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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soundoff (1,396 Responses)
  1. Kay

    How many times do you let your children get away with lying?

    How many times do you let your friends and/ family get away with lying?

    How many times do you let your partner get away with lying?

    How many times do you let your senator, governor or president get away with lying?

    Will you let the McCain campaign get away with these "little white lies"? If so, prepare yourself for at least 4 more years of the major one- akin to "there are WMD in Iraq".

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I wonder also if she received any sniper shot!!! Nice foreign experiance trial

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Connie

    All you people out there that is voting for McSenile are down right stupid. You can not see that McSenile and his running mate are more of the same if not worse. All the lying they have done on there own recorded and then falsely accusing Obama. If America puts McSenile and Palin in the roosters will come home to roost and it will be on your shoulders. Old white women who cares about our country.I am counting on our young to get out and vote for the only chance this country has ,Obama/Biden.
    Connie from Indiana

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Kathy

    Doesn’t the truth count for anything anymore? John McCain’s campaign ads are filled with falsehoods which, even when challenged by reporters and, continue to be repeated. Is this the way McCain will act as President? Isn’t this what got us into the Iraq War – falsehoods and exaggerations repeated endlessly as fact? I am disappointed in John McCain. He has not put “Country First.” He’ll do and say anything to get elected.

    September 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Tina

    Well you know she's lying when her lips are moving.

    September 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Clark in Austin

    Most Americans have more international experience than this woman! I'm truly dumbfounded that the American people not only accept but rejoice in her potential as vice-president. 15 years ago had she been chosen fellow repubs as well as independents would have backed the opposition in record numbers!

    It's amazing to see how far this country has fallen relative to the high standards we use to hold politicians too, and how low our collective self-esteem has fallen that we would take a chance on such an unqualified political hack to someday act as our president.

    God, Allah, Buddha...whoever...please forgive us!

    September 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Hershel D. Sinay

    McCain and Pailin backed by Bush trained operatives keep exaggerating facts and are lying to the American public. Ultimately the truth will surface. Hopefully, they will be throughly exposed before the November elections by in-depth media coverage like CNN.

    September 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Jared, College Student for Change

    Maybe the RNC needs to start another counting ticker on how long it's been since their vice-presidential nominee actually traveled to Iraq or Afghanistan (and by traveled I mean did something more noteworthy than stop at a border checkpoint). How do you count down from never?

    Governor Palin can spout her so-called energy/national security credentials all she wants (the pipeline she didn't build, the drilling in ANWR she hasn't been able to push through, etc) but the fact remains that she has no relevant experience when it comes to foreign policy. And no, living within a couple hundred miles of the Siberian end of Russia doesn't count. Show me a single time when Governor Palin has had to deal directly with the Russian government on an issue pertaining to the security of her state, and maybe I'll believe her argument have some merit. Otherwise, her claim as arrogant and frighteningly naive as President Bush's statement that he was able to look into Vladamir Putin's eyes and get a sense of his soul.

    McCain's allies like to say that Barack Obama has no relevant foreign policy experience either, but that, like some many other things coming out of their mouths these days, is a blatant LIE. Obama led discussion on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has helped to author and sponsor legislation to prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists, and toe to toe on equal footing with the current leaders of this world. Most importantly, he has routinely shown the kind of judgment and respect that our president needs to demonstrate on the international stage, a fact not lost even on the Bush administration, which seems to be taking its cue from him these days. McCain is left alone upholding the failed and outdated Bush doctrine (which Palin cannot even define).

    At this most critical time in our history, we cannot afford to have the next potential vice-president of the United States be a neophyte on both domestic and foreign policy, particularly when she is running with a 72 year old man with an increasingly unreliable memory and a history of health problems. So get this through your heads: Governor Palin is NOT unqualified because of her gender – she is unqualified because she has NO RELEVANT EXPERIENCE to hold the second highest office in this land. And if the day comes when the American people, including her swooning followers, need to rely on her for something more than a snarky zinger on the campaign trail, then God help us all.

    September 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. jason, tx

    This campaign is just hilarious. Oh, how the lies are being spewed out onto the American people.

    September 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Danielle

    It's all unraveling. Every day we get closer to the election, the more I am comforted with the fact that Obama/Biden will win, and as Clinton said, win HANDILY!

    September 13, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. TM

    What happened to McCain? He used to be an honorable man and now is a despicable candidate who would do anything to become president. Anyone who has half of a brain will be able to see through his personal agenda. He doesn't care about the country, he only wants to be president before he die.

    September 13, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Clinton Supporter

    This woman is insufferable!

    Just make her go away – preferably to jail.

    As far as I can see, her only virtue is to convince people like me, who had planned to cast a No-Clinton protest vote for McCain, that I have to vote for Obama.

    Painful for me, but I'll do it if I have to. And it looks like I have to.

    September 13, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Robert Wooller, West Yorkshire England

    This is outrageous. And to think that people believe that McCain and her really care about Iraqis, not to mention the troops.

    Obama does care and that is why I am supporting him this November!!!

    September 13, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. RJ

    The Lies keep on flowing.

    Why won't the MSM call it what it is? LIES.

    September 13, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Dave

    Moose hunter is now the hunted!

    September 13, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. bk

    Gov. Palin told Charlie Gibson she had not been to Iraq. Didn't CNN watch the interview?

    I see that CNN's giving Roland Martin 2 hours tonight and tomorrow night to campaign for Obama. We won't be watching. We have seen Roland campaign for Obama for 19 months now.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    She has across border experiance, just like she did it with Russia from Alaska. Interesting....

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. BigTallMatt

    Ah, more lies. When will the American people wake up and realize that this is all the GOP has to offer? More lies, deceit, and desperation. I for one am done hearing trumped up stories of heroism and patriotism. I want leadership who actually care about the American people, rather than holding on to whatever thread of power they have left.


    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Cynthia

    My my my, what else have the not told the truth about or streched the truth about or leave it to the people to draw their own conclusion which would be wrong.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Don

    This just gets better all the time. The more the media digs, the more this smells.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Northwest Washington

    Sarah Paliin is not only an expert on Russia, but Canada as well because you can see Canada when you are landing in Juneau, Alaska's capital. I is hard to tell exactly how many times she has directly repelled the invasions from both of these countries, but because of her I sleep well at night.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Beartrack

    Well it looks Palin is just the latest distraction that the McCain camp has put up. The sad part is that way too many of our fellow independents are falling for this crap. You can understand the far right believing this, after all they still think the world was "created" only 4000 years ago. Wake up folks before you do the same stupid thing you did in 2000 and 2004.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. dan

    America are talking walking like an regular folks but you got a big bullet in brain .

    That means you are stupid idiots special the media CNN msnbc abc

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. ted d

    How many more shoes have to drop? It's hard to imagine someone running for the second office in the land a) not even knowing which foreign countries she's visited, and b) having only been out of the country once, and to just two countries. It just boggles the mind.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Jack Steele

    The Republicans have been caught in so many lies so early in the campaign. Their integrity has been shot. Must be a bunch of amateurs running the campaign.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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