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. bill c.

    O.K. Governor from "up there in Alaska", answer this one question. Oh, thats right you can't. O.K. answer this question. Oh thats right you won't. Go away gnat, you bother me!!! and take your puppeteer husband with you. Hopefully, the people " up there in Alaska" will be embarrased enough to get rid of you next go round so we never have to hear that whiney voice and see that fake wink again

    October 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Mario in Texas

    One thing Gov. Palin forgets to mention is that John McCain voted AGAINST military funding that would also have a timeline to bring our troops home, so I guess she too wants her son, and the sons, daughters, fathers and mothers to stay in Iraq for another hundred years.

    October 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Greg, Atlanta

    Hypocritical. If she was truly putting country first, she would have either declined the invitation to join the ticket or stepped down from the campaign with dignity once she realized she was in over her head. Aye, there's the rub, she's too clueless to realize she's in over her head. Hmmmm, seems like blind ambition to me.

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

    After watching people in McCain's rally aired on youtube and with all the hatred out there I am starting to fear what is ahead for this country. The McCain/Palin ticket is stirring too much hatred and will divide this country in ways that I don't think my generation (born in 1971) has experienced yet. Please put a stop on all this nonsense because we may just be heading into a civil war. God help us!

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

    Is this the same deal that would lock us into having bases and troops there for years? The deal Bush/McCain want in place so that the next President and Congress have their hands tied?

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

    Whatever! I'm not sure of Barack's motives, but I have no problem with what he did. With the Bush presidency ending in a few months, any decisions about long-term troop deployment and levels should be left to the next president, whether he is McCain or Obama. This agreement boiled down to Bush tying the hands of the next president by pushing an agreement on the table before he left office, thereby committing American forces in Iraq into the forseeable future. Palin is attempting to politicize the issue for the benefit of her ticket, when both candidates should be enraged with Bush's tactics. Enough is enough.

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

    Palin, what plan do you have in order to fit this financial mess we're in? Go ask McCain and get back with me. Oh yes, he doesn't have one either.

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

    Lately I just ignore her... I am waiting for those troopergate results... will be very very interesting read...

    October 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. SPT NYC

    If McCain and Palin put country before ambition, he would not have offered her the vice presidential candidacy and she would not have accepted.

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

    I wish I cared what Palin said. She is going to be proven today in her ethics investigation to do whatever she wants and say whatever it takes to get her own ambitions met.

    October 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Palin you make me puke

    Palin go home, you are going to cause more problems then you can imagine!

    October 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Former Hillary Supporter

    Who is Sarah Palin? That is the question

    October 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Abby

    Nice coming from a woman who should have turned done the offer for VP if she really put country first.

    October 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Frustrated

    I can't believe she's still out there talking about this mess when we as a country are facing an economic crisis. But if she wants to talk about ambition, we can go there. As a mother I can't fathom why she would take on being the VP of the US when she has an infant child with down syndrome. Most women I know would choose to put down their "ambition" and stay at home with their child if the financial situation afforded that. Furthermore, I would never put my teenage pregnant daughter out there under a national microscope. She has put her ambition over her family.

    October 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Critical View

    Obama can do anything to advance his cause. What we do not know is 'what is his real cause?'.

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

    Thank you William for reminding us that this has already been found untrue.

    Like most of the McCain/Palin attempts to deflect us from the real issues.

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

    Is she serious? Sarah puts ambition before family, God, and country. She is woefully incapable of serving this country.

    October 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Independent White Woman for Obama

    In John McCain's memoir, he admited that when he ran for President in 2000, it was not "because of some sense of partriotism but out of sheer ambition." In fairness, everyone who runs for president has to be ambitious. Michelle and Barack Obama speak about how grateful they are for the opportunities they were given by working hard in this country. They want to make sure all Americans have the chance at that American dream. An ambitious idea I can get behind.

    October 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Cincy voter

    Wow. Just wow. Excuse me, Governer, but it's John "If we focus on the issues we will lose the election" McCain who is blind with ambition. And you yourself, with your glaring lack of qualifications and education have no room to talk. Quit trying to project all of your poor qualities onto Senator Obama and look in the mirror for once. Americans need solutions to their economic problems and they want unity. What they do not want is the divisive fearmongering from you and your ilk.


    October 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Linda31

    And Palin puts ambition over family. McCain/Palin duo needs to get over themselves. They are acting like Obama doesn't have the right to run for this office!

    October 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. RealityKing

    Obama ask the Iraqi President to delay a long term solution!? Until he gets into office!!?? Wow! Just wow!!

    October 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. sj

    It is a shame that this soccer mom is spewing hate and lies. What kind of example is she setting for her kids. This is why this country will never be able to move beyond race, people like her teach it to their kids and so it goes. tsk tsk tsk. McCain-Palin, I think not.

    THAT ONE 08 🙂

    October 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Republican Supporters in the Dark

    Sarah Palin:

    I, and most of America are disgusted with the Republican party which you represent. They have no substance to run on so they have to resort to mudslinging and swiftboat tactics. You will reap what you sow. John McCain is going to end up in the political wilderness, and his name with be synonymous with mud/sleaze. You, Madam, are a joke. And by the way, you have five children and the seeds that you sow will return not just to you, but to them – if you were truly a Christian you would know that. May God have mercy on you, John McCain and the other hate-filled Republicans who are spewing lies and exhibiting bigotry, racism and downright ignorance.

    October 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Nicole

    Palin you couldn't answer simple questions from Katie Couric, please tell me why I should listen to anything that comes out your lying mouth. I would respect you a little bit more if you would just be yourself instead reading your scripts for the day.

    October 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Jamie

    OK, this is enough. I am sick to death of this woman's constant efforts to deflect attention anywhere but her own pathetic and imploding "campaign".

    Gov. Palin, until you can actually come up with one idea or issue – just one – about which you have a serious, practical proposal to HELP the country, then you don't deserve any more airtime.

    That you expect to win an election by virtue of being the second-worst option available says all we need to know about your estimation of the average American's intelligence.

    October 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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