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

Palin ignores her own Pakistan remark while criticizing Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/15/palin4.jpg caption="Gov. Palin criticized Obama's foreign policy Tuesday."]
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. aaa

    palin is programmed by GOP

    October 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. GA Independent

    Ok – Palin is even more of a moron than McCain... Better get back to the hockey rink – she must understand what's going on there better?

    October 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Bruce

    Well she cannot remember what she said...big surprise...but as I remember McCains comment iot was that the question did not matter because it was shouted at her...
    both of them are a disgrace.

    October 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. WOW

    She is dumb.

    October 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Ben

    Sounds like she's fully onboard the double-talk express.

    October 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Micheal shoemac republican voting for Obama in miami florida

    Wow this Lady is a Nut

    October 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. She forgot...

    We didn't. This is why we're not voting for you people. GET IT!?

    We don't need a 12-year Idiocracy.

    October 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. They want the White House to be their 9th House

    I dont think she even knows what she says from minute to minute. She thinks as VP that she will run the Senate! OMG!

    I wonder if McCain told her thats what a VP does. LOL

    The more she talks the more unqualified she is.
    Obama 08

    October 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. irony

    she is so stupid and lies so much she is not sure what she is saying or what she has said. No thinking voter cares what she says anyway they are too busy praying to God she doesn't get elected.

    October 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Repub for O

    Palin was questioned in Colorado this week by a 3rd grader who asked "What is the VP's job"? She answered "To be the head of the Senate" and that she wants to "get in there" and influence the Senator's decisions.

    Seriously? This woman is running for VP and doesn' t even know what her job entails? The ONLY job she has, as defined by the Constitution, is to break a tie in the Senate….and to open electoral voting envelops. She does not have any power over the Senate besides that.

    October 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Obama Supporter from FL

    I can't wait until this woman fades back into the Alaska wilderness...

    October 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    This is not any SUPRSISE. Pailn just dosen't get it, have it, or anythign else. CNN stop talking about her, she won't even go on your show, and yet you keep reporting dumm news. We all know that Pailn is not ready to lead our great United States.

    THIS IS NOT NEWS

    October 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. John Smith

    Anyone who voted for Bush, and is now seeing what this nation has been through in the past 8 years would really have to care less about this counrty to vote for another Republican ticket!!

    October 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Darrel from Denver

    Anything expedient will suit the McCain campaign these days. All they have left is to marginalize, isolate, and smear Obama. So, that's what they do.

    BS clowns.

    October 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Agian,........I am so glad I voted for Obama on Monday.

    October 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Blue By You

    I can see Pakistan from my house...

    October 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Julie

    She is a puppet of the Republican party, who will say anything they tell her to and when she does not say exactly as rehearsed it comes out like she does not know what she is talking about....which she doesn't.
    Is this really who you want leading the Country if something happens to her 72 year old running mate??

    October 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Stephen O

    What a kick. Yet again, she contradicts herself.

    October 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    I guess she was under the spell of the Philly Cheesesteak...or maybe she's a dimwit. Wait, yes, she is a dimwit. PEOPLE, this woman would be a second away from the big seat. Keep her in her high chair, please! She is second rate, junior league, at best!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN AND YES WE ARE, at least in NV! In my county alone, 32,000 dems have early voted as opposed to 19,000 Repubs. I think we know how this will go!

    October 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Dia

    Governor, am I part of the patriotic America, the pro-america or not. Because I won't be voting for you either way

    October 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Al, NY NY

    Oh yeah. Keep it up Sarah. You're doing great in pushing people away with your dimwitted remarks and towards Obama

    October 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. TyWebb

    Palin is the greatest policy wizard of our time.

    October 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Laverne

    One word "HYPOCRITE"!

    October 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Mccain is a Liar Palin is a Liar

    Of Course Palin and Mccain are so lost right i feel like going out in the dark and handing these lost souls a Flaslight. Mccain Palin has run a horrific campaign and will be Punished for it on Nov 4 Obama 08

    October 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Lisa

    Her ignorance is stunning.

    October 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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