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. The Cook

    So basically Palin's foreign experience is a Mexico resort and a trip to Niagra Falls?

    September 13, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. 17 year old future politician

    Wow...a lying this what we want for president?

    September 13, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. John in Indiana

    Why would anyone be surprised by this? Next we will find out that she has not even seen Russia from Alaska – her only other 'claim' to international exposure.

    September 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Woman Voter

    Lies, Lies, Lies Do people care about the truth anymore? My God and Gov.
    Palin goes to church we cannot believe anything she say. She is just like
    President Bush

    September 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Melanie, Tampa FL

    This woman lies so much, I'm not sure she's even been to Alaska. You can't believe a thing that comes out of her mouth or John McCain's for that matter. Their version of the truth is for the mooses.

    September 13, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. The View has earned my respect for seeking facts from McCain

    That's right! Stop being afraid of telling the truth McCain, and let the people choose based on facts. You're pretending to be honorable when you're proving to be far from that.

    September 13, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. dblack06

    man, what is wrong with the American people. Can we not see what is right before our eyes. Mcsame is using the biggest jedi mind trick on especially the american women. I served my countrty in the military, I am an independent that has voted for dem. and rep. alike. Yet this idea of these two scare the stripes off of my uniform. I pray to GOD that we don't continue down this path. GOD bless America, seriously.

    September 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Luc

    Governor Palin:

    is really phony: all package, ideology and ambitious competitiveness.
    She has no substance and certainly almost no experience.

    As a middle-age white woman, McCain's VP choice smacks me as patronizing to women and an insult to the many years - decades - of fighting for equal opportunities and non-discrimination for women.

    Mr. Biden has a proven record of supporting women and families about these two issues, but no one talks about it!

    Obama made the right choice and showed an excellent judgment, given the unsettling future that our country faces.

    As American, I cannot stand opportunistic Judahs like Karl Rove, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and company– who put themselves first instead of their country as we have seen in their exposure of CIA-agent Valerie Plame Wilson– a real woman combatant, just to mention one case.

    A clear indication that certain republicans do not care at all about the United States of America and its people.

    September 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Vince

    She's about as qualified to be VP as my cat, and that is insulting my cat.

    September 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Mack

    This matters how??? I am sure everyone will call her names, but she told the truth...just like the e-bay story..she told the truth and you guys make it out to be a lie by changing a few words. I am a democrat who is tired of the constant unfair attacks on McCain and Palin..

    September 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. veteran

    Sounds to me like Obamas trip over there where he never visited the wounded but came close !

    September 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Al

    That is probably just the tip of the iceberg. However, too much time is being spent focusing on Palin and not enough on the actual campaign between Obama and McCain. Let's face it, if McCain does get elected, he makes the decisions, not Palin. How often do we see or hear from a sitting Vice President? The last time I saw or heard of Cheney was when he was hunting last year. Let's say that McCain had picked Elizabeth Dole or Kay Bailey Hutchinson as his running mate, would he have the same standings in the polls as he does now? They certainly have a lot more experience. However, he choose someone very young with an attractive figure and looks who everyone has turned into a huge celebrity figure to distract the campaign for the past two weeks. The focus of the campaign seems to be Palin this and Palin that, yet the issues that matter don't seem to be getting center attention and it seems that McCain is hiding behind Palin and Obama is getting very little attention, and the issues that we need addressed are falling by the wayside.

    September 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Doctor E

    So now they're ADMITTING they lied?

    How novel!

    September 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Drewinaz

    Who cares, sounds like a bunch of bickering to me, blah blah blah

    September 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. iusemy3rdeye

    Atfer the Palin interview on ABC anyone who votes for McCain/Palin and say they love this country gots to be a fool.

    September 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. J roll

    Look at all the fluff they're trying put in her resume. They included a fueling stop as overseas travel...HA HA!! How pathetic.

    September 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Brian

    I as an Obama supporter actually feel sorry for this woman. First off I think she is an intelligent woman who has come along way in a short amount of time. I just happen to be the polar opposite when it comes to the issues. I do however find it troubling that she's receiving this crash course on foreign policy issues. It's like reading the quick cliff notes instead of the book. The only people she's receiving her information from are right wing people telling her their view. I would feel much more comfortable if she was working with and studying with a group of people with many viewpoints and thereby making her own mind on foreign policy. I think she is well capable of doing this and much more, but it would take more time than the 54 days left in the election. Shouldn't this give us all pause?????

    September 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Perla

    Let the truth-telling begin in earnest. Voters should be very, very angry that they have been treated so deceitfully and manipulatively by McCain and Palin and their handlers.

    Elections mean nothing if voters can't base their decisions on accurate information.

    Shame on McCain, who used to be an honorable public servant. Shame on Alaska's Queen of Pork, too.

    September 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. Gerald

    Real change is coming, and that includes being straight forward and honest with the American people.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Greg

    Trust me!!!!!!!!! This bubble is getting ready to burst.......

    September 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Dennis

    Wow, she landed in Ireland for fuel, can see Russia from Alaska, has stood on the border of Iraq, and vactioned in Mexico and Canada . . . how dare anyone say she's got no foreign policy experience.

    September 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    LIAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. Defining moment

    McCAin-Palin ... two bridges to NOWHERE!!! Wake up America!

    Obama-Biden '08/'12

    September 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Mike in WI

    Haven't we heard enough lies, distortions and half-truths in the last 8 years? This is only the beginning America if McCain and Palin are elected. If we elect McCain, the lies will continue.

    September 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. Remember Bush Again

    I can't believe all you people who are falling for it again. These republicans are known for their tactics. You know the old saying; This party fooled you once, shame on them. Their fooling you again, shame on you. You didn't learn your lesson the last time, and your not getting it again. Coming from a middle aged, middle income, white woman, open your eyes and take the blindfolds off, stop looking at people because they're not the same color as you. This is the 21st century and we're the only country that is stuck on the color of your skin. Don't you know yet that God created all of us equal. If you can't accept that, then you can't claim to be Christians, can you?

    September 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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