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. Mark

    Way to go Hilary! There going to try to make you look like her best friend.

    September 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Sam

    Wonderful Hillary!

    September 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Palin is no Hillary Clinton.Period.

    September 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Vic of New York

    How anyone would express surprise that Hillary Clinton has no intention of sharing a podium with that Bimbo Governor is beyond my comprehension.

    Unfortunately, for some women (the simple ones) this election is about putting a skirt in the White house.

    Hillary is a serious and intelligent politician who is committed to more than empty headed ideology.

    Anyone who seriously thinks that these two women could share the same stage just simply doesn't get it.

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Colo Sprgs, CO

    All women are not equal. Hillary has integrity, Sarah does NOT! Hillary's too smart to be deceived by republican steerage.

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Lucieann

    This is really ridiculous for the media to be focusing on this. It is all to obvious that the media was looking for some sort of "cat-fight". Hillary is smart enough to know that she is not going to allow herself to be political fodder at an event like this. As for Palin.....what "nuclear threat"?

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Former Hillary supporter

    Go Palin! you have replaced Hillary's role faster than we expect. If Hillary runs again, she will NOT have our votes. She has abandoned us to go along with Obama! It's not the same Hillary we knew four months ago!

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. JD in Moraga, CA

    Maybe Hillary found out that it conflicted with her scheduled lunch with Lynn Forester de Rothschild...

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. white independant for Obama

    Well, DUH ! the republicans canceled 3 interviews with Rachel Maddow, no one reported what if Hillary canceleled, she has "better" things to do anyway than get in verbal combat with your star Pailn !!!! is sure strange now, how the republican ticket has been turned around, is Pain- McCain does McCain like taking 2nd place again, and to a lying woman yet..oh, forgot, he loves pretty women..oh well, so much for that argument

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. charles

    it's a fact.......i have never met anyone in my 59 years that was learned, inteligent and a liberal's true.......and if it wasn't for the block vote of blacks, there wouldn't even be a democartic party....

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Freddie

    Hilary is such a tool

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Matt

    It was a set-up from the get-go:

    She shows up, they claim it shows a commonality of interests and that Clinton believes Palin is good for national security.

    She refuses to show up, they claim it's politics over our national interests.

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. jj

    oh please!!! This appearance was SOOOO not about policy, for the Republicans. The holier-than-thou attitude is so convenient when it suits them. Good for Hilary for canceling... the truth is that the news frenzy over having them in the same room would have overshadowed any policy anyway.

    September 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Independent Dave, Iowa

    If the republicans were serious about this issue they would send someone with international experience and knowledge.

    September 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Tee

    McCain/Palin are running for the Presidency, therefore that would turn this event into a political one and then Republicans would start spinning it saying that Clinton supports Palin. I am so happy she is as smart as she is and said No, THANKS! McCain/Palin shouldn't even open their mouths to say anything about the Senator, how dear they criticize her. Palin is full of crap and doesn't deserve to be in the same room with Senator Clinton.

    September 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Cam

    Stop Iran, Now! That should fit right in with palin who apparently wants to start wars all over the world if she becomes Vice president. I mean, didn't this lightweight mention Russia and war in the same sentence – something a politician with half a brain would NEVER do? As scary as McCain's war mongering is, I think Palin is actually crazy. Her history with hiring unqualified cronies, bilking the taxpayers for her per diem, and abusing her power should warn all Americans about what four years of her would be like.

    September 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Now Who is an Elitest?

    Since when did Hillary turn away from a political event? I think our little governor from Alaska could hold her own against Hillary. Wasn't it Hillary who wanted to return to the "cold war" status during the primaries. Oh but then that was just to show she is a "FIGHTER" so she could beat Obama...just to show us she had "testicular fortitude" wasn't it? Well ladies and gentlemen I think we have a REAL fighter with Sarah and sincerity and honesty. Hillary is all talk and no action and accepts no accountability for her statements.

    I don't want a cold war era ever again and certainly not for my grandchildren but America will have to take a stand with Russia.

    September 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Rick of Arizona

    Very sad. Just when I thought Hilary would have been a better candidate then Obama. It is still me first, and women, the country, every thing else second. Just like her ticket leader.

    September 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |

    She's waiting for the Presidential Debates of 2012...


    September 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Jade,NY

    Thank you Hillary. This will help end the myth that most women support Palin. I was fascinated with Palin at first, but her lack of knowledge and lies have turned me off. Oh, can someone please tell me if Palin has ever initiated anything in Alaska that would benefit special needs people. Just curious.

    September 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Voice

    Funny that now they don't know if Palin will attend. I'm sure she would if they know Hillary was attending.

    What exactly would she say in the company of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel? In fact, it may not be so bad – it would help underscore her complete provincial, sheltered, trigger happy mentality.

    You go Hil, give her enough rope...

    September 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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    September 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. kel

    Dear Dave from Ill.
    Bill Clinton did I repeat Did inform tne Bush about the upcoming danger. Luck this was aRepuls effort which Hillary saw through sorry to take away a talking point. Palin is not above the law she should talk with the poeple on her state

    September 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Bryan from Rochester, NY

    Hillary needs to publically say what we all know she's thinking, even though SNL already said it for her.

    September 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Jim

    Palin can't stand on the same stage as Hillary Clinton. Even Republicans know that. She might want to be careful b/c if she angers Clinton, she will get a fight that she doesn't want. A pit bull with lipstick against a LION.

    September 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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