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. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    Deceiving the American people is what the Republicans are about! They stretch the TRUTH..... just enough so that they get away with it.

    In my book, A LIE IS A LIE. HOW CAN WE ELECT SOMEONE WHO IS ALREADY...... TELLING LIES???????????????????????????????

    September 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Larry

    Now if they would only admit that just because you can see Russia from parts of Alaska does not mean you have foreign policy experience with Russia.McCain /Palin joke of the century !

    September 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. KRO

    Gov. Palin supported the bridge when it was going to cost around $200 million. When she became governor, she said she planned to curtail earmarks. She also learned the price of the bridge had more than doubled in cost to $400+ million. Easy decision there–earmarks were bringing us down and the cost could not be justified. Wouldn't you have changed your mind? An Alaskan

    September 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Stop the presses, another lie from the McCain/PALIN ticket.

    September 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. JIM...TX

    Soooo...guess this is just some more made up crap about Palins accomplishments....

    September 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Victor Lazlo

    Umm, isn't this a LIE?

    September 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Andy

    Pathetic! Why lie about visiting troops in Iraq? The more mistruths we are told the less reliable this GOP nomination seems.

    September 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Sherry, Atlanta



    September 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Snoozi

    Well then let's just let her get her feet wet in the national spotlight. this is all such a joke and i feel sorry for her because she is so intent on her own star that she cannot see the rep party is using her and will toss her away after election day. poor lady, but she is choosing to be used so what the heck? Can you see Carl Rove and his rangers cozying up to her or letting her in their little club?

    September 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. chuckles199

    obama is teh candidate and he has been there waht once?

    biden is a FIVE time draft didger.


    try that!

    September 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. dustin

    if this wasn't a race to be president and vice president it would be quite the comedy, however since it is, its simply a tragedy that these people are even being considered.

    September 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. SC in DC

    I'm an Obama supporter, and the fact that Sarah Palin didn't technically step across the border doesn't really matter to me. What I do care about is how little she understands about international affairs, as was made clear in her ABC interview. I applaud her son for joining the military, but I hope he based his decision on something other than his mother's comic book version of the conflict we're in.

    I hate to admit it, but I'd rather have Bush continue to be responsible for foreign policy than let Sarah Palin anywhere near such important decisions.

    Who cares where she visited the troops? What matters is that she's willing to put them in harms way for a cause that she, herself, is not even close to comprehending.

    September 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. peggyledbetter

    This woman is the biggest liar i have ever seen! America please wake-up! McCain & Palin in the White House is like having The Monsters over for dinner.

    September 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Kid

    Holy Cow John McCain.....STOP with the lies already!?!

    Actually, keep it the media can continue to unveil you as the deceptive, shrewd, politics as usual blowhard you really are.

    P.S.....a refueling stop doesn't count as foreign affair credentials. I once had a layover in Arizona, but I dont pretend to know anything about their state.

    September 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. annick, MD

    So who is she????? What did she do?????? Will anyone ever know the truth??? Is it a scifi movie or are we talking about our country and our future?
    This is disgusting
    Another character fabricated by the repubs

    September 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Eric

    I'm not suprised at all. What can we really believe

    September 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Shocking

    Another lie? I am beside myself with disbelief.

    September 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Mary

    Palin is a BAD joke and anyone who can not see that is A. not telling the truth, B. insane, or C. has IQ below 60.

    They are trying to spin John McCain's knee-jerk-off the wall selection of Palin as VP as a good choice but it solidifies for me that John McCain is not fit to be Pres. He used POOR judgement in his selection of a VP and put his desire for power first, NOT our country as he claims.

    Wake up. Some chose Bush because he made some feel he was just like them. Bush had a business bankruptcy in his history and now has put 5.5 TRILLION dollars on a credit card to be paid off by us, our children or grandchildren. Please do not make the same mistake again . Our country may not survive another 4 years.

    September 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Clifton in ohio


    September 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. TheTruthHurts

    We know it's true. They're lying. And why? We don't care whether she visited Iraq except that McCain made such a big deal about it. We don't care that she is anti-earmark queen, except she said she was and McCain says he based his pick on it.

    Dems need to let the media FINALLY do their job. This stuff will come out on its own.

    What is clear. McCain's vetting of Palin was horrendous. Not because she was a horrible candidate, but because they are so flatfooted about the information coming out.

    It's not her record that bothers me. IT'S THE HYPOCRISY. At some point, flip-flops become lies. Lying is a serious charge, but it's looking like it's going to stick - at the very least regarding earmarks.

    September 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Jerome

    In the ABC interview....when asked whether she had ever been outside the USA, she said she had been to Canada and Mexico. Now there is info suggesting she has been elsewhere.

    Has she got a memory problem?

    September 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Mary, NY

    Oh stop picking on Sarah. She's going to win because Americans like
    a good story more than issues and her story is a great one.

    Star basketball player, hunter, fisherman, Mayor, Governor, all by the age of 44 and raising 5 kids at the same time. She's the perfect model for our daughters and for women in general. Her story will win the election for McCain/Palin.

    September 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. keith loves America too much

    One of the many lies from the McCain/Palin ticket. They can not be trusted.

    September 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. B

    This can't be true – the evangelicals support Palin/McCain. They wouldn't lie! They are Christians !!

    Why is CNN lying about our hero and angel?

    September 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. SoDak

    What can one say? Palin's pants have got to be on fire.

    The liar's list is too long. Besides this gem, it also was learned yesterday that she has never commanded the Alaska National Guard to do anything, her sole claim to be qualified to be Commander in Chief. It's a sad day ...

    Looking forward to tonight's SNL skit.

    September 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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