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this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said.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at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to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

    McCain and Palin are a bunch of whiny babies. Who would want them to speak anyways? Sarah can't answer any foreign policy questions so all she would be doing to taking up space. Wonder if she has ever figured out what the Bush doctrine is?

    September 19, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Larry

    My how the wheels have fallen off the Republican wagon. First Mc Bush flip flops a million times on his stance on the econonomy and now this happens to Miss "I can see Russia or something from my house" Palin

    Comparing Barack's foreign policy experience to hers is a joke. Obama voted against the war and has proven himself somewhat when he talked to world leaders during his foreign policy tour. He also realizes that America can't go around starting wars with every country claiming "They hate us for our freedoms" Maybe that breeds more terrorist. Hmmm you think?

    A question for all the unsure? 8 years ago we were respected around the world and the economy was prosperous. Fast forward to 2008 and look what Bush and the GOP has done. Now all of a sudden they want to claim they aren't Republican anymore they are "mavericks" . Please spare me

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 19, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Good thing.......I do not believe that she even knows IRAN it is ??? She gets confused between Grand Rapids, Mich. and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    September 19, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Anna PA


    Palin represents how much the current administration and McCain care so little about what will actually improve our country. So it makes people get very angry to even think about having to put up with This horrible choice that McCain has made. I believe that many people feel that he just spit in our face when he choose her.

    The American people are fed up with these republican elitist. Who make sure the country works best for them and leaves us out in the cold. There is a large part population of the U.S. that has had it and your going to keep seeing how much they have had it on these blogs!!

    September 19, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. Independent 4 Obama

    I am sure the event was supposed to be packed with governors from all over the US. Right!
    Palin had no business attending in the first place! Purely political. I don't care if she was tapped to run for VP. Crazy baby lady is not qualified, intelligent, or honest.

    September 19, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Sylvia

    McLiar's campagin is blaming the Obama campaign for the disinvite of Sarah Palin? I have to laugh because it is so ridiculous! McLiar blames Obama for all his deficiencies and because he did not agree to do town hall meetings. When is SNL going to hone in on this because is so ridiculous.

    September 19, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. Pride - win or lose

    Republicans are very proud of our country, and whether we win or lose in Nov... America will always come first.

    Democrats are also very proud of our country, but some have promised that if Obama loses, there will be hell to pay... riots looting.

    Admit or deny it but that is the difference between us. Hope I'm wrong.

    September 19, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. alvino

    If Sarah were to attend, it would undermine the message. Fluff is not what is needed here.

    September 19, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |

    It was really disappointing to see Hillary cancel out of such an important event.

    This was one of those times where the issues were MORE important than being a Democrat or Republican.

    The only thing we have learned from this cancellation is that the only ones that were willing to work together were the Republicans. While the Democrats acted like whiny babies.

    As a Democrat I am disappointed to see my party act like in such an unprofessional manner.

    September 19, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. john b.

    This is another reason why I typically don't vote with the democrats, especially, since the Clintons have been around. The Clintons, Al Gore, and the majority of the democratic "party" does nothing but this petty childish "If I can't have my way, I won't play" attitude. The republicans definitely have they're faults and definitely do stupid self centered things with the people's money but at least they look at the whole picture more than the democrats do. It's always about each "group's" interest.

    I didn't expect anything less from Hilary (or any democrat of her ilk)with this situation and definitely didn't expect anything more (or better).

    September 19, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. Russ

    The one writer wonders about why such comments are made about Sarah Palin??
    Did that person listen to her acceptance speech??
    Most of it was vile hate-filled speech against their opponents.
    Against "liberals" and democrats.
    Altho two wrongs don't make a right
    You cannot expect to be vilified by someone like Sarah and the rest of the Republican party and then want to be all nice and snuggly with them.

    Sarah has mostly just spewed vile, lies, and hateful speech at her rallies. - she is a poser, even in Alaska, her accendancy is more smoke and mirrors than substance
    As more and more comes out about her ACTUAL record, this will really be an embarrasment to McCain's campaign, altho how his campaign can be any more embarrased, given McCain's peformances and stupid claims and complaints is beyond me.

    September 19, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. Joe PA

    Just like in the Election nobody wants a substitute for Hillary.

    Please go back to Alaska NOT HILLARY!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. Thebe

    Don't let the door hit you on your way out Palin. Good riddance. You're history. The sooner the better.

    September 19, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. SCM DC

    Very nice move! It's not like she would have anything to contribute to the issue anyway...well, nothing other than "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran"...and "thanks but no thanks".

    Congrats to Obama and Biden on the latest polls!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. JoeM

    What would she possibly have to contribute if she did attend – she's such a rookie, all she offers is "I was a basketball player and darn it I'm qualified" (I didn't even reach for the dog/lipstick stuff). Republicans should be pissed that a better team couldn't be found to run for office.

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

    When will John McCain /Sarah Palin answer a question directly? Sara I do not care about you being a product of Title 9 or being a point guard in high school? Shame on you and McCain; don’t attend press conferences of you can not answer the questions.

    Palin says, " Obama doesn't get it". Sarah I believe you don't get it!

    September 19, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. Jaketoo

    The people that make comments bashing Palin are just as bad as Ira Forman. Withdraw an invitation for political reasons. What a joke.

    With Palin speaking, this rally would have attracted 50 times the number of people that will attend now. Once again, a Democrat cuts his nose off to spite his face. This is one of many reasons the Republicans win presidential elections.

    Carter (2nd Term)/Biden '08

    September 19, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Gerry

    As an Orthodox Jew, I just want it to be understood that a number of people of my background are incensed that Sara Palin's invitation was withdrawn. Unfortunately, the upper echelons of the Jewish political establishment are liberals with close ties to the Democratic Party. The Democraic party is not the same party today compared to that of 50 years ago. It is infected with people who will destroy the essence of what made this country great.

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

    She's better off staying home, looking out her wndow
    and studying for her acceptance speach if she wins the
    White House since she now has puttin herself at the
    top of the GOP presidential ticket.

    September 19, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. Christine

    The great thing about Sarah Palin is that she couldn't care less what you pro Obama trolls think. So many of you are 'college kids' who race to be the first to get your snide comments in. Why not get out of the basements of your Mom and Dad's house, and get some air.
    It might clear your head.

    September 19, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. Uncle Sam

    What happened to our post-partisan vision for America?

    September 19, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. Tom

    Why? She lies. Smart women are running away from her – fast!!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Now that the Reptilicans are bailing out all these fair weather capitalists, let's hear someone call Obama a socialist because of universal healthcare....Welcome to THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF WALL STREET!

    September 19, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. Jewish voter

    I am ashamed of the action of the Democrats and am considering voting republican. Anyone who we can get to attend a rally in support of jews should be welcome.

    September 19, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. haietschko

    it is good Palin does not appear there...otherwhise she might have to reveal that she does not even find Iran on the map...

    September 19, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
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