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. Idiots for Obama

    To "tired of delusional blind sheep"
    If your name is an indication of your feelings, what are you doing writing to CNN?

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. r sisk, nevada

    You know this woman is walking on thin ice here. She has a lot of controversial relationships and questionable practices behind her. One of which is currently in the courts. As Obama has stated, "we won't throw the first punch, but we will throw the last". I recommend to Palin she try and stick to the issues. But then again, this ticket has no plan, just a continuation of the horrendous BUSH/Cheney agendas.

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. George

    Palin look in the mirror!!!!

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. mel

    I would agree that the Iraqi officials need to wait until the next President comes on board to make such an agreement. This administrations does not have the same interests as the new administration will in order to come to an agreement that would benefit our troops and get us out of this senseless war. That agreement needs to be negotiated and agreed upon by the next President of the United States; he will be responsible for the troops not President Bush!

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Papasan in Arizona

    Americans are loosing life savings, homes, and jobs! While McCain / Palin are running around the country selling FEAR!
    These two IDIOTS are completely out of touch. The disturbing love affair they have with themselves is a smack in the face to every citizen of the Nation!

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. aaron

    Palin makes me sick to my stomach with her negative rhetoric.

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Nicole In NE

    Seriously?

    It's so funny that they claim to be a couple mavericks, but are willing to go so low in the mud just like Karl Rove and others have.

    I already know some swing voters who are now voting Obama, because McCain and Palin have proven they are just a couple of whiners and can't do anything when they are down except for role in the mud.

    Game Over!

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Wilson, Seattle

    Oh, another thing. I just realized that if Romney had been the nominee or the VP choice, we may actually be having a competitive race right now, despite all his negatives.

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. JoeK

    Sarah Palin.. who?

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Eric from FL

    Blind ambition would be Palin faking her grasp of any relevant issues this entire campaign so she can further her career. She makes me sick.

    Obama's only ambition is not to let these liars run this country for the next 4 years and Im all for that ambition.

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Why Palin for godsake!

    It's time she learns to disagree without being disagreable!

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. akamai

    What was that, Lipstick? I can't hear you because your talons clawing their way to the top are too noisy.

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Tolu

    Dear Pot,

    Not only are the lies you are telling about Kettle apalling, they also only serve to show just how 'black' YOU are. Kettle thanks you for this.

    Cheers.

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. CA Senior, San Jose

    Palin is projecting her own ambition onto Obama to try to fool herself and Americans that she does not have that ambition.

    October 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. CWW, Arizona

    Sarah Palin is accusing Barack Obama of putting ambition before country?

    Would that be like accepting a nomination to be VP when you know you aren't qualified because you are scared this is your only shot to start your run to be the President?

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Elle

    If this is true, it must say something about Obama's influence if the Iraqi officials listened to him over Bush or McCain. I guess Obama isn't as "naive" about foreign policy as McCain & Palin make him out to be!

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    OMG, I cannot believe this woman has not been struck down with lightning spewing these untruths. Okay, FIRST? HER HUSBAND, HER HUSBAND, HER HUSBAND was a member of the AIP who wanted to secede from the US and whose motto was "my country is my greatest enemy". Secondly, her principal, McCain had a fund raiser hosted by G. Gordon Liddy, one of the masterminds and actual perpetrators of the first Watergate break in of the DNC in 1972, this goes BEYOND "pot/kettle" to near sacrilege, blasphemy call it what you want. SHE IS LYING, PEOPLE!!! Heck, she release her OWN report, or rather the McCain camp did, saying she is innocent in the trooper gate scandal...she absolved herself...hear that, she absolved herself...this woman has some kind of god complex. I have faith though, that the American people will see through this ultimate low road floozy's tactics and vote for the change we can BELIEVE and BELIEVE IN come Nov. 4.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!!

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Walter

    Can Palin point to Iraq on a map?

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Mike, MD

    While she waiting for a sentence today over the Trooperwate investigation and she kept attack Barack Obama, man!! this lady really need to back to Alaska and Mcsame need to go back to Arizona too, Cindy McCain to go find something to do.My fellow American I can't wait for November 5, 2008.

    Barack Obama, is my heroe, his espired me everything he spoke..

    Barack Obama/JOe Biden....for president of the United State.

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Palin puts lipstick and Alaska before country. She and her husband actively sought to have the state of alaska seperate from the USA. I call that un-american, un-patriotic. And you Palin, are a disgrace to us all...please jump off your bridge to nowhere!!

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Tolu

    Dear Pot,

    Not only are the lies you are telling about Kettle appalling, they also only serve to show just how 'black' YOU are. Kettle thanks you for this.

    Cheers.

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    LOOK WHO'S TALKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My gosh, has SHE LOOKED IN A MIRROR LATELY?

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Clearly not ready

    Is it just me or does she look like a moose in this picture?

    Huh...

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Carla

    Who would believe "anything" from

    "The TRASH TALK EXPRESS" ?????

    Fear and Smear tactics are part of the OLD politics... Old politics that had failed this nation... and we are tired of it!

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Bob, MN

    One thing, the New York times was right. The requirements for
    Vice President are the same as the requirements for President. It
    would be horrifying if it were Sara Palin, since she is not qualified
    for either position.

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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