October 12th, 2008
06:19 PM ET
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Obama did not ask to delay security agreement, Iraqi FM says

The Iraqi foreign minister weighed in Sunday on a stateside campaign trail controversy.
The Iraqi foreign minister weighed in Sunday on a stateside campaign trail controversy.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama did not urge Iraqi officials to delay a decision on a security agreement with the United States, Iraq's foreign minister told CNN on Sunday.

The statement by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari refutes a recent published report and a statement by Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin that Obama tried to influence Iraqi politicians negotiating with the United States to score political points.

Fact Check: What did Obama tell the Iraqis?

Obama "never, ever discouraged us not to sign the agreement," Zebari said. "I think this was misrepresented, and I have clarified this case in a number of interviews back in the United States recently."

The Washington Times reported Friday that in June, Obama told Iraqi leaders in Baghdad that an agreement between the United States and the leaders to allow U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2008 should not go into effect unless it had congressional approval.

The newspaper quoted Samir Sumaidaie, the Iraqi ambassador to the United States, about a June 16 telephone conversation between Zebari and Obama.

But the article did not contain a comment from Zebari.

The campaign of Obama's Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, argued that Obama's call interfered with U.S. efforts to reach a "status of forces agreement" with the Iraqi government. The United States and Iraq have yet to announce an agreement despite numerous reports that one was near.

During a Friday fund-raiser in Madeira, Ohio, Palin said Obama tried to influence the negotiations "in a way that would set back America's cause there, while advancing his campaign here."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iraq • Sarah Palin
soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. Betty, Virginia

    Keep lying Palin / McCain. There are these things called computers that have fact checker sites on them. Most people know how to use them.

    October 12, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Lucy

    McCain, you ought to be checking your girl's speeches. She's a viscious liar and a racist. This has gone beyond the pale. You should send Moosie home with her filthy resume of misdeeds, and mean-spirited actions. I understand what is a fair fight, but she's inciting people to hurt each other. She REALLY makes you look reckless and like a rookie, and as a "Christian Woman" (whatever her own brand of it she practices) she is dispicable. One lie leads to another. I would never vote for the two of you. I would leave the country if you both were elected. Perfectly pathetic, McCain. And starting out, I had so much respect for you. WHAT HAPPENED, MAN??

    October 12, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. pat C.

    i just heard mccain supporters say on tv that they need to hammer obama harder on his credibility. rick davis is a mean evil looking grump himself so i hope they do continue the spews of evil. it only makes all of them at this point look like total idiots. none of mccainscampaign can accept that they are cluless and have no platform to run on. they DO think the american people are dumb!.
    the joke is on them however because we have come together as one nation to elect the best candidate for office and that is barak obama.

    October 12, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Tracy-Oakley

    It would be one thing that this is the first time mccains campaign has lied, but they have constantly lied since they brought palin into this campaign on a bunch of lies and half truths. Is this really how mccain wants his last campaign to be presented in the history books?

    October 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Orlando

    It seems like the Vendetta Governor is telling another Lie.

    October 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. doc

    he did ask, i was there, he's covering up because barack hussien obama has struck a deal with the terrorists to give them control of the mideast

    October 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. MsMike

    mb said: "Before the media write anything the palin/mccain camp says. They should double check it, to keep them (the media) from looking uncreditable."

    I would add, journalists of all kinds should start acting like journalists, checking the content of all stories, so that they don't look stupid, gullible, and biased.

    October 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Navy veteran

    I truly think Rusty Nail (John McCain) and Candi Cane (Sarah Palin) are doing their very best to loose this election with accusations like this. No substance is all I can about her comments. She says whatever the McCain advisers tell her to say and then her comments are either wacky or just plain stupid. She can't even defend any of that stuff she blurts out. I think they ought to make a hand puppet of her and sell it for Christmas.

    October 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    She's a hockey mom!

    She's a reformer!

    She's Joe Six Pack!

    She's an energy expert!

    She's a barracuda!

    She's full of MALARKEY! (Thanks Joe Biden for letting me borrow your favorite phrase!)

    October 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Joe Regis

    Drama queen is full of drama.

    October 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. james

    Maybe Sarah should stop reading now.

    October 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. paula

    Palin is an example of all that is wrong with the world. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence would NEVER consider putting her in the position of being a heartbeat away from the presidency. THE STUPIDITY OF PALIN/MCCAIN NEEDS TO STOP. They are turning the US into a JOKE. A VERY BAD, SICK JOKE. Obama can bring back respect and intelligent dimplomacy.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Melly

    SARA THE LIER IS DEMONSTRATING HER ABILITY TO LIE AGAIN AGAIN.

    I am a Christian, I pray everyday that we don't get Sara Palin as our VP and a heatbeat away from presidency.

    October 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. doc

    "The Washington Times reported Friday that in June, Obama told Iraqi leaders in Baghdad that an agreement between the United States and the leaders to allow U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2008 should not go into effect unless it had congressional approval. "

    see? i told you he did ask to to delay it!

    October 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Dr. Vincent J. Petrosino

    So Palin has now been proven to be a liar point blank. What does that tell you she and her colleague, McCain, will do once in office? Hasn't her own state found her guilty of abuse in office? Anyone with sense, anyone with a clear conscience, anyone who reads and investigates the issues knows Obama is the best candidate. But willfully ignorant people who do not ever admit to being wrong will not support him because he is African-American, pure and simple. States like Ohio who suffer greatly because they elected Bush to his second term and he did nothing for them still cannot give Obama the decisive nod he deserves. Why? Because race is more important to many than competence! If you voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004, shouldn't you rethink your thinking? Or maybe just keep quiet!

    October 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Maggie from Virginia

    No weapon formed against Obama shall prosper.

    October 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Ali, Mechanisburg, PA

    I feel sorry for the Mccain/Palin. They can't even be clear with the american people now.

    October 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. DisgustedVoter

    I'm waiting any day now for the announcement from CNN that Obama is walking on water...I read this site daily and I have yet to see any negative reporting on Obama...but boy do you have plenty to say about McCain....Is he really this good!?

    October 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Lisa, MD

    WHATS KEPT IN THE DARK WILL COME TO LIGHT :-)

    October 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. D F III

    If I was a Republican, it would be hard fpr me to support this ticket. You have my sympathy.

    October 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Pat Mellerson

    The last two national elections hinged on guns, gays and God. We can add another "G" to this national election: GUESS which ad is fact or fiction?

    October 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Walter, Long Beach

    And yet another Republican lie is blind-sided by the truth.

    Dontcha just hate it when that happens, Sarah?

    October 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Brad S. in Knoxville, TN

    John McCain is an honorable man running a dishonorable campaign of lies and distortions on Obama. I hope to God this does not work! I hope Obama.Biden win this year, God knows we need it!

    October 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. brad

    Palin isn't saying these things. Its McCain's campaign people that are. Palin can't think for herself (which is just as bad). I look forward to the end of this election so we can all move on from these pathetic smears.

    October 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. sal

    its over

    Obama Biden have won

    McCain has blew it!

    listen to you heart, Bush has vetoed all Dem bills over the past two years. First six years were owned by the Bush admin & Congress GOP. Bush Vetoed Nothing! This is why we are where we are.

    People are awakening to this stagnant thought that has hovered for the last 8 years.

    October 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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