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. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    How terrible that the Democrats continue to chose politics over country. Joe Lieberman was right. They have lost their way. Vote GREEN instead!!

    September 17, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Count VA 2008 ... were making it Officially BLUE

    Thank you Hilliary.. I am glad you did!

    September 17, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Steve D. in Toronto

    You are one of the good ones, Mrs. Clinton. You really are!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Luke FL

    An unscripted, uncontrolled event involving Hillary? Thank God Obama caught that one, that could have been disastrous!!!!

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Dave, Illinois

    Typical Democrat – politics above national security. Slick Willie's priorities cost us 9/11. Obama would be even worse!

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Peter of Oregon

    Hillarious! Life imitating art is always fun!

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. georgia independent

    If Palin is opposite Hillary, it would lend credibility to Palin. Good for you Hillary.

    But it would have been funny to see Palin stumble through the discussion and refuse to take questions...

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Abby

    What a SHAME!!!!! As a Hillary DEM – now VOTING for McCain –
    too bad these TWO strong WOMEN leaders cannot seem to meet for a good cause.
    This is NOT good for the DEMS – obama has already caused problems with the Jewish voters – this will be very bad for him.

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Keith, PA

    Is that event sponsored by the same Republican Jewish group that sponsored the push poll phone calls to Jews in Pittsburgh? They were trying to bad mouth Obama.

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Bubba

    I'd leave the room if Palin entered. She's horrible. But at least she admits eating roadkill.

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Michael, watching from Canada

    Its not surprising at all.

    If Palin were to have the opportunity to be on the same stage with Hillary, then there is a subtle message that Palin is somehow on equal footing with Hillary in terms of status and political power.

    Hillary is very smart not too empower fact, Hillary is sending a message telling everyone that I do not want my supporters to consider Palin as an option to me.

    September 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Republican Women for Obama

    Way to go Hillary!!! If McCain really wanted to address the issues, he would. He no longer talks about ending the war in Iraq, and has yet to fully explain what he intends to do with Social Security. I am so happy that you have not allowed yourself to become a distraction to a Obama campaign. In the last week, he has been able to focus on the issues that we all care so much about.

    September 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Partisan politics are the problem

    Is it too much to ask our leaders to come together to discuss the issues of the day? Different opinions on the solution need to be discussed. It is too bad that the charged political environment stops important sessions like this from occuring. (And this has been done by both Dems and Repubs.) Stop all the mindless political bickering and GET TO WORK. No one in the "real world" has the luxury of not attending meetings/events where others with different viewpoints are present, so neither should you.

    September 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Scott NYC Independent

    Ignore Palin she is irrelevant to a positive and productive future to this country. She is only a puppet and has not had time to read, study and educate herself to understand the nature of foreign affairs. She is but a child among adults to be seen and not heard.

    September 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    Oh ya the sleezy Mccain camp thought they was going to pull off some thing, see this also was a task from God, as Sarah would say.. God has lotza tasks to perform in this election and he will come through. The biggest and most important one is to Let Sarah and John loose this election. Then we call all sleep better at night.

    September 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Liv

    Sour grapes, Hillary?

    September 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin and Elie Wiesel on the same stage?

    Good luck, Fluffy.

    September 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Theresa - Minneapolis

    Hillary Clinton is many things but a fool is not one of them. Nice try Republicans. Nice try...

    September 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. wen

    I'm still trying to figure out what Obama has achieved as an elected official. Can someone please point out one decision that he has made that improved citizens lives.

    Unfortunately, Obama has never held an elected office were a decision he makes affects people’s lives. And he wants to be President? Now that is truly scary.

    Obama should go back to Illinois and run for governor so he can have a record of achievement that matches Sarah Plain’s or Hillary Clintons. Then he will be ready to run for President.

    September 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Jennifer

    The Iranian-near-missle crisis is an important issue facing our nation. I think Sarah Palin was more than justified in saying that the possibility of a nuclear Iran is infinitely more important than bickering over red and blue states.

    September 17, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Patricia

    Let Republican Palin have her time in the spotlight doing her best to draw in the Jewish vote. Her best days are past. She is struggling every day to sound intelligent. But when it takes one 6 different colleges to finally get a journalism degree, sounding intelligent is going to take everything she can get. The SNL skit was perfect. I am still laughing.

    September 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Katie

    Amy, learn how to spell.

    John, what does this even have to do with Republicans trying to pull a fast one? If you read the article, it says a Jewish group was planning it. Why is it the Republican's fault that Clinton can't stand up next to Palin?

    September 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Bisqueen23

    You go girl. Hillary Clinton is no idiot. The Repubs can't possible think that she would share the stage with the likes of Pitbull Palin. Heck, Pitbull can't even wear Hillary's lipstick!

    September 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. kim, richmond, va

    Palin is not on Hillary's level. Hillary did the right thing. Palin is just a token used by the republicans to gain women votes. Hillary is too smart for them.

    September 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. McWar

    John McLies is releasing smears on people he's not even running against.

    What a sleazeball.


    September 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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