September 13th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
1 year 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. joe

    Is there anything left in this campaign that Palin-McCain has not lied about? Wake up, people.

    September 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. nesto

    This woman has no grain of truth in her life. What a pity.

    September 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. linton

    Hmm!!, wyhat else is lying about? The MSM needs to get to the bottom of this woman. Of course, this will not be posted.
    Talk about this on Monday not on a Saturday.

    September 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. JohnS, North Carolina

    Isn't this so much like what we've been going through the last eight years? Lies, embellishments, phony outrage, cronyinsm, doublespeak and you name it. Do we want four and maybe eight more years of this?

    September 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. jay in CA

    How can anyone vote McCain? The hypocrisy is astounding beyond level. for those voting mccain, I ask you, what are you voting for, not what you are voting against?

    are you voting to overturn row vs wade? voting for no end in iraq? voting for the destruction of our planet and no plan to get off oil, foreign or domestic?

    dont you see the hypocrisy when we tell other nations they cannot use nuclear power, for energy or weapons, yet he wants to rev up our nuclear programs while we hold the largest collection of nuclear weapons?

    when john mccain lies, we all lose. buying his lies will be like buying enron stock. they will be worthless!

    September 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Ms. G

    Here we go again with the lying. What can people be straight forward? Shame on you pastors that are urging your congregation to vote Republicans because of the anti-abortion. Sin is sin! There is no degree in the eyes of the Lord. Lying is a sin. As I remember, God hates liars!

    September 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. AMY

    the skeletons are comingggggggggggggggggggggggggg!

    September 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. August

    What new revelations will we discover about Palin. Everyone needs to do a lot of exploration early before the election for it would be a blow to the American spirit to have unfavorable revelations after she's in office and possibly ending up as President with a 72 year old President. We know Obama, We know Biden, We Know McCain, but this Sarah Palin! Who is she and why should anyone cast a vote to put her potentially in the White House as commander and cheif.

    September 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Seattle Sue

    Just one more lie from the great governor of Alaska. After listening to her for two weeks, I have come to the conclusion that if she said it raining outside, that I would have to go out and see for myself. She and McCain just can not be believed.

    September 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Greg

    Yes..yes...Mexican vacation....cancun! Girls gone wild! Now i remember..

    September 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. AW

    Does it really matter whether she ventured the extra 15 feet across the border? The point is, she made a visit to the troops stationed on stand-by, just out out of the hot-zone, out of her own kindness. Barack Obama's trip only took place because of his desire to be president and to try to disguise his lack of experience.

    September 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. ralph c

    mcpalin pinokio needs his nose back. If americans are dumb enough to elect you two to the white house, then God help us all.

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

    She's been to Mexico? So has my two year old.

    The McClone campaign is so saturated with lies that I'm starting to wonder if I have given McClone too much credit by comparing him to Bush.

    September 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Joe, Pomona, California

    Is this governor even capable of opening her mouth without uttering half-truths and falsehoods?

    September 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. George

    This isn't news. Everyone knows she just went to Kuwait.

    September 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Bill Mitchell

    You have GOT to be kidding me. So she visits American Troops who are stationed on the border of Iraq (i.e., Our Iraqi Troops), and because she didn't physically step across the border into Iraq she is now LYING because she said she visited our Iraqi troops?

    OMG, you liberals are desperate.

    September 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Judy, Ohio

    Palin is more like Bush than McCain is. A new politician brought to you by Karl Rove productions.

    September 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. RNC

    GOP is just shameless. I can't believe American people don't care about all these lies!!!

    September 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. Lorenzo Clemons

    Cheat me fair and whisper lies to my ears.... I will follow you to the gates of hell! However, I will only do that after I follow you to caves that house the terrorist. Even after you tell me the plan to save the homes of hard working Americans. Maybe after you explain how we will improve education and how your VP does this "ear marke" two step all over America.

    September 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Nick

    I don't really care if Palin visited Iraq or any other country for that matter.But I am tired of all the lies,distortions and snobbery.
    LIES .....Earmarks, Governers jet, Bridge to nowhere.,
    DISTORTIONS. ...Obama is for sex education for children,Raising tax
    SNOBBERY... Putting down community workers.
    These are just a few.

    September 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Rodger

    Republicans don't know how to tell the truth! Same old game plan, lie, lie and keep lying...the dumb red-necks will believe it! The right wing bible thumping conservatives will believe anybody with a gun that is pro-life!

    September 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Roland in St George, UT

    And adding to her foreign policy experience, she's also qualified to be an expert on Russia because...Russia is Alaska's neighbor.

    "After all, there are places in Alaska...islands...where you can look across and see Russia."

    John McCain, you lost my vote when you picked this idiot. And I'm not sorry.

    September 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. pat C.

    WHAT AN EMBARRASEMENT FOR MCCAIN! he looks more like a fool everyday. i bet he wishes he had gone with one of his buds now huh? he was so foolish to jump on palin just to prove abama made a mistake not taking clinton..... lipstick on a pig still makes a pig!

    September 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Elvis Costanza

    It just keeps getting worse, doesn't it? First, her convention speech, then the Gibson interview, and now all her lies and half-truths are coming out. So....The GOP opens the Rove playbook and picks a strategy of attacking the "liberal media", as though they should be cheerleaders and not journalists. Her interview with Gibson was a blatant recitiation of generalities and buzzwords she was coached on all week and he very gently busted her a couple of times. I'll wager it will be quite some time, if ever, before she sits down with any real journalist (sorry, but Foxed Up News does not qualify).

    September 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. stanley m cosey

    Her nose is starting to get longer and longer. I am just waiting to hear the lie to fix this one. She is proving to be a demon of deception.

    September 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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