October 10th, 2008
12:09 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin: Obama puts ambition over country

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (CNN) - After a week of hammering Barack Obama over his ties to former radical William Ayers, Sarah Palin opened up a new line of attack Friday by questioning Obama’s patriotism, citing a newspaper report that the Illinois senator negotiated with Iraqi officials this summer to stall a White House agreement on a timeline for troop withdrawals from the country.

“We’ve learned that Barack Obama tried to influence negotiations with Iraqi leaders in a way that would set back America's cause there, while advancing his campaign here,” Palin said at a morning fundraiser in the upscale Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill.

“We learned this morning that Iraqi officials are saying Senator Obama tried to make a secret deal with the Iraqi government and he apparently wanted this action delayed, some more strategy delayed, that would reduce troop numbers until the next president takes office.”

Palin was referring to a Washington Times report Friday that said Obama privately pushed Iraqi officials in June to delay negotiating a long-term “status of forces agreement” until the new president enters the White House, a move that would appear to step on the Bush administration, which was in the midst of negotiating its own agreement.

According to the article, the Obama campaign insisted the Democratic nominee was negotiating in his capacity as a senator, and that he believes Congress should have input on negotiations over troop reductions.

Palin accused Obama of presumptuously meddling in the affairs of a sitting president, at the expense of U.S. troops.

"Obama apparently tried to undermine our government's official efforts to reduce troops in Iraq,” she said. “If this is a true, again, it is a stunning example of putting ambition above country. To put political ambitions in front of doing what's right for our troops is breathtaking and it is unacceptable."

“I pray to God that people have enough time to let this register with them and start again, connecting the dots and understand the contrast between the tickets,” Palin said.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Vickie

    Sarah, please talk about something that matters. My 401k, has turned into just a 40, and tomorrow I'm afraid it will be just a 4.

    People want solutions, not mud slinging!!

    October 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Lisa P

    If McCain-Palin differed one iota from the failed policies of Bush-Cheney I think she would understand why the next president wouldn't want to be harnessed to any Status of Forces agreement might negotiate in his last desperate months in office. But maybe I give Palin too much credit...

    October 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Ana

    On the contrary, Gov. Palin, it is you who have put ambition before your family and thus your country. The American family is the keystone of the integrity of this nation. Lady, you have failed miserably to be true to anything.

    October 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter

    We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated

    And Obama will not be defeated

    October 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Annette

    Look who's talking??? A mother with an infant special needs child, a teenage daughter on the verge of motherhood, another young daugher. I mean, not judging her situation, I am a multi-task mother also. But please, give me a break, here.

    October 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. DMS

    And they say Americans have no sense of irony...

    October 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. jn

    And she doesn't use Alaska for her OWN ambitions???? AIP ring a bell????

    October 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    Again, they can't win on the issues, so their resorting to fear, hatred and smear.

    October 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Faithful but dissapointed Republican

    Palin is an idiot!!! And John McCain's judgment has proven to be terribly flawed in his choice of her. Don't get me wrong, I like Senator McCain, but I cannot in clear conscious vote for him knowing that Palin could be president if something happened to McCain. Also his line of attack turns my stomach. As much as I hate to say this, Obama now has my vote.

    October 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Swe

    Can somebody stop her. She is too annoying.

    October 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Liz

    And that is Senator Obama to you Sarah!!! You are a liar for sure, but at least be a polite liar!!!

    October 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Veteran for McCain

    Wow, if this is true then this is HORRIBLE!!! How dare a Senator try and persuade a foreign gov't to side with him rather than in the best interest of our country. For those of you saying this is alright, then let's put the shoes on the other foot. Let's say Obama is President and a Republican Senator talks behind his back when he's negotiating a peace treaty between Georgia and Russia. YOU WOULD BE FURIOUS!!!! Obama is putting his presidential desires ahead of the country's needs.

    Horrible decision Obama. This just may cost you the election!

    Go McCain!

    October 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Now THAT is totally the pot calling the kettle black. I wish Palin could spend some time talking about how she can make a positive change in our country rather than throwing barb after barb at her opponents. She is truly a woman without ethics and it's a shame that she's one of the few that have made it to her level in politics.

    October 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. republicanRECALL

    take the L out of Palin and all that leaves you is PAIN....

    Someone should tell John and Sarah that just because you say it, doesn't make it so 🙂

    October 10, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown

    Sarah, you have put YOUR AMBITION ahead of YOUR FAMILY! They are a disfunctional mess and you don't even seem to notice.

    October 10, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. An Independent Hillary

    Sorry to dissappoint you all, but Barrack Obama is no political messiah and he has A LOT to answer for. Shrugging off difficult questions and flowery speech just doesn't cut it. Who is Barrack Obama? What are his plans for this great nation? Hopefully we'll find out in the next debate and/or within the next couple of weeks.

    At the very least we know where the McCain/Palin ticket stands...

    October 10, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. jn

    After the report coming out later on how you abused your position and governor and mayor, NO one will be listening to you anymore...as if they even do now...bu bye failin!!!!

    October 10, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. shirley

    OMG!! T his coming from a woman who is putting herself first over her poor children who need a mother.

    October 10, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Old White Guy

    Sarah Palin is a power hungry fake that must hate this country. Here is a woman that advocated for Alaska succeeding from the United States along with her husband Todd.

    This is a very evil woman and the sooner she is off the political stage the better for the country.

    October 10, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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