September 19th, 2008
09:48 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin nixed from Iran rally

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin is no longer attending an anti-Iran rally."](CNN) - Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin has been uninvited from attending a rally against Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next week in New York, one day after Hillary Clinton nixed her appearance at the event because the Alaska governor was slated to be there.

“In order to keep the focus on Iranian threats and to ensure that this critical message not be obscured, the organizers of the rally have decided not to have any American political personalities appear,” the organizers, which include several Jewish groups, said in a statement.

In a statement, John McCain expressed disappointment over the decision.

"Governor Palin was pleased to accept an invitation to address this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue, regrettably that invitation has since been withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans," he said. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with Republicans, Democrats and independents alike to oppose Ahmadinejad's goal of a nuclear armed Iran. Senator Obama's campaign had the opportunity to join us. Senator Obama chose politics rather than the national interest."

A spokesman for the event, Glen Rosencrantz, would not confirm a Politico report that several high-profile Jewish Democrats had pressured the organization to nix Palin from the event.

But in a conference call with reporters Thursday, Ira Forman, the Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said his group strongly disapproved of Palin's invitation to the event.

“We have a presidential election where the McCain-Palin ticket want to use what’s supposed to be a very, very bipartisan-type of operation to, again, use it as a campaign event," he said.

The organizers announced earlier this week that both Clinton and Palin would be "keynote speakers" at the event, along with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. But aides to Clinton announced Wednesday the New York senator had been unaware Palin would also be attending, and as a result would not appear at the event after all.

The McCain campaign quickly criticized the move and suggested it came at the behest of the Obama campaign, though did not provide evidence that was the case: “Senator Clinton has since withdrawn from the engagement, presumably at the behest of the Obama campaign, and according to news reports, Senator Obama's campaign may be leaning on organizers to disinvite Governor Palin as well lest the rally appear partisan," McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb said.

UPDATE: Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor has issued a statement reacting to McCain.

"This is another dishonorable lie from John McCain. The Obama campaign had planned to send a surrogate to the rally," he said. "The truth is, John McCain had a real opportunity to stand up for Israel's security yesterday, but he refused to stand up to his allies in Congress who blocked Barack Obama's bipartisan divestment bill that would have increased pressure on Iran. So while Senator McCain uses the 'Stop Iran' rally to issue dishonest political attacks, he has refused to join with Barack Obama in supporting the kind of sanctions that could actually stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon."

- CNN's Martina Stewart contributed to this report

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soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Belle

    I would like to respond to CNN's question about Sarah Palin.

    Saying she is losing her popularity doesn't make it so CNN. Perhaps you should view the H & C interview on Utube....if anything it makes Democrats look petty.

    Here is a woman who took all of the ridicule and hard shots by BOTH the Obama campaign and the Media. Charlie Gibson looked down his nose at the end of the investigation, I think Democrats will be the ones with eggs on their faces, right along with the MSM...supposed "No bias, No Bull" What a joke........

    September 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Rob


    September 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. republican for obama

    More politics from the right.

    McCain is a disgrace.

    Party before Country.

    Get used to it, it's the republican way.

    September 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Tim

    Some very ignorant comments coming from left wing socialists.

    September 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. Peter

    Then don't invite her in the first place!

    Go McCain/Palin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. We love Sarah

    Kenneth September 19th, 2008 8:31 am ET

    If only he'd have met up with John McCain for those town hall meetings, none of this would have happened.

    Hey Ken,
    How did you get htis STUPID??!!
    Do you really think the rest of America is as, "DUMB," as you??

    September 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. David

    Just another indication of how devisive the state of our government has become. No wonder our country is in the its current economic and political situation throughout the world. Even when we agree we can't come together for a day. Bi-patisanism my foot. Shame on both parties.

    September 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. jks

    If you want to find out the truth about Sarah Palin, go to this website

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Karen

    The only people who wants to hear from her are those fooled by her. Go back to Alaska – we don't want you.

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. denver

    ha ha!!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Latina for Obama (nj)



    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. becky

    I'm sure Palin would have used this event to to lie and wine her way on to victory! When will their supporters truly put "Country First"? Palin/ McCain (uh, er) McCain/Palin are crying that they are reformers – lie! Look at the record...stop listening to the lies and look at their records. McCain has stated for 26 years that we need DEREGULATION – not regulation. Now he cries we need regulation? McCain only cares about the vote and NOT about America.
    Stop listening to the lies and make yourselves INFORMED voters!

    September 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. beevee

    It is a good thing that the organizers of the rally did not want Palin to participate. This woman is a big mouth and talks without thinking and frankly does not have the brains for international politics. A disaster avoided.

    September 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Columbus Celia

    As a Jew, I wouldnt want any right wing evangelical at a pro-Isreali rally either! The only reason they support Isreal is due to the interpretation of the Old Testament where Isreal must exist for the second coming to occur.........but than the Jews are wiped out after that!

    September 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Mike

    No Credentials, No education, No Experience, No Judgement, LIES constantly. I would not want her at the rally either!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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