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. Samantha in Wisconsin

    How many more lies???? How many more exagrations?????

    Just like McCain mailing out absentee ballots where they're ineligible to vote. Source: Wisconsin State Journal, September 13th article entitled "McCain's mailer stirs controvery,. Was he tryhing to get votes to cast absentee ballots where they're ineligible vote, or was it a mistake?? Oh yeah – RIGHT

    Is this to win an election??? Exageration, lies, manipulations

    Wisconsin Vote who wants her vote to count without being contested by McCain's crew.

    September 13, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Republican NOT voting for McCain/Palin

    McCain should have done his job and vetted all candiates for VP. He used no judgement at all! McCain had rather win an election than put America and the American People first.

    September 13, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Greg P.

    Imagine that. Yet another republican playing fast and loose with the truth. Or even simply just lying to pad an otherwise thin resume.

    I'm sure the McCain campaign will try to blame this on Obama.

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

    Unbelievable liars!!!!! Only the staunchest racist could vote for McCain/Palin....

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

    Lies lies and more lies. You can tell how a ticket will run the country by looking at how they run a campaign.

    September 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Scott

    So which is it? First they said she did visit with troops, now it they say she did not meet with them. Do they do test polls to see which will work better, and just ignore the truth. Please anyone explain to me how this PERSON deserves anything more then a tour of the White House? If this PERSON gets to be the Vice President it will show the overall ignorance of this country, and how WHITES are more scared of a persons race then they are their overall intelligence.

    September 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. D.C.

    For a Christian lies flows behind her.

    September 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Betty

    It's amazing to me that anyone believes anything this woman says. It's just one lie after another. When is the social conservative right going to quit being so gullible and realize they are being duped.

    September 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. La Raza


    September 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Abe


    September 13, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. sonny c

    Remember in 2004 when Bush/ Cheney made a big deal about whether John Kerry had gone into Cambodia? Yeah, Bush/Cheney, the Commie Haters who managed to miss the fight in Vietnam.

    September 13, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. A voter

    The McCain/Palin team and their handlers will continue to lie. Theyre good at it and they know that eventually it will sink in and uniniformed voters will start to believe it.

    When will voters wake up and realize they are bing sold a bill of goods???

    September 13, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |

    another lie from palin/mccain ticket --oops i mean mccain/palin ticket

    September 13, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Ryan

    Finally CNN is starting to report some of the McCain lies. Is this really what we want over the next four years: lies and deceit. And when McCain is asked about the tone this campaign his only response is "This campaign would be different if Senator Obama had accepted my town hall debates." That is like a 5 year old saying, "well he wouldn't let me play with his dinosaurs so I am going to hit him." This is the wisdom we want for President?

    September 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Ava

    This woman makes me sick. She brings nothing to the table. I regret I was unable to watch the ABC Charlie Gibson interview, but I did read the whole transcript. I'm baffled on why anyone would say, this woman is qualified to be Vice Pres. or Pres. What an moron! The woman doesn't even know what the Bush Doctorine is?? She back peddled several times on things she did and said with in the the last few years. Promises of change, saying she's different the Bush, and will deliver. Does she even know what she is delivering? People think McCain/ Palin is a winning tickect? Are you all high on Oxy cotton like her son??? I won't be shocked if this ticket makes it to the whitehouse, just incredibly sad, and hopeless!

    September 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. welches, oregon

    more lies being bebunked.

    September 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Mad

    Um Obama didn't get much of a bounce after visiting the troops so Palin shouldn't have to worry...

    September 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Enlightened voter

    The extreme left media are still smearing the McCain campaign because their candidate, Obama, is suddenly losing the election. FOR ALL THOSE WHO COMPLAIN THE POLLS DO NOT INCLUDE CELL PHONE USERS, LOOK AT THE POLLING WEBSITES! Gallop and many others DO include cellphone users. THIS TACTIC IS JUST A TRICK BY THE EXTREME LEFT TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE THE STATISTICS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM.

    Vote McCain/Palin 2008


    September 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. kevin

    why did they lie?

    You know these lies not going to help me...remember Bosnia trip

    September 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Karen - Missouri

    And I visited Australia...big deal. I am so sick of the Republicans nastiness and lies. This country doesn't need a duo like McCain and Palin who have to resort to lies to get votes. They have a horrible record and little experience and they couldn't get REAL votes by any HONEST way if they tried!

    Palin and McCain are blatant LIARS

    September 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. David

    What's new – McCain campaign lying? I mean this is what they've done the last 2 weeks at a rate unseen in political history.

    September 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Richard

    Of course she has foreign policy experience!

    She's "foreign" to any policy experience!!!

    September 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. tmd

    Wow! I've been to Mexico and Canada too. I guess I'm qualified to be vice president!

    September 13, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. David

    McCain don't know the truth, but they will be expose.
    Only real problem in this election is RACISM.

    September 13, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Arielle Yanaba

    John call yourself honorable? You served your country and were a POW that is an honorable thing you did, but you yourself are a liar and will do anything to get elected I are really sad!

    September 13, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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