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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    In a previous ticker (Clinton cancels appearance..)
    "The McCain/Palin campaign has not yet said whether Palin herself will be attending the event, but issued a statement criticizing Clinton's withdrawl."
    So they don't commit to her going and yet criticize others for not? Another hypocritical statement on top of so many others.
    I would really like to know if Palin was really going to go at all!

    September 19, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Erika, KS

    You people are wrong! We DO want Sarah. We DON'T want Obama! Ha, ha, ha! You people just don't get it, do you? Your God, Mr. Obama is less experienced than Sarah Palin. While I would have loved a Hillary Clinton ticket, the DNC chose to support a junior senator. Sorry. NOT FALLING INTO LINE. Too much is at risk to allow such an inexperienced, unaccomplished junior senator to the highest office. GO SARAH!

    September 19, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. no fear

    To the person who claims that America is showing hatred to Palin, I would say, if people are being more discerning and looking behind words and gestures and making informed choices, then I guess we need a new definition of hatred-by your standards.

    What you speak of sounds much like the philosophy of Bush: if you're not with us, you're against us.

    Please, quit using exaggerated sentiment to state your case.

    It isn't that people (in general) hate Palin; they just don't view her as a viable and competent choice for vp.

    September 19, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. D. Taylor

    ...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...

    If this was truly a bipartisan, then why did Hillary (whom I voted for in the primary) refuse to attend if the GOP was also invited? If it's a "very" bipartisan event, then why does Forman object to the GOP being there? I am tired of the partisan blindness of both sides. Forman is clearly and blindly hypocritical is calling the event bipartisan and then rejecting Palin. Hillary messed this one up by trying to make it a partisan political event. The organizers failed in allowing this to happen.

    I'm tired of all this nonsense. Let's talk issues rather than personalities. The Dems need to get over being afraid of Palin and the GOP needs to look past the lipstick. Let's get on with the real concerns of the nation. Why can't either party pick someone worthy of the office rather than the two clowns running this year?

    September 19, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Obama 08

    I can't wait to see Obama get elected.

    Then nothing will hold Iran back from attacking Israel.

    Obama will go the the UN to get the Security Councils approval for a response and Russia will veto it. Then what?

    Nobody is address this just I hate Palin, boo-hoo.

    September 19, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. John

    It's absolutely disheartening that our Government would allow such a man into our country that clearely would rather see the U.S. fall. What ever happened to "you're either with us or against us". Politics should play no role in deciding which diplomats to let into our Nation. This man is a terrorist and if he were not president, he surely would be more openly active in supporting terrorist groups and activities.

    Both candidates are political cowards because they have not stepped up to the plate and supporting this very obvious position that our great country should be taking. Can you just imagine the satsifaction this evil man must feel when he sees ground zero? It's insane. It is equivilant to allowing a person that would do anything to destroy your home, even if it meant killing your family member, stand over your family member's grave with a smile. American leaders have truly lost all self respect and respect for our great nation. There's no change going on here from anyone. It's all the same political chess game. No honor and no integrity.

    September 19, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. dEMOBRAT

    Maybe she just really wanted to protest Iran. What a concept.

    September 19, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Election Watcher

    So, this exact same story didn't get enough attention last night?
    Someone at CNN clearly has an anti-McCain bias if we get and identical posting twice within 24 hours.
    No matter, I still won't vote for that Obama clown.

    September 19, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. Timothy

    Ha Ha Ha. People are starting to see through Palin. McCain it looks like your gimmick has run it's course.

    September 19, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  10. Barbara

    I think that was a wise decision. I understand Palin was handing out "Jews for Jesus" information while there...
    Iran? How about what she thinks Jews should be....converted !

    September 19, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Reality Check richmond virginia

    haha.

    no democrats and no republicans, sounds good to me.

    September 19, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. Pat

    What part of the following two paragraphs are the Nobama suppporters unable to read???????

    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.

    September 19, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  13. Raymond Duke

    I for gor this comment. When is CNN going to run the statement that VP BIDEN want to be stated that if you should pay more taxes to help the slugs in america and if you did not you were not patriotic. As a twenty year veteran of the military, a taxpayer and as a poor person who made it in america and who never drew a foodstamp or took a goverment handout I resent that. I understand they looked into Joe's finances and found out he made a million dollars last year and donated a whopping 3,000 to charity. Way to go joe, lead by example. Typical liberal talk big and do nothing. What a total idiot. He is following Obama's plan to the Tee. I do not care to distribute wealth as long as it is not my own.I can see the slugs voting for the Democrat ticket but If you work then you would have to be a fool to vote for them.

    September 19, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Sarah Palin is an unqualified idiot. She can't even say the word Iran right. Don't question our intelligence. We are not stupid to see through you. 5 colleges in 6years and 894 out of 899. Nice combo.

    September 19, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  15. CHANGE = OBAMA

    May it be the first of many invitations rescinded.

    September 19, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. Joe A

    Hey CNN still hasn't reported some psycho son of a Democratic State Senator hacked into her email. That's change you can believe in. Michelle O, and you got promoted becaused you deserved it or your husband came up with 1.5 million for the hospital.

    September 19, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  17. John Smith

    People, do not worry about Palin, she will crack soon! Just look at how the selfstyled mavrick, McCain, has stooped so low that he now needs a total re-transformation!!

    September 19, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. suri

    Not a loss. she doesn't know where Iran is anyway.

    September 19, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  19. Jackie

    What's wrong with American people. Why can't they just listen to the canidates and hopefully pick the one they think will help our country. I hate all the bashing. Just listen to the facts and hope the right party gets in office, Obama doesn't have the experience and either does Palin so it's even on that account. I don't know whho I am going to vote for but whatever decision I make I pray it's the right one.

    September 19, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. Toni

    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

    That is probably why Obama was not invited nor did he attend. Thats why they chose Hillary because she is not running a campaign and they wouldn't have to be scared that she would use it for a campaign event

    I agree with them. They wanted to keep politics out of it because that is not what it was about. Thats why they didnt want Palin there

    September 19, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  21. V Obama

    We don't need you turncoat Repugs voting for OBAMA we have the momentum now!!

    Go back to your McBush!!!

    September 19, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. Palin on Iran

    Isn't Iraq and Iran neighbors? That's the extent of her small knowledge. Geez, she has no business in the position she's in. I guess she saw ER last night, so now she can perform surgery.

    September 19, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  23. Linda

    Oh yeah, its purely political for Sarah Palin to show up at this event but it wasn't at all political when Hillary was going. In fact, the only reason Obama sent Hillary is because he has such a horrible record with Jewish people. Remember when Obama one day was pro-Israel when speaking with them and the next sounded pro-Palestian. That didn't go over too well, so they needed Hillary there to help him then and they needed her again.

    So lay off Sarah Palin, Obama has and the more his followers bash her the more appealing she becomes to independants like me.

    Linda, Salem, MA

    September 19, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  24. Gerald in Georgia

    Hey Joe Average, correction.......... the republicans are running from Mccain / Palin!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. Chipster

    “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports....?

    What? The only news reports I've seen have only said this when quoting the McCain campaign. Pah-lease, if there's one thing we know about Hillary Clinton, it's that she makes her own decisions.

    Does the McCain campaign plan to blame the Obama campaign if it rains during their rallies? Any old excuse to avoid talking about the economic disaster and war based on lies – brought to you by the Republican Administration and 7 years of Republican legislators rubber stamping every WH request.

    September 19, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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