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. Jone

    Don't worry Obama/Biden, the truth will definitely come out one day. Christians, who always claimed to be followers of Christ in public are the very ones that will go all out to lie just to achieve their goals.
    McCain/Palin bear in mind that your Christian values is at stake, and therefore beware of what you say to the American people.

    September 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Margaret

    Sarah might want to know that Jesus was a community organizer Pontius Pilate was a governor.

    September 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Don

    So what's the problem? If being able to see Russia from Alaska gives her insight into how to deal with the complex US/Russia relations, then she also saw Iraq and Ireland. So that covers the Middle East and Europe. I say she's ready!

    September 13, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. phil .c

    but what i dont understand is this. all this millions shouting and supporting palin, why are they doing it? so if mccain dies tommr God forbids so she will be the next president? hahahahahahaha. america the land of unpredictability. may God help us. if obama was white he would have stopped campaigning and chill waiting for november bt bcos he is black, he got to fight it and push it and hope for the best.

    September 13, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Robert

    Here come the Obamaites with their crap. Well, so she didn't cross the border...oops – but she do go see the injured troops! So Mr. Elite still doesn't have it on her! Just more trash from the Dems. See how they are now that they are losing? Expect their BS to get worse!

    September 13, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Sue

    she visited Canada? wow, that makes me wanna elect her VP!

    September 13, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Jim in Atlanta

    Wow really cares what countries she visited? I can't believe the media is stooping this low. Where is the media scrutiny of Obama and his buddy Biden? Why did the media refuse to investigate Ayers, Rezko and Wright? The double standard is sickening. This really does tell you where the true feelings of those in the media lie.

    September 13, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. greg

    What's next? You can't believe anything that comes from her or the McCain camp. Nice example for her kids. Lie, lie, lie and it might get you the VP job.

    September 13, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. John

    if they are lying to us in this campaign, then why do you expect them not to lie to us if they become president and VP

    September 13, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. sandee in Portland

    So, big deal! Just another one of the mounting, enormous, ongoing lies from the McCain/Palin group. As a white, middle aged woman, I've been through many elections, but I've never seen such outright lying except during the Bush campaign. It seems like every election period gets dirtier and nastier throughout the years. You know, we voted for the guy (Bush) who ran a campaign like this and he won. Please, fellow Americans, decide this one on the issues, not likeability, gender, or if you want to have a beer with one of them. Good ol boys have run our country into the ground for the last 8 years. Let's show Washington we're tired of partisan politics.

    September 13, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Hillary Supporter

    GO PALIN GO !!!!!
    You are right, Obama does wish he had picked Clinton. Yet another poor premature decision by Obama. Obama is not ready to be president. He says he stands for change ??? How is Biden a change???



    September 13, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Rich in Michigan

    Distort, make things up and lie that is all recent Republican Presidential candidates do - that is all they have.

    September 13, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Hank

    They (McCain Campaign) are trying to sell more OCEANFRONT PROPERTY IN ARIZONA.

    September 13, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. cecil




    September 13, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Lovely in VA

    Liar, Liar, skirt on fire.
    Just wait peeps, this is just the BEGINNING

    September 13, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    And this is news why?

    September 13, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Ridiculous

    Will we ever get a straight story from this woman and her staffers? Everyday it is something new that she hasn't done. Is this the experience and credibility Republicans are standing behind? YIKES

    September 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    Another attempt to smear Sarah. She never said she was in Iraq. Why are you doing this? You're just showing the bias of the liberal media.

    September 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Eric

    What a liar. I know it's hard to keep track of ALL the places you've been when the list gets above 3.

    September 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    When is CNN going to seriously (operative word) address the inconsistencies of this still unvetted nomination. In the efort to keep your ratings up you paint the picture of a close race and not address these very serious inconsistencies. Remember how we helped advance the arguments for war when the key points did not fit?. How patriotic. This is not a game CNN. Do the right thing. Country first humm.

    September 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Vince Gardina

    Palin proves again that she is not qualified to a President or a Vice-President of this country. She is a big mouth who throws out vitriole for political purposes and cannot and should not be considered as a vice-president behind a president who is 72 years old, had two major cancer episodes and is literally only 50% likely to live through his first term. She was mayor of a town of 9,000 receiving about 900 votes and a two-year governor of a state with a population of only about 625,000 (smaller than my county). We cannot and should not put this person in a position to be President of the United States.

    September 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Adrienne

    There seems to be a pattern of distinct exaggeration and distortion emerging from the McCain campaign. It seems to be shaping their brand. The campaign of dishonesty. What a great fall from the days of old. Turd blossom's work, no doubt.

    September 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Jake

    Change... or more of the same...?

    I think we know the answer here... unless you haven't stopped watching shadow puppets on the cave wall. Come out and have a look around and see what is REALLY happening.

    September 13, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Josh

    What does everyone think should be the new McCain campaign slogan.

    Pants On Fire '08


    Lie to Your Face First, Country Last

    September 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. Barbara


    Sarah Palin's credentials are a joke. She is shown on CNN to be out and out lying about earmarks and the Bridge to know where. How can any decent republican vote for an out and out liar (and one under investigation for abuse of power)....unless you are as dishonest (and as racist) as she is. How can you vote for someone who would force a rape victim to go through with the pregnancy. How dare she or any other republican play GOD.

    She reminds me of Hitler...someone who will lie with a smile while she stabs you in the front...and then tells you it's your fault.

    I hope she and her husband go to jail for firing someone who finally had the guts to stand up for her.

    Then maybe who ever gets to look after her children will actually bother to put their needs ahead of her own ego. Parading her handicapped child like a flag and flaunting her pregant daughter like a prize is disgusting. She's no christian...she's an opportunist.

    Women you should be very afraid of this woman.

    Anyone who's not white should be afraid of this racist person who called Obama "Sambo". How could anyone who calls themselves a christian think that gay people are deviant and in need of changing from God.

    She's "HITLER IN HEELS".

    Matt Damon is right.

    Women and non-whites run.

    September 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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