Clinton Cancels Event After Palin Invited, Too

Hillary calls off appearance at Jewish rally outside UN
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2008 11:07 AM CDT
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., waves to supporters during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton has canceled an appearance at a New York rally next week after organizers blindsided her by also inviting Sarah Palin. Several American Jewish groups are planning a major demonstration outside the United Nations on Sept. 22 to protest against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Clinton aides were furious that Palin had also been invited—a fact they first learned when informed by reporters.

"Her attendance was news to us, and this was never billed to us as a partisan political event," said a Clinton spokesman. "Senator Clinton will therefore not be attending." John McCain's campaign said only that Palin tentatively planned to attend the rally. The rally comes as both McCain and Barack Obama have made strong appeals to Jewish voters, particularly in critical states like Florida.