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

Palin: Obama puts ambition over country

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/10/palin1.jpg caption=" Palin's attacks on Obama have turned to the subject of Iraq."]
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. Wake Up America


    October 10, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. WY

    Palin accusing Obama of "blind ambition?"

    Hello, Pot? This is Kettle ...

    October 10, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Rich


    ...if this is true...

    What a joke.

    October 10, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. CNN loves McCain

    Blind Ambition? Governor, NO ONE is more blinded by their ambition than YOU! You are clearly out of your league, and hopefully after today, one step closer to criminal prosecution.

    October 10, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. California Gold

    This from a small potatoes politician under investigation for abuse of power and a husband who was a member of the radical, extremist Alaska party.

    It's America and this is the land of opportunity. We call it freedom and Palin makes it sound dirty.

    October 10, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Baze

    She believes what the Iraqi government tells her? She truly does purchase bridges to nowhere.


    October 10, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Jim D

    Too bad nobody but the crazies even listen to her anymore. She has zero credibility.

    October 10, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. J E

    Maybe when you lose you can hook back up with the AIP and get Alaska to cecede.

    And then you can be president of Alaska!

    October 10, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Catherine

    Well, if that's not the pot calling the kettle black... If ANYONE knows about blind ambition, it would be Sarah Palin.

    October 10, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Maureen / Newman, California

    Oh don't worry, I understand the contrast between the tickets. I also know the truths behind the lies. And I am voting for Obama/Biden.

    October 10, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Iowa voter

    Is she still out there talkin'?

    October 10, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. WhiteWomenforObama'08

    This woman has put ambition over her own family....and country.
    McCain puts his ambition over his integrity....and country.

    Nice try Palin, but yet again you failed.

    October 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Thebe

    This woman is h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s.

    "Blind Ambition" is her middle name.

    October 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. FALIN

    This is getting really ugly. That lady is a total disgrace.

    When are media starts report about her links to AIP?

    Obama/Biden For an inclusive america!!!

    October 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Dan, Virginia

    I am a 62 year old white male who has never voted Democratic on a presidential election but my wife and I are voting for Mr. Obama this year. In the last several weeks, I have lost about half of my 401K and I am terrified at the prospect that I may never be able to retire. Mr. McCain, you have not given me any reason to believe that you relate to people like me, nor have you shown any real leadership on finding a solution for this mess we are in. All I have seen from you are political stunts and gimmicks. I am trying to be respectful here, but John, we are losing our savings, our home, our life and you are going around bringing up old smears and injecting fear among the people at the time when we need a leader that can bring us together and lift us up? Perhaps you will never understand this because you are fortunate enough to have 7 homes and numerous vehicles and a fortune from your wife, but Americans are hurting and they will remember who is looking out for them. So stop this despicable campaign that you are conducting and show some leadership. I used to have a great deal of respect for you. In fact, I voted for you in the primary but it’s sad to say that you have changed and with that, you have lost my vote.

    October 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. tired of delusional blind sheep

    someone please make this woman shut up..... she is vicious cruel and a liar.... i have heard all i need to hear from her

    October 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. redhades

    I'm tired of this whole nonsense! Is it too late to hunt for new Republican candidates? The race seem to be a one-sided affair now. I want a tougher opponent for 'that one'. McCanine and Palin seem to have no clue what they are doing!

    October 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. from arizona

    Palin's tactics are very dangerous and the McCain/Palin camp are really starting to sound like extremists....

    October 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Kathy

    "Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something." ~ Plato

    What else is there to be said.

    October 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. KE

    Stupid is as Stupid does.........

    October 10, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Brian

    Palin is hilariously foolish.

    October 10, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Cheryl Wilson

    Yeah, and Sarah Palin puts ambition over family. I could not believe it when, after her debate with Joe Biden, which ended at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time, she had her infant son, who has down syndrome with her on stage. That baby should have been asleep in his crib at that late hour. Shame on Sarah Palin. It appears to me that among other things, she lacks mothering skills.

    October 10, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Peter (CA)


    How about the ambition of an unqualified neophyte? Hey Sarah, you are not running for the PTA. This is too important to put this candidate one step away from being President. She will make W look like a success.

    October 10, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Jen B

    I am trying very hard to find something about Palin I could admire, but so far no go.
    Her ignorance is dangerous.

    October 10, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Debbie

    This woman is a liar. John McCain – you are a travesty. I cannot believe that you'd wipe out 25+ years of credibility through this terrible, horrible decision to select this vicious nitwit as your running mate. Not only that but you're condoning this low behaviour. You make Karl Rove and team look like Boy Scouts. For shame.

    October 10, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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