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. Trust her?? No WAY

    Clinton is proving that we still can not trust her (nor her husband), nor her party.

    McCain /Palin 2008 / 2012

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. TLF

    Palin has no business even being at that event! It is obviously her "celebrity" that has elevated her to the status of appearing at this event. I can't wait to hear her "informed" "opinion" on Iran. What a joke.

    Bumblebe, I think you need to research who is putting politics first!
    McPalin – Putting party, corporations,special interests, politics and pretty much everything else, before country.

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Good One Hillary. That moose hunter does not deserve anytime in the limelight.

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    Good for you Hillary.

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Palin 2012

    I am so sick of kissing up to Hillary supporters, well that ends now. We don't need you to win this election. Go home and take your pig with lipstick Hillary, with you.

    Palin 2012.

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. charles

    nonsense Sarah you are not Clinton you are not going to decide who goes and who doesnt go. if you want to go go on yr own loser.

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. don

    I am a Hillary supporter and I have heeded what she said and did as a true Dem I will back Mr. Obama and get this nation back on its feet. John McCain is running scared and trying ever ploy to try to say Hillary is in his camp. No McCain No Palin No Way.

    Obama/Biden 08

    Hillary you are the best.

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Credit Card Republicans

    Israel is the new Germany.They want to take over the world.

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Kentucky Obama Supporter

    Way to go Hillary, I give the Mccain Palin ticket one more week and the novelty will be completely worn off and voters will start concentrating on the real issues at hand.

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. ginololoya

    Yes, I would definitely give my precious VOTE to Sarah Palin. If any woman can stand a closer chance to become this country's first woman President, it is her (now as Hillary will not be) who could, given an Act of God for McCain at age of seventy plus. Why not I wonder! Blame the news media, and blame her ex=brother in law who is giving her such a terrible time. The guy has hardly been a father himself pushing his own kids to bibi gunshots, and like. I do not care even if there was something ethically wrong in having tried to get him fired. The guy simply is a loser and why should the people of USA be losers for such lousy ordeal. Sarah and McCain are NOW my candidate and not Obama who has pictures taken with William Ayer, and the terrorist gang leaders. Obama is simply not "THE ONE" we want to lead this country. He can rule Europe or Asia or those Moslem Countries he came from, but not the Grand Old USA. Bye

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Round Rock, TX

    Why can McCain and Obama being together at Ground Zero last week and not have it be a "political" event?? Hillary can't be gracious and stand next to someone without it getting "political"? Hillary backed out because she does not want to be overshadowed by Palin and not get 100% of the spot-light! Hillary is the past of american politics, Palin is the future.

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Carl NJ

    Very smart move Hillary.
    Thanks republicans for leaving us such a mess. It makes me sick.

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. SDunn

    Abby September 17th, 2008 10:55 am ET

    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.
    Your ticket is a SHAME and a SHAM. Go Hillary, she cares about the people of this nation unlike your neocon ticket!

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. faye, NV

    And whose smarter than a fifth grader? Hillary will not be used by the Rep Party her values far exceeds them. Palin/McCain is a joke and if Americans can not see this ticket is a disaster then anyone who vote for them are blind.

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Man, the Spin Cycle is really on high today...

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. W Spivey


    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. jellyfishdude

    GO PALIN!!!! I don't see what the big deal is with Hillary. Obama and John McCain can stand side by side...but I guess Hillary is not as open-minded. Palin is awesome...she's seems like the most real of people you could find in a politician that relates to the American people and she's accomplished so much more...Good for Palin!!!

    JOHN MCCAIN / PALIN '08!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Nancy in Charlotte, NC

    "Clinton officials soon said they had not been told Palin would be on hand..."

    Curious if Palin knew Clinton would be on hand...Sure would make Palin look good. Talk about about a photo op for the GOP courting Hillary supporters. (They say they don't need Hillary voters anymore, but the tight polls, with "undecideds" deciding the race say otherwise.)

    "Politics before people" – yes, the GOP knows about that, hence the choice of Palin for VP, to run with John "I'll do anything to win" McCain. But I digress. Go Hillary.

    September 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. brenda

    Hilliary had her shorts skortched by Palin because she lost her chances to be the first women VP or Pres. and she can't stand it. Hitlary will show up only when the spotlight is all about her. This shows what her agenda was to begin with. Forget the seriousness of the mess the country is in, I'll take my toys and go home, I am not playing with Palin. She knows that Palin is a real woman that can make a difference and not a woman wanna be like her. I am glad that she didn't show up. If she would just do that more often. Maybe it's time for Hillary to learn how to "just bake cookies" like all the other stay at home, moronic little housewives as she has viewed them previously. GO PALIN!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. NH Mom

    Hillary you should be on the ballot in November. I live in a swing state and am still on the fence as to whether I should write-in your name or vote for the Democratic nominee (selected by caucus-goers and superdelegates).

    Hillary is the best and we have short-changed our country by not having her on the ballot in Nov.

    September 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Cheryl (Republican turned Democrat)

    Too bad...Palin has been trying too hard to use Hillary to get votes. (Anyway, that is the main reason why she was picked by McCain for his VP.) Hillary is a very intelligent woman that she would not fall for the McCain/Palin agenda. Just a reminder are not even an inch comparable to Hillary!!!!! Go back to Alaska...your children and your special-need baby need a mother!!! Oh, I have "nannies," right???

    September 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Hillary

    I can understand Hillary not attending. If it were after the election that would be different. I supported Hillary but will not support Obama.

    The Presidency is not about Hillary and Sarah – it is about Obama and McCain. My vote goes to McCain/Palin.

    September 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. joe

    Hillary is not even relevant any more. Her continued exposure will only help the GOP.

    September 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. RealityKing

    Ideology over issues..., it's what progressives call change.

    September 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Palin 2012


    Please, please take this with Hillary home with you. McCain does not need you to win.

    Palin 2012

    September 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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