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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soundoff (1,396 Responses)
  1. Truth for America

    Mccain is grilled everywhere i.e youtube, the view, cnn, msnbc still he has better ratting than obama.

    will anybody tell me who these rating companies work for.

    in 2000 fox BROKE the news of bush win.

    still media is giving the impression of mccains higher rating.

    should american be ready for another dumb president for four more years

    September 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. jeff - Dallas

    Quite the world diplomat!

    50 year old college educated white Texan for Obama/Biden
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Wayne in CA

    and let's not forget that she had to fly over Canada numerous times to get to the lower 48...

    can anyone really imagine this woman at the head of the senate..much less in the oval office..??

    throw the BUMS out...!!!

    "If you don't stop spreading lies about me ~ I'm gonna have to tell the truth about YOU!" – Barack Obama, Sept 12, 2008 New Hampshire

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

    Just wow. ...

    Straight talk express???

    September 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. McCain=the draft

    McCain's a liar.
    Palin's a liar.
    Just what we need. More liars in the White House!

    September 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Carl D

    When will we find out that she's really not a governor of Alaska?

    September 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. PA voter

    More lies? Surprise, surprise! She needs an "L" on her forehead for LIAR.

    September 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Morgan

    Do they think we're stupid? I guess. Thanks to some journalists (shout out to the Boston Globe) for still doing investigative journalism and not just spin. Everyone was griping that Obama needed to get tougher. Well so does the news media. They are our watchdogs and part of a true democracy. Palin grows more hollow by the day. And McCain becomes more unethical. In fact, he is lying over and over. What was the "straight talk" he used to tout. No. Really. Was it ever straight and honest?

    September 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |


    September 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Deb, Allentown,PA

    More lies and misrepresentations from the McCain/Palin campaign. When will they end? How low will they sink to win this election? What happened to the McCain of 2000 and 2004 who had some semblance of honor?

    September 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. brion

    CNNs political page looks like a giant obama poster. I wonder whos side they are on. No 5th estate at cnn, just an obama web site.

    September 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. tydicea

    I wonder if she also came under sniper attack. Next we'll see McCain on one of the Sunday talk shows arguing that the media got it wrong. What a pair pathological liars.

    September 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. mmd

    Has anything that mccain or palin said been the truth. NO NO, execpt that they will continue to look out for the fat cats and keep a war going.

    September 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. fivekids

    People this should open up everyone eyes, they will do anything even lie to win the white house. This sounds like someone we all know to well the original Maverick G. Bush.
    Mc Cain and Palin will only follow the real Maverick in office now.

    September 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. RS

    McCain/Palin are all about lies. Seems that she also likes to give her friends positions in government. Check out Saturdays NYT front page article.

    September 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. NG in DC

    Send her to Iraq now for the sake of our country. She is a liar and a fraud.

    September 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Loretta

    Wasn't Senator Obama criticized for this?

    September 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Jim

    The Palin-drones seem to eat up anything she says, no matter the truth. Of course, it's the liberal media's fault that she continues to lie and exaggerate her record.

    Oh, and if a "personal vacation" to Mexico is experience, then millions of spring breakers may also be qualified.

    September 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. J.G. Taylor

    The more we learn about Sarah Palin the more horrified I am not only that she doesn't seem to care what she says or how she lies, but how John McCain, supposedly an honest man, chose her! It must mean that neither of them has any scruples, he by what he says and how he panders to the right wing of his party, and she by the hypocritical way that she leads her life.
    Anyone with real family values should be appalled by the way she treats her family. Obviously ambition comes before values. What's really sad is the way in which she has captivated the country. Is there enough time between now and the election to show her clay feet? Carl Rove won't let that happen.

    September 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Marisol

    So McCain and his VP have publicly stated numerous lies and those lies are finally being confronted by the media? I doubt that very much. Palin has a lot of nerve stating Obama regrets not choosing Clinton as his VP. I woul\d say after her interview with Charlie Gibson, where she comes off as completely ignorant of critical foreign policy issues at best, she will learn to shut her ignorant mouth.This woman is one world war waiting to happen and I would say it is McCain who has regrets over his choice of VP. Also, you should acknowledge that many women have enough brains to see through this dangerously unqualified candidate and wil not vote for her just because she is a woman., Many of us are not sheep!

    September 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. momof2or

    Does Palin know how to tell the truth or her spokeswomen/men?? This is really getting absurd. it's just like one thing after another is proven to be not true about her. Who is she?

    September 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Holden Litgo

    I guess her claim that she "has been to Iraq theater of operations" is about as accurate as her claim of foreign policy experience because she can "see Russia from parts of Alaska". What a piece of work. It's clear a McCain/Palin administration would be about as honest and accountable as Bush/Cheney.

    September 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Leslie

    Could you please alert the media when John McCain and Sarah Palin decide to actually speak the truth? Or are they afraid of it? Now we know why you don't see Sarah do interviews - she's afraid she'll be tripped up on her lies and her ignorance. Doesn't the American they vow to "put first" deserve better than this? How dare they?

    September 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Girl in the South

    "In July of last year, Palin left North America for the first time"- CNN. Wow.

    September 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Sam

    Drip, drip, drip, dirp...soon enough, McCain will be exposed to have made a monumental error in choosing this woman as his running mate.

    When you make a bad decision and you refuse to acknowledge, you will continuosly lie to attempt to cover up the bad decision...think of how many other reasons/lies Bush has offered for the bad judgment of invading Iraq.

    I hope America wakes up!

    September 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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