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Clinton Backs out, now Palin disinvited to NYC rally

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The first political event to feature both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin will now have neither.

Organizers of a rally next week in New York City against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Thursday that no politicians will appear at the event.

The collection of American Jewish groups putting the rally together angered Clinton aides by not telling them ahead of time that they also planned to have Palin, the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.

Clinton backed out late Tuesday, as soon as she learned of the pairing. The National Coalition to Stop Iran Now said in a statement Thursday that they would have no “American political personalities” at the rally to keep the focus on Iranian threats.

Casey Sanders, a spokeswoman for the organizers, did not have an immediate answer when asked if the decision to proceed without Palin was made by the governor or the groups. Nor could she give a reason for the initial misunderstanding with Clinton.

Clinton, whose historic bid for the presidency came up short, has sought to avoid a public face-off with Palin, the new female face of the campaign.

The New York senator had agreed weeks ago to attend the rally, but abruptly canceled on

Tuesday after learning Palin was also supposed to attend. Aides to the senator said she was never told Palin would be there.

The Palin camp criticized Clinton for backing out, saying all parties should rally together in opposition to the threat posed by a nuclear Iran.

A Clinton-Palin double billing at such an event would have been awkward.

The Republican ticket of John McCain and Palin is working hard to win over disappointed Clinton supporters, particularly women voters. And Barack Obama, who beat Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, has been trying to assure Jewish voters that he is firmly committed to Israel’s security.

http://current.com/items/89317620/clinton_backs_out_now_palin_disinvited_to_nyc_rally.htm

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