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. Hillary

    omg...palin did not go beyond iraqi border because if she had she would have gained extraordinary foreign policy experience and tip the scale in the commander in chief category of experience. if she had gone a few miles into iraq from the border towns she would have proven....she would have proven that......she would have ...uh...uh....if she would have gone beyond the iraqi border towns then what?

    what's the point again to the proximity of her visit to the border in iraq? what a bunch of idiot! always dumbster diving for the most ridiculous thing to attack a woman on. This will go down history as the most gender bias, sexist election ever! congrats Dnc.

    September 13, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. I'm Fired Up

    What goes up, must come down.
    Lie. . . chip . . .lie . . . chip . . .lie . . .chip. Darn, there goes my whole karl rove created back-story.

    September 13, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. HMMA

    So what !!?
    she can actually see Russia from where she grew up !!
    HAHAHAHAHAH

    September 13, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Gio

    Hopefully the american people will realize that Palin is just a marketing product as was W. I am amazed that McCain didn't pick a more capable VP such as Meg Whiteman.

    September 13, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. linad

    Sarah has never said she went to Iraq so this is a bit of a smear article.

    September 13, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. GRANNY OF 5

    Tell us something NEW...this woman lies about everything she says.
    It is so sad to see her taking the spot light with McCain wagging his tail behind her. This woman can't take care of her personal life how is she going to take care of our Country WHY ! WHY! WHY!

    September 13, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Ray Fisher

    Ever since the Bushies took over, the Republican party has been consumed with greed with integrity left by the wayside. This election should be about who we can trust and what are their motives. Being Republicans excuses both McCain & Palin from telling the truth about anything.

    September 13, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Jeff In Ohio

    Lies, lies and more lies. But hey, she's a woman and he's a POW. Lying exscused.

    September 13, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. James Georgas

    this is the beginning of all the lies that will be brought to light about this right winged whack job. She is a shameless opportunist that will lie about anything and anyone to get what she wants. I can imagne how she was in highschool, a spoiled little girl who would pout and whine when she didn't get what she wanted. Go OBAMA

    September 13, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Seriously

    More lies from McCain-Palin. America has had enough! Go OBAMA!

    September 13, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Ron L

    AMERICA...THIS is what I don't like about this whole Governor Palin situation. The McCain campaign is CONSTANTLY exaggerating about her past accomplishments.
    This tells me ONE THING...
    THEY KNOW she has not done as much as they have tried to make it out to be.
    THEY KNOW she really isn't experienced enough to be President IF something were to happen to Se. McCain
    AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING...
    THEY KNOW if the truth comes out, most non-Republican Americans will not vote for the McCain/Palin ticket.

    September 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. USA in 08

    I am so sick of all the lies coming from "The Straight Talk Express". Maybe it should be called the "I'll Do Anything To Be Like Bush Express".

    It really has gotten rediculous. Why do any americans continue to buy into this deceitful McCain and his lobbyist run campaign?

    September 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. David Buckley

    OK, has she visited Canada, or has she flown over it on her way to the mainland? This is getting absolutely ridiculous. Are we going to see this woman on the Sunday morning shows? Or is it somehow sexist to expose her for the fraud that McCain is attempting to perpetrate? I don't blame Palin, she is who she is and that's fine, but our country has way too much at stake to allow this shell game to continue.

    September 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. s

    Another lie! What a surprise- let me know when the McCain camp chooses to tell the truth. It's sad to see McCain who I once admired as a candidate run such a nasty campaign. I can never believe what the McCain campaign says again- NEVER!

    Obama/Biden '08

    America wake up!

    September 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. Felly

    Palin is a wacko liar, and a time bomb waiting to explode. She cannot liar her way to the Whitehouse. Remember the WMD lies of Bush/Cheney is nothing but a colossal failure.

    September 13, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. Agnes

    same old politics, it already starts with fabrication of the facts and distortion of the truth, mccain and palin should not win, they will not only lie to get elected, they will lie even more when elected, and when for some reason people vote for them, this is a nightmare morning to wake up to,
    people vote smart, we had 2 elections stolen with lies, enough already!

    September 13, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Ray Trypuc

    Palin is getting to be a joke. I mean really ,her selection by John McCain is almost like "open the phone book and pick a name". It may be true that Obama was new presidential politics but he has been around now for 18 months. If there was anything to discredit him from becoming president ,the Republican party and the Clintons would have found it and pounced on it. Palan on the other hand has no credintals. Madona would get as much press. John McCain get credit for sturring the pot and I guess if that is what you want from a presidential canidate , vote for him. The dynamic duo is like the proverbal duck we all know. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and looks like a duck . It most likleyis a duck even if it has lipstick on it.

    September 13, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. gary

    caught in another lie gee what a surprise.vote for these two sleeze merchants and god have mercy on us all.

    September 13, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Keith Eddingston

    The true shame of this election is the fact that George Soros is almost single-handedly being allowed to destroy the bulk of the main stream media along with the once great democratic party. Very sad. Wake up people.

    September 13, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. Susan in Illinois

    Is there anything this McShame/Pack-of-lies-Palin campaign won't lie about? Yet the gullible will still stumble after them in a fervor thinking they're wonderful and honest!

    Oh yeah, and visiting Canada & Mexico gives Pack-of-lies-Palin a real edge on handling Foreign Policy – especially in the Mid-East! NOT!

    Another article came out today where McCain campaigners admitted that they're running a dirty campaign because of the increased response they received after McCain wasn't receiving enough attention when they were trying to be more on the level! I think McCain sold his soul to the Devil to win this campaign at all costs, w/Rove being the broker in the deal!

    How sad for this great country if these two sleazes win!

    September 13, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. Why McCain

    When is Palin goiing to stop being a tool?

    September 13, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. Gloria

    I can't believe anyone with an ounce of self respect could stand before the American people and tell as many lies as McCain and Palin.

    September 13, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Mark

    The McCain lies are starting to come back to haunt his campaign! The constant lies, twist, and turns of the tongue is no way to run a campaign. If McLame wins the election we as a nation deserve what we get!!! Remember Roman empire? Where are they at today? Get my drift??

    September 13, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. karen

    I can not believe people can lie that big on record. But all is well at least they admitted that they lied.Although there are many more lies.

    September 13, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. RlBlack

    What do we expect- The McCain Campaign did not choose the v.p candidate for the good of the country- but for her public speaking ability, not as much baggage as some- (they thought) – and – someone they thought they could control- now- they need to lie- reinvent history- and rely on nasty tactics- as my mother use to say- "just consider the source"- and "half truths are whole lies"- "how about -figures don't lie but liars figure"- rlb

    September 13, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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