As is being widely reported by the media, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled an appearance at a New York rally protesting Iranian President Ahmadinejad on September 22, after organizers blindsided her by inviting Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Organizers announced yesterday that both Clinton and Palin are expected to attend.
That would have set up a closely scrutinized and potentially explosive pairing in the midst of a presidential campaign, one in which the New York senator is campaigning for Democratic nominee Barack Obama while Palin actively courts disappointed Clinton supporters.
Clinton aides were furious – and reportedly first learned of the plan to have both Clinton and Palin appear when informed by reporters.
After learning of the cancellation by Hillary Clinton, NYS assemblyman Dov Hikind told YWN:
“The Clinton camp is dead wrong on this. This petty partisan squabbling, which caused Senator Clinton to cancel her appearance is outrageous. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is a highly respected national organization whose mission has always been bipartisan. This is not billed as a Republican or Democratic event.”
“The critical message and tone that must to be broadcast to the Islamic world must not be hijacked: that the U.S. will not tolerate a sovereign entity with nuclear aspirations which supports terrorism and has committed itself to the destruction of Israel. There is no room for partisan jockeying where the leading Holocaust denier of our time is concerned. Ahmadinejad poses a real and imminent threat to Israel and the U.S. When a genocidal maniac threatens the survival of the state of Israel and contributes to regional instability, there should be no politicking. Senator Clinton must reconsider and share the stage with Governor Palin to condemn Ahmadinejad.”
(Yehuda Drudgestein – YWN NYC)