(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."
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!
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...
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.
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?
Anyone surprised? Really?
There will be more, just wait.
Palin-gate #5. And the list grows...
How many lies are they gonna tell us? I weep for my country!
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 !!!!
Sara visited which Mexico? The country Mexico or the state New Mexico? Please clarify.
Just another lie to had to the stinking heap! These people have no shame!
Another lie by the McCain/Palin campaign. It's amazing how they think Americans are stupid enough to trust them.
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...
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.
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
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!!!!!
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!!
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?
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.
Who cares ???
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.
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.
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.
Their whole campaign seems to be nothing but lies and exaggerations! Shame on any American who believes these fools!
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.