? She can sure throw a punch, but doesn't seem able to take one.

    Go home, caribou barbie!

    September 19, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  8. pray2008pray

    What has this world come tooooo???? Republicans say anything to just get votes. I mean anything.....

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 19, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  9. Dianne

    Blaming the democrats again!!! I'm beginning to believe the republicans are really struggling to come up with a POSITIVE platform for their OWN views. Perhaps Sarah was "un-invited" to the rally because, once again, her inexperience is highly noted and no one wants to risk her stirring up greater controversy.

    Go Obama!

    September 19, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. H. White

    "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."

    What an irresponsible statement. Sarah Palin accepted an invitation that was extended to others as well. She chose to attend. The others pulled out for purely political reasons. Suddenly it's Sarah Palin branded with the "using this for politics" label? I hope Ira Forman hears how hypocritical he sounds.

    September 19, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. Irene

    Good for Hillary for not attending.....Palin would make it political. It is the RIGHT move to uninvite Palin!

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    September 19, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. JPTN

    Try to help me understand this – the Jewish Group invites two prominent partisan female politicians to the event – Hillary breaks weak and runs – and suddenly organizers realize that this could be a partisan event – and disinvites everyone. I am a friend of Israel and was a friend of Hill during the primary season. But, I am going to call this what it is – just plain dumb on Hillary's part and extemely stupid on the organizer's part.

    September 19, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. TC

    No, they just realized that Sarah does not have a clue about foreign policies.

    September 19, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. Bill Morrison LaGrangeville, New York

    Sarah's comments would not contribute very much to any possible solution to foreign affairs involving questions about the Middle East, that said, it would have been a political brawl if Hillary and Sarah stood toe to toe.

    September 19, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  15. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    Listen, I am a Democrat, but I will always call them like I see them. I think it is an insult to Sarah Palin to invite her and then disinvite her. We are going to rail on her for not having foreign policy experience, yet rail on her for trying to attend an event to understand foreign policy. Now with that said, Go Obama!

    September 19, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  16. Mary

    McCain needs to shut his mouth and quit throwing Palin to the forefront. She is going to make some grave errors because of her inexperience, and the rest of us will pay for them. With this being a rally, there should be no politicians attending, anyway. That being said, GO OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  17. Jim, Illinois

    How is she suppose to know anything about Iran or any other country if she can sit in. She wants to at least give her drill baby drill line.

    September 19, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  18. Chris in SC

    Senator McSpin,
    Who's the one trying to make this a political event? Hillary was definitely took the high road here.

    September 19, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  19. Bob, Ohio

    Dang it, they've gone and spoiled Palin's model UN. She had her sash all ready to go and everything.

    September 19, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  20. Not This Time!

    That was a knuckle-headed idea to begin with! No candidate should be out there stirring up trouble with a nation that wants to point nukes at us to begin with!

    September 19, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  21. joeparadis

    i was a staunch Hillary supporter and now am for Obama but why carp about Palin "politicizing" the event by her presence when you invited Hillary–how would her presence have a different impact? Have them both there. HIllary dropping out makes the Democrats look bad and un-inviting Palin makes them look worse. What say, we grow up a little?

    September 19, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  22. Brenda

    I'm reading all these hateful comments. "Sarah the dog" and "Sarah go home, noboday wants you"? You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    This is just more Democrat crybaby antics. Hillary stamps her feet and gets her way. This is EXACTLY what is WRONG with politics. Exclusion. That's great.

    September 19, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  23. Oh Boy!!!???

    The party was not the main point to be made. It was the fact that they are Jewish and Sarah is definitely not.

    Her appearances on the same stage with Jews for Jesus groups probably turned them off. You know, the group that says that the bulldozing of civilians was God's judgement being handed down due to the fact that they were Jewish and not christian.

    "We must not second guess Isreal"

    September 19, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  24. One more for McCain

    Sarah and Hillary should have both appeared at this event, because we 'should' all be united in our opposition to Iran's nuclear program.
    Hillary has often reached out to Republicans and been bi-partisan, so
    I don't know why she refused to be at the same event as Sarah. Just
    chalk this up to one more opportunity for unity, that has been trampled by some Democratic frantic fanatic.

    September 19, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  25. Susan

    HAHAHAHA! She and McCain thought they were going to upstage Hillary Clinton, and it had come back to bite them in the butt. This should not be a political forum anyway. I wonder if Sarah has learned the words to bomb,bomb,bomb,bomb,bomb Iran yet? I believe that is the campaign slogan for the Republicans!

    September 19, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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