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. William

    Yet another recycled, previously debunked claim. As I remember, Administration officials present at the meeting made it clear that Obama did nothing inappropriate. McCain/Palin just get more and more desperate – the recycling suggests that they have a very low opinion of American voters' memory and reasoning ability.

    October 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Linton

    Tell McCain and Palin that at this point we don't care.
    We will still vote Obama irrespective of whatever issues they bring up.

    October 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Blind leading the Blind?

    No one could possibly put personal ambition ahead of country more than John Mccain in his self-serving vice-presidential pick of the clearly unqualified Sarah Palin.....

    October 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Jeff, OR

    I've connected the dots Palin, and it tells me the McCain campaign is desperate and has bad solutions.

    October 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. JD in Moraga

    Since they can't talk about issues, they resort to personal attacks. If they would learn how to speak, those attacks might go over better.

    Tina Fey for VP – You Betcha!

    October 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. inat

    this is the second time a major media outlet has reported this. obama is dangerous. He has no right to try to sway negotiations. Even his campaign has confirmed his involvement as a "US senator". HE has no right to do that, even as a senator

    October 10, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. brian

    if this allegation proves to be true and according to independent reports it looks like that is the case,then i believe obama really needs to be exposed for what he really is,who would talk behind the back in secret to a foreign power without an agenda or risk being labeled a traitor if caught.if indeed this is the case then deport the offender and strike his name from the ballot box now before its too late

    October 10, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. George from Minneapolis

    After millions of people saw Palin on t.v making a fool of herself, she has NO credibility. The ONLY people who listen to her and take her even 1/2 seriously are people who were not going to vote for Obama anyway.

    She is only stirring up the people already in the McCain camp, the rest of the country thinks the republican ticket is quickly becoming a joke.

    October 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Charla in TX

    The Trash Talk Express keeps chugging along.....

    October 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Wilson, Seattle

    Alright if you want your attacks to stick, they can't be over the top like this. No one cares about Ayers because no one thinks Obama is a domestic terrorist (except the people attending GOP rallies apparently). This line of attacks will not stick because no one believes Barack Obama is evil enough to jeopardiaze American troops while undermining his own government for power. Give me a break, you expect me to by that? You are playing this stuff up WAY TO MUCH.

    October 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Palin has gone from obscure to shameful and laughable, and as dangerously inclined to project her own dark issues onto others as is John McCain. Hard to believe they would drag their own party and country into such despicable territory to quench their own boundless ambitions.

    October 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Milo Ippolito of Atlanta

    Preaching to the choir.
    Obama supporters don't care what she has to say.

    October 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. John, Brooklyn, New York

    This is incredibly disappointing.

    John McCain pledged that his campaign would be different from what we've seen in the past. No personal attacks, no distracting wedge-issue appeals...only a bi-partisan discussion of the issues. His campaign has degraded into, at best, appeals to everyone's fears and, at worst, outright lies and attacks on his opponents' patriotism.

    I thought John McCain had more integrity than this. Apparently I....along with everyone else who use to believe in him....were wrong.

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

    I lost half my house to a hurricane, my friends are losing their jobs, retirement accounts and 401k's are dropping in value by the minute! PLEASE talk about the issues that matter as Barack said "ENOUGH"

    October 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Republican Voting OBAMA

    The Democrats would never use a woman like this and make other woman shame of the accomplishments they have made.

    Shame on you John McCain for using this woman this way and you lost my vote.

    Obama/Biden 08/12


    October 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Independent Dave, Iowa

    Why Sarah Palin, John? Why?

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

    Have you checked your 401K today?
    I Just checked mine and I have lost 30% from its all time high.

    No Way, No How, No McCain/Palin

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

    This woman is clueless. McCain has disgraced himself and the political process to have put this clueless woman second in line to the presidency–should he win.

    October 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. no fear

    No, Palin, that would be you.
    Someone once said that those that deny REASON cannot be conquered by it, and I sense this speaks directly to you.

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

    Read the latest Rolling Stones article: "Make-Believe Maverick" and you can see how easily (and with more supportive evidence) this same attack can be made against McCain. It's a distraction from the true issues at hand: what policies can be implemented to restore our country? United we stand, divided we fall, people.

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

    She's a nut. I don't know why she gets so much press coverage. If you ignore her, she'll go away. a few more weeks to go.

    October 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Dan

    This is the most personal attack-centric campaign I've seen in my lifetime - it is basically their only argument at this point. It does smack of desperation, and I don't believe it is going to convert any undecided voters; but more than anything it is just disturbing and depressing.

    They've really got nothing positive to offer the country at this point.

    October 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. jake, San Francisco, CA

    So what side of the argument is Palin on?
    She's scolding Obama for attempting to keep the troops in Iraq but she's also for keeping the troops in Iraq because the surge is working!

    Can anyone take this moose hunter seriously? wait isn't she the same one that thinks community organizing is a demeaning job?

    October 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Makes sense

    I wouldnt blame him if this was true. He is going to be dealing with this mess in a few months so he doesnt need the Bush administration to lock him into some ridiculous long-term agreement that keeps us obligated in Iraq for years to come. The outgoing administration should commit to nothing more than a short term agreement to leave options open for the new President coming in January.

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

    If this really happened, why isn't the White House screaming about it? Oh yeah, because it didn't happen. Palin = lies, lies, and more lies.

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