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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soundoff (1,396 Responses)
  1. emmanuel

    YET ANOTHER LIE. THE PATHOLOGICAL LIAR, PALIN, WILL BE EXPOSED SOON.

    NO MCCAIN, NO PALIN.

    September 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Buck

    What are we suppose to believe that comes out of her mouth? I haven't found anything that impresses me yet.

    September 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. 23 ca dem

    More lies from these people? Palin said when asked if she would run for vp, she immediatly answered yes without blinking, that is not a good quality to have especially in the white house. This woman should have thought about the good of this country before accepting John Mccain's offer, smh

    September 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Timus

    OMG!!! Stop in Ireland was just to refuel? All these lies she's telling are hard to keep up with!!

    September 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Former Clinton Supporter

    It's no surprise that you can find the word "LIAR" in Sarah Palin's name....

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. mary

    TOO MANY LIES FOR ANYONE TO BELIEVE THAT COMES FROM THE MCCAIN/PALIN REPUBLICAN CAMP.BE WARE VOTERS THEY ARESAYING WHAT THEY THINK YOU WANT TO HEAR.WE ONLY WNAT TO HEAR ABOUT HOW YOU CAN GET THIS COUNTRY MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR THE PEOLPE.ALL THIS OTHER STUFF ,TRASH IT ,NOBODY WANT,S TO HEAR IT.

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Debbie

    Isn't it plain to see that the entire Republican campaign is one big lie. George Bush lied to the American people for the last 8 years. Do we really want to repeat history by electing proven liars before November 4th?
    WAKE UP!
    Vote for Obama...... He has not lied to the American people!

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Ed, Fl

    We should sit and pray God this woman never gets near the white house. That would most disastreous moment in this country political history. She is extreme and dangerous.
    While there is an ongoing conflict between Georgia and Russia, she said in her interview with ABC, that she would be willing to integrate Georgia into NATO. That means U.S would be obligated to engage militarily with Russia if Geogia gets into an armed conflict with Russia. So far the biased media has not done its job yet to call on this woman. Post that CNN.

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. definition of insanity : working for change

    the same dumb and arrogant people,

    who voted for bush / cheney twice, and go on to kill innocent iraqis and afghanis,

    will vote for mcshameless / palin, and go on to kill iranians and north koreans.

    stupidity which always comes with arrogance has no cure.

    let's split this country into two,

    so we the enlightened won't have to suffer the morons.

    let them continue to inbreed themselves into extinction.

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Wesley

    Proximity to a different country doesn't make you an expert on foreign policy. My roommate for three years in college was from Mexico, but that doesn't make me an expert on immigration.

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. LORENZO DAVIS

    The republicans are going to make a fool of Gov. palin. They are lying on her to make her seem more than what she is. its sad that they are using her to make a old man, out of date, bush twin exceptable to the republicans.

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Molly Weasley

    I can't say it any better than the statement from the Obama campaign. Is there anything that McCain and Palin are NOT lying about?

    We've been lied to four eight long years in the Bush administration. Aren't you tired of it? I want a president who will tell us the truth. And that's not John McCain. And it's certainly not Sarah Palin.

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. sonnyboy

    DOES THAT MATTER? SHE HAS ALL THE INTERNATIONAL KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY. SHE CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM ALASKA. SHE HAS BEEN TO MEXICAO AND CANADA. JUST RECENTLY ACQUIRED HER VISA. WHAT MORE DOES SHE NEED?

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Patricia Burlage

    How are we supposed to believe anything she says when she counts a refueling stop in Ireland as a visit to the Emerald Isle?????

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Hmmm.

    Going NEAR Iraq qualifies as visiting Iraq. Doesn't it?

    Refueling in Ireland is still visiting Ireland. Isn't it?

    Sure it is.

    If your campaign is one big lie.

    Sure it is.

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. DAG

    Does this woman actually live in the real world? I don't think this person can tell the truth. Lie after lie. I can't believe this country is willing to put their lives and their familys future in the hands of the this woman.She has not a clue. I don't know about you but I want some one in office that has integrity. She has none. To look straight into the camera and lie........people WAKE UP!

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. 30311

    LOL.

    Figures!

    Maverick?

    NOT!

    YES WE CAN!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Sherry for Obama

    The truth comes out .......

    What a tangled web we weave when one tries to decieve.

    Palin is on the downslide...She is not to be trusted.

    Wake up people.......She is about whats all bad for America.

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. james

    Details, details.
    Pit Bulls aren't big on details.

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. pat

    let the nitpicking begin. must be a real slow newsday for the o-kids at cnn.

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Mary

    What a shocker...they exaggerated Ms. Palin's experience....Wow that is news. she is a fraud and a puppet. If McCain wins, trust me he will be going to Joe Lieberman for advice, not this nutjob. She is here for her good looks and that is all. Watch out Cindy, John just hired wife No. 3!

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Charla in TX

    Lies, lies, and more lies.......seems like just more of the same.

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Kim, Charlotte NC

    Still lying!

    So sad.....................

    September 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. DR.T

    Well the only truth is she authorized the killings of wolves from planes.(How cowardly! They probably shot the poor wolves and moose in the back) Posers!

    September 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. RA Crouch, Michigan

    Wouldn't it have been nice if McCain had the judgment necessary to select a VP running mate that did not need to be defended daily?

    September 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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