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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    This should give her more time to testify in her trooper-gate scandal.

    September 19, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. rktsci3127

    Ha ha...I wonder how many supporters of his highness Obama have ever seen what he's done for his district in South Chicago. Probably not many...since they are still alive. If Obama does for the country what he's done for his district, your best investment is a high caliber gun, body armor...and a map to the nearest welfare office.

    September 19, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. banderson

    It is obvious that the Republican party intended to use this event to drum up free press for Sarah Palin and to politicize this event. All you have to do is listen to what one of the ultimate neocons John Bolton stated that this would be perfect for her to get some foreign policy creds and get in some digs at the democrats at the same time.

    September 19, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. tony

    Don't you DEMS on this blog understand you do not represent this country attitudes only about 5% of them–
    Thats the reason you can't understand why the election is still a toss up-Even after the Financial Crisis they don't believe him-
    He should be up by 20%-
    Hillary proved he can't close the deal–

    BTW–Some of you women who are bashing Gov. Palin are probably angry women who hate men and you are also very much in the minority

    September 19, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. jm for sc

    Kenneth, that's a joke.....right? First of all regarding those town hall meetings, McCain wanted free publicity for his own purpose. Obama is man enough to decide how he want to campaign and reach out to people and not allow McCain to dictate to him. McCain has problems speaking to large crowds so he wanted small town meetings probably in mostly republican areas with strong support for him. Obama did the right thing.

    I am glad Palin will not get a chance to use her rehearsed speech, written by Bush speech writers for this purpose. McCain needed to support Obama by standing shoulder to shoulder with him on bills that would stop Iran.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 19, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. CR in WI

    Republicans should count themselves lucky,
    Without Sarah, there is a less likely chance that she will 'drop the ball' as she did by suggesting we put the national checkbook online [when that had already been accomplished by a Bi-partisan Obama Bill, SECONDED by McCain].

    Really dodged a bullet. I'm ceratin there will be plenty of other opportunities for her to demostrate her fundamental unpreparedness for the Vice Presidential role. I write this despite her vast understanding of Russia through ordering Shmirnof and tonic at the local bar.

    September 19, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. Nom Deplume

    The rancor on these boards tells me that, before long, we will be subsitituting bullets for ballots. No wonder the left wants to disarm citizens-even Lenin said that revolutionaries must disarm the citizenry first.

    September 19, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. Dana

    ATTN Bill: What did Obama do to ever deserve such Venom??
    I do not hate Sarah Palin- however I do contest her beliefs and her political views or lack their of. Moreso I detest the McCain campaign for the dog and pony show they tried to create by adding her to the ticket and many women (and men) have noticed it!
    Maybe if she would have been a more forthcoming candidate and not been hiding out from media and very critical inquiries into HER beliefs and HER thoughts on the state of this country people wouldnt be so critical of her. None of the other candidates had the option to just shut out the media... but somehow it is supposed to be OK for someone running for the second highest office to not be accountable for her actions or her experience in government! So it is not hatred Bill- you are misreading it all together...its just purely distaste and frustration of ALL Americans that she somehow is affording some right to privacy that NO OTHER Public or Political figure entitles themselves to. I am not talking in regards to her family matters- I mean the necessary questions and concerns on her Political history.
    I can not even describe the biggoted and hateful things said about my candidate and his famlily that make these Palin comments look like kindergarten jokes- so spare me your "dissapointment" for that you should call out your Republicans as well!

    Obama/Biden 08- The TRUTH we deserve!

    September 19, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Republicans Regret Palin Pick

    Yes, we agree there needs to be an investigation!!!! We need to know why she was using a Yahoo email account for official State business? The only comment is for who ever has any emails is for them to destroy then?? What is she so afraid of and why will she not cooperate with the trooper gate investigation? Too many questions going unanswered. McCain picking Palin was believed to be a rash decision and events every day are proving this to be true. Either she was not properly vetted or she was and the McCain campaign thought they could keep this stuff under wraps. Either way his judgment, or lack thereof is in question. She was a bad pick and we will lose this election because of it.

    September 19, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. White Mother for Obama!!

    Good, maybe she will get off her high horse on that issue now.

    She gets on my nerves!!

    September 19, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Killbucket

    Why is this story posted TWICE on the ticker? It's taken comments and been closed already, here it is again. I'm sick of hearing about this liar. Move on, America.

    September 19, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. Moderator

    Typical Democratic politics – Me First. Country Last.

    September 19, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. Turning the page

    Iran and Alaska both have oil resources – that's as far as Palin's knowledge goes regarding Iran. She brings nothing to the table regarding US/Iran issues. Obviously, she was looking to use her appearence to build her foreign policy resume. With the election less than 50 days away, I would think it's kind of late to be building resumes.

    Obama/OBiden 08

    September 19, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. BJ, Texas

    It was all Barry's and Joe Hairplugs doing. The liberals can't handle being upstaged.

    September 19, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. tony

    JUst the far left loons are represented here-
    Not the majority of Americans–
    She has an 80% approval rating-that's better than most of you have in your own home

    September 19, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. Tell It Like It Is

    Well, this is a typical ploy of the DEMS.

    Do something, in this case invite political guests, then blame the guest for accepting the invitation.

    Like Pelosi and Reid, "adjourn Congress", because we don't know what to do in this crisis.

    September 19, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. Rex

    The reference made by Purple Nurple is perfect for Sarah: a dog. Does anyone honestly think she is up for the job? Her whopping 18 months of experience as a governor and a mayor of a town of 7,000 people? Do republican strategists really think that American public is that naive and fall for Sarah? Lets be honest, she is a side show. Like a desperate bachelor (McCain) who can’t garner attention on his own merit and needs a puppy to get attention from gals. Pathetic if you ask me.

    September 19, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. Shay

    Why would you want Palin there? Nobody knew Palin nor anything about her until 2 weeks ago.

    Like my Mom always told me, people don't know you until you open your mouth. Palin has said more than enough until we really don't care to hear anymore.

    If Palin is having this problem now , then she will have a lot more problems if she is VP. Sound like -- she is not allowed to speak in grown folks conversation.

    If you put perfume on a fish it still stinks. That is what going on with Palin.

    Palin did you forget your TAXES

    We didn't . Where are your TAXES?

    September 19, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. susan

    The Democrats pulled out because they were smart not to use this rally for political opportunity. Palin was invited and disinvited. She is an oportunistic woman who refuses to answer for her behavior as Governor before she became VP rep nominee. Go home and answer for your issues, stop lying and deceiving the public about who you really are!!!! This American can do without a pitbull lipstick anti-everything BS woman thinking she can tell everyone off and women will unite with her. Go get some real experience, stop lying, fess up, take your punishment and maybe take care of your children. You allow your oldest daughter to take care of your 5 month old while you lie to us about who you are. Babies at 5months old need to bond with their mother. That is if you really had Trig. Stop this farce and go back to Alaska and repent your sins!

    September 19, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  20. facts are facts

    Right now the Bush/McCain/Cheney people are publicly threatening Russia and Iran and thumbing their noses at other nations as well e.g. Spain.

    Does anyone believe the U.S. actually scares Russia and what is going to happen if America continues it's quest for isolation with all other nations?

    War is not the answer regardless of what the issue and sooner or later someone is going to have to quit publicly insulting other countries and their leaders.

    If the U.S. continues on it's same stupid path of insults and threats to other nations they just might end up with a united front against them and then what???????????

    September 19, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  21. emily

    Go home Sarah, you have more important things to do in Alaska, ruining your towns budget and devistating wildlife. Leave, no one wants you here.

    September 19, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. Straight Talk Express

    They are afraid that she would start a war with Iran while McCain starts one with Spain. Diplomatic!

    The McCain camp cant let the Pitbull off the leash again or they are done.

    September 19, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. Michael in Houston

    What was Palin going to say anyway, "let's all grab our M-16's and go huntin fer sum Iranian"? Good and all this crying by the Republican Party because thier beloved yard "dog" got the boot, is stupid. You Repubs are just pissed becauseyou can't use the Jewish community to to make your mutt look legit. And all this talk about the Democrats are running scared...please! We got this election in hand, all we are waiting for is November 4th to confirm what we already know. We don't have to attack, attack, attack. We are siting back, watching you Repubs self destruct. Nice of you of showing up but it is the fourth quarter and the score is Dems 56 Repubs 3. Yes you may score some points but we have our 3rd string in now. See you again 2012.


    September 19, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Scott, Wichita

    This is why politicians are idiots.

    First Clinton pulls out, claiming that an event attended by both Democrats and Republicans is "partisan" and that if it were only attended by Democrats, that it would be "non-partisan"

    Then the event staff gets upset that one party wont be attending, and cancels the other, so that it will be non-partisan again...

    Who wants to bet Hillary will reverse her decision?

    September 19, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  25. Killbucket

    In answer to Bill, because she's deceitful. Virtually every thing we've been told about has needed explaining. What an INSULT to proffer this liar as a leader. Shame on John McCain.

    September 19, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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