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. Mary

    This is amazing – she sat right across from Charlie Gibson and gushed about what an honor it was to visit the troops in Iraq – and now we find out she never went there? What a liar. And here's the what's more amazing – if she'll lie about this (which is a seemingly unimportant thing) – what else will she lie about? This is one woman who won't be voting for the female in the election!

    September 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. SHAME

    this is unbeliavable.

    September 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Charlie

    surprise, surpise another republican lie!

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

    Don't forget the lie about selling the jet for profit when in fact it was a loss.

    And the BIG lie with Charlie Gibson when she said that she gave command orders to the Guard to "Send help to other states."

    Why can't they just be honest? Pathetic!!!!

    September 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. Cyndi

    The McCain camp keeps digging their own hole don't they? I think this is just too funny! So funny that they LOST my vote!

    September 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. David in Indian Wells

    Using the same logic she has 'visited' Russia.

    Did she visit Canada or 'visit' Canada?

    Did she 'visit' Mexico or was she in San Diego?

    Mr McBush needs to pull the Straight Talk Express out the ditch they drove it in last week. Do these people have any integrity?

    September 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. John Ainsworth

    This nomination is a disaster for the American people. John McCain, where is YOUR HONOR??????

    September 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. Edie Browning

    Is no one catching on to this woman? Another Republican joke foisted on us for a leader? Didn't we learn the second time Bush was elected? Honestly, this is a bad dream.

    September 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Marge Hibbing Mn

    The MSM did not publish anything about obama giving free rock concerts, free beer and hot dogs at his speechfys in German and beyond. And it didn't tell that all his visits in Iraq were in an air conditioned tent. The MSM is again sexist sexist sexit...they fall down when reporting on obama and stretch the truth in lies when it comes to those running against him.

    September 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Wabigbear

    Lies, lies and more lies. If it's not about Obama then it's falsehoods and stretching the truth for stories supporting mCCain or Palin. Why would I ever vote for a man who claims he's a straight talker and then lies to win. No thanks Senator

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

    This keeps getting better. I think the hope with the Republicians is if they repeat it enough times it makes it true. This tatic does work with some folks, but the rest just keep shaking our heads.

    September 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Jan From Boca Raton

    How many more lies are we going to catch this woman in?????

    September 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Latina4Obama

    She stated in her interview that there were few other VP's that had foreign relation experience. John Adams the first VP spent years in France as a diplomat!!!!!!!! Why is she constantly pulling at straws to no where. If she said hey I haven't done anything ok but why do the circus show. We aren't ignorant of our history or of what are needs are now.

    September 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Sarge in Florida

    The witch is a LIER

    September 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Tim

    So she never said she was in Iraq and now the press reports that her campaing confirms she was never in Iraq.

    Riveting, just riveting. Keep up the good work.

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

    After all the hype, this is what we get?.... LYING is not politics people. Citizens pay a price whenever we're caught in a lie. I don't see why this should be any different. Obama-Biden '08

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

    CNN, FOX and MSNBC are so busy lying on behalf of the McCain campaign, they are missing the truth.

    Well America is paying attention and as much as you organizations that pretend to report unbiased news would like us to think that McCain and his sidekick are the new American change ticket we know the truth. NO THANKS TO YOU!

    This election will not even be close! Can you spell landslide!!

    Obama/Biden 08

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

    Of course she was in Mexico and Canada,we know just like McCain supports free trade agreement with these two countries Palin also supports it.

    Obama '08/ '12

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

    Does it count if the plane flies over a country, but doesn't land?

    September 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. sharcow

    Just what we need. Four more years of LIES.

    September 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. kravitz

    I hope they also explain why Tony Perkins and the racists who picked Palin will explain why they sold a certain blatantly racist product at their klan fest masquerading as a gathering of 'evangelicals.' Rather than lie about their connection to it.

    September 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. pmn

    If these two are elected, the worst is yet to come.

    September 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Foreigner watching

    LOL: this is a surprise ???????????

    September 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. R Wolf, Ventura, Ca.

    I'm glad to see even Republicans are recognizing the extend of lies and misinformation coming from the McCain camp. They are so desperate to win they will do and say anything. Even in his appearance on "The View' , he lied straight faced to the hosts, as well as to the American people, when making his comment about Palin and earmarks. Is this who you want in your White House? He can't talk issues because he doesn't have any platform other than the failed Bush plans and she has no information on anything other than killing defenseless animals from her helicopter. They don't even agree with one another on issues such as stem cell research. They are quite a pair. Both liars, both unable to answer questions with honesty or knowledge, and both desperate to win at all costs.

    September 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Va. Boomer

    yeah...., Palin also was on the way to visit the moon when they had some trouble and had to turn around...., wait...., oh yeah, that wasn't her, it was the apollo 13 movie she was watching on the plane.
    Did anybody inform her of that? Oh yeah..., her aides did.

    September 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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