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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soundoff (1,396 Responses)
  1. Eight is Enough

    WoW more lies ....who would have thunk it!

    At least we do know that Alaska is near Russia.. What more could we ask for !

    McCain is looking more and more foolish!

    September 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. CO voter

    Like many others, I was originally leaning towards McCain for President. However, the deceipt in their campaign has swayed my vote towards Obama. I would not feel comfortable trusting these two to lead our country.

    The true colors are shining through...

    September 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Tough Lady, NC

    Spin, Spin, Spin. McCain really underestimated our Intelligence. He should have vetted Palin. She is finally realizing what we expect in the lower 48 and that is truth and accountability. And we do have the right to question our elected officals.

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

    How long will it take to see that Palin is not ready for Prime Time? Anyone see that interview Friday in which she danced and skipped her way through without answering enough?

    September 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Danielson

    Anyone surprised? Really?

    September 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Patricia

    There will be more, just wait.

    September 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Joshua College Station Texas

    Palin-gate #5. And the list grows...

    September 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. themanwhosawtomorrow

    How many lies are they gonna tell us? I weep for my country!

    September 13, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Christopher

    Wow, this is an issue that the media should cover heavily. She needs to be taken to task for her false claims. If the media does not report heavily on this then we know who's in it for the Mccain-Palin ticket.

    Palin should be ashamed of her self!

    Obama 08 !!!!

    September 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Doug

    Sara visited which Mexico? The country Mexico or the state New Mexico? Please clarify.

    September 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. don

    Just another lie to had to the stinking heap! These people have no shame!

    September 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Roberto

    Another lie by the McCain/Palin campaign. It's amazing how they think Americans are stupid enough to trust them.

    September 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Vin in Texas

    But she could see Iraq from the border- she has now Iraq war experience.

    Now dont try to argue with me, I once visited NASA in Houston... that makes me a rocket scientist...

    September 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Michael

    And this is the person that the Republicans are trotting out as their best choice for VP? The incompetence in choosing her is staggering. The sad thing is that there seem to be a lot of folks falling for this nonsense by supporting that ticket. How sad for America.

    September 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Palin reality setting in

    Uh oh. I have more travel experience than her.
    The lies just keep on coming while MaGoo tries to keep a straight face.
    Welcome to the cheap talk express

    September 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. MoreOfTheSame

    Stretching the truth is normal for BUSH and the GOP look how they have manage to lie then cover-up with more lies. She will fit right in!
    It seems difficult in the McCain Campaign to do some straight talk!

    America deserves straight talk not lies!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Texan for Obama

    I hope it's starting to get clear to everyone that McCain will say ANYTHING to get elected. Nothing they say can be seen as credible any longer! They forget that this is the internet age and that we can actually look up information. Unlike one candidate I know....

    Don't fall for the same old lies America!!

    Texans for Obama!!

    September 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Haoleboy

    So ... when Gov. Palin was selected we were told repeatedly by the MCain campaign that she had visited battle operations INSIDE Iraq. No? Not true? Almost did? Miscommunication? Liberal media bias? Being picked on because she's a woman? How about just another lie?

    September 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. thibbye

    Typical lying Republican. This woman can't keep her stories straight and it looks like she will stoop to absolutely nothing to try to get herself, Bubba and her pack of white trash kids to Washington. Please Dear God, don't let the American people be fooled by this fraud.

    September 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Beth

    Who cares ???

    September 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Joe Ossai

    Is lying a problem with Alaska or Sara Palin can't help herself.

    Everything this chic says is a bold face lie. God give me a break.

    September 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Jane

    When did John McCain become such a liar? He used to be honorable. I used to respect him. Now, he is truly as despicable as Rove and Bush.

    There is only one honorable choice in this election: Obama.

    September 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Jeff an Independent

    LIARS, LIARS – pants on fires. McCain and Palin are nothing but LIARS. Bit by bit, truth comes out. But even as one truth comes out, two more LIES are told! And if these two habitual LIARS are elected in 50 days – all the fact-checking in the world is irrelevant.

    September 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. judy

    Their whole campaign seems to be nothing but lies and exaggerations! Shame on any American who believes these fools!

    September 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Leslie

    This woman needs to get her stories straight, as do the campaign aides. Didn't Palin tell Charlie Gibson of ABC News that she had visited Iraq? Come on, what next are we going to learn about this woman. I'm telling you, you can't lie about anything because the truth always has a way of coming out.

    September 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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