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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  1. James Cox

    Lies on top of lies. As someone who supported you in 2000 Mr. McCain I'm deeply disturbed by who you have become. To leave your honor at the doorstep of this election says a lot about you.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Suburban Mom

    Why is it necessary to lie? Where did the Maverick go? Sad, sad!

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Mark

    If she get elected, she will fire whoever she wants to as she fired her family enemy from a very responsible position. She eill not care about you and me, she cares about her. She is a flip flopper. DOn't you see it?

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. independent

    the funny part is, republican voters don't care that they are eletcting a man who has become a habitual liar to win a campaign.

    as for the Democrats, the entire party needs to move toward the center and find a way to be more productive.

    Obama 08

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. carol

    I hope all the Americans get to know her with all this lies

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Carl

    McCain is a liar and this is just the latest example of a lie from McCain. I have voted Republican all my life and this election will be the first time I vote Democrat. This is because whether Democrat or Republican I will NOT vote for a liar.

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. nash

    Is it surprise, NO. Because since she was choosen as VP, she was just lying , lie, after lie.
    This is what most blind Americans want to vote to White House. They tenure will be worst than George Bush.

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Jason

    Really, how many more lies to we have to take from Palin and McCain? At this point it seems that they are incapable of saying anything that is true and are just content to try to dupe the American public into voting them into the White House. Are these the type of people we really want running the country? Two that will lie and do anything just to get elected? It's becoming harder and harder to believe McCain when he says that he wants to serve his country when he and his running mate consistently lie to the American public.

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. theo

    Someone..plz tell me one thing the McCain campaign has said about Sarah Pailin which is true... Plz somone...

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

    The McCain Campaign is spewing lie after lie after lie. Is this the kind of president we want? Isn't 7+ years of nothing but lies, lies, lies enough?

    Wake up America!

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. WARC from Toronto

    If you're able to SEE Russia from your doorstep, that undoubtedly gives you a solid perspective (no pun intended) on international affairs.
    Has Sarah considered what it would mean to confront and maybe go to war with the Russian bear when she said we needed to accelerate (that was implied in her statement) Georgia's entry into Nato? Is she even AWARE of the powershifts, both economic and militarily, over the past 8, and the past 25 years?
    Apart from being socially regressive, she is unfit for the job. The Republicans, and the US, are taking a huge gamble. Bill Clinton would have said they are 'rolling the dice'.
    And I'm not even talking about the dishonesty of the campaign.

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. julian

    It was across the border kind of experiance, just like the one she had from Alaska about Russia

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. HONG

    THATS A VERY IMPRESSIVE RESUME! we are screw if they ever get elected.

    ObamaBiden 08

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

    John McCain will do, and as were seeing say anything to win. How sad. An independent Nevada voter.

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Lin, Southern CA

    What else are we going to find out about this VP choice? It is very scarey. It seems to us everything is a lie. If I was repulican, I would just take her off right now, not later.

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

    The lies just keep coming!

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Cheryl Dukes

    SMEARS!LIES!SILENCE OF ISSUES! I am not voting for that. I want to be able to buy groceries and gas and not worry about what I have to let go to have both. I want America to be like the USA basketball dream team and bring home the gold. Just as they placed America back on top of the world stage then so should American morals, dignity, self respect and believing in America should be placed there to. In order to achieve this JUST SAY NO TO 4 MORE YEARS OF FAILURES!BLOOPERS!BLUNDERS!NO BUSH/CHENEY/MCPALIN!

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. No Hillary = No Obama

    Sleazy? The Obama hacks are calling McCain's campaign sleazy? Jerk Obama was blindsighted by McCain's pick of Palin and they haven't recovered yet – anything and everything they can use against Palin and McCain they will. My absteen ballot will be coming in the mail soon and all I have to say is NO OBAMA, NO WAY, NO HOW.

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Real Change - Obama

    She is not even smart enough to know that you don't tell public lies that are easily uncovered. She is such a joke! Hillary would run circles around her.

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. No Way, No Failin!

    Okay, yet another lie. This woman once again is not ready to lead the nation. She is following the McCain Doctrine of lie, lie, lie until we sucker every potential voter.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. average joe


    it gets better and better everyday

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Hussein Means Handsome

    Has this woman ever told the whole truth about ANYTHING?

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. George James

    LIes, lies and more lies.Palin is fooling Americans beyond imagination,

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    mure of the same liesssssssssssss

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. PUMA against Palin

    McCain should have picked Hillary since he admired her so much. The election would be over by now. Every week is another lie from her. Disgusting

    September 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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