October 21st, 2008
02:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin ignores her own Pakistan remark while criticizing Obama

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RENO, Nevada (CNN) - Sarah Palin’s pointed criticism of Barack Obama’s foreign policy agenda Tuesday morning included a swipe at Obama’s stated commitment to strike at terrorists inside Pakistan’s borders if they are in the sights of the American military.

“Senator Obama has also advocated sending our U.S. military into Pakistan without the approval of the Pakistani government,” Palin said. “Invading the sovereign territory of a troubled partner in the war against terrorism.”

But Palin herself has advocated the same approach.

Palin told a voter at a retail stop in Philadelphia in September that the United States should “absolutely” cross the border into Pakistan to hunt terrorists, a statement that appeared to contradict John McCain's preference to negotiate with the Pakistani government first, or at the very least, to not publicly announce such a strategy.

At Tony Luke’s cheesesteaks in South Philadelphia, Temple University graduate student Michael Rovito asked the vice presidential candidate several questions about United States foreign policy towards Pakistan.

“So we do cross border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan you think?” Rovito asked.

"If that’s what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should," Palin responded, before moving on to greet other voters.

In an interview with CBS’s Katie Couric several days later, Palin re-iterated that “we will do what we have to do to secure the United States of America and her allies.”

When Couric asked John McCain, seated next to Palin in the interview, if that was “something you shouldn’t say out loud,” McCain said, “Of course not.”

Even though Palin was talking to a voter at a campaign stop organized by her campaign, both Palin and McCain dismissed the caught-on-camera exchange with Rovito as “gotcha journalism.”

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soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Danielle

    LMAO ~ she a nut. Please send her back to Alaska on November 4th. America does not want or need her. She's a bad joke that have gone wrong for the GOP.

    Obama & Biden in 08 & 12 🙂

    October 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Bruce

    She has a new set of 3X5 Cards and the old cards were tossed out so she can't remember what she said. and by the way itis that mean meda press thing that you know is like it just twists everything and she woud be happy to answer the question if you would ask one htat is covered on one of the 3X5 cards that well you know is what I am suposted to talk about today that is not important because I am just a face to attract horny me to attend the well you know that itis that I know you understand why I have to say stupid things so I can apear on SNL.

    October 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Dale in CA

    This is because she is speaking from scripts and strategy prompters, not from knowledge or even informed opinion. And this was the very best John McCain could find in the party to be his running mate.

    October 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. pawstiv1

    "Stupid is as stupid does..."

    October 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. mayah

    That which she sows, so shall she reap,....

    October 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Andrea

    Another example of someone who has gotten by on looks alone it seems.

    October 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. an outsider

    american politics today is bery interesting, it is like a soap . but my question is why is the media very biased?

    October 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Danny

    Has anyone noticed how Palin is now PANDERING to the RELIGIOUS RIGHT? After she made all the talks shows and now that her CAMPAIGN is in JOE THE PLUMBER'S TANK, now she shows up on CBN and JAMES DOBSON's Show......I think they ralize that they have alienated a lot of us and are trying to put it back together, Sorry Sarah...Too Little Too Late!

    October 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. ann baker

    Her ignorance is stunning, she is just so STUPID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Nik

    My fellow Americans, this side-show hosted by the McCain/Palin ticket will all be over in 14 days. I cast my vote for Obama yesterday. Full steam ahead to the White House....

    October 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. bill

    We are voting for president, so if you can stop tearing down for a moment. Please endulge.

    Extremism is always bad , and in this case Obamas uncehecked left turn and open road paved by Pelosi and Reid should have everyone concerned. Americans like fairness, not re adjusting the score. All those who still have that uncertain feeling about Obama, listen to it.

    Where are the medical records?, There is NO history of any writings from all of OBAMAS school days? He praised the Book of Bill Ayers and his wife promotes a joint speaking session of the two, but we are to believe there is no sharing of ideas. He has no recollection of any hate speak in his church? Does this make sense to you. I not saying he shares the worst of these beliefs, but at a minimum is willing to rewrite history and at the time was willing to turn blind eye and deaf ear to these in effort to promote his agenda.

    If you share this discomfort, you are smart and need to square with it before you vote.

    Please understand, I get you want justice, but what we are changing to is more important than the punishing the past. McCain is not Bush. You, likewise, are not supporting Bush or betraying your displeasure with him by realizing that we as a country need to come together. The fact is you can not unite around extremism, and McCains proven centrist leadership promotes co operation that angers both extremes, and that is a healthy thing for all of us.

    October 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Nuno Salvaterra

    Being an European citizen, I've been following the American elections from across the Atlantic for ten months now. Sarah Palin is looking like a fool day in and day out, yet still the race is getting competitive again. I cannot understand how intelligent people support for Sarah Palin. They must really value Executive experience over everything else.

    October 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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