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. Palin's a joke

    Looks like Sarah Palin is projecting again. The woman is desperate for power. If SHE cared about her country she would step aside like many conservatives think she should. If she cared about her country she would have blinked when asked to join the ticket. She is unqualified, unvetted, untested and apparently unapologetically dishonest in my opinion.

    (CNN: kindly post my comment this time! Thank you).

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



    OBAMA/ BIDEN 08"


    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Sammy

    Apparently she doesnt understand how the senate (McCain aside) is not happy with Bush. Nor was it pleased when he told them he could make any kind of long term agreement with no input or approval from the senate. And yes, like it or not a US senator.... including McCain.... can talk to foreign leaders and state their positions.

    October 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. What???

    If Obama really did try to stall a timeline to get our men and women out of there, then it should be pasted all over the media – and nobody should vote for him.

    As an undecided, I'll be keeping up with this to see what level (if any) truth there is to this claim. I'm floored.

    Alas, even if it is true, I'm sure it'll get less media play than a blurb about magazines Palin may or may not read.

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Marie

    The Washington Times is a gossip magazine and the report is totally unsubstantiated ... Our new VP ... now we know what she reads – gossip magazines.... next she will be telling us Obama is an alien from outer space .... what a joke! But I feel bad for the Republican Party .... there are many good Republicans .... Like our former Gov. Miliken of MI. He denounced McCain today in the Grand Rapids press. He said the thought of Sarah Palin possibly being President was frightening!

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Palin is a Patriot Act


    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Ron from Baltimore

    Palin: What a joke! you! are! turning! out! to! be!!

    I hope you're not paying your campaign staff or Karl Rove for any of this stuff. You know what they're "selling" you, right? They look at the blogs and take what the population at large is saying about you, such as "blind ambition" freak, and selling those slogans to you to use against Obama.

    Just read those blogs and newswires yourself and save your campaign millions, and maybe your political career, family, and friends at the same time.

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Tasha S.

    What about Palin's blind ambition? She does not even know what the VP does, but she excepted the position, talk about putting the country at risk. I don't get people voting her. She has not addressed or explained one policy and the McShame camp. outright said that if they talk about the economy that they will lose. Palin also needs to be careful of Ayers when she is "pals" with a crazy man from the Independent Party in Alaska who wants Alaska to seperate from America and does not want to be buried under the American flag, but I guess no one will talk about that! I don't want some running for President who does not even want to talk about the issues at hand just to get in the White House. That should tell people that if McShame doesn't want to talk about the issues that he doesn't know about the issues and if he doesn't know about the issues then he can't and won't do anything to solve the issues! McShame has been in the Senate for 26 years and has done NOTHING to solve anything!

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Willow, Iowa

    Pot, meet kettle.

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Brandon from Ohio

    Whenever I see more garbage from Daily Scandal Palin, I just think to myself...in 4 more weeks I'll never see her again. It brings that warm and fuzzy feeling. 🙂

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

    Palin is doing something that is extremely dangerous. The McCain camp continues to run their campaign on fear. What I fear is another 4 years of a Republican in office. Palin scares me the most, she acts like an upstanding woman but to make women pay for a rape kit and wanting someone pregnant by a rapist to keep the child would and can be more harmful to a woman's mental,emotional, and phyiscal well-being. What would she do one she gets in the White House to the women of the United States...too scary to even think of!

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. sabuc for Obama

    McCain and Palin are committing character suicide!! They need to step up to the plate and present their ideas and plans and let us decide who the better candidate are Stop with the foolish tactics and man/woman up and face defeat with dignity!

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. arc, Lugano CH

    The GOP and McCain campaign treat Palin like a secretary, a farcical big windbag of hot air in a pretty package.

    McCain is truly mentally and physically in decline.

    The only person who world leaders would respect even less than McCain is windbag Palin.

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Richard

    Could not add to Keating Story, but it is appropriate here too.
    Isn't it ironic that a man named Keating is questioning Obama's relationships?

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Vic

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican voted Obama/Biden 08

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Lola

    Sarah P you are very sick woman! You have lost your soul.

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Rita Montgomery, AL

    PALIN puts ambition over country. She is clearly unqualified but will jockey for any power position she can get whether she is qualified or not, all the way from mayor to VP. Like I said before if you are a conservative and don't like Obama's policies I respect that, but I don't see how you can go and cast your vote for McCain/Palin. I'd vote for Bob Barr or Nader before I would vote for them. I'm beginning to think majority of McCain/Palin supporters choose to be ignorant or are just plain racist. This whole thing makes me sick.

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Rob Johnson

    But Palin isn't ambitious? Even a cursory reading of her political career shows she is at least as ambitious as Obama, probably more.

    And I can't believe she and McCain want to remind the American people that the Iraqi government prefers Obama's plan to McCain's, but hey, it's their funeral

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Gloria

    This is simply PATHETIC!!!

    McCain was one of the few republicans I would have ever voted for in my entire life.

    After this show, I will never again entertain that idea!!!

    October 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. ark

    The policy difference makes more sense than the attacks. Even if Obama is not good, she sould have presented an alternative. But no, only barking like lost dogs

    This woman is pathetic. Everything about her speaks shamelessness. Nothing has ever dragged America lower before the world. For no reason should this happen to common sense. She lacks all moral and decency. I guess, that's why her name sounds like 'pain'. The missing letter 'L' is Lame for Mc.

    October 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. alpha_nu_916

    the bush administration was negotiating a long term agreement with iraq when the administration had only six months of life left.
    an agreement that would impact the future administration's options regarding it's handling of iraq. NOT TOO BRIGHT.

    and why on earth would anyone allow the bush administration further involvement on any matters in iraq?

    October 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Glenn in California

    ZERO is the amount of credibility that this woman has. Oh, by the way, she is also clueless. Send her back to Alaska so that she can keep us safe from Russia.

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

    Ha! this is rich coming from HER!

    October 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Eddie, City of Angels

    This is what they want, folks. They want to split the country right down the middle by hook or by crook.

    Thank you Mrs. Palin, but please leave. I don't question your motives for seeking the second highest office, please don't drag this man's name and reputation through the mud because you don't know how to run an honorable campaign.

    Remember, these are the people you will be lobbying for new bridges to Wasilla, dontchaknow...

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

    Palin puts blind ambition in front of family!

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