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. Jonathon

    What will they not lie about? This party has failed us and it looks like we will reward them with 4 more years in which they can lie and steal from us. Go America!

    September 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Mr. X

    As usual, exaggerations and lies from a worn-out GOP that has little to say and less to offer. I guess making stuff up is a hard habit to break.

    September 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Wes

    Palin cannot or does not know what the truth is! How can you either not know something like this or just flat out lie about it? But then what should we expect:

    Bridge to Nowhere
    Town of 6000 or so with 22 million in debt
    A pipeline that will never get built, although listening to her it is ready to turn on.
    197 Million in earmarks THIS YEAR alone!

    And the list goes on.

    How can she just bald face lie about all this? Either she really believes what she is saying or is incredibly cynical and thinks we are all stupid. Either way, even the Republicans need to take a good, hard look at her and I don't mean the way McCain lears at her either.

    Look, I'm an independent, but there is no way I will vote for McCain with Palin on the ticket. Although John McCain has done his level best to lose my vote also.

    September 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. NGANGA,Austin TX

    If the media had not picked on the roumors going on about her baby, se probably would have provided the news herself-–in the line of who is actually the mother of the baby now that we know lots of previous info is taking new shape.

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

    You are aware, aren't you, that biased articles like the above are seen by many readers as unworthy of CNN, a news entity that USED TO be a great resource of information for my household.

    I've already stopped turning on MSNBC, and CNN is going to be dropped if things don't change on both your webpage and the TV program if CNN continues in this mode.

    PLEASE go back to reporting the news. STOP all this commentary! If I want biased articles and commentary, I'll get it somewhere else. I think I'm smart enough to think for myself! Just the facts, CNN, just the facts.

    September 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Greg

    It seems that once more we have a high-profile politician caught in a web of lies and deceit. We have become numbed to such political characteristics and consider them par for the course. Many years ago, the people's representatives were honorable men and women. We can now consider such representation a thing of the distant past. Mrs. Palin offers no honor to the position that she wishes to hold.

    September 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. SF

    Well, well, well..........another dare we say, lie, from the McCain camp! How can you stare down a head of state since you have never even met one. Her foreign policy experience is laughable, and, I am sure Russia is laughing the loudest after her interview with Gibson.

    OBAMA – BIDEN 2008

    September 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Perusing-Through




    September 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. t.baker

    Surprise! Another Lie!

    These people are pathetic liars ... country first my foot!

    Shameful .....

    September 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. ephraim

    i am sick to death of mc cain and palin's campaign using the cover
    of disasters to leak out pieces of information on palin that would
    otherwise be terribly damaging. as ike rolls through they slip this
    under the radar that she flat-out lied again and this time about iraq. she nor mc cain show the august respect for the office they seek and the profound gravity of our country's history, its people and responsibility in the world. this is going to flame-out if the repug's can't keep us distracted
    with thinking this campaign is a variation of "surviror or american idol".

    September 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Susan

    Well, there's lie #1 "reluctantly" cleared up by the McCain campaign – there are dozens and dozens more awaiting the same clarification....I have a feeling I'll be waiting a LOOONNGGG time.

    September 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. John

    She most probably has seen Palestine and Israel on TV. I guess that counts as foreign policy experience too !!!

    What has happened to the people of this country. Don't they think anymore ??

    September 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. SF_CA

    Oops, another lie.

    Have to say it: I'm not surprised!

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Brian

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! What a joke. Nice job, McInsane!

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. DAVE

    WE Need real leadership, not policial oppertunism to run our country. This woman has no feeling for the real problems facing our country. She is not trustworthy, from the lies or "exagerations' that seem to float around her all the time..

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. renee

    Okay, so now they are trying to become clean on SOME of the lies. Spare me please. The repubs are something else. Win by any means necessary!???This is so annoying!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama & Biden are talking issues, but they have to address all these lies told on them.

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    I believe Sarah Palin is a big liar and is very dangerous. I would not turn my back on her. I've learned to analyze her every word that leaves room to come to two or more conclusions. Some have already been revealed, but I wish someone would check out her "involvement", if any, in the PTA. She told us that she "Signed up for the PTA because she cared about what was going on in her child's school"..(or something to that effect). I wonder just how visible/active she was in the PTA. If one finds she wasn't active, she may not be a liar, IF she "signed' up. I just don't trust her!!

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Erick in Alabama

    Wow! Why did they llie about this then? Can we really trust them if they are capable of lying abou something like this? And the nereve to question Obama's foreign experience.

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Emmy Hit

    be not in haste, the list will grow geometrically. excuse me, what else do u expect. i bet if mcsane or was it mcsame be vetted properly, the lies on his side will stinkingly explode. what still marvels me is that some people who call themselves peace loving and upright church going americans 'xtians' still see reason to support such a man. what u have is what u give . mcsame is full of deceipt , lies, hate and this is exactly what he is gonna over americans be he elected. make no mistake.

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Hadenough2008

    Surprise, surprise.

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Penny

    well, I must admit its like hillary running from sniper fire

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. jane in CA

    Another lie! Should change Country First to Lie First.

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Ed

    McCain is a good man and being managed by bad people. If he could just break away from the Neo-cons, I just might be able to vote for him. Unfortunately, I think they have their claws too deeply embedded for him to escape their control. Too bad!!!

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. swalker

    Another lie??? First the Bridge to Nowhere now this. Wait until they get around to reporting that as mayor she DID have a roll in her township deciding to charge victims for their own rape kit. That will be the one that brings the house of cards down.

    The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long.

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. George Ennis from Toronto, Canada

    My money is still on McCain/Pailin...the American people have been lied to for so long and in so many ways I believe that many of them are impervious to the truth

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