Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hillary, Palin, and protesting against Iran

According to the Washington Post, "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped out of a planned rally outside the United Nations next week after learning that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would also be in the crowd protesting the appearance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad." Clinton would have been attending the event as Senator from New York, and did not want to participate in a partisan event.

The McCain campaigns comments on Palin's participation:

A GOP campaign official said only that Palin tentatively planned to attend the rally, but by Wednesday morning, the McCain-Palin campaign had pounced on Clinton's withdrawal and was using Palin's scheduled appearance to try to pressure Clinton to attend after all.
"Governor Palin believes that the danger of a nuclear Iran is greater than party or politics. She hopes that all parties can rally together in opposition to this grave threat," said McCain-Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt.

McCain is planning to take Palin to the UN so she can FINALLY meet some heads-of-state. Said a senior UN official, "If the United States wants to have her or anyone come as part of their delegation they can do that .. As long as they credential her she can come in: it's a U.S. call. But we have been blissfully out of the line of fire in the US political debate and we'd like to stay there."

According to the Huffington Post, "The organizers of an anti-Iran rally Monday rescinded their invitation to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin after Democrats protested that her presence would turn the event into a political rally, McCain campaign and Jewish community sources said."

Ben Smith writes on Politico: "Under heavy pressure from Jewish Democrats, including members of the conference, members of Congress, and the liberal group J Street, not to give Palin a platform ... Hoenlein told the McCain campaign that he would have to rescind Palin's invitation or cancel the rally. The organizers, I'm told, have formally disinvited all elected and political officials, but the move was about Palin."

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