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. bumblebe

    "GOOD!!! that will teach the republicans that they are not the only "SLY FOX" in the woods.

    The Clintons helped invent the game, and McCain/Plain have not a clue on how to "PLAY"!!!!!!!!"

    Glad to see that the Democrats think that wiping out an entire culture and populus of people is part of "playing" the game. For a party that likes to pretend they care about the people...ALL people you have a funny way of showing it. This rally had a specific purpose not politically linked to EITHER party or had you democrats not gotten that because it wasn't an event you could showboat. Partisan politcs belongs to the democrats not the other way around

    September 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Oh Boy!!!???

    I just read an article that pretty much states that Palin will not answer any questions at all regarding Troopergate.

    Transparent it is not.

    She is not allowed to speak for herself, yet she can speak "freely" on other specifics?

    What are we hiding from Palin?

    September 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. PM

    This cannot suprise anyone that the liberal Democrats are so hate filled and narrow minded that even issues that they believe in take second place to their political agenda. Yes, this is the party that wants me to believe they will reach across the aisle to improve this country. What a bunch of flaming hypocrites. Even though you can't trust either Clinton to do anything that doesn't help them in some way, I would have thought she would act as a Senator of the US versus a political candidate. Too bad for us.

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. B-REAL

    Good for you Hillary!! I guess Hillary was not about to fall into the Republican trap.

    You know Palin goes no where without careful stage crafting, prepared scripting, talking points, and above all....capture the moment in a PICTURE. Nice try!

    Now, if Palin wants to show up without the republican shield and actually answer questions............hmmm........never mind, won't happen.

    She is suppose to answer voters questions at the next, I bet the "voters" have been "placed" carefully in the rally and the questions will be prepared ahead of time.!! Wow, what an impressive woman...NOT!!

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Raymond Duke

    Clinton is caught between a rock and a hard place. It is new York and she needs Jewish support and it was the right thing to do. I am sure that the Obama camp and the DNC pulled the strings on her refusal. She is killing herself politically backing this fool called Obama and the DNC. I used to have a lot of respect for her and would have voted for her in the General but after the cowtieing she has done for the Obama camp and the democrat leadership I have very little respect for her in her support for my daughters. I guess the press and Obama campagin and the democrat leadership is starting the same game plan again.If you did not vote for Obama in the primary you was labeled as a uneducated gun toting religous white racist and that women who voted for Clinton were called uneducated. The new label that the press is putting on white females who now are thinking about voting for Palin are called white trash. I think I will vote for the old white man.

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Ryan

    It never ceases to amaze me the lack of intelligence that makes up the republican base.

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. The Urban Revolitionist

    I am so sick of these McPalin supports.. You guys make me sick thinking that what comes out of their mouths is the truth. WAKE UP POEPLE. When this country is the punchline to every world leaders jokes and we are spending 7.35 (See North Carlione) for gas and you guys want to elect someone who just trying to make pockets fatter for these lobbist... I'm gonna move to Canda atleast they can see past race and have social reform for health care. Did i forget to mention that Hilary is way too smart to fall for such a stunt. Lets be for real...... She doesn't want McPalin in office because it could be the next 8 year of the same old same old

    Vote for you childern not because of you social issues

    Obama '08 – The candidate without a lobbist in his campaign

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Scott L

    Makes Democrats look bad...will definitely be losing Jewish vote.

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Concerned Citizen, IN

    Palin has no business being there other than her now being the VP candidate. Up until she was selected, she did not even know what the VP did, and I seriously doubt her credentials on Iran even being good enough to speak at this event.

    Hillary should have spoken just to show American how inexperienced Palin is on foreign affairs, though I'm sure she will read a great speech written by another Bush/McCain crony.

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Unbelievable!

    Way to go Hillary:)!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. CCPony1001

    TLF – are you some kind of moron? Palin is running for VP.

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I guess Hillary has avoided a pointed debate on national security issues.

    Guess she's afraid of the heat.

    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Kim

    Is McCain trying to maybe get Hillary and scary Palin to be BFF. oh hell no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. don

    CCPony. Typical Republican. Chastise a Democrat for doing what you do.

    "Reknowned." Really? Must be that private school wasn't worth the price Daddy paid. That a keen enough insight?

    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Carl Justus

    Sarah Palin acts like a spoiled teenager and why in the world McCain picked her for the vice presidency is beyond me.
    I am scared that If McCain is elected and as old and with his cancer problems, she will become president and I cannot imagine her as president. Who would be happy with her as president.

    She is bubby, pretty, and can read a prepared speech excellent, but as president she has to make decisions that affect the economy, the leaders of the world and the every day average American. I do not want that to happen. She is not as quailifid to be president as Gary Coleman..

    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. NO way NO MCshame

    what is it with you and just same statement in all the blogs. You, mcshame and para sailin are just same same cards same lies at every stop.Its time for change. You can tell smart people by the judgement and quality of reasoning. unlike GOP leaders "shoot first and them aim" Hillary will always have my admiration and respect.
    Lets factcheck here Obama propse talking to Iran and Syria in the last 2 yrs right now Isreal is talking to Syria even if Bush/McCain/Palin dont see the need. Bush started and see that he his doing what Obama proposes stop beacuse he would look favouring Obama...which of these peopl are puting country first before politics?

    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Felice Judkins


    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. mobiusinformer

    Yes, yes, yes. Praise Hillary, and vote Obama? Conflicted much?

    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Baze

    Holding back their hand so that Clinton could act first. Now Clinton isn't coming and they're like HA! This whole situation is just stupid. Let's talk about taxation.


    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. John, FL

    Okay? So the only people sad about this are the journalists? That's what I got from the article.

    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Judy in Minnesota

    Hillary took the right road in not making this a political event. Palin and her Republican handlees are taking what should be a legitimate protest and they are turning it into a political event. Shame on them!

    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Matt (Cleveland, Ohio)

    Go on, girl! Let Palin speak by herself....and step in it...again.

    September 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Enlightened Voter

    THe rethuglicans tried to pull a fast one, fortunately the Clinton camp caught it. I guess all questions about what Hillary thinks of Palin are answered now.

    September 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. DG

    Oh that's original, Illinois Dave...still blaming Clinton. Haven't you figured out a way yet to blame him for Wall Street?

    Good for Hillary. Why should she help lend credibility to the Palin Farce?

    As for Rothschild switching from Clinton to McCain (they've closed comments there...sorry)--Why should anybody be surprised that one of the OH, SO VERY RICH would vote McCain? It is in her best interest after all. And the fact that the elitist of the elites should refer to Obama as elitist shouldn't even be a surprise anymore.

    Personally, if I were still undecided at this point, her announcement would have been the deciding factor for me. Why would I go the way she's going. There's so obviously nothing in it for me. McCain is good for the Rich (the true elitists.) He'll let them keep a few more of their precious dollars. Obama/Biden are better for the rest of us. They'll let US keep a few more of the dollars we work harder than ever for.

    September 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. calle

    Hilary has always done her part to make the world a better place. This appearance would have been FOOD FOR THE FIRE!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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