(CNSNews.com) – The organizers of a rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday withdrew an invitation to Gov. Sarah Palin, after Democrats called for such a step, saying the Iran issue was “too important to be tainted by partisanship.”
One week earlier, presidential rivals John McCain and Barack Obama set aside political differences to visit the site of the World Trade Center in New York to mark the seventh anniversary of 9/11.
By the prospect of McCain’s running mate sharing a stage next Monday with a senior Democrat during the charged election campaign was evidently anathema for some in the rival party.
First, Sen. Hillary Clinton – who had been invited to participate in the Iran rally before McCain picked Palin as the Republican vice-presidential candidate – withdrew once she learned of Palin’s participation.
Then, the National Jewish Democratic Council, while congratulating Clinton’s decision to pull out, urged the Jewish organizations sponsoring the rally to disinvite the Republican.
By doing so, said NJDC chairman Marc Stanley Wednesday, the organizers “will be able to return the focus to America’s outrage towards the genocidal musings and nuclear ambitions of … Ahmadinejad.”
On Thursday, the organizers withdrew the invitation to Palin, saying in a statement that in order to keep the focus on Iran, there would be no “American political personalities” at the rally.
The NJDC praised the decision, saying it showed “that bi-partisan solidarity against President Ahmadinejad has won out over partisanship.”
The “Rally to Stop Iran Now” coincides with Ahmadinejad’s planned visit to New York, where he is scheduled to address the annual U.N. General Assembly session on Tuesday.
Organizers include the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and the National Coalition to Stop Iran Now.
“This issue, opposition to a nuclear-armed Iran, is one which enjoys bipartisan support and the backing of the American people across the political spectrum,” they said in an earlier statement.
“On this, all Americans stand together. We acknowledge and deeply appreciate those American political leaders who have been and remain prepared to stand with us as we collectively address the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program and its support for terrorism globally.”
More to come.