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BLAINE, Minnesota (CNN) - Sarah Palin made her first public comments about Iran on Friday, accusing “Democrat partisans” of disrupting her planned appearance at a stop-Iran rally in New York next week.
On learning earlier this week that Palin might attend the rally, Hillary Clinton pulled out of the event, which was organized by a coalition of Jewish groups, earlier this week. Palin then had her invitation revoked by the group for fear that she might overshadow the rally.
“You may have heard also that I had planned to speak out on the threat post by Iran and speak in New York,” she told at a large audience in Minnesota. “I was scheduled to appear at a rally with Sen. Clinton, whose commitment to this I appreciate. This is a critical issue, and it should be an issue that unites all Americans. Iran should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, period.”
“Unfortunately, though, some Democrat partisans put politics first, and now no elected official will be able to appear at that stop Iran rally.”
Palin said “Iran’s pursuit of these weapons should concern all Americans.”
“This is not a matter for partisan politics,” she said.
The vice presidential candidate said she and McCain “will not waver in our commitment” to drawing attention to the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program.
“I will continue to call for sustained action to prevent Iranian President Ahmadinejad from getting these weapons that he wants for a second Holocaust,” Palin said.