September 28th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain retracts Palin's Pakistan comments

CNN

Watch: Palin answers questions during a cheesesteak run Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN)— Sen. John McCain retracted Sarah Palin's stance on Pakistan Sunday morning, after the Alaska governor appeared to back Sen. Barack Obama's support for unilateral strikes inside Pakistan against terrorists

"She would not...she understands and has stated repeatedly that we're not going to do anything except in America's national security interest," McCain told ABC's George Stephanopoulos of Palin. "In all due respect, people going around and... sticking a microphone while conversations are being held, and then all of a sudden that's—that's a person's position... This is a free country, but I don't think most Americans think that that's a definitve policy statement made by Governor Palin."

Saturday night, while on a stop for cheesesteaks in South Philadelphia, Palin was questioned by a Temple graduate student about whether the U.S. should cross the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

"If that's what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should," Palin said.

During Friday night's presidential debate in Mississippi, Obama took a similar stance and condemned the Bush administration for failing to act on the possibility terrorists are in Pakistan.

"Nobody talked about attacking Pakistan," Obama said after McCain accused the Illinois senator of wanting to announce an invasion. "If the United States has al Qaeda, bin Laden, top-level lieutenants in our sights, and Pakistan is unable or unwilling to act, then we should take them out."

McCain emphasized Sunday, Palin "shares" his view on the matter.

soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. Jennie

    The GOP ticket is getting more and more entertaining each and every day; haha !!!

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. chase

    It's on and poppin' ... ha ha ...the VP debate is going to be the icing on the cake for the Obama Camp...ahhh haaa..Palin will not have a chance in hell against Biden.

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS!!!

    »Sarah Palin=Beautiul,lovely,smart,very CAPABLE. This wonderful Lady is our next Vice-President. And she LOOKS BETTER tahn that "Joe something?!??!"??!... Americans WAKE UP before its TOO LATE!!!...McCain/Palin 08,OF COURSE. We are NOT in Asia or in Indonesia,we are in AMERICA!...

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Susan

    THIS LADY IT'S A JOKE !!! SHE SHOULD GO TO HOLLYWOOD TO A COMIC SHOW :)

    WHAT'S NOT SO FUNNY IS, BELIVE ME, AMERCA WILL BE
    IN BIG TROUBLE AND WILL BE RIDICULARIDED IF PEOPLE VOTE ON MACCAIN/APLIN TICKET BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE NOTHING MORE THEM A THIS MISS ALASKA CONDUCTING OUR DESTINY'S AND EVEN WORSE, OUR CHILD'S FUTURE !!! DO YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE WANTED A NEW BUSH DOIND THAT FOR YOU FOR MORE 8 YEARS ???

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. k williams

    let me get this right. mcshame and the airhead have a good shot at the white house. lord have mercy, as my mother would say. bitter folks would rather to suffer four more years than vote for a black man. america is a sad pitiful place except for racist.

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Denny Kazembe

    Sad but true. Republicans can not accept reality. Palin reminds me of Miss Teen USA SOuth Carolina when asked the question: Why is it that a fifth of the Americans fail to find the United States of America on a World Map? The aswer given was just like the answer Palin gave when asked about her claimed foreign policy experience. She woders like she is lost in the forest trying to find her way out.

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. NoTrustInPolitics

    "people going around and… sticking a microphone while conversations are being held, and then all of a sudden that's—that's a person's position… This is a free country, but I don't think most Americans think that that's a definitve policy statement made by Governor Palin."
    ______________________________________________________

    And McCain hasn't been doing that same thing to Obama? Please, if he wants to defend his VP, can he at least do it in a way that doesn't make him sound like the world's biggest f-–g hypocrite?

    And why is MCCAIN retracting the statement and not PALIN? SHE is the one who made the d–n comment.

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Harold

    Forget about Palin.

    McCain's sole line of attack, as stated numerous times in numerous ways during the debate, is that Obama is "not ready to lead". All but those utterly blinded by partisanship know this to be false. Whether or not you agree with the substance of Obama's positions, he clearly showed leadership Friday night, arguably more so than the reckless, stubborn McCain.

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Rob

    To the guy who called his friend and had her talk to him... you need to get out more. Or change political parties. Probably the latter.

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Chris

    Hilarious!!

    This whole thing is like a train wreak....

    Since when does someone retract a comment on part of another person....oh yeh...

    I've met with the Iraqi government, they don't want a 16 month withdrawal...I know them.

    I've been friends with Kissinger for 30 years, that isn't what he meant.

    ...on and on...

    Haven't we learned that it might be a good character trait to have a president who is willing to admit that he was wrong about something at any point during his administration?

    September 28, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Nation of Whiners for Obama

    To "Bottom line":

    Biden has given over 100 interviews since he was chosen. Alot more chances to slip up than through the now four questionings Palin has undergone, one of them from FOX News, a station so far up the GOP's butt that it comes as no surprise.

    BOJO 08
    BECAUSE MCCAIN AND PALIN AREN'T EVEN ON THE SAME PAGE

    September 28, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Bridget

    Has anyone yet called out McCain for his complete lack of understanding in saying that Pakistan was a failed state before Musharraf took power? He used that blatently false statement to make Obama appear naive, when it was really McCain who didn't know what the heck he was talking about. Pakistan was a democracy!

    September 28, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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