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. CONCERNED CITIZEN

    Poor Palin. I am not a fan of her, but I so sympathize with her. She is completely out of her league, having been dropped into a heated race with very little substantive qualifications. I find it hypocritical that the Right has long decried the ills of quota-based affirmative action and then they choose this woman based on that same ideology. She was picked simply because she is a woman. Now she finds herself completely out of her league and dangerously close to upending the campaign with her recklessly delivered memorized policy stances. The media is ripping her apart, and with good reason. She needs to step aside BEFORE Thursday's debate for the good of America. She needs to put "Country First," rather than her intoxication with political power.

    And, by the way, where are her tax returns?! As taxpayers have to bailout Wall Street, she is the only candidate on either side who has not released her taxes. Why is that?

    September 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Former Republican for OBAMA

    SHE WOULD NOT.................!

    MORONS AT WORK !!!

    THE POLICIES OF PEOPLE THAT

    HAVEN'T A CLUE ON EARTH.

    SHE NEEDS ANOTHER WHICH DOCTOR BRAIN RX.

    IT WILL DO MCSENILE SOME GOOD TO GET ONE, TOO.

    September 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Dave

    Straight Talk – I say what I believe and you can believe what I say

    John McCain – Just because I said something doesn't mean I believe it.

    Is the problem that she doesn't know what she believes because the campaign hasn't told her yet? Amazing.

    September 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Indio CA

    Get out of the fog.

    Have you been impacted by the inadiquite policies of the past eight years?
    Do you know anyone out of work?
    Lost their home?
    Lost their life for a misdirected war?
    Returned home with PTSD?

    Look around you. Maybe down your own street. Talk to your family and get out of the fog.

    Vote for Obama

    September 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Kelly

    @ Bridgette - I don't know about Palin being on tape supporting Obama, but I've seen her supporting Ralph Nader in an interview she did before she was selected to be Obama's running mate...Are you gonna retract THAT Johnny boy?

    September 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS!!!

    »Americans=WAKE UP before its TOO LATE!!=Do you really WANT(?!) a USA President with a ARABIC(?!) NAME!?!???!...For goodness sake!Is Everybody going INSANE!???!... John McCain is the MAN.This manhas a AMERICAN name=JOHN McCain and NOT some ARABIC name!!!... Get it?!...

    September 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. LJS

    Hey Bottom Line: I know you are but what am I doesn't cut it once you leave grade school. Can you stay on topic for a minute? Does this not concern you in the least? Try to answer without using the names Obama or Biden. If it doesn't concern you, fine!! Explain rationally.

    September 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. John in Virginia

    This is what he gets for choosing her. I have always been a strong supporter of Obama, but if he were going to choose a woman for a running mate, why her? There were many far more qualified and intelligent women in the Republican party who would have gotten him far more votes in the process. I might not have agreed with their policies, but they would not have been all out stupid and dangerous to the point of destruction. McCain tried to pick someone he thought he could control. I hope women aren't dumb enough to vote for him because she is on the ticket. Lord forbid she ever end up as president and we're lucky enough to have an America after that, there won't be a woman for years to come. It is unfortunate that women and blacks and any other minority have to make that first impression, but it is a reality, and she will most certainly set women back; not advance them.

    September 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. “If B.S. were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself"

    Lol. yeah well... "If B.S. were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself"... All said, uh?

    She's an idiot. And as governor and VP she could even more care for what she says, and because that was an act of campaigning yesterday, so her private opinion should be let out!
    Haha, she's a joke and well Thursday she has a chance for showing, that this job can't be learned in around a month.
    Barack might have been less "experienced" but well, you know, he trains for being a president(and he will be awesome) for 19-20 months now. He is ready to lead. Mrs. Palin IS NOT!

    Obama/Biden by landslide

    September 28, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS!!!

    «The Americans are NOT that dumb. John McCain/Sarah Palin will be the WINNERS. Of course.

    September 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. polar bears 08

    Why can't he let Palin speak for herself?

    September 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Kelly

    @ Bridgette — I don't know about Palin being on tape supporting Obama, but I've seen her supporting Ralph Nader in an interview she did before she was selected to be McCain's running mate…Are you gonna retract THAT Johnny boy?

    September 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Sandra

    Wow.......that's funny. Reporters aren't supposed to report on policy discussions held by the candidates. McCain is pathetic. Great choice for your VP, Senator. Caribou Barbie strikes again!!!!!

    September 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. E.C.Coleman

    SHUT UP......WITH YOUR LIES, CNN!!! SENATOR MCCAIN WAS JUST ASKED ABOUT THIS ON ABC, THIS WEEK. CNN PICKS ON ANYTHING IT CAN TO DISCREDIT GOVERNOR PALIN AND THIS ACT IS SHAMEFUL TO THIS COUNTRY. IF CNN WOULD BE HONEST AND STOP FORCING OBAMA ON THE COUNTRY, ALL WOULD THEN BE FAIR. CNN IS A LEFT WING, LIBERAL RAG OF A NETWORK THAT ACTS IN THE WORST INTEREST OF THIS COUNTRY.

    September 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    Lol. yeah well... "If B.S. were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself"... All said, uh?

    She's a fool. And as governor and VP she could even more care for what she says, and because that was an act of campaigning yesterday, so her private opinion should be let out!
    Haha, she's a joke and well Thursday she has a chance for showing, that this job can't be learned in around a month.
    Barack might have been less "experienced" but well, you know, he trains for being a president(and he will be awesome) for 19-20 months now. He is ready to lead. Mrs. Palin IS NOT!

    Obama/Biden by landslide

    September 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. melvin

    Am not suprised because Palin is so unstable,but wow Obama has take a 8pt lead in the gallup poll,I wonder what stunt Mccain is going to pull now,because everytime Obama pulls away in the gallup poll Mccain really freaks out.

    September 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Liz

    McCain can't even keep track of his own everchanging positions never mind having to babysit for Palin. HIs decision to choose Palin as a running mate was a huge failure !! According to many conservative pundits and politicians (National Reveiw) " We (republicans) Cannot run ona theme of Country First and then Have SARAH Palin as our pick for Vice President!!! She must leave the ticket!!"
    I am just fine leaving her there as it is bringing more McCain supporteres to their senses!!
    God forbid anybody ask her any meaningful questions when she does not have a mic in her ear!!!!!

    Obama Biden o8!!!

    September 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Shaking our Heads in Canada!!!

    This is a mockery! Americans wake up and see what is before you...a joke ticket!! Sarah Palin is not only a joke, she actually thinks she is capable of handling this position...that's scary! Speak loud and clear Americans...this is YOUR time. Let McCain know you are not stupid and will NOT be fooled. The World is watching and shaking our heads in disgust!

    September 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Belle1

    Hmmm...

    Biden says Obama is NOT for Clean Coal...Obama says he is.

    Biden didn't know which President presided in 1929.

    Biden didn't know when TV was invented.

    Biden says the Obama ad slandering McCain is outrageous and he never would have run it....

    Yet the press continues to give the Obama campaign a free ride...why is that?

    The BAIL OUT bill failed on Thursday because Obama opened his big mouth, and made Republicans ANGRY!

    Why is there 20% of the 70 Billion dollars going to the ACORN Group?
    A group that is under investigation for breaking election laws! A group that DODD wrote into the bill?

    A group that supports Obama. A group that the Woods Fund and the CAC that Obama was CFO and Chairman of the Board alos funneled money to....MILLIONS. WHY aren't you reporting on this CNN?

    September 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. SARAH GOES TO THE WOODSHED, AND BACK IN THE BUBBLE

    Otherwise, she will start flying thru the air as all the HOT air in her cranium is released when she opens her mouth!

    September 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. jimntat

    I have been to the grocery store, gotten popcorn and soda, checked that my cable bill was paid, and am all ready for Thursday night. What a show it will be! If she performs anything like her recent interviews, it will be a hoot!

    September 28, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. ted

    I guess John McCain will follow Ossama bin Laden to the "gates of hell" or the Pakistan border, whichever he runs into first.

    I'm glad he'll be sure to get Pakistan's permission before going after bin Laden. That's the kind of judgement I'm looking for in a President.

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Larry

    Communism said they would take over the USA without firing a shot. This is socialism at its best.

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Bendo

    man I hope all voters take a realistic view of this vp of the repubs and really vote what is best for your country....

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Liz

    My God, after the Couric interview – no less!!!

    Don't the mcCain people realize that Palin should not be let loose to open her mouth? The secret service for Palin shoud mostly be deployed to make sure that she is not caught exchanging words with folks who are not paid by the McCain campaign.

    Ordering Cheesetakes? Don't they have in-room dining service at the hotel she is holded up? If not, Least call the local Chinese restaurant and oder for delivery! Don't let her out of sight of the security detail!

    At the beginning I just thought that Palin may not be sophisticated or intellectual and experienced but possessed native, raw intelligence. By now, I think she is flat out dumb, lacking necessary brain structure to absorb information spoon fed for her and the common sense judgment to realize what she is doing that would look so devastatingly stupid.

    She is making the entire USA a laughing stock on a global scale.

    September 28, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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