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. Independent

    That's it folks....i have decided today to go for OBAMA / BIDEN ticket, cannot take anymore GOP lies.
    Goodluck to all fellow americans.

    September 13, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. k williams

    what a joke. it's funny now that all the so called white's voting for obama is throwing him under the bus for the great white dope. lol, im cracking up here. there would rather destroy this country than let a black man run it. and people say racism is dead. right. this country is doomed. america is not great anymore, and hasnt been for decades. isolating us from the world is not going to be a good thing, especially when all the jobs are going overseas. thanks gop. what a grand old party you are.

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

    Lying about experience to get a job. That is what they are doing!!

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

    What a surprise! Another lie from Sarah Palin. It would be less work and save time if the media reported only when she told the truth. But then they'd be left with nothing to say.

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

    It's funny how people seem to be searching for reasons to support Palina and reasons to not support Obama. It gets me wondering if this is about issues only.

    September 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. James of Denver

    I am increasing concerned about the state of our democracy and the our free press. Where is the outrage? The McCain/Palin campaign is filled with lies and deceit. Why is this story buried here and not on the front page? Yet another lie you have not made a headline, what gives?

    September 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Debi

    September 13th, 2008 4:55 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Such a fraud. Lies, lies and more lies. Let her keep talking. The more she opens her mouth, the more she proves she is so unqualified to be Vice President, let alone President. She should stick to local politics and leave the national scene alone. What the heck was McCain thinking when he chose this woman?! Like Obama said, "they must think we're stupid". Both of them are starting to be one great big pain in the you know what.

    No McPain
    No Pa(L)in

    Yes Obama
    Yes Biden

    September 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Troubled and highly concerned voter

    The Republican campaign, McCaine and Palin seem now to be weaving a more tangled web that started with the crazy hype over Palin and which is just deteriorating into fact checking that is showing that Palin is not who she is claiming to be. Do they think we are that stupid and that the truth eventually comes out? It's insulting. How is her crazy record supposed to help anyone in this election? It's incredibly annoying and yet surprising that people are staunch in their denial that Sarah Palin doesn't exactly come with a clean or competent record. Quite honestly, her performance is starting to smell of the abuse of power that is rampant in small organizations and where there is really no one looking over her shoulder. Who needs this in Washington or anywhere else?

    September 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. gene

    How McCain can bash Obama on foreign policy experience.. then defend Palin's experience... which consists of about as much experience as someone taking a vacation... is beyond me. How many faces can this guy have? I don't fault Palin here.. she's just being used to win votes.

    September 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Chuck

    Do you hire someone who lies on his or her resume? Not a chance.

    September 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |

    Thank God for John McCain and Sarah Palin. At least there are two people who are not in this race for themselves but for the American people.

    September 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. JC, South Carolina

    McCane has no control of his campaign. He would be a terrible president. Conservatives for Obama!

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

    Can you say "miss statement" ??? Give me a break!
    These lies just keep getting better and better. Mr. Maverick
    your cowardly support for this lady is not only disingenuous
    but a pure slap in the face to women of integrity and the very
    country you wish to represent. Brilliant!

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. S. Boatman

    There Is Nothing The Mccain Camp Is Not Lying About! Mccain Is Running The Most Cynical, Sleazy Campaign In Modern Politics! Period!

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


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

    I'm glad there's some fact checking going on here and by the way, foreign policy experience doesn't mean vacation trips to Cancun and Canada or a view of Russia. If that was true, I'd be a foreign policy expert ten times over Palin. But let's face it, Palin is just out there to suck up all the media attention away from McCain and all of his McLame ideas.

    September 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    Typical lying scum Republican.

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

    Wow..This is just another big skeleton being let out of the closet. Mccain/palin could do anything just to get those foolish ones vote out there..Sorry McBush/Palgore you now finally lost my vote..I will vote Obama..Your Bush counter-part has done enough and I can't see you continue again..

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

    Palin is a mess

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

    Another lie? Why am I not surprised?

    That's the honorable McCain for you.

    September 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Why are the Republican lying


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

    These are trivial lies, but they speak to the character of the candidate and to the character of the man who chose this candidate.

    Many children lie occasionally, but sometimes you meet a child who lies from habit, who lies even when it isn't necessary, who lies obsessively. Pain and McCain are two of those. Indeed they are soulmates.

    If you enjoyed being lied to by Nixon and by Bush, you'll love the McCain administration.

    September 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Women with sense

    This woman can see Russia from Alaska, but has never been there. She has "executive experience" and has commanded Alaska's National Guard, but what decisions has she made in 1.5 years? Claiming sexism will not shield her forever. How can you have a world view without seeing the world?

    September 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Angry Liberal

    This is staggering. Every day a new lie is uncovered about McCain and Palin. When will we finally all agree we've had enough of these lying scoundrels who've run our country into the ground? Vote this party in again, and there's no turning back from the unspeakable trail this country has been blazing with the Repubs for far too long.

    Take back our country from the lying thieves. Vote McCain and kiss our country goodbye.

    September 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. IL

    Such a liar!!!! Just like Hilliary running from "snipper" fire in Boznia!!! Republicans will say anything to get elected! It's pathetic

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