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. Drew

    shouldn't lies like this be front page news? really?

    September 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. TyWebb

    You can't spell Sarah Palin without L I A R.

    September 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Juan from L.A.

    God the Republican Party pisses me off. They are the conservatives and the religious or righteous party, but its all the contrary. Such hypocrites and liars. Please wake up America. This lady is scary just being a step away from a 100 year old man who has survive cancer!

    September 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Whole9

    It's ridiculously short-sighted to inflate, embellish, or outright lie about foreign travel (and other items) that investigative journalists can debunk so easily. Isn't getting elected hard enough without damaging yourown credibility with these lies? Same goes for Obama-Biden...although there hasn't been very much myth-busting going on with that side of the aisle. Either they aren't telling lies or teh media isn't exploring them thoroughly.

    September 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. mike

    DOES THIS WOMAN EVER TELLS THE TRUTH!!!DOES MCCAIN CAMPAIGN EVER TELLS THE TRUTH,HAVNT WE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS CRAP FOR EIGHT LONG YEARS,YOU CANT BELIEVE ANYTHING THIS WOMAN SAYS.ONE THING ABOUT OBAMA HE NEVER LIES,BUT THESE PEOPLE LIE SO MUCH THEY ARE BEGINNING TO BELIEVE THEMSELVES,

    September 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Jeanine G

    wow...I wonder which world leaders she spoke with at that Ireland refueling stop and I wonder if she came under "sniper" fire?

    Padding the resume much?

    September 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Amy

    When I was a child, I was so eager to appear well-traveled that I counted layovers in Chicago and Dallas as "visits" to those cities, hoping to impress my friends. I counted flying over the Grand Canyon as sightseeing there. I considered a train trip from RI to FL a good way to rack up even more states. A school trip to Arlington cemetery added VA to my list. Interesting that Sarah Palin employs those same juvenile techniques while running for VP.

    September 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. caron

    Lately, they fudge the truth so much that it's hard to know when they really are telling the truth! Maybe it's really true, who knows.

    September 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Robert Ragels

    Lies, lies, and more lies!!! Isn't the media tired of being lied to? We've had 8 years of lies. When is the media going to be "granted" a live interview with Gov. Palin? It would seem prudent to ask the next VP a few questions before she takes the oath? That is unless the media can say that her foreign policy experience of being able to see Russia from Alaska is enough to be the next Commander and Chief.

    September 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. funn

    She said she sell state plane on e-bay, but I see her park a family owned plane in front of her personal house. So what is not good for the state is good for the number one citizen of the state.

    Think about that.

    September 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. nate

    McCain is lying to you America – youre being played. Wake up!

    September 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. PAUL

    WE MAY NEED JOHN MCCAIN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT FOR VICE PRESIDENT, A LIER, NO WAY. JOHN MCCAINS HERO, THEODORE ROOSEVELT MUST BE TURNING IN HIS GRAVE. COME ON JOHN YOU COULD HAVE DONE BETTER...I CERTAINLY DON'G WANT 232 YEARS OF HISTORY TO GO DOWN THE SEWER.

    September 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Sarah in Flag bikini and Rifle in Hand

    Another outright lie. Why???

    September 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. L. Reid

    The truth is starting to come out. Hope these biased news organizations can do their part and ask real IMPORTANT questions. Or maybe they'll sequester facts like they did with the run-up to the Iraq war

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. donna

    Here we go again another change to "a story".
    What's next ? A new resume altogether?

    September 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Rodney Smith

    I'm starting to wonder if Palin is ACTUALLY a woman!

    September 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Ray

    Bush/McCain republicans are going to need an army of spin doctors to go around cleaning up all McCan and Palin's lies and untruths. When are the McBushs going to start talking about real issues (job loss, 2 wars, education, healthcare, foreclosures, bank failures, etc.).

    September 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Palin 2012

    Palin is still better than Hillary. We will bury anyone who stands against McCain.

    Palin 2012

    September 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Karen

    Gee..imagine her stretching the truth about an "experience".

    September 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. McTourEurope

    The last four stories on your ticker are all about Palin. Guys its becoming ridiculous. Please cover the hurricane if you have nothing to do!

    September 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. WOMEN FOR OBAMA

    What a joke! LIES LIES LIES! You can't believe a word the McCain camp says!

    September 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Maggie VT

    OMG!!!!! Do the lies ever stop??? Take a good look, people before you vote!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. renee

    lol...

    September 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. ken mesle

    It seems that Governor Palin lies for no apparent reason. Lying about traveling to four countries rather than stating the truth about only visiting Kuwait and Germany... Is four the magic number that makes you a world traveler?

    September 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Sandra

    Once again Palin has been caught in an untruth...can we believe anything that comes out of her mouth?People that lie about little things usually lie about larger issues.What really bothers me is that she didn't know the very basic Bush Doctrine....an excuse to go into Iraq...shoot first and ask questions later.Quick to pull the trigger but slow with answers afterwards.
    No way..No how...Never Palin &Bush,Mc Cain

    September 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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