September 17th, 2008
12:29 PM ET
14 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. Anonymous

    LoooseyGooosey September 17th, 2008 11:14 am ET

    If I were Hillary, I wouldn't want to stand next to that bueaty queen either.., she makes her look old. And I'm sure Tina Fey's husband(girlfriend??) wouldn't mind if she kept that Palin make up on, especially in bed.

    Ohhhhhhh boy, Wow! "Suck it!!" as the progressives say..

    Well put.

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Go Sarah!

    How come the Best (worst) Political Team on Television are ALL REGISTERED DEMOCRATS? Why were ALL CNN Pundits covering the Republican Convention REGISTERED DEMOCRATS???????

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Jacob

    It seems to me that when two people do not belong in the same room together. The best thing to do is to put them together to highlight how much one of them does not belong. It seems that a majority of the response on this sight are more concerned with an image and have forgotten the cause that Hillary was at one time willing to support.

    Does this mean that it is impossible for Hillary and Republicans would ever support the same issue? Could anyone ever get elected if they were unwilling to support an issue simply because there opponent had taken a similar position no matter how good the cause? Or was this just a photo shoot for Hillary that really had no value to her personally?

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Rich

    I wonder if Governor Palin could find Iran on a map. I doubt it. And yet she is running for vice-president. Was the Head of the Pokdunk PTA not available? There are so many good women in the Republican party they could have choosen, but they had to make a mockery of the office.

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. HyperD

    Wow! McCain-Biden "mavericks", "the real change"? Hahaha! The republican party IS this country's disease... They can't be the cure and the disease! They are relying in the ignorance and stupidity of some Americans! Palin for example: she is anti-choice Pro-gun violence, global warming denier, evolution denier, pro-constitional amendment to define marriage. Now let's review Palin's troopergate case that MSM won't talk about:
    1. Palin intervened and got her sister's unemployed boyfriend hired. Crony hire.
    2. They married.
    3. Marriage went bad.
    4. Palin intervened to get him fired
    5. When commissioner balked at firing, she fired commissioner

    Is that the change we want?????That's not my kind of change! No way! I'm sorry but I'm staying with Hillary, Biden and OBAMA!

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Tex from Houston


    2008 – Convince Hillary Clinton supporters that an Obama loss means Hillary runs and wins in 2012. Never mention that she can run even if Obama is president. Make everyone think she is faking her support for Obama.

    Republicans win!

    2012 – Use 2008 voting statistics to show Obama supporters that it was Hillary supporters that put John McCain in the White House.

    Republicans win!

    2016 – Democrats are disoriented.

    Republicans win!

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Dmitriy

    Obama was afraid that seeing these two on the same stage will highlight how much of an empty suit he is.

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Terrell

    A rally in the United States would not stop Iran. It is not a policy discussion or a national security forum that would produce any real results. So for some of you to call it a Democrat being weak on national security you are truly kidding yourselves.

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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