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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    The people sponsoring this rally should have thought of the partisan political angle before they invited Ms. Palin. It was really rude of these people to uninvite her after she accepted their offer.

    September 19, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. Babs

    If only you Obama supporters could get up one morning and decide that you will only blog intelligent remarks and forget all this hateful and meaningless remarks because you know what it really does nothing to support HIS cause. I always thought that Mr. Obama's supporters were intelligent and College educated – you could have fooled me!!!

    September 19, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. Randy

    Nice job CNN. "Comments may not be posted until they've been deemed appropriate for posting"? Please. The comments I read here are nothing more than caustic rants by the hateful left. Palin was invited, along with Hill to come and draw attention to this important event. Hill finds out Palin will be there and childishly withdraws? Were the organizers only tolerating Palins presence as long as they got their prized Hillery? Obviously, THEY'RE part of the caustic and hateful left and we're only interested in sponsoring this event if they could put forward their heroin. They don't care about this protest at all...

    September 19, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Don from Harlan, Iowa

    Another Corrupt attempt by the "Media Drama Queen' Palin has gone down in smoke because real people understand what she is all about, grasp any opportunity to make it a political foray rather than truly dealing with problems and offering concrete solutions. The only qualifications Palin bring to the table is that of being a McBush Cheerleader, the only reason she was added to the ticket in the first place. Qualifications? Drama Queen Palin has absolutely NO qualifications for anything other than a Media maven. Get real Palin, everyone is growing tired of your shrill voice and your 15 seconds of fame are over, go back to Alaska and get back to being the nobody you have always been.

    September 19, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. Upstate Deb

    This would have been an event for the world to get to see Gov. Palin interact with those from the international community.

    I am disappointed with Hillary's decision to bow out, disappointed with the "un-invite" of Sarah, and DISGUSTED with all of you hater-posters on these blogs. Get grip on yourselves – Obama is not the Messiah.

    PUMA for Palin.

    September 19, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  6. Mike Pittsburgh

    Ya know, I'm voting for Obama because I think he is the better candidate ... but the non-constructive hate I see on various Internet blogs is usually directed at the McCain / Palin ticket. Calling Palin a dog or a bimbo because you don't like her ... c'mon now, GROW UP.

    September 19, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  7. Fred Evil

    SO Sarah, how many other investigation will you choose to IGNORE?

    I want NEW politicians with PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY, not the same ol' same ol' folks who think they're above the law.

    If you're innocent in TrooperGate, an investigation will exonerate you!

    Or will it?

    September 19, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  8. anon

    democrats playing politics. So much for bipartisanship!

    Thanks to Hillary Clinton being a spoiled brat, this event will receive a lot less press.

    September 19, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. Sweetie

    The Jewish organizers for this event are the REAL losers here!

    Now without any Politicians present it won't be covered in the same way it would have been.

    Sour grapes never wins influence!

    McCain/Palin-08-In a Landslide Victory for All!

    September 19, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  10. Amy

    What were the event organizers thinking when they invited Palin in the first place? Up until 3 weeks ago, she probably couldn't find Iran on a map.

    September 19, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  11. Sean

    Partisan politics!!!!!! The democrats care only for themselves on an individual level. They are not for the people...just goes to show how obtuse this crowd is. The good thing is that they are showing their real colors everyday. Selfish, power hungry socialists

    September 19, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  12. bibek

    I am so sad they UNINVITED Sarah. It'd be fun to see her make a fool out of herself– like she usually does with her ignorant comments.

    Very sad.

    September 19, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  13. Billy Gibbons

    This is just funny as heck. This really dilutes their intended message of everyone "comming together" to oppose Iran in a rally. This also dilutes the Jewish cause when Jewish groups are becomming so prejudice against other people and "not wanting their type around".

    This is a great double-whammy of putting politics before national concerns AND a really bad advertisement of Jewish predjudices. Boo on NY Jews for being so self-centered in a time when we need selflessness and inclusion.

    September 19, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  14. Justen

    The only reason they uninvited her was because barak told hillary that she couldn't go, so much for your hillary being a strong independent minded woman. You'd better belive that if Sarah would have decided not to attend, they would have still kept hillary on for the show.

    You people sure are scared and cowed by Sarah Palin, as well you should be 🙂

    September 19, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. Faz1

    If they actually thought she would add positive value to their cause, they would not have revoked the invite. Very telling about how effective people think she will be as a political leader.

    September 19, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. Your kidding!!!

    Amazing how arrogant both sides can be.....America deserves what the future brings....failure and decline...have fun.....

    September 19, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  17. phyllis

    It would have been dishonorable of her to attend, but then what elase can be expected from the from the dishonest campaign being waged by this old man with a left over worldview?

    Good for Hilary, to show integrity.

    September 19, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  18. Mark

    Wow talk about having the rug pulled from under your feet

    September 19, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  19. Anonymous

    the last thing we need is palin messing with iran, God forbid.

    September 19, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  20. Annie

    Maybe these Jewish organizations are questioning, as am I, why a sitting U.S. Senator would effectively shut down a non-partisan investigation, that started in July, into possible abuse of power of his VP in her home state. Are they above the law? If I ignored a subpoena, I'd be arrested. But it's ok if Republicans do it? What's going on here?

    September 19, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  21. McSame Is Out of Touch ... We're Out Of Time

    Alaska having 3% of the countries energy reserves and her husband working in an oil field does not make Palin an energy expert. Get real – you are just a political stunt!

    September 19, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. RG Fisher

    Shame on them for for cancelling Gov Palin, but I guess that's what we have come to expect from Democrats. Well, it's a long old road that doesn't have a turn in it.

    September 19, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  23. TiredofGOPWhining

    What does that woman have to offer to the conversation? Really? Even if she could point to the map and find Iran (after the GOP crash courses behind the scene). It would have been an opportunity for her to open her mouth senselessly and bring more media attention to herself. Exactly what her campaign wants. Take your ignorant hick views elsewhere, lady.

    September 19, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  24. WeNeedChangeNow

    That's what the Repuke do they blame the Democrats for everything..America is smarter than that...None of us will have one dime when we reach retirement.Just give the RePuke another 4 years you haven't seen suffering yet..By the way..Can somebody please speak on the fact that Sarah Palin's husband Todd is at every single rally..Does this man have a Life.

    September 19, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. Bill

    I think this was the right move. We need to keep politics out of our foreign policy events. We can't have events like this turn into contests of who is tuffer than the other by means of saber rateling. We should leave Iran to the current administration and to whoever wins the whitehouse come November.

    September 19, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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