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. OS

    McCain and Palin,

    Flip-Flop.

    How long you and Palin are going to play this game?????

    September 28, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Dave

    The series of unfortunate gaffes starts on.

    September 28, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Barney

    OOPS ! Now, if only the entire world could "unhear" everything she has said, the heavens would part and down would come McCain/Palin.

    September 28, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Mitzie

    You are right Senator McCain. People should not be asking policy questions of our candidates! Good lord!

    September 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Brittany

    Whoopsy-daisy! Something tells me this won't be the last time this campaign that McCain is going to have to 'retract' a statement by Palin. I wouldn't doubt if he has to retract about half of her debate against Biden....

    September 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. bridgette

    John McCain is a joke. Let that lady have her own opionions. I don't think she is against Obama like they make her out to be. I think she is on tape somewhere saying she supports Obama and thinks he has great ideas.

    September 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Jeff

    LOL – McSame if you let her off her leash once in a while she'd actually improve at answering questions. Bomb bomb bomb Iran! Oops!

    Why isn't McSame man enough to admit when someone else is right? Obama did it several times during the debate. I thought that's what the Straight Talk Express was all about...

    September 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Bottom line: Obuma has NO resume, even for change!!

    OBUMA didn't even go as far as to address the stupid things Biden has said during the campaign.......

    September 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. alvino

    John McCain should drop out because he is dragging the Sarah Palin Campaign down.

    September 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. zack

    Palin is dangerously under-prepared. Shame on you McCain!

    September 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. TAMMY

    SHE HAS NO POLICY VIEW BECAUSE SHE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY THEY WILL HAVE TO RETRACT A HELL OF ALOT MORE STUFF PALIN SAYS IN THE DEBATE GET READY FOR

    W RETRACT! WE RETRACT ! WE RETRACT

    September 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Erik

    Nope, sorry, Senator. You don't get to :"retract" somebody else's ignorant ramblings. Sarah Palin is exactly what you now fear she is: incapable of taking your place if necessary.

    September 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Bill

    Palin has no clues and McCain is out of touch!

    What else is new?

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Keith

    Maybe McCain should tell Palin her stance on the topic before she contradicts him again.

    September 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Rob

    More of the unraveling of John McCain... and the poll numbers continue to decline. VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN!

    September 28, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. AMY

    Spin..Spin...spin...I am so tired of McCain & Palin...She doesn't have a clue...PERIOD!!!...and MCain is a hot-head..trying to keep his temper under control..anyone could see that watching the debate!!! It seemed that Obama made McCain agrravated!!!! Obam was cool, clam, collective and to put it mildly...PRESIDENTIAL!!!

    September 28, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Glenn in California

    Oops. She did it again.

    What a joke. She actually gives an answer to a question that's not incomprehensible, and Grandpa has to take it back. McLame came across as lame in the debate. Obama and Biden are out campaigning while he now needs to lock Caribou Barbie back up in the closet until Election Day.

    Hopefully, independents and undecided voters will come to see this farce for what it is and put us all out of our misery by giving us the change we need.

    Just say NO to Bush 44 and Caribou Barbie.

    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    September 28, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    This is great! I cant wait to see how badly she screws up during the debate!

    September 28, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. alvino

    90% Bush + 9% Cheney + 1% Maverick + 0% Knowledge of the Economy = 100% John McCain.

    September 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. markymark22

    Obama supporters criticizing McCain/Palin on this topic – two words: Joe Biden

    September 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. texas voter

    Poor John McCain he forgot to give Palin her opinion before she was let out in public.

    September 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. brad

    Why do I feel like McCain treats Palin like a naive daughter instead of a "own minded" individual. Scary. I am voting for Obama. But I feel so insulted how the international stage probably looks at us. We really are becoming dumb and dumber. McCain dishonored us by chosing her. I actually feel sorry for her.

    September 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Bob (Illinois)

    More reinforcement for a growing sentiment: the Disasta from Alaska!

    September 28, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Fabian

    This is getting quite interesting. I am sure there will be many more contradictions in the near future. This also makes me look forward to her debate with Joe Biden. The true colours are going to come out for sure.

    September 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Andrew

    My God she's a moron

    September 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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