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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  1. carlo

    And the lies just keep on coming...

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Dylan

    BAH HAHAHAHAHAHA! LIES LIES LIES!!!!! McSame/Failin are running one of the most digusting, revolting and downright insulting campaign in this country's history.

    September 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Darrell

    It would be pointless to think anything the McCain/Palin campaign says has any truth to it.They have absolutley lost all credibility.They are making history in the fact that they are running on eight year old policies and the amount of mistruths and lies has to be a record of which they should not be proud.It is not "Putting Country First" it is "Lying First" and America should just say "Thanks but no Thanks" to this "Campaign to Nowhere".

    September 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Greg Scanlon-San Francisco

    Sarah Palin is rapidly turning into one of the best lying politicians we have ever seen. What is next-see Sasquash, The Loch Ness Monster, and the Abominable Smowman?

    September 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. CindyN--PA

    Of course she wasnt. It was just another lie told by the Republicans. America do you love being lied to? Is this something you rejoice in? Say no to the lies and vote for Obama. Enough is enough. What will it take for it to be your breaking point? Break away and save us all from this ticket! Vote Democratic! Vote for Obama/Biden. They are the clear choice for change and truth.

    September 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Em

    Lies, secrecy, and an "I am the Decider" approach to foreign policy sounds oddly familiar.

    September 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Griff

    Why would she want to go to Iran? Syria? Jorden? Dive in the Gulf???

    September 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. lou

    I live next to a doctor. In fact,I can see into his office sometimes. I guess,Ms Palin,that makes me ready to do brain surgery. After all,it seams like half the country has had a lobotomy....What a sad joke.
    If you crooks steal this one,Im buying a bomb shelter to prepare for the 'nucalar" war...learn how to say the word please before you bring us there,,,,,Please.

    September 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. danyel

    As the days go by she looks more and more inexperienced to be the VP for the Republicans. She will never get my vote!

    September 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Sann35

    If the people of the United States do not wake up and see John McCain & Sara Palin for who they really are (liars) we will be in a lot of trouble come January. Grenspan stated yesterday that the US can't afford the tax cuts under John McCain. We can't afford 4 more years of the Bush policies. Think about it....does John McCain ever talk about the economy...NO...John McCain thinks the people in the US are vulnerable and will vote for him because he was a POW....this is all he talks about...well that was decades ago. There are so many contradictions when it comes to Sara Palin, who knows what to believe. She was chosen for political reasons not because she is qualified.....Trust me he is using her to try and get to the White House...Wake up Americans!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Diane

    Just another Mcain-Palen lies. Do you trust them to run our government?

    September 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. JC Denton

    Her resume is so thin that they're including a vacation to Mexico as foreign policy experience, alongside being "near Russia" on the map.

    More and more Americans are seeing through John McCain's cynical VP selection each day.

    September 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. v.ananthan

    Now its starts again...

    Earlier they went after Hillary and now Palin...

    Its much easier for Obama to avoid controversies because he hasn^t done anything so far and he just talks.......

    Hillary supporter now for McCain & Palin.

    September 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Tony

    Wow... what's not to lie about in the McCain campaign?
    ...ooh... she went to Canada... AND Mexico. Ladies and gentlemen, she's perfectly fit to lead this country.

    Next up:
    Palin discovered the internet!
    Palin landed on the moon!
    Palin established modern religion!

    ...it makes you wonder what exactly is the truth, and what is spin/lies.

    September 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Mark, Ohio

    The Republicans try to build a Sarah Palin Brand.

    It is completely artificial and baseless – but it might help McCain to win the election.

    September 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Johnnie Walton

    Why would anyone want this lying scum in the Whitehouse representing the greatest country in the world to further contaminate and taint our image to the rest of the world? I am totally astounded by the amount of support they get. Americans need to wake up, check the facts for themselves and stop accepting anything they are told by people who will lie to your face and continue to repeat the lies even when the facts prove them to be lying. John McDoofus had the unmitigated gall to choose an unqualified running mate who stands a good chance to become president if he keels over just to steal the spotlight. Yet, he expects the American people to believe he loves this country and puts country first. It's like a bad joke that is far too serious to be funny. This is really scary.

    September 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Y

    Well this shows just how racist the Republicans are that they would rather have an untravelled, uneducated white woman in the White House, rather than a brilliant, well travelled, wise and knowledgeable black man. This is the same tactics that were used during the emancipation of slavery.
    Lord forgive them.

    September 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Yngvai

    Surprise, surprise...move evidence of the Republicans distorting the truth...they did it with Iraq and WMD's, they've done it in the past with campaigns, and they'll do it again this time

    September 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. man123

    The McCain campaign is full of lies!!

    September 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. rich o

    I'm sure that she could see Ireland from the plane window the same way that she could see Russia from Alaska. She just increased her foriegn policy experiance by 50%.

    September 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. BV

    They just keep stretching and stretching the truth. Makes you want to vomit.

    September 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. BL

    Since Ms. Palin is a role model for our children, I suppose it is acceptable to teach our children to stretch the truth (i.e., lie)? Simply unbelievable.

    September 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. R. Squibbs

    It's getting to the point where it's headline material when the McCain campaign actually tells the truth about anything.

    We've all got a better chance of sighting the Loch Ness Monster than of hearing anything truthful from McCain & Co. these days.

    Straight Talk Express?

    More like Straight BS Express.

    September 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Sarah Bell, Cleveland, OH.

    I dont even know what to say anymore. If you're stupid, vote GOP. Go for it. If you're not, then vote Democrat. Simple as that. Look at who backs each ticket. What kind of people are supporting each candidate. Vote smart. Being intelligent and popular is no disqualification for being President.

    September 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. eric

    Is anyone surprised? Scratch the veneer, and she looks more and more like Bush and Cheney all the time. Same policies, same scandals: McCain/Palin=Bush/Cheney

    September 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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