September 13th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
2 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. merlisa

    Ok, this is a flat out lie. She led us to believe she VISITED the troops in Iraq.

    And for McCain to make such a big deal of Obama not visiting Iraq in 9 months (he had already been) and to make light of her lying is really hypocritical. This woman is a fraud.

    If you or I are caught lying on our resume we get fired. She has lied about some pretty big things. And the fact that she didn't even have the curiosity (even though she had the means) to leave this country until last year (knowing she was being considered for VP slot) tells me she is not only not ready to be VP but is a complete joke of a VP candidate.

    September 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. McCain/Palin The Copy-Cats

    Sound like a snippergate to me.

    September 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. THE TRUTH SHALL BE HEARD

    Let the lies be heard! Thank you for freedom of speech, CNN! The American voters need to wake up! If Palin and McCain lie to the American people now, can you imagine the amount of lies we will hear IF they are elected? Republicans, Democrats, and Independents...UNITE! Vote for Obama!

    September 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Sandy - PA

    It has been said that she lies with great ease. Wha telse has she lied about, what else don't we know about this woman? Democrats thank you John McCain! For Sarah Palin – the gift that keeps on giving.

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

    Pailn is not qualified.!!!

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

    brutal .. this woman is a joke

    September 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Republi-CON

    WOW..This is beyond laughable. So many Americans seem to be naive to the fact that the Republicans are taking them for a ride. How can they believe anything coming out of the REP campaign when Karl Rove is navigating the ship??? Being surprised at lies coming from liars is like questioning why up is up

    September 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Patr2

    the pattern emerges: flood the zone and hope the press doesn't catch up with you. and attack them as biased or stalkers when they do.

    September 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. steven carell

    I am still in shock that Sen mcain could pick someone a breath away from the presidency with little experience and extreme views on issues to be President. Her true positions not political positions on important issues for the american people are not known, so how can we feel safe in the event she becomes president. God help us and save us from bad leadership.

    September 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. jon

    LIES LIES LIES.
    and YOU WANT THIS TO BE YOUR LEADER?

    GOOD LUCK

    September 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Holly from Minnesota

    Okay, so is Palin still a woman, or do we have yet another surprise ahead of us? So far, that seems to be the only two "facts" about the Republican ticket: the gender of the candidates.

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

    While terrorists look to destroy us and our possible president is 72 with a history of malignant melanoma...the VP's foreign policy experience consists of visiting Kuwait, and going to Canada and Mexico on vacation.

    God help us if McCain gets elected. All partisanship aside, just...wow.

    September 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Remember That Conservatives Actually Hate McCain

    Okay, so now that the lies have been exposed, can we please have a debate about the issues?

    Here is an issue:

    John McCain and Sarah Palin are liars!

    The American public has been misled for the last 8 years by a Republican administration. If they are doing this during the campaign, just imagine what they will lie about if they get more power!

    September 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Gimma

    Its about time both campaigns begin taking the high road to honesty.
    We are all ;as undecided voters..... waiting to hear which candidates will address the issues that impact our everyday lives. That's what will determine whose the best candidate to lead this great country!
    Polls mean nothing. I could vote 5 times for the same candidate, on a single poll and no one would ever know. So, in my humble opinion, candidates focus more on the issues and let the campaign folks worry bout polls.
    WE WANT TO HEAR THE ISSUES FROM THE HEADS......

    September 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. CA on the left coast

    Wake up. This is reality, not a "reality" show. The woman is a prop for the Republicans' latest adventure in La La Land. Palin is distracting eye candy at best. I do suspect if you took a lick, you'd taste war paint. At worst, she's compromised her way to the top, and isn't afraid to lie to get power.

    September 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. eric

    i've been to more countries than this lady, and i'm nineteen years old

    stop lying. start solving problems. democrat '08

    September 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. O.S.

    The lying is really getting ridiculous from McCain...its time for you to take him to task CNN. In the interests of the nation, we need at least a fighting chance of making an informed decision....make him tell us what he intends to do to fix this country. And don't let him get away with just saying "Reform!" or "Create Jobs!"....we need to know HOW!!!

    September 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. PALIN IS "WIRED" ALRIGHT

    Now if the staff of the mental institute will just flip the switch and start the electroshock therapy before November 4th.

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

    Here we go again.... This lady is a complete fraud.

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

    McCain and Palin are in the gutter. I expected a lot more from John McCain. No "Straight Talk" from him anymore. The ex Bush advisors have taken over. It's too bad. I used to respect him. Not anymore.

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

    what else did you expect after 8 years of lying, the same you will get for the next 4 years if these 2 get in.

    September 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. mike for obama

    obama please just keep hammering away u gotta do it by yoself and u can cause yes we can!!!

    September 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Republican Woman For Obama

    "Americans are starting to wonder, is there anything the McCain campaign isn't lying about?”
    My goodness! People, please think clearly, we cannot afford to mess this one up!

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

    Foreign policy experience = Vacation to Mexico and Canada = Qualification to be the Vice President of the United States

    OK, I think I get it. I visited both Mexico and Canada. I have a world map on my wall. I know where Russia is located at. I declare myself ready. I want to be the pig that wears the McCain/Palin lipstick.

    September 13, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Killbucket

    We were supposed to buy it all, too.
    So arrogant to take us all for stupid.
    Shame on the GOP.

    September 13, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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