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. Dave

    Hmm... As I remember it, Bush was trying to negotiate troop levels for the next 10 years, side-stepping congress and tying the next presidents hands when it comes to managing the effort.

    Interesting distortion though.

    October 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Denise OKC

    Ok. I've had it with Palin!!! How dare she speak of putting ambition before the country....when she comes in from nowhere talking loud but saying nothing!!! She has not only put her ambition to be VP over country, but over her her family.

    Palin honey....if you REALLY care for this country, you would crawl back under that rock where McCainosaurous found you.

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

    How do you look yourself in the mirror, Sarah?

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



    October 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Steve Kanaras

    Unbelievable desperation. This was news from weeks ago and all of a sudden she brings up a non-issue again? Its amazing they have nothing else, even for negative campaigning this is pretty sad. I wonder when they will bring up Obama's middle name being "Hussein?"

    October 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Len in Washington

    "Blind ambition above Country..."

    And where are you in this statement, Gov Palin?

    I'll tell you...RIGHT AT THE TOP OF THE LIST!

    October 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Somewhat

    Barack's arms don't reach that high yet. Palin needs to be careful when it comes to the topic of "twisting arms" to make certain decisions.

    October 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Danni

    Why can't she see that McCain is using her? The only reason she is the VP nominee is because she is a woman. Think about it; she only met McCain once before he chose her as his VP pick and he has her as the attack dog (which will hurt her carreer). Poor Sarah;(

    Obama 08!!

    October 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. CindyN--PA

    Get real Palin.

    Do you know where your kids are right now?

    Do you know what they did last night?

    Probably not. You were on the campaign trail trying to become VP.


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

    Tell them the truth SARAH !!!!! If they choose to not to listen , it's their own fault ,

    Joe SIX-PACK !

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

    So Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain are running for office because they're not ambitious? Their motives are totally altruistic? Get real – if they didn't crave power, neither of them would be running. In that respect, neither of them are any different from Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden.

    October 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. tulsa

    Bring it on.

    Your lies won't win you this election, but they will destroy your party and YOUR chances of ever being more than a former Governor of a small State.

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

    Hasn't the premise of the Washington Times article been refuted previously by Petreaus, Corcker, and the other US senators who accompanied Obama and sat in on those meetings? Does the Times have anything new to add other than what Rev Moon tells them to publish?

    October 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. No McCain: No Palin

    Someone, please GLUE her mouth so that she can shut up. I am tired of her nonsense.
    Does she not have anything else to say....

    Toooooo Late People. We have made up of minds which is Obama/Biden for True Change.

    October 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Robert

    So, we're to believe a report that comes from the Washington Times? Why not quote FOX News instead?

    And this beautifully demonstrates the schizophrenia that runs rampant in the McCain/Plain campaign. First, she says withdrawing troops in Iraq is ‘waving the white flag of surrender’, then turns around and says that Obama was trying to interfere in Bush’s flag waving, if we’re to believe that report!

    And while she's on the subject of blind ambition for political purposes, maybe she can explain why McCain's campiagn manager, Randy Scheunemann's lobbying on behalf of Georgia, and how Putin got on TV and said that this whole epsiode was all done for the benefit of a US politician. This campaign's hypocrisy sickens me...

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

    Yet this week, THE White house announced that the President Bush is halting talks with Iran because it "appears to support Obama's position".


    October 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Mike from Missouri

    I think the angry little man and the airhead are ridiculous they would sell this country out in a NY minute. Obama has remained cool and presidential through this whole debacle I hope the GOP doesn't steal this election.

    October 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. James

    Palin, go somewhere and never set foot in public again. You are a ridiculous person and just need to shut up.

    October 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Corey Gabriel

    What does Palin know other than to deliver the attack lines she is given by the McCain smear/fear masters. I sincerely doubt that she came up with any of her attack lines on her own. She is willingly being used to advance her own ambitions and career, otherwise why would any woman support and run with McCain who has consistently voted against equal pay for equal work for women? She is a shrill shill. Send her back to Alaska where they will impeach her at Governor now that all her non-sense and shenanigans there are being revealed.

    October 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Joseph Adewole

    What else will she say that has not been heard...She forgot that Obama is a true American; born and bread in America whereas Sarah Palin is a German; she was brought to America by her migrating parents when she was an infant.....who can we trust with America other than Barack.........This GOP are out of their real selves

    October 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Greg in Colorado

    Another bigot another joke. It is clear how i am going to vote this year!!! Palin is a puppet!!!


    October 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    I pray to god nothing happens to this great man because of the hate rhetoric spewing out of Palin's, McCain's, and now Cindy's mouth. It doesn't make sense, why it has to be like this. Why does this have to be so dishonorable. Dear god, what has this country become. I have officially lost all faith in this two-party political system that is literally running this country into the grount. And I'm only 18! I used to optomistic about this campaign, and I used to respect both parties.....now it's like, why even bother caring about it. It's not worth the effort or the disappointment.

    October 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. iv64

    You have to laugh when she accuses Obama of blind ambition.

    I do believe that McCain will lose and he will turn his anger on her. Hopefully we will be able to get front row seats to that after party and see what we escaped and never again will allow such angry politicians to run a mock with a campaign.

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

    Palin Puts lies before truth, and greed before the good of the country, and partisanship before the people of my great country.

    (She is not part of my great country, cause lets face it what american has ever really been to Alaska? seriously)

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

    I have never disliked a person because of their politics,HOWEVER, this woman is a disgrace to America, Alaska, and to women!!!

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