September 13th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
5 years 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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    September 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Cynthia

    Oh I forgot to mention that she has a BIG MESS to clean in her yard and wants to use her mouth to clean up a mess at a national level? Hmmm...lacks judgement skills too

    September 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Roger Lake

    Dear God, did we not go just go through almost 8 years of an administration that lies and distorts facts?!! Do we really want more of the same ...

    September 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Senior Gal

    McCain the war hero and honorable man doesn't exist today. What a shame. I guess the end justifies the and say anything to get elected.

    I had no problem with Sarah Palin except her obvious inexperience. But day by day, you begin to even wonder about her truthfulness.

    Mavericks. NOT!

    September 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. sam

    Oh for the days of "Sen. Straight Talk!"

    September 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Gulliver

    So what else is in the closet?

    September 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Cheryl Dukes

    For eight years we have been lied to and deceived. Why not sarah mccain for 4 more years of lies. As a woman I see John McCain picking this woman for strategy instead of what is best for this country.
    We all know why the race is so close. If Barack was white he would win hands down. America will not admit we are stil a biased and racially challenged society. If americans felt issues were truly at the forefront of this campaign his skin color would not matter what he stands to do would. The news media has allowed the republican party to dictate what is reported and what is said for their advantage. I can remember when Barack first started every word was examined picked and dissected. Sarah Palin can stretch truths and its as if who cares what can be done about it.

    September 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Jeremy

    Thankfully someone is putting the truth out there!

    I seriously hope America takes notice of the lies and says "no more". We have had enough of the lies, Republicans, and it's time for this country to move forward...not backwards.

    It may not be Hillary, but I'll take Obama over a lie any day.

    September 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. petena

    Anyone surprised about another lie? If this is now wait until she is in office!

    September 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Mark

    CNN reporters, you need to highlight these lies to American people. When you bring the republican supporters to your program, I observed you give them favor to speak and support those lies but don't give enough time to speak the truth to the Democrats. Are you in support of those lies? You need to bring out the truth, and the truth is republicans are playing the same old strategy which lier bush played, which carl rove played and playing now. Stop those lier who are dangerous for americans. Mccain and palin looks like to be proud after they say a lie. This is so insane. Stop them now.

    September 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. valerie

    What a surprise now we know she is a lier her and mcsame deserve one another both dont know how to tell the truth. Obama/Biden 2008-2012

    September 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Ana

    Do they really think we are stupid? It's one lie after another. Very soon everybody will realize who they ( McCain-Palin) really are. I still can NOt believe people will vote for them. The McCains have 7 houses and there are people out there who are about to lose their ONLY one. Shameful!!

    September 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. JL

    McCain-Palin are not specializing on straight talk at the moment...let's hope for a little more honesty in the weeks to come.

    Women for Obama-Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Spin This CNN

    CNN ...COME ON !!! Did you guys really believe that the american public ignorant they would think that an average american mommy, soccer/hockey mom, only one in the home with a paycheck, would REALLY be viewed as someone who could lead the United States of America during this time in our history ??? One ..single..solitary....heartbeat or hiccup away,,from having to decide whether or not to start or engage in ....WW3 !!! OF COURSE NOT !!! Let's move on. ENOUGH of the trickery and misdirections. You.... CNN will also be one of those news oulets at fault for sinking the country if you do not confront the LIES and Deceit.

    September 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Lynette

    Bosnia snipped fire, Palin is dodging it too?

    September 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. This is painful

    This is just unbelievable.

    I don't know how ANYONE can support this pack and duo of lies.

    September 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. MIKE

    Seems ole McSame and Moose burger have trouble remembering what they have done and not done.
    Don't know what Republicans callit – but I call it lying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Carla

    I've been to Canada and Mexico too. I've even visited every country at Epcot in Disney World. Does that give me enough foreign policy/relations experience to make me qualified to be VP?

    Seriously, what education and experience does this woman have to qualify her to lead our country? Most every story that has come out about her has turned out to be a lie! Shouldn't truthfulness and INTEGRITY be qualiies we look for in our country's leadership?

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |

    It is so good to have open and honest reporting. GREAT JOBS to the ladies on the view because we are being moderated to death as bloggers on CNN.

    CNN do you realize that you are the only one's that do this to the bloggers. MSNBC and FOX doesn't hold our blog posts up for hours.

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. hutchins

    I knew it was a one week fling for the conservatives. But now we are back to reality and I see no future for McCain-Palin ticket. The momentum is turning back to the Obama-Biden.

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Hillary Supporter for Obama

    Typical republican way.. Say it as you go and fess up after you are caught. Obama all the way!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Get Real

    This figures.
    She is a Made Up Story from the Republican Smear Machine.
    She is not ready to leade our country

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Rami

    Why should we be surprised? Every single sentence and ad that comes out of the McCain/Palin campgain is a lie or at least bending the truth. We the american people deserve the truth and nothing less. I am ashamed of the kind of politics the McCain campain is running and he should be too.

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Mark

    A quick comparison on Sarah Palin and Paris Hilton:

    Number of countries visited prior to 2006: Hilton: 42. Palin: ZERO

    Number of countries visited since 2006: Hilton 14. Palin: 2

    Number of foreign leaders met: Hilton: 8. Palin: ZERO

    Amount of time under the pressure of the whole world looking at you and judging your decisions: Hilton: all her life: Palin: a few weeks.

    Experience dealing with the national press and knowledge of current affairs: Hilton EXTENSIVE. Palin MINIMAL.

    Paris Hilton is more qualified than Sarah Palin for being VP.

    McCain/Hilton 08!

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Jim in Indiana

    In short, Sarah Palin is as world-traveled as I am. And I am not qualified to be VP.

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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