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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    When all is said and done, all that Palin has managed to accomplish for the McCain campaign is to temporarily elevate the ticket by 2% above Obama/Biden in the "poll of polls". That's the absolute MAXIMUM threshhold that combo can achieve. Unless they do a heck of a lot of convincing (hard to do when they're barring the media from talking to Palin), or it comes out that Obama eats puppies raw with a side of baby for breakfast each morning, the only way things can go for them is down. Down, down, down!

    September 19, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Hockey Mom, Indiana

    Underestimate Sarah Palin at your own peril.

    She's always been the underdog whether running for Mayor, Governor, or being in line to be picked as a VP candidate.

    But she wins.

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16;

    September 19, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. The DNC

    Paulin experience = More than Obama's experience.
    What a bunch a hypocrites. Obama's experience = quitting Illinois Senate before end of first term + quitting US Senate before end of first term. Has he ever finished anything he has started?

    September 19, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. Chris, Orlando

    Get over it had the chance for a landslide election with HRC as VP but your "boy" was too intimidated by her.

    McCain/Palin will win and all of your BS/spewing will not change it.

    September 19, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. MarioB., Berlin FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    It's a pitty she won't be there. Would have been a good opportunity for the religious fanatic to blow up a speech at that rally. Hahaha.
    No truly, I'm sure the organization did the best thing possible in nixing her invitation. She's a nobody, and she doesn't GET IT at all.

    McCain once again proved he's an idiot. He blames Obama for his willingness to talk to Iran's leader Achmadinedschad without pre-conditions, but when Obama wants to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, he's against that bill. McCain is a senile idiot! And his Bi1ch Sarah "Abuseacuda" is NOT READY to lead even a bowling club...

    I hope all her lies will be covered up before election. I wanna know what she's hiding from the public! There's something, I know there is!
    The both "mavernix" will go down come E-day.

    Obama/Biden by landslide

    September 19, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. McCain for Pres.

    Why is it that the Obama supporters on these blogs have to name call when their giving an opinion???? Do they think it makes them right??? Do they think it makes grown ups listen??? I taught my children not to name call in grade school...

    September 19, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |

    When will the people of America learn that Sarah Palin is just a political GIMMICK of the republican party. They will lie again to the American people just to get elected. Americans please be wise this time around the whole world is copunting on you.

    September 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  8. The DNC is a BIG LIE!!!

    Paulin experience = More than Obama's experience.
    What a bunch a hypocrites. Obama's experience = quitting Illinois Senate before end of first term + quitting US Senate before end of first term. Has he ever finished anything he has started?

    September 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Raymond Duke

    I think the Jewish organizations made a mistake by doing this. Hillary Clinton and Obama did this for political reasons . McCain and Palin will more than likely win this election. I know what I would do if I was president and the Jewish organizations had let their democrat counterparts pull this. I would just always be busy or have other political groups in and would be unable to schedule or would not won't to cause a conflict of interest. It would be a long dry spell for these groups for 12 to 16 years. They would be low- priorty and I would show them the same respect that gave McCain and Palin. When is CNn going to run the story that a democrat representatives' son was the one caught that hacked Palin's e-mail account and stole her social security number and posted pictures and family private phone numbers on the internet. I guess that does not fit in with their political agenda for Obama and is not important as Palin's daughter being pregant. I guess being a twenty year veteran of the military I am not patriotic because as Biden said If you do not want to pay more taxes to take care of all the slugs and have your wealth redistributed as he and Obama plans.

    September 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. Tired of W, OH

    CNN, where is your story about McCain's major gaff when speaking to a Spanish news outlet? He was obviously very confused! McCain thinks Spain is in Latin America! When asked if he would meet with Spain's president, he said "I will reunite with any leader that has the same principles and philosophy that we do: human rights, democracy, and liberty. And I will confront those that don't [have them]."

    McCAIN DOESN'T KNOW THAT SPAIN IS AN ALLY! He's not in office and he's already making new enemies for the U.S.

    Please, don't vote for this man! He's isn't right in the head!

    September 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. John in Ohio

    I don't get why conservatives keep saying Obama's not a god, not the messiah, etc. Let me tell you, us liberal Democrats don't expect him to be. I'd settle for a man who's a pretty good president, and Obama looks like he'll fit te bill. Washington wasn't a god, Lincoln wasn't a god, Roosevelt wasn't a god, Kennedy wasn't a god. They were just great men. That's the expectation we have for Obama, not omniscience and omnipotence, but the potential to do great things.

    The obsession that republicans have with Obama as a god or deity of some sort confuses me, do they view him as a force so powerful he must be a god? Does he seem that implacable and unstoppable to them? Let me tell you, he's just human, but he's the person I want in the White House. Not the absolute best perfect president, but significantly better then any alternative.

    September 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. Carl from MI

    She hasn't earned the right to be there!! She's a big ZERO on Foreign Policy!! All she is IS a pig in lipstick that would be there to turn the event into a political photo op.

    She was UNINVITED because without Hillary there to stand next to, she is NOTHING!! What was she going to do... regurgitate her RNC acceptance speech yet again??? What a phony!!!

    She's been hiding from the media since accepting the nomination because she's JUST NOT READY TO ANSWER THE HARD QUESTIONS. SHE'S JUST NOT READY TO BE VP!!

    She's done two interviews in over 3 weeks now... and the FIX-ed News interview really doesn't even count because all they did was lob a bunch of softball questions in for her to hit.

    And as my friend the Nightingale who sings in Berkeley Square always says... she's too RISKY!!!


    September 19, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  13. Mike - Texas

    I fnd it interesting that the Nobama campaign had to use its political muscle to get her removed from the rally.

    Just another dirty underhanded Chicago political trick from the Nopbama campaign.

    I'm sure that we will see more.

    September 19, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. John in Ohio

    I want somebody to explain to me why McCain and his supporters are so convinced that Obama should have agreed to 10 "town hall" debates before either of them were officially nominated as the candidates of their parties. I want to know why McCain expects Obama to do something solely as a favor to McCain, something that solely benefits McCain, something that has never happened before in an American Presidential campaign. I also want to know how McCain justifies vicious lies and smears of Obama by saying that this would all have been avoided if Obama had just acquised to McCain's every demand. McCain sounds like a spoiled petulant 3-year old, crying and stamping his feet because he didn't get his way.

    September 19, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. Shelly

    She was invited and decided to go and stand up to what is evil in this world.......and was univited. That sounds quite rude to me....they were the ones that invited her. It's not like she just wanted to come and crash the party.
    The media has been tearing her up and I am sick of it....along the a lot of other people I am sure.
    As for Republicans say anything........we all know Obama will say just about anything, even tweaking the way he says things to certain people.

    Obama doesn't stand a chance.
    Palin has A LOT of support!!!!

    September 19, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  16. Amy

    The fact that Hillary dropped out in the first place is rediculous – I don't care if it's a political event or not, or if these speakers are only there to promote themselves. When Democratic leaders and Republican leaders refuse to attend the same event – a rally that focuses on important issues that this country must deal with – then there's something wrong. The Democratic and Republican parties should be looking for ways to bring this country together, not drive it further apart – and their actions speak louder than words.

    September 19, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Wal-Mart Mom, Cincinnati

    Sarah Palin is the model for our daughters.

    By the age of 44, she has been a Mayor, has sat on the Alaskan Energy Board, is a Governor with the highest approval rating in the United States–80%, has been picked to run as VP-and all while having and raising 5 kids. This is an extraodinary woman. Obama's record pales next to hers.

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 19, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  18. Republicans Regret Palin Pick

    Troopergate will cause us to lose this election. Thanks for nothing Senator McCain!!!

    September 19, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |


    September 19, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  20. Onan

    H. White –
    Well said. I was going to post the same quotes and note that the messages posted here all had an extreme Democrat element. Clinton pulled out for no other reason than Palin would be there...that's not political? Palin is then uninvited because of pressure from the National Jewish Democratic Council....and that is not political? And still somehow, the McCain campaign gets blamed! HAHA. All they did was accept an invitation.

    September 19, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  21. Brooklyn Emah

    It wasn't the Obama campaign, folks. It was the people speaking out that pressured Palin off the podium. I was one of thousands of Jews who took the time to contact the organizers of this rally to protest not just the "politicization" of the rally, but to demand that Palin be disinvited. Nobody from the Obama campaign asked that I do that, nor told me to do so. I did it, and asked dozens of friends to do so as well, because of the McCain/Palin positions on the economy, civil liberties, the environment and radical religious positions that Palin personally embraces which she would attempt to impose on the rest of us, for instance the teaching of creationism, are in opposition to fundamental American Jewish principals. If we want to have a debate about the security of Israel between Dems and Repubs, lets do so. But Sarah Palin "doesn't get"–and is no friend to positions and causes traditionally represented by American Jewry, so it was a popular outcry, not some orchestrated movement by the opposition, that booted Palin off the platform.

    September 19, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  22. Ian

    Maybe they realized they would spend more time thinking about how beautiful Sarah is, rather than focus on Iran.

    September 19, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  23. Bill for REAL Change - Vote: Obama/Biden

    Now we just need to "NIX" her and the "I'll-say-and-do-anything-to-get-elected" McLie from the White House!

    September 19, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. spoton

    dam democrats.lets end Jewish special interest groups hold on us politics and foreign policy.with no foreign policy expertise maybe palin will rethink our blind committment to israel.

    September 19, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  25. Mary Steins

    I'm sorry, but what is Sara Palin going to really say about Iranian Nuclear Proliferation?

    Thanks but no Thanks?

    I'm sure Sara Palin is really nice person, but run the country?
    McCain isn't putting Country First with this pick.

    September 19, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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