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

McCain retracts Palin's Pakistan comments


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. Jeff

    @Bottom Line: Biden isn't on a leash. OBAMA is man enough to allow other people to have their own opinions and thoughts. That's the entire point of the Straight Talk Express! Oh wait, that is burning on the side of the road, sorry.

    September 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. bibek

    Is Palin McCain's Puppet?

    She is not allowed to talk to the media, she is not allowed to speak out her mind... she is not allowed to take charge of the campaign when McCain has to go to D.C.

    What is McCain trying to do?

    September 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. alvino

    Even Palin knows John McCain is out of touch.

    September 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Now we know why Sarah Palin doesn't believe in evolution

    Are you kidding?!

    Seriously, she gaffes at a cheese sandwich stand and THAT is McCain's response?!

    September 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. redhead from Toronto

    Sign of things to come – McCain to Palin – " Shut up and look pretty, let me do the talking." What a joke, can't even begin to imagine a McCain/Palin government, it's going to be a 3rd Bush term. May God have mercy.

    September 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. BC

    Can't she ever get anything right? No wonder they don't want her to say anything in public. After McCain's bizarre behavior about showing up to his debate, I wouldn't be surprised at all if she didn't show up to hers. A sick child, some family problem – she could come up with 100 reasons not to show. I can't beleive he continues to keep her on the ticket.

    September 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. open handed

    this is a joke right? I was so mad George didn't drill McCain harder on this

    September 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. SF

    We all should know by now McSame picked Palin as a puppet.......a FEMALE puppet that is. She is supposed to sit there, look pretty, and keep her lipsticked mouth shut. How dare her open her mouth and voice an opinion, particularly, if it is NOT an opinion dictated to her by Rove!!!!

    September 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. OhioVoter

    Unfortunately, there a LOT of people who don't pay any attention to comments, policy, or intelligence. They just want "somebody like me". How do you think Bush got elected twice. It's those same people that will vote for Palin.

    I don't want somebody just like me to be the president. I want somebody smarter and more capable than me. I want the brightest person in the country to be president. Unfortunately, that view seems to be in the minority.

    September 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Slick Rick

    Humm...She can't even retract her own statement? Wow how long is she going to last?

    September 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. JFK

    McCain/Palin need to throw in the towel before it gets worse. This is just like watching an extended comedy sketch off SNL but the scary part is that its REAL!!!

    September 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. jt

    mccain is freaking out...

    September 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. alvino

    If this had been Biden, McCain would have an ad airing now.

    September 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Joe

    This Friday should be fun for McCain after he has to explain what Palin actually meant at the debate on Thursday.

    September 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. ujw, ny

    Talk about a loose wire! Now, it's one thing to retract Palin's comments during the campaign – but if McCain/Palin are elected, how does he retract her blunders then?

    September 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Brandon

    lol – McLiar had to "retract" what she said. What does that mean? What she said now...never happened? I'm so tired of McSame/Lyin' Palin treating us like we're stupid people. Anyone with any sense would vote for any candidate above McSame.

    September 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Wonder woman

    I wanted Hillary Clinton- based on issues and qualifications.

    But Sarah Palin will do- as a backlash against the vitriolic hatred against Clinton and all women that came out of the Obama camp.

    The Obama campaign and their hateful supporters that use filth and vulgar insults against fellow Americans and sexual comments against wome are the TRUE PIGS in lipstick.

    September 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. M


    Gee. It's funny. After watching last night's Saturday Night Live skit with Tina Fey, I don't think I am able to tell them apart anymore.

    September 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. S Callahan

    i wasn't there , but I read CNN's report and she clearly said she was agreeing with Obama stance regarding Pakistian action or inaction based on her response.

    Right now, frankly I don't care what she says. I am more concerned with the economics of our country...and if we are being dupped, again.

    Let not the buyer rejoice or the seller grieve for wrath is upon the whole crowd. Ezekiel 7:11 Silver or gold will not save you vs 19
    Our destiny is in the hands of God.

    September 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Niraj

    I can't believe that Sen McDeny is not letting Sarah has her words. Comeone, you picked her for her reformist credential.. if she makes a statement that doesn't suit you then either you made a bad choice or she doesn;t understand your position.

    This is called spinning the comment after screwing up, just like your fundamentals of economy statement. You guys lie and spin at the best.

    September 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Tina

    We all agree to a point it might come dcown to us crossing borders, but we also know each and every one of us in America share respect for countries that unless necessary, we wouldn't want to cross borders, just like we don't want anyone crossing our borders. Sarah Palin is American first, then political same as you and I. I am sure she too means that 'after you take for granted what I stand for, then yes, if necessary we might eventually need to cross borders for strikes. Quit taking people to task, and be human. True Americans give benefit of the doubt, not communistic stances like you all are.

    September 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. s.positive

    Mcsame's camp is in confusion. God help us...

    September 28, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. thomas

    These are the candidates for people with bad judgement and they are represented very well.

    September 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Michael

    I hope someone asks Palin during Thursday's debate about Sen McCain's responsibility for the last banking crisis when he, as a core member of the Keating Five, helped destroy the now non existent Savings and Loan industry.

    September 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. aaron in mn

    A lot of America actually feels that we should act on good intelligence. Clinton did it, Bush thought he was doing it, liberals and conservatives can probably agree on this. I bet most Americans think we should strike within Pakistan's borders if it meant a shot on the life of bin laden irregardless of their political affiliation.

    September 28, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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