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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  1. Obama Biden

    Isn't this what is considered Habitual Liars ? If have not you checked the Polin /McCain You Tube videos you don;'t know what you are missing .

    September 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Cecile

    Wow, at least she is consistent with the only thing she knows how to do... lying.

    I am petrified to have that lady close to the US presidency. US citizen, you let us down 4 years ago, we beg you to not do the same mistake. Please do something about those two clown.

    If you guys don't want Obama-Biden, at least pick Nader.

    September 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. The Truth

    Looks like the Lipstick is starting to wear of and expose the criminal and liar underneath.

    September 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Independent in MO

    If only the media/networks would keep putting out the truth, instead of sugarcoating republican actions. Shouldn't T.V stations have some responsibility for airing blatant lies. I would think they would fall into a libel suit for helping ruin Obama's reputation. I'm still waiting for someone to pick up on the fact that Obama's policies will go a lot further to reducing global warming than John McCain's (hence, the five named storms on the map at the same time this past month.) Drill, drill, drill is only going to end in more, more, more hurricanes. Imagine living in a second tier state and having to watch out for hurricanes. Ike was still a category 1 at the border of Oklahoma and Arkansas. I thought McCain believed in global warming?? His policies and VP choice say no. Obama '08

    September 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. larry

    Lier ! I wonder why the american are so excited about this lady. She is all phony !

    September 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Michael Rosset

    Palin is Karl Rove's dream candidate, she will say and do anything to win, with no scruples. As divisive a person who has ever run,
    she has no sense of statesmanship. Dick Cheney in drag.
    John McCain made this clever but desperate pick with zero regard
    for the well-being of his country. She is arrogant in her ignorance,
    and she is a liar.

    September 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Texas for Obama

    Lies, Lies, AND more Lies.

    NO WAY...NO HOW..NO McCAIN-PALIN.

    September 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Mark Weeler

    Who needs to go to Iraq anyways? Joe Biden trumpets his foreign policy experience but he can have candid conversations with any of the top American military leaders from anywhere in the world - even back here in the USA! It's a marvel how modern communication technology works!

    September 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. helluva job brownie

    omigod, the McCain campaign LIED? I refuse to believe it.

    September 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Rob

    What a tangle web we weave when we try to deceive. Sounds like Palin it taking right up where Bush and Cheney left off.

    September 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Wilson

    Unbelievable...scary... What will we here next?

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Gino

    LIes, lies, lies and more lies. Palin is pathetic.

    September 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. kath

    all lies

    September 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. louise

    Ooops did Sarah really say that, you have to forgive her she doesn't no much about Biology or geography. She is just a pretty little figurehead to mock the Hillary Clinton Campaign.

    Wake up American Women, this person is a disgrace to the Female Gender, and is nothing more than a stepford wife.

    September 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Independent for ??????

    So !!!! What?????

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. stacy

    I still like her unlike some of the others and read where ABC cut out
    some of the interview answers she gave to give the impression that
    she is not knowledgable on Bush doctrine and other topics. You go
    girl.

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Palin is not qualified to go near the White House.
    She is a pathological liar and thinks that the American people are stupid.

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Gretchen

    People People People – how much more do you need to send this so-called 'reformer' back where she came from?! It seems that everything this woman says is either totally untrue, misleading or exagerated beyond reason.

    If this is an example of what McCain finds acceptable by his new best friend, god help America if he becomes president!

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Palin '08

    I love Palin. I love McCain. They are the best and ordinary. They are "hockey moms." I don't care if McCain admits he doesn't know much about the economy, forgot the number of houses he owns, lies, Palin flip flops on earmarks, doesn't know bush doctrine, McCain can't check his email and is not respected elsewhere in the world. Wearing a 300k dress and $500 shoes doesn't make you an out of touch!! It makes you better than that.

    McPalin '08,
    Elitists we can Believe in

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Thed Weller

    The wheels coming off the "straight talk express!"

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Marisela

    As the great late President Ronald Reagan said, "Well, there you go again." The McCain campaign is caught up in another lie. Then there'll be another and another. How many more lies will they tell before the American people wake up?

    The Obama campaign is right. The McCain campaign is probably running the sleaziest campaign in political history.

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Nate Hussein

    Lie, cheat, steal = 4 more years!

    Obama/Biden '08
    Clinton/Sebelius '16

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Sherrell Simone

    I am so happy that the truth is coming out about this woman. She made a statement that Obama probably wishes he'd picked Clinton as VP, but I bet McCain, along with other Republican's wish that McCain would have vetted her probably and I'm sure he wished he would have chosen another VP. The picking of the VP says something about both of the presidential candidates judgment. Obama wanted to make sure he chose the right fit for the american people (someone who would balance his foreign experience), but McCain chose her as a publicity stunt just to get Hillary Clinton supporters at the last minute.

    To McCain: The american people honor you for your bravery and courage, however, your judgment is not what this country needs right now. Several years ago maybe I would have voted for you, but now that I have researched your policy agenda for myself and found that it lines up with our current President's policies, I cannot take the chance of having a third Bush term.

    Obama and Biden are the right choice for America. PLEASE JUST GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THE REPUBLICAN'S HAVE USED UP THEIR CHANCES AFTER EIGHT YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Ms. Priss

    Can McCain and Palin tell the truth about anything? Where is Helen Thomas when you need her. With the media we have, we are in big trouble. Help us Helen Thomas, the only true journalist left.

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. If Mccain-Palin win, the frozen tundra of Canada will look like a paradise

    Sounds all too familiar. I wonder if she came under sniper fire while abroad as well?

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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