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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    I am amased of how CNN (wolf Blitzer and koleges) are so against the McCain/Palin ticket, is it posible that you dont notice wath you are saying
    Your Coments are so biast and pro Obama, that you are not news but a Propagande machine for The Democratic Party. You dont ewen let your so called best of the politicks group talk out if you notice that they are saying a positive note on McCain or Palin and here all you can say again and again " its Bush and Bush allower again. Waths wrong with you Mr Blitzer?? You should give the News and not make it up with your biast opinion. Take a look at your self for once and afther you clean your mees Become again wath you were, a Gernalist and not a Bigot. CNN you are a SORRY Bunch.

    September 19, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. You must be joking

    Those news reports came from FIX news. Satan Hackerty. Did you see his softball 'interview' with the Wolf killer? Fair and Balanced my behind....

    September 19, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. proud army and navy mom

    Dumb and Dumber (mccain and palin) are beginning to be a comedy team. They are desperate and desparation is ugly.

    I am proud of Hillary for refusing to be let herself be used for political purposes like pitbull palin is......

    September 19, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Ha Ha

    Good! Other country's understand she is a joke too!

    September 19, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Ron

    Shame McCain doesn't nix Palin too.

    September 19, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. Reality Check richmond virginia

    Bill, I don't hate Palin and wouldn't call her a bimbo or dog or whatever.........however, her views scare the hell out of me and her answers to spur of the momemt questions make her sound like she is in high school. Her lack of experiance doesn't scare me, but her views do.

    September 19, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Matt in Pittsburgh

    Gee standing united against a foreign madman now has to become political. Hillary showed her partisan teeth by turning down the invitiation. Uniniviting Gov. Palin was a mistake by the organizers. Who knows what she would have said. Just because the liberals don't want to show any unity doesn't mean that no one should attend.

    Why is this lunatic even allowed in our country in the first place? the US shoudl get out of the corrupt one world govt. UN is my opinion.

    September 19, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. kc

    Another public rant against the Iranian President like the Columbia University "setup" where Ahmadinejad was invited to speak and was instead ambushed by the president of the university instead. Just another attempt to instill in the public, a mob mentality, anti Iran/pro Israel stance. Let the Israelis deal with this problem (if there is one) and don't involve MY country. I don't care whether "Alaska Barbie" shows up or not.

    September 19, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. John McPalin

    I have an idea! Why don't Grandpa and Barack lace up some gloves and get in the ring! Then he could properly beat Gramps around until the pitbull jumps in the ring thinking it's wrestling! Of course Michelle would lay WASTE to her. Get a grip repubs, you came, you saw, you mucked it up, now go away. Don't go away mad....JUST GO AWAY. Move to Alaska for all I care.

    September 19, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. D Va.

    AMEN.........the replicans continue to try and blindside people for political gain...........these games are getting old and lame already as well as making a mockery of our country's governmental process. The republicans have taken away the dignity that the American people have for so many years to build. At least Hillary still has dignity, Sarah (Guys and Gals and 1st Dude) do not know the meaning of word. Go back to beauty pageants were second there too.

    September 19, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Bill

    sounds like a bunch of scared Democrats to me. You people are so quick to bash the republican party your ready to elect a man to be President with "NO" experience. I challenge any of you to tell me three accomplishments Obama has made, and please tell me what qualifications does OBAMA have in dealing with IRAN or Russia

    September 19, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. Devin

    Wow...the immaturity on this site is amazing. Although, it is full of liberals and it's CNN. Yikes. The fear from the Democrats lately is hilarious to me.

    This "pitbull seems to whine a lot?" Are you kidding me? The funny thing is she's ingoring all of your stupid insults and focusing on the real attacks. Attacks on American's as they fear they might lose their house, or their job.

    Grow up people.

    September 19, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. Tired of W, OH

    Since CNN doesn't want to run the story, just google "McCain Spain gaff" and get ready to laugh and cry (out of frustration).

    September 19, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. Foreign Observer

    why are there two ticker stories "Palin nixed from Iran Rally"? How about "Palin staff puts loyalty to boss over constitution" - isn't that the really really big story? Huge, in fact?

    September 19, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. Jerry in Boston

    Perhaps this group got wind of the fact that less than two weeks before she was nominated for VP, Sarah Palin attended a church service at which the speaker, David Brickner, described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God’s “judgment of unbelief” of Jews who haven’t embraced Christianity.

    “Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It’s very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can’t miss it.”

    If Obama had done that, there would be uproar.

    September 19, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  16. Jimbo

    Do you think HIllary's motivation was not political (no, wait she is part Jewish according to her first senatorial campaign....can't believe you fell for that one).

    Do you think the democrats or HRC would not have a slick campaign ad out afterward?

    What a bunch of knuckle heads!!

    September 19, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  17. Tired of Mccain's droning whines

    “We have a presidential election where the McCain-Palin ticket wants to use what’s supposed to be a very, very bipartisan-type of operation to, again, use it as a campaign event," he said.

    There you have it. I lose more respect for that man/team daily.

    September 19, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  18. Yesenia

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

    Exactly what I was thinking.

    The invitiation should never have been extended to them at this time. I don't feel that it was done to be a political fiasco but I think that it was just bad timing on their part. If this was taking place in a few months, it would ahve made more sense, but at this time when the knives are coming out...yeah...bad timing.

    Plus what have either done for the Jewish community? Atleast Hilary is from New York where it's being held. Sarah just came out of nowhere...again...

    September 19, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  19. Christine K

    Oh yeah, and by the way, I believe Palin was INVITED by this group, just like Hillary was. It's not like SHE decided, "hey, let's have a rally so I can demonstrate my foreign policy prowess" so stop attacking her already.

    Truth is, neither woman should have been invited. Everyone knows that Hillary will pander to the Jewish community whether she supports their cause or not, and everyone is starting to see that Palin just doesn't have the experience. Anyway you look at the event, it would have been political, and the facade of being bipartisan would have been a sham. I'm glad neither woman will be speaking.

    September 19, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  20. Jozee

    Sarah, I guess you will have to go to another one of your community colleges to get some education on Foreign Policy 101. John McCain's campaign donations should not be used to educate you on what you should already bring to the table.

    Sarah Palin, political cheerleader.


    September 19, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. Non-Partisan?

    It became a political event when Sarah, WHO IS RUNNING FOR THE REPUBLICAN VP, accepted the invitation.

    Hillary is not running for public office, that is why she declined once it became a poliitical event, SUCH AS WHEN PALIN SAID SHE WOULD ATTEND!

    September 19, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. Charlotte

    They wanted Lieberman as VP. Obama never does anything without politics on his mind. Not the people, but politics. He is a typical politician.

    September 19, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. AnIndependent

    Well Hooray! I can understand Hillary being invited because NY was where the WTC tragedy happened, she has worked as the NY Senator on this issue and others. But to invite Palin – what a slap in the face for NY to have this ignorant person come to this event. Her answer on why oil drilled in the U.S. should stay in the U.S. (her field of "expertise") was UNINTELLIGIBLE. Listen to it, feel it, and feel her inability to verbalize anything that makes sense unless it is get me my gun, get me a helicopter to chase wildlife so I can shoot it better, let me kill, kill, kill but of course not babies unless they are wildlife babies!

    The Pitbull with lipstick is so tough that she can't fight her own battles – everybody else has to do it. If I have to hear her whiny voice again I will scream!

    September 19, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  24. QG

    Please tell me how can anyone can endore the McCain/Palin ticket?

    September 19, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. N. Cahill

    Why does John McCain insist on turning everything into a "see what the Democrats do to us?" mantra. Whine, whine, whine. It's getting so old.

    September 19, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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