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. JTF

    When is someone going to wake up to the fact that this woman is a pathological liar, and will say anything to get what she wants? I doubt many people would have been turned off to the fact that she hadn't traveled outside the US – after all, many Americans don't have the opportunity to do so, and it isn't truly a requirement to being an educated and informed person. So why the continual barrage of lies and trying to claim that a refueling stop constitutes "visiting Ireland"?

    If she lied about this, what is the real truth about that Bridge to Nowhere, earmarks, her daughter "wanting" to keep that baby, rumors of abuse of power, and all the other rather scurrilous claims that are being used to put some gloss on this pit bull?

    September 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Andy in ATL

    We need all the truth in this election and the McCain campaign should keep it in mind that their liars will not help them. I have traveled to 15 foreign countries and Sarah Palin have gone to only 3, hmmm I wonder how she is qualified to deal with out foreign affairs.

    September 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Joe

    I don't know where they are coming up with these polls. I am 60 years old and have never been polled. Furthermore, I am a die-hard republican who for the first time in all good conscience cannot vote for the sad picks that the Republicans have made this year. They are the scariest two people out there, one pushing war more than the next. I am a very proud (I guess now an independent) American who will be voting for Barack Obama this year. God help all of us if we are destined to another four years of the Bush tactics and war plans. If McCain and Palin are so pro-life, then why do they continue to send out troops to kill. It isn't the troops fault. I respect them for fighting for their country, it is the leaders at the top who preach war, war, and more war, and spend, spend, spend and more spending that could be used at home for health care, jobs, and education.
    Thank you.

    September 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. kathryn pizzo

    The Palin campaign does not even know how to tell the truth on such simple issues as a travel itinerary. Not to mention the bridge to nowhere and a myriad of other issues already identified in only weeks of being in the public spotlight. How can anyone expect the truth on anything that surrounds this joke of a woman? Please Americans, use your brain and run run run from McCain/Palin and their lies.

    September 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. vp

    Oh boy, Sarah and McCain is becoming a joke.

    September 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Israel


    Obama/Biden 08

    Mitt Romney 2012

    September 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Sue

    HOW SAD! I wonder where are the republicans' clever little statements now

    September 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Julie

    Mrs. Palin and Mr. McCain have taken the straight talk express and drove it off the cliff. Where is the honor ?

    September 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Ward

    What a shock. Another lie. I'm sure it will get no media coverage and this posting will never be published.

    September 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Dan, MA (Independent for Obama)

    Well, Palin didn't visit troops and she's not wearing a flag pin. It must be because she's an evil horrible American-hating commie terrorist who doesn't care about our troops. If that's what the Republicans want to say about their opponents, there's no reason it should be a double standard.

    September 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Prema

    When will the American voter wake up and see the lies, distortions, half-truths and outright deception of this campaign? Why is the media not tougher and quicker on exposing the lies?

    September 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. peggy chaney

    How many lies is she going to tell before they are elected?How many will they tell after,just like Bush/McCain?Carl R isstepping up his trash! We better not fall for it .Wewill all be the ones to lose.Do we not want a different gov?We will have it with the the democrats!

    September 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Robert

    It sounds as if McCain acted precipitously in selecting Sarah Palin without a thorough investigation into what her qualifications to be president are. If this is an example of his decision making pocess I can't help but feel that he would present s serious danger to the nation were he to be making decisions as a president. His fuse is too short and his mouth is too vulgar.

    September 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Mike

    So, basically, considering that I have been to Europe for vacation, one could say that I have more foreign policy experience than Sarah Palin.


    September 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Ya_Ya

    I don't think that anyone who has truly been following this woman is surprised, and I still think we've barely seen the tip of this iceberg.

    September 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Wake Up Zombies!!!

    Wow Palin lied.

    September 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Double Talk Express

    Oh my gosh, you mean the straight talk express just isn't so?

    They may be trying to mislead the voters?

    It's not like the current republica* administration has mislead the country..................oh wait, they did!

    Why on Earth would anyone think this administration would be any different?

    Smell the coffee yet?

    September 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. Fabian

    The worst thing you can do is lying about your work experience. In real world if you exagerated or lied about your professional past, you're mostly likely to lose your job or pay a price in one way or another. Americans have been blinded by folksy talk for the last 8 years, and I think this time around, for the sake of the wellness of their country, they should at least get past being able to hunt as an ultimate qualification to lead the country.

    September 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Hottopics

    This woman is a crackpot. I bet John McCain is sorry he picked her.

    September 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Dompycat

    This women is a total fraud. OMG!

    September 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Corrine

    Wow – I've taken more trips outside of the U.S. than Palin, and I'm only a law school student in my early 20s. Also, I guess Clinton's 18,000 supporters weren't paying attention to the fact that Palin previously described the Clinton campaign's cries of sexism as "whining" and setting women back.

    September 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. Honorable Kansas Vet

    The Flip Flop twins, McCain and Palin. Do say we say and make beleive that we do, not as we do.

    September 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. Nobama

    Too bad Obama is not big enough to pick Clinton. I, a Clinton support er, now am all for McCain-Palin. I can see Obama takes any opportunities to attack Palin by twisting the facts. It is so obvious and is not working for me.


    September 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. john wade

    drip drip drip drip drip drip drip drip drip

    September 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Wake Up Zombies!!!

    This woman is completely inept. Don't let the Republicans dumb down the first female candidate to be put on a republican ticket.

    Republicans...we are not stupid. Stop using your lies and distractions to win another election and further destroy this country.

    We are adults and this is not a vote for the high school prom queen.

    You claim you love this country yet you manipulate the people you claim to represent.

    Shame on you.

    September 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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