From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger and Adam Aigner-Treworgy
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Introducing her running mate today in Minneapolis, Palin said that her revoked invitation to next week's "Stop Iran" rally is the fault of "Democrat partisans" who politicized the event.
"Some Democrat partisans put politics first and now no elected official will be able to appear at that Stop Iran Rally," Palin told the crowd. "Iran's pursuit of these weapons should concern all Americans, this should not be a matter for partisan politics."
Yesterday, First Read reported that the group's invitation to Palin, which was revoked yesterday along with invitations to all political figures, was originally extended by Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein, an associate of Palin advisor Mark Wallace.
Hoenlein tells NBC/NJ that Palin was invited -- with the approval of all the event organizers -- after efforts to secure a Republican senator to speak were unsuccessful. He said there was no initial effort to reach out to the Obama campaign because they already had a prominent Democrat on board -- Hillary Clinton, who canceled the appearance after hearing of Palin's intention to attend.
(Today, Palin lauded Clinton's original agreement to appear at Monday's event, noting that she "appreciates" the one-time presidential candidate's commitment to the cause.)
Acknowledging the concern of some members that the group could lose its tax-exempt status if Palin attended without a Democratic counterpart, Hoenlein said that an offer was made to the Obama campaign, which designated Rep. Robert Wexler to speak for them.
The group announced in a press release yesterday that "In order to keep the focus on Iranian threats and to ensure that this critical message not be obscured, the organizers of the rally have decided not to have any American political personalities appear. "