September 13th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
11 months ago

Campaign confirms Palin did not go beyond Iraqi border

A Palin aide confirmed details of her foreign travel Saturday.
A Palin aide confirmed details of her foreign travel Saturday.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin did not visit troops in Iraq, a spokesperson for the Republican VP nominee confirmed Saturday, as new details emerged about the extent of the Alaska governor’s foreign travel.

In July of last year, Palin left North America for the first time to visit Alaskan troops stationed in Kuwait. Palin officials originally said her itinerary included U.S. military installations or outposts in Germany and Kuwait, and that she had visited Ireland. An Alaska spokeswoman for Palin had said Iraq was also one of the stops on that trip.

The Boston Globe reported Saturday that Palin visited the Iraqi side of a border crossing - but never journeyed past the checkpoint.

Earlier: McCain defends Palin's experience level

Earlier, campaign aides confirmed reports that Palin’s time in Ireland on that trip had actually been a re-fueling stop.

(UPDATED with campaign statement after the jump)

The Obama camp – which has increasingly accused the McCain campaign of deliberately lying in ads and on the stump – was quick to highlight to that story, along with a news report that explored whether the McCain campaign have been sending out wildly inflated crowd estimates.

The McCain team has twice pointed to law enforcement as the source for those estimates – but the same officials denied to Bloomberg News that they had provided the numbers cited by the Republican nominee’s campaign.

"The McCain campaign said Governor Palin opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, but now we know she supported it,” said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor in a statement. “They said she didn't seek earmarks, but now we know she hired a lobbyist to get millions in pork for her town and her state. They said she visited Iraq, but today we learned that she only stopped at the border. Americans are starting to wonder, is there anything the McCain campaign isn't lying about?”

A Palin spokesperson also confirmed Saturday that the governor had visited Mexico on a personal vacation trip. She has also visited Canada.

UPDATE: The McCain-Palin campaign issued a statement late Saturday in which they said Palin had traveled into Iraq, although she did not go beyond the border crossing:

"Last summer, Governor Palin travelled to Kuwait where she visited Alaskan National Guard troops deployed to the war in Iraq at Camp Arifjen. While she was there she travelled to the K Crossing on the Kuwait-Iraq border, and a quarter mile into Iraq. According to the General who travelled with her, while she was there she presided over a re-enlistment ceremony of an Alaskan National Guard soldier. En route back to the United States, she travelled to Ramstein Air Base in Germany. While in Germany, Governor Palin visited wounded soldiers at the Landstuhl military hospital. She then returned home. She has also visited Canada, as well as Mexico for a vacation."


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  1. Denise

    Liars.

    September 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. sal

    Again, I do not want sound like a broken record by saying reconsider being McCains Running mate. GOP will have a more Formidable chance in four years.

    They are using you as a puppet to motivate the base.

    Again, do not worry

    Obama / Biden have Won big

    Manifestation of it will appear to satify the unbeleifs of others.

    McCain call this a new type of politics...LOL
    Hard to beleive, More of the same

    September 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Mark - NY

    LOL – What level of experience!?! A refueling stop now she is qualified!
    What a JOKE the McCain campaign is!

    Give me a break!

    Thats what you get when you vett someone with 1 phone call and a 15 min meeting!
    Like we all know McCain is usin her because Palin sole purpose is to attract the women's votes!
    Its quiet distasteful how McCain is using a woman in this manner!
    Women are NOT disposable toys!

    GOP = Grabage

    September 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Independent Just Decided to Vote for Obama

    Who cares, Sarah?

    Please, my people in TX and LA are having real problems now.

    They really don't give a fig about you or your travels.

    Who does care?

    September 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. lucky

    This is terrible that McCain has to lie about this women to win the presidency I think that the news media needs to do more fact checking about this lady after all if they win our lives will be in these crooks hands and we as people don"t need no more headache in our life. Wake up people these are real issuses.

    September 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Cathy in MD

    Just the beginning, folks.

    September 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. FAILIN' PALIN

    So, many scandals, so little time!

    This woman's antics never disappoints.

    September 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Bob

    Enough about "WONDER WOMAN", she should get her stories straight before she releases articles to the press. Is she doing on the job training? Her bubble is getting over-inflated.

    September 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Faye

    Another lie!!! How is it that we can trust this woman with our future and our kids futures? If they lie in the campaign what will happen when they have the power of the federal government. Very scary!

    September 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Jean, Calgary, Canada

    It seems lying is the only way John Macain and his sidekick VP can win the election. Dishonesty seems to be accepted by the so called mavericks and their party. So much for the straight talk!!!! Sarah Palin is so cocky it will be nice to see her taken down , and it will come.

    September 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    and what has this to do with the price of gas and drilling in Alaska?

    So Obama went to Kenya to see his dad and bros? Does that make him any more worldly? No.

    Obama is risky and has a funny sounding name. Biden was not the best qualified in his own words.

    Funny how this campaign has turned around and now McCain leads. He will protect our country and our values.

    September 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Elizabeth of Seattle

    As usual the Republicans are either exaggerating or telling lies.

    TYPICAL.

    OBAMA/BIDEN?

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. RyanT

    WOW!!! This just keeps getting better. Sadly, though, people will continue to supprt her. My condolences to them.

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Donkey Party

    Where's Father Pfleiger when you need him? Will someone, anyone, please properly vet this pathetic attempt at a VP candidate???

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Adrian

    Where do the lies end???? Bush was elected twice and now its happening again, this country will get what it deserves!!

    Conservatisim = Down fall of America

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. SAME OLD STUFF

    PALIN AND THE MCLIE CAMP HAVE BBEN PROVEN TO BE LIARS.

    THE MEDIA NEEDS TO CALL THEM ON THIS.

    THEY ARE LIARS

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    Who cares? Sarah Bush Palin is the best thing since Preperation-H. That's McCain loves her.

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. max

    They said she went ... they didn't say she was close, what else have they LIED about?

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Mr Smith Republican

    This nation is too important to go backawrds....please look beyond color of skin....Obama is our best bet. Grandpa Mcsame will do anything to win....so what's really at stake.....Please I urge my fellow republicans to vote team Obama....

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. OBAMA GET'S IT!

    Only those with blinders still on are not able to reason that most everything about Georgweenia are lies, FLAT OUT LIES! McShame is doing all he can to pull off this GIMMICK PICK on the American people, but he knows it can only work on those that will fall for anything without researching and asking questions. THAT'S WHY HE DOES NOT WANT THE MEDIA INTERVIEWING HER, THAT'S WHY HE HAS A HANDS OFF APPROACH TO HER, THANT'S WHY HE NEEDS PEOPLE TO DISTRUST THE MEDIA ABOUT HER! EVERYDAY SOMETHING IS FOUND OUT ABOUT HER THAT IS NOT GOOD AND THOUGH SOME OF IT IS NOT TRUE, BUT MOST IS!

    LET'S NOT WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE TO FULLY FIND OUT THIS WOMAN IS NOT WHAT WE NEED OR WANT.

    NOW GRANTED OBAMA MAY VERY WELL BE WHAT SOME DON'T WANT FOR WHATEVER REASON, BUT THE MORE WE SEE AND LEARN ABOUT HIM AND BIDEN HE IS WHO WE NEED!

    GO TO FACTCHECK.ORG

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Colin Mupombwa

    Sarah Palin.. You are the weakest link..good bye!

    September 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Rob S.C.

    How can Americans witness outright lies from a campaign and be o.k. with it? McCain and Palin have been busted several times in the last week for lying about numerous things. Is this the America where you want your kids and grandkids to grow up? What kind of morals are we giving our children if we now believe that blatant lying is o.k.?

    Disgusting.

    September 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Fort Collins,Colorado

    Does that mean that she is not qualified to be vice-president...let alone president. Shucks!! McCain is proving he should not be president either, cannot believe anything he says.
    So you know what that means....Obama is going to win this election!!!Yea!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. dennise

    And Palin thinks she's ready to be a VP and the presiden if need be.... Anyone running for executive office should at least have some foreign policy experience.

    September 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Republican Garbage

    More lies, every day....whats so pathetic is that Republicans don't care. They will elect any moron to office no matter how stupid they are. I love how most of these people are the "supposed" religious Right. Republicans are scumbag hypocrites.

    September 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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