September 17th, 2008
12:29 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton cancels appearance over Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton is canceling an appearance at an event Palin is also slated to attend."](CNN) - Reporters who got notice yesterday of an event headlined by both Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton figured the prospect of an SNL skit come to life was too good to be true, a gift from the campaign gods.

But for a few hours, it was. “We are pleased to inform you that the keynote speakers at the “Stop Iran. Now!” Rally are confirmed to be Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Governor Sarah Palin and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel,” read an e-mail from a leader of a Jewish group planning the event.

But the curtain came down on the comedy sketch-turned-reality before the duo ever hit the stage: Clinton officials soon said they had not been told Palin would be on hand — and that her presence, which made the event a political one, would mean the absence of the New York senator.

"Her attendance was news to us, and this was never billed to us as a partisan political event," said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines. "Senator Clinton will therefore not be attending."

The McCain-Palin campaign has not yet said whether Palin herself will still be attending the event, but released a statement criticizing Clinton’s withdrawal. "Governor Palin believes that the danger of a nuclear Iran is greater than party or politics,” said spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. “She hopes that all parties can rally together in opposition to this grave threat."

Palin has praised Clinton since being named John McCain’s running mate — although she has largely dropped those compliments from her stump speech after drawing a negative response from GOP audiences. Clinton herself has largely avoided mentioning or directly criticizing the Alaska governor during her appearances on behalf of Barack Obama’s presidential bid.

(Updated to include comment from Clinton spokesman)

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Sarah Palin
soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. stacy

    Could be the Democrats were too dumb to nominate Hillary as the
    nominee, I feel she is proud that the woman factor "strong woman"
    Palin is showing, she does not want to diminish that, also that is she, Hillary,
    knows how capable she is in being President or Vice President.

    September 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. John in Ohio

    CCPony: Look at the post from "ENE M DIAZ" and then tell me that Republicans are the smart ones.

    If women vote for Palin they don't deserve the reproductive rights they'll be losing. And if men vote for Palin, they deserve the lifetime of child support payments they'll be making.

    September 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Debby

    Wow Hillary I supported you but this isn't being very bi-partisan. Aren't you the one who wanted to reach across the isle well here is your chance.

    September 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    Sarah is just the "Man of the Moment" (I'd say woman but then her supporters would just whine that I'm being sexist)

    Everybody likes a show; and Palin sure is entertaining– but that's it.

    She's a flash-in-the-pan celebrity... All Show, No Go!

    18 MILLION PEOPLE VOTED FOR OBAMA to lead the country.

    NOT based on his experience but based on his VISION

    Sarah won't even meet with reporters on her plane...forget about even having a vision!

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    Israel's the Problem – I AGREE WITH YOU 200%!

    Thank you for saying what so many have been afraid to say!!

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Hpotterfan77 in CT

    To all you McSame supporters, I don't know if you've noticed but Iran isn't doing a thing to us. Yes, they have some bad ideas however I think at the moment, we should be worrying about our OWN country at the moment and all of the problems going on here. You repubs are so quick to start a pre-emptive war with another country for no reason other than because you THINK they are going to do something. Look how well that worked in Iraq. How about OUR economy, OUR health care issues, OUR social social security. If you want to be patriotic and "Country First" then worry about OUR country, not someone elses. And this coming from a 1/2 JEW! Obama/Biden '08/'12!

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Joe Regis

    The GOP machine attempted to ambush Senator Clinton to appear shoulder to shoulder with waning Palin, but Hillary knew just in time to avoid the ambush. We are on to your tricks this time around.

    No way, no how, no McCain- Palin.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. FreeNLovIt

    Good for Hillary,

    She's too matured to be tangled up in a web of lipsticks for pigs or lipsticks for pitbulls.

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Nathan Plack

    We need parties to work together for us. Dems and Republicans sticking knives into each other gets us nowhere as a nation. To those saying, "Good move, Hillary", does her absence mean anything more than the fact that she endorsed Obama and would hurt his campaign if she were to attend? Ehhh, not really. I doubt HIllary decided to abstain because she thought she was better than Palin. We wouldn't want to label her elitist, would we?

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. B.J.

    Great! Hillary Clinton is far too smart, intelligent, and experienced to fall for such a trick as this. You know, when you take the low road in life, lie, cheat, steal, and discredit anyone for the sake of an office or position, that's bad. More importantly, when you refuse to provide transparency in responding to obvious questions concerning past, present, and future issues, then who is to blame? There's a whole lot that is hidden in this package. For any other candidate, it would be required.

    Stay away from all of that Hillary. You have earned your experience, credentials, and great past accomplishments without taking that low road. Remember, you have never followed everyone else,,,,,,you actually set the mold for establishing new roads.

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. jimmy


    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. FLewis

    Thank you Hillary for standing up to these liars.

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Since Hillary is not going to the protest maybe turncoat Lynn Forester de Rothschild will.

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Phil in Illinois

    Have you noticed how Palin and McCain are always trying to jump on the Democrats' coat tails?

    First with the "he won't do town hall meetings with me" and now this–GET YOUR OWN DARN CROWDS!!!! Oops, I guess you wouldn't be able to fudge the numbers on this one, would you, McCain??

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. La Raza

    There are two things Pain has to say: "Thanks but no thanks" and "if we wanted a bridge we would have build it ourselves." I swear this woman leaves a bad taste in my mouth. What were the Republicans thinking with this pick? Let me guess...."Women will just love her!?!"

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. MW

    That is hilarious!! McCain camp will not verify whether or not fanatic Palin will be attending, but is criticizing Clinton for not attending.

    Sure, let's have crazy semiautomatic gun toting, religious fanatic Palin at a Stop Iran Now Rally. Better yet, lets send her home on her broom.

    September 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Foreign observer

    Palin and former tricky Dicky have lots in common. Hillary is much younger in mind than Palin.

    September 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Sue from California

    "Governor Palin believes . . .". Give me a break. Governor Palin believes what she is told to believe. Why do you think she is being isolated from the press? Why is she not going to cooperate with a subpoena from her own state legislature?

    Governor Palin represents the American woman? Good one. How many American women shoot wolves from a helicopter? How many American women can dress a caribou? How many American women are pro-life but don't support the environment? How many American women do not support the protection of endangered species?

    September 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Susie

    The only things these two women have in common is that first, they are women, and second they both are strong. But Hillary is educated and experienced in matters of foreign policy where Sarah Palin is not. She even admitted that she had not kept up on foreign affairs as mayor or governor. I can't imagine that her views at this event could be all that important.

    September 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. lowell sullivan

    stunts like this is exactly why Hillary will never be Pres.,no leadership

    September 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Donna from Colorado Springs

    sarah Palin is not equipped enough to speak at any political affair. She proved how inept she was last week in her interview with Charlie Gibson. Hillary has better things to do with her time than sit a listen to a woman lauding her experience on foreign affairs by telling people she can "see Russia from my front door"! Hillarys job now is to see that Obama beats McBush. That's what'simportant......not a simpering Sarah Palin pretending to care about anyone other than herself.

    September 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Julie in NC

    Palin = Jews for Jesus.

    I don't think I need to say more.

    September 17, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. irene

    No thanks.Palin is a bridge to nowhere but liar's land. Americans better wake up.I'd rather believe a presidential candidate who hasn't been so much part of washington to bring real change washington than someone who has been in washington for 30 plus years & voted for over 90% of Bush's ideas that has led to this economic mess & increased outside hatred for America. Instead of disagreeing with George Bush about the invading Iraq and wasting our money there which had nothing to do with Bin Laden & the Sept 11th attack on us,being an experienced army officer,he should have been the first in congress on insisting we go after Bin Laden in Afghanistan/Pakistan border. Today he says he's a maverick,stealing Obama's slogan for change in Washington as his banner. How can someone with similar ideas /decision making as his predecessor,change a system.George Bush,a republican governor, used the same rap during both presidential campaigns:'I'll bring change to washington'. Remember? what a great change we have now. & still a great number in this country want to drown us all in this economic misery by supporting another 4years of the republican way. Making 12 years of confusion and increased poverty at the end of it all.Is it just that it's their ego & pride to make sure their party wins even if it means we all suffer together? Goodness!

    September 17, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. One more for McCain

    It would be great for Hillary and Sarah to be on the same stage. It would prove that some of us are Americans first, and reps/dems
    second. Iran's threat to our nation will be in the same spotlight with
    them, and so bring on the spotlight, Sarah is very photogenic.

    September 17, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Can't wait for the moose hunter to debate Biden. It's going to be a mess for Slapshot Palin!

    September 17, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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