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. Travis

    This is truly pathetic. Palin's accomplishments are so meager that the McCain/Palin campaign has resorted to lying to prop her up. The bridge to nowhere, the state jet, pork, her international travels. They twist everything to make it appear to be something else. It's sad. McCain is desperate. He has nothing to offer... and Palin's a fraud.

    September 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Dexter

    Big shocker... Everything out of the McCain camp is a lie.

    September 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Peter (CA)

    Any other exaggerations for us, Governor?
    The dew is off the rose, folks. She is more of the same.

    September 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. HC

    Wow, refueling stop counts as a visit?
    This Palin has neither integrity nor shame. She is throwing lie after lie out there hoping the journalists wouldn't catch it. And the irony is that she was supposedly trained as a journalist.

    I don't know about you, but I am getting a really bad vibe with this lady. I don't think I can trust her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency and lead this nation through difficult times.

    She simply isn't out there long enough for me to get a good feel about her character conclusively. What we've seen so far isn't that encouraging. The bridge lie, book ban attempt, extremist abortion stance, and lack of grasp of national issues.

    I can't vote for her just based on her resume and a few standard republican talking points that she memorized over the last few weeks.

    September 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Time For Change

    Boy, this has turned into the worst lying campaign in history. Has this woman done anything except look cute? I think most of the men are so busy looking at her, they can't hear what is actually being said. How many lies? How much experience? How much coaching? My parrot can repeat talking points if you say them to him long enough.

    September 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    And so the half-truths and lies continue as expected. Refueling in Ireland at least doubles her foreign affairs experience.

    September 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Intelligent Voter

    There is no requirement for foreign travel to the credentials for President of VP. They all meet the basic requirements for the office they are seeking. This discussion about "experience" is only relevant to the extent that we are told complete and honest information about it by the candidates. Republicans have become masters of at least incomplete if not deceptive information at every turn of the campaign. Bearing false witness of opponents is standard fare of their advertising. Is there any question why our government may need some ethics reform?

    September 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. wilhemina

    lets not forget that she can see Russia from her backyard so i think she has all the experience she needs. great tactic huh, i wonder if the country is going to fall for it like we do, McCain's campaign is acting as if the American public is completely senseless. i am frankly disgusted

    September 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Lipstick Wearer for Obama

    She went to the Kuwait border. In her expertise, that's enough. She could probably see Iraqi land though. That's her foreign policy experience. BTW she went to Mexico for a vacation.

    September 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Reality


    September 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Derick from ATL

    What at all does it meant to have foreign policy experience? Apparently, just traveling means you have foreign policy experience. That is ridiculous. I'm an independent, and i think foreign policy means being regarded and respected across the world, and having the judgment to protect America's interest across the globe.

    Obama, McCain, and Joe Biden have that. Sarah Palin does not. Its that simple. The British prime minister was that close to endorsing Barack Obama, besides the amazing reception and love he got from around the world. Obama was right against the war in Iraq, when McCain and Bush though we'd be hailed and adored by the Iraqis. Obama has been right about Iran and Afghanistan, and yet all Mcain does is criticize him for saying he'd meet with leaders of rogue nations.

    Just because McSurge was right on the surge (the only thing he's been right about), doesn't necessarily mean he can handle foreign policy better than anybody. And now, we want to say Sarah Palin has foreigh experience because she traveled to that part of the world? or because she's commander on chief of Alaska national Guard.

    McCain goes to Columbia and coincides with the release of Americans held in hostage, and Joe Lieberman wants us to believe McCain got briefed because the rest of the world respect. My question is...wh y did McCain go to Columbia of all places? Hint...his lobbyist aide has ties there. Why was he all emotional about Georgia? hint, his other lobbyist aide has ties there.
    The maverick John McCain we knew 8yrs ago is NOT this John mcCain

    lets wake up america. McCain cant even use computers, and we want him to be leader of this free world. ha.

    September 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. welches, oregon

    wow! Who hasn't visited Mexico and/or Canada on "Personal Vacation Trips". I know I have. Do I have foreign policy experience?

    This GOP circus is just getting ridiculous

    September 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. mike lawler

    I flew over California twice going to and from Hawaii. I gues according to the mccain campaign I visited that state. Took oictures of the Grand Canyon that trip, too...from several thousand feet up. So I can tell everybody I visited that, too. I had a layover for an hour or so in the Memphis airport, but didn't go outside. Can I say I visited Tennessee? Only if I am running for VP with mccain.
    People have been fired from their jobs for inflating their resume's like palin has. Why is she still on the ticket and why is the media not ripping her more? Oh, right, they're not allowed to talk to her.

    September 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. David, FL

    What a fraud. She's hollow. Nothing but a pretty empty shell of a human with great TV presence (which is now beginning to wilt).
    Please, Sarah, just fade away.

    September 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Darryl

    Abramoff ally, Ralph Reed, to host fundraiser for John McCain - the same McCain who investigated the Abramoff-Reed connection

    and Now Sarah Palin>>>>>>

    We must Question Senator John McCain Now???

    September 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. Matt in Canada

    What a surprise... more lies out of the McCain-Palin camp. How stupid do people have to be not to see through this... it's shameless and pathetic. I don't know why I bother commenting, anything I've ever posted that isn't in line with the 'GOP spin' stance has been removed anyway!

    September 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Kevin

    How come Caribou Barbie never visited Russia? Isn't it just a short boat ride from her western coast? Not very neighborly.

    September 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Jim in Raleigh

    Why are we NOT surprised! To play off an old commercial, "Where's the truth!" Not in the McSame campaign, that's for sure.

    September 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Dave

    Shocker! You mean the McCain campaign has been stretching the truth again? It's only a matter of time before people wise up to this bogus VP choice.

    September 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. kaya.independent.

    I don't trust anything that she says, period. Or McCain for that matter. They are both liars and the American people need to realize this before it's too late.

    September 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Rita, MO

    She looked fearful in the interview. It really was a deer in the headlights look. I don't mind her vying for the office of VP, I do mind her pretending to be ready.

    Thanks for the interview, but the GOP can't really be serious about this woman.

    I will cast my vote for Obama and Joe.

    September 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. joyce

    why in the hell does your husband stand on stage behind you at ever speach, it is sick for cindy to do it now two of them, who is minding the kids. all about family
    girl your kids need you. so go home enought lies and enought bashing. so knock it off why you are still governon of a small state
    who is dammed if they cross you you leave there long enought they will get brave and you will loose control you will never be vp or pr-.

    please post this cnn,you never do

    September 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Tracy

    This is sick. The Republicans are dangerous. If Americans vote Republican this election (a vote for Palin and the crazy man that added her to the ticket) the country is sicker than I imagined–and that's pretty sick right now.

    September 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Bryan


    September 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. David

    Like people are surprised that Palin lied. Palin has a lot to answer to, but the McCain people wont let her talk to reporters. Why?

    1 She claims that she was against the bridge to nowhere, but she was for it before it was unpopluar
    2 She said no to the bridge to no where, but kept the earmark money that was for the bridge to no where. Some Maverick
    3. She said that she stood up to Ted Stevens, yet as Mayor she spent taxpayer money to fly to Alaksa to Washington DC to lobby for pork barrel spending that Ted Stevens wanted, which some of that pork barrel spending went to Wasillia while Palin was Mayor
    4 Troopergate

    Wake up people, Palin is another G W Bush, just like McCain. Do you really want 4 more years of G W Bush? That is what you will get with a McCain-Palin Administration.

    September 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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