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. Who cares what Palin thinks


    September 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Barbara

    How can anyone believe this woman. Has she said anything that is true. She has embellished and distorted her entire record and left out the sleezy parts. She is so scary.

    September 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. John, Chicago

    The tip of the iceberg is showing. For interesting reading, check out today's New York Times story on the way Ms. Palin runs Alaska – she out-Bushes Bush.

    John McCain didn't pick someone who can be president; he picked someone who could help him win an election. That's why, everywhere he goes, Sarah Palin or Mrs. McCain is with him. On his own, he just can't get it done.

    He wants to win in order to just win. It appears Mr. Obama wants to win in order to do something.

    September 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. ANY LIE IS OK.....




    September 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Ron

    Obama made a whirlwind tour of a few countries exchanged pleasantries with some heads of state and that makes him an experienced diplomat. they now know, that Obama likes to hear himself talk and in a situation, all they have to do is pretend, to lean towards his philosophy and let his ego do the rest. he is ready made for Russia or the middle east negotiators who love nothing better than to lie and mislead the USA and Europe on the other hand they know nothing of gov. Palin except she is one though cookie.for the record and to keep things on an even keel maybe it's time to get the dirt on obama into the open, he sure has no problem dragging Palin in it

    September 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. A real thinking female in America that refuses to be brainwashed by the incredibly stupid right

    Is any "thinking" person really shocked? Lie after lie after lie, just like the whole McCain campaign.

    CNN please, please continue to report the lies and distortions this radical campaign is raging!!

    Please do not let them dumb down America anymore than it already is, courtesy of Carl Rove and the failed Bush Administration.

    September 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Just Me

    Oh?......................... Did she LIE?

    Isn't she a christian?

    Let's see..................

    1. Lying
    2. Stealing (Trying to steal Obama's change concept)
    3. Fornication (She's pro-life but it's okay if you commint fornication.
    4. Absentness (It's okay to have sex........just don't protect yourself.
    5. Deceit (Trying to dodge questions by Gibson)
    6. Arrogance (Belittled community workers.)
    7. Family Neglect (She didn't discuss with her family whether to take the VP position. She immediately said YES!.

    WHEW! She's quite a trooper.
    OH! TROOPER! Didn't she have her ex brother in law fired?

    September 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Funsholo


    I am really puzzled that AMERICANS can be deceived by these folks. I am from a third-world country, but this political climate has really taught me a lot about Americans!

    You can sell anything in this country if you know how to lie, and when you are caught lying, there is something call SPIN. The most surprising thing to me is how the so-called Christians in America are also deceived. BIG SHAME

    September 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Jetty

    Palin should continue to flip flop for on key issues that matter to the Americans for that is exactly what the Straighter Talker did to get the GOP nomination.

    September 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. vag not voting vag for the sake of voting vag.

    can we just have the election now and get it over with? all these sarah palin stories make me want to hit something.

    September 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. FrankSmith

    The best criterion for becoming a Republican:

    -–Simply be STUPID, and you qualify.

    Oh, I need some advice:

    I am a 60-year old plus man, and my wife who has been waiting for me to complete my studies is now 40 years old.

    I have asked my wife that if she is not 25-years-old physically, I am leaving her for a beautiful 25-year-old queen I have just met (I told this young lady that I am 35-years-old).

    Should I leave my wife because she has refused to be 25? I need your help folks!

    September 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Juan Carlos(Las Vegas)

    Does Palin's husband have a job?

    September 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. QG

    How do you not know if you really went into Iraq or not? More McLIES?

    September 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. ggggg

    This Palinn person is the nastiest I have seen for a long time; She is a liar, and an insult for any woman who has some brain & dignity in her (unlike Palin, who has her brain in the lower parts, so it seems...) – How pathetic to play tough for the "big" boys – if it was only the poor wolves – maybe, but her cockiness is now in charge of the biggest nation in the world..???!!!
    How stupid you must be to be impressed with a loud, screeching-voiced, pushy, will-impress-at all-cost PTA mother of the worst kind?

    September 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Vicki

    Why should this be a big surprise!! As for a visit to Canada, I am a geography teacher and everyone knows that Canada borders Alaska. I would bet a vast majority of people from my state have visited Canada (it borders Canada as well). So what is the big deal.

    When are the "untruths" going to stop!!!

    September 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Debora, IN

    John is not immortal, he could die. Then the country would be irresponsibly left with Sarah Palin, the joke of the century. Our fore fathers are turning in their graves.

    Sarah is ready for a talk show, not the next President of the United States.

    Think people, this is the real world, not Fantasy Island.

    September 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. aughhhh

    Liar, Liar! Amazing how the truth comes out. Bad choice McCain.

    September 13, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. Nancy

    I think I should be the VP candidate. I've been more places than Sarah. But I can't see Russia from my backdoor, so maybe not.....

    September 13, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. Jason, OH

    The Big Joke that is this Republicans ticket is continues...

    September 13, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Vickie

    There are a lot of lies that will be uncovered by the McCain-Palin campain. This is why they don't want the press bothering them; they know the press will uncover all their lies. This is why they're always talking about Obama; to keep the attention off of them. But thanks to the great reporters we have in this nation, the cover will come off and all their supporters will look like idiots and feel betrayed just like the supporters of John Edwards.

    September 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Erik

    This is what she described as her "life-changing" visit to Iraq in her Gibson interview??? Spin this one, Rove.

    September 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. PhillyGirl

    Apparently the McCain-Palin strategy is based on their philosphy that you can fool enough of the people enough of the time to lie your way to the White House.

    September 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. David in GA

    every republican complained about Barack receiving to much coverage in the media – well everything is even now because this coverage on Palin is rediculous

    September 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. toohip

    This is getting downright creepy. All politicians stretch the truth-but, generally have some awareness of potential fact checking. These lies are so numerous and blatant that Palin is sounding a bit like a pathological liar!

    September 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. NoMcCan/Palin

    Imagine that, another lie...Come on give CNN tell us something we don't know!

    September 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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