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. Marielle Thomas (Atlanta, GA)

    I agree with Tommy, Obama's spokesman, we are starting to wander is there anything that they, the McCain Campaign, won't lie about. I am glad all of their lies are being uncovered.

    September 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    Liberal's grabing for straws.

    September 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. KO

    The more they lie, the more they'll get caught.

    September 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. RCD WA

    And to think that a few months ago McCrazy was criticizing Obama for not going to Iraq. This is just like how he complained that Obama was inexperienced, then picked a VP candidate with less experience.

    September 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Mandy

    wow ms palin and friends, your lies and cover ups leave me speechless. Come on McCain campaign you can't have your cake and eat it too. you got the celebrity excitement from your vp pick, now stop pretending that she doesnt have all these skeletons in her closet. just own up to it, its not like the palinaholics will care anyway.

    September 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Jim

    Ummm...well...I guess I can pretty much use this comment for just about every claim that McCain or Palin make:

    Liar, liar, pants on fire...

    Is there ONE SINGLE AUTHENTIC THING about either of these candidates? Are they even real, do they even know what they've done or what they think, or have they been so handled and manipulated that they are just clueless robots.

    Either way, another pathetic Republican disgrace. Ugh.

    September 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Yinka

    CNN, please carry this eventhough it is critical about your Sarah Palin

    Why would she say she visited the troops in Iraq, when she never stepped on Iraqi soil? Does she have to lie about everything from falsely claiming she sold plane on ebay for a profit, falsely claiming per diem from the Alaska's government, to her reasons for abusing her office by firing the commisioner who refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law? I hope she is not what some have called her: a pathological lier.

    September 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. BKoi

    I simply cannot believe that any thinking person would choose an AIR HEAD for the second , and most probably , most important job in the free world !! For God sake ! Think before you vote ! McCain , you old fool, do or say anything to be elected ! Do you think what you have done with this Sarah Palin person is PUTTING COUNTRY FIRST ?? She is no more qualified to be Vice or President of the US than I am ! What do we know about her education ? We surely know she has a very base level of international affairs, and has not had ANY exposure to foreign affairs !! How dare you do this to the American people ! If you truly loved your country , instead of loving POWER ,AND PERSONAL AMBITION , you would have REALLY PUT COUNTRY FIRST, and chosen someone that was qualified ! You are a traitor , in my eyes , a terrible man who put ambition over country and have put us all in DANGER !! YOU JUST DON'T GET IT . You will , if elected, make a terrible President , dishonesty , and deceit , are not qualities anyone admires. You should be ASHAMED tohave fallen so far from GRACE.

    September 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Ricky

    Doesn't really matter. Because of deep divisions on racial, gender, and party lines, and the overall stupidity of it all, these people who have lied their way to where they are today, will grab the white house. Sad.

    September 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. michael minorgan

    please lets get off this woman..she's not worth it. We all know she's not qualified to lead the nation should she have to, God forbid and she's told so many lies and half truths who really knows what she believes in or has was obviously a total political move on McCain's part ( a move by the way that even has many highly placed Republicans scratching their heads) Believe me her aura will wear off very quickly now as we get to see the real person emerge from behind the slowly disintegrating GOP shield that was erected in front of her.

    September 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Sammy

    I'm not sure this is that big of a deal, depending on the status of the spokesperson. "Misstatements" have happened quite alot the last year from all major candidates in the primaries and the general. However if McCain and Palin themselves said she did then it would be an issue.

    September 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Jeff

    The misinformation and outright lies coming out of the McCain campaign are becoming ridiculous. How are we supposed to take these two seriously when it seems like every other day we find out that something they've claimed is not actually the truth?

    September 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Mary, NY

    Did you mss her interview with Charlie Gibson–she said Kuwait, not Iraq. Are you suffering from dementia or something? Get real CNN if you ever want to catch up to Fox in the ratings.

    September 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. lynn

    What has she said that she hasn't altered or lied about?? Her "trip" to Ireland was a stopover at the airport.

    September 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Cathy B

    My momma used to tell me that its harder to keep lying that it is to tell the truth. Over exaggerations in this political race is far from impressive. Stop in Ireland for refueling, vacationing in Canda and Mexico? Come on man! That means I have foreign experience too!

    Cathy in Fort Worth TX

    September 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Lame

    No surprise here, just another lie by the GOP.

    When will America wake up and realize that they are being manipulated into believing the lies from the McCain/Palin ticket?

    Did the last 8 years not prove to the American people that the only thing that is on the mind of Republicans is Power, and they could care less about every-day Americans?

    You can call Obama all the names you want, but he is still more of an American than any politician willing to sacrifice the American people and our country for the purpose of greed and power through lies, like McCain/Palin.

    September 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. USAF RET

    They can't help lying. Their motto " A lie is just as good as the truth if you can get someone to believe you." Their lying has worked in the past so I guess they see no need in stopping now. But I'm sure it's Obama's fault. If Obama would only go to town hall meetings with McCain, McCain wouldn't have to lie.

    September 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Walt D

    When will McCain and Palin get their facts straight and engage in some straight talk rather then lies, smears and spinning the truth to make them look good?

    September 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Democrat for Big Mac

    Obama does not need to muddy up Palin himself.

    His job is being done by the "ELITE MEDIA" including CNN and its so called "POLITICAL ANALYSTS" Jeffery Toobin, Roland Martin, Gloria Borger, ANd even the hosta's job to like Campbell Brown.

    Toobin says, its the media job to expose the candidates. I wonder where was he when a freshman senator started running for President. He probably has enough qualifications for the INTERNSHIP job at the white house.

    September 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. joe

    So, what is there to know, or not to know, about this national candidate who is as sequestered as Kim Jon Il?

    Come CNN, do your job! The fact that a potential president of the United States will not speak openly to the press is newsworthy in itself. Find out why; this is serious.

    September 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Jim

    and don't forget she can see Russia from Alaska....

    Anyone else notice that Johnny Mac has stopped questioning Obama's judgment all of the time?

    September 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. cbenji

    my ten year old sister has been to more foreign countries than palin has.

    September 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Monica

    Their motto should be Country First to be LIED TO before we can make to the white house.

    For Goodness sakes! American can't be dumb enough to elect these blatant LIARS.

    September 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Dandelion.

    She is such a joke. That ticket is such a joke.

    September 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Obamacan

    so what? She is close to Russia. That's enough. She understands foreign policy because Alaska is very close Russia. why to go to iraq?

    September 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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