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. Nathaniel

    Are you kidding me? Is this truly the quality of the background searches we can expect in a McCain administration? Or is it abundantly clear now that the GOP politicos and NOT McCain are running this campaign ... and thus will likely have their hands all over the staffing of the White House should they get the opportunity.

    This is like me telling my friends that I once visited Utah because I had a layover at the Salt Lake City Airport on the way to California. How gullible do they think we are?... Oh yea, they think we are plenty gullible and will be easily distracted by tomorrow's new "controversy" they will concoct to take our attention away from the lies and distortions they are putting out into the press about this woman. Shame, Shame, Shame.

    As a former Hillary supporter, I have seriously considered McCain as my alternative. All that campaign has done, however, is to say they are NOT interested in my vote. Where does that leave me? Back with Obama? Perhaps yes... time will tell. For now, I will remain undecided but deeply concerned about this.

    September 13, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. AJ

    I have to call her integrity into question in this, especially given her son's deployment. What kind of example does this set? What sort of precedent?

    Attempting to boost her own credentials in an altogether fraudulent way that spits in the face of Servicepeople is a tremendous sleight to each and every one of them. And to the people in this country, too.

    Consider your votes, people. If you're willing to forgive a not-so-minor lie like this, what more would you let Governor Palin get away with?

    September 13, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. Michelle

    Thank God for fact checkers.

    Palin is scary and full of BS.
    When Charlie Gibson asked her about the Bush doctrine, she smiled and tried to answer in some kind of jibber jabber....if she had any smarts of her own, she would have down what most people would have asked," Please refresh me on the Bush Doctrine?" No....she came back with some mission for our country answer? If I was interviewing her for a job at my company, if she did not know the answer or what my question was...I would hope this new hire would ask? I would end the interview and thank her for her time. Bye Bye to Palin and McCain

    September 13, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. Mike

    And this is important why?

    September 13, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Josh

    The only reason McCain picked her is cause she is WOMAN!!! period!
    How many times do you need a reminder of this people??? She met him once before he selected her as VP. She was never properly veted. She got this not because she was qualified. Come'n people McCain is trying to take advantage of disapointed DNC women. Is American woman that stupid and ignorant if they support McCain and Palin's ticket because just SHE is a WOMAN???


    Why? Because the only thing they have incommon is gender. She stand against everything the women I know stand for. So if they vote for her it would be 1) because she is a women or 2) because he is black.

    Black?? I guess half black but who cares about his mother's side and he doesn't even know his father as a son should know his father, he look black there for he is black right???

    McCain is going to win by getting all the ignorant vote and all those ignorant voters will say, "What was I thinking?" not only for the next 4 years but for the rest of their life.

    God bless the good, the bad and the ignorant.

    Oh, 'Country MY AS.. FIRST" hahha my people are funny! I'm glad I married a canadian girl and moved to Canada!

    September 13, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. Andrew from Canada

    Surprise surprise, more lies from the Republican party. When will some Americans learn that the Republican party is the ones that got them into this mess and will only make things worse if re-elected.

    September 13, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. kennywest

    This is very interesting, McCain put out an ad that condems Obama for calling Palin a pig, and defended it when asked. Now either he thinks we're stupid, he's lying, or he's stupid. Now which of these qualities do you want in a President.

    September 13, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. That Other Jerry

    So long before she became a VP candidate, she may or may not have changed her itinerary for a trip which may or may not have included Iraq. Did she by any chance have a tuna sandwich in the past six months? What other juicy details can you report about Palin in the hopes that somehow they are Significant Details which might prove to be newsworthy someday? It's the issues, stupid.

    September 13, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. S Kirk

    It's getting very interesting now...half-truths mixed with outright lies..Goodness...What Next? Stay tuned.......

    September 13, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. sam

    ...i was gonna vist the troops in AyRaq but Malaki said " thanks but no thanks..."

    September 13, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. TheRock

    Why is CNN not reporting on the findings of the New York Times, about Ms Palin. It's on the first page, headlined:

    "Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes"

    September 13, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. john


    September 13, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. john


    September 13, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. mechelle

    More lies when what can you believe from the mccain camps. They are all liars. NO Policies, No nothing but lies.

    September 13, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. darby

    Just another lie to add to her extensive list of lies that seem to turn up every time she opens her mouth about anything. The dumb people of America don't care anyway.

    September 13, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. ABG

    Sarah Palin has certainly sparked some energy in the Republican campaign.

    The Palin-Biden debate will be the most watched event of the year.

    If Obama had chosen Hillary, his campaign would have beat McCain to the punch!

    September 13, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. Donj

    I wonder the same thing.

    September 13, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. shadowgovt

    Yet another example of the bogus distortions and white lies told to he American people by an increasingly desperate McCain campaign. Senator McCain, the "Half Truth" express is now boarding.

    September 13, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. l.

    Somebody forgot to tell the American people that, lately a few south-American countries do not want any American diplomats in their countries because the USA oppose the policies of president Evo Morales who wants to nationalize OIL and GAS in Bolivia to redistribute it to the people.Apparently,the ruling elite that profits from these resources with the help of American companies is trying to pressure the president to drop these reforms trough diplomatic influence......

    The world need a better leader,one that would really solve problems,instead of WAR MONGERING.....

    September 13, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. knownauthor

    How is she going to weasel out of the debate? That's the only question I have left about her.

    September 13, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    palin sounded stupid in her interview with Gibson, thank goodness barbara walters had the right questions for mccain, what in this world dose palin have to offer , nothing but stupid remarks, send her back to alaska.

    September 13, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. Claude

    How many more lies will this woman be caught in? The reality is Sarah Palin was chosen for purely political reasons. She has NO qualifications to serve as vice president, and God forbid if she should ever have to serve as president. McCain has severely damaged his repuation. He did not put country first. He put getting elected first.

    September 13, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Dee

    Both McCain and Palin have problem telling the truth!!!

    They both claim to be a Christians and they both tell lie after lie after lie even after the media exposes the lie they still continue to lie.

    Is this how they will run the White House?

    September 13, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Jake

    It was obvious from the beginning that this VP choice, while bold, and upbeat for conservatives was doomed for failure. I think we can expect a lot more from Gov Palin. Wait till the media catch on to her "wonder years" before she was governor. She is not that sweet honey hockey mom that the republicans thought she was. Ron Paul might just be able to pull some votes away there from McCain and lipstick.

    September 13, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. CO11BANG

    Im a two time Infantry Iraq vet who use to have respect for McCain. Now I see him for what he is. A LIAR.

    September 13, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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