October 21st, 2008
02:34 PM ET
10 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. Kenzie from Texas

    Whats new? Sarah ignores all of her own comments, gaffes. idiocy, lunacy etc.....

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

    What else she can do?

    October 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. ez

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. MyBrainReallyHurts

    Are you kidding me? This is the person that will be second in command? Wake up people! She is not fit to be in the White House with her finger on the nukes.

    Yikes.

    October 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Drama Queen!!!

    Palin is such a big LIAR......WINK!!! WINK!!!

    October 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Kirk in NC

    Gov. Palin: You just did a 'gotcha' on yourself!

    October 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Dee

    McCain told her not to say anything about what she thinks..just to stick to the provided script!!!

    October 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Fenarkleman

    Dan Quayle Barbie?

    October 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Bridgette-PA

    She's an idiot, the media knows it and needs to be honest about this McFailin' ticket!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. kinglywarrior

    What a waste of people's time Palin is. Bash Obama for saying EXACTLY what you said...nice.
    And is ANY voter really going to be swayed by knowing one candidate won't send troops into Pakistan while the other will?? WHO CARES right now...try talking about a domestic issue Palin. Or better yet....just stop talking.

    October 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Let it not be said that facts get in the way of Palin.

    October 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. totul91

    This lady does not understand her own speech. It's like a beautiful parrot. She doesn’t understand what VP do everyday. Even 3rd grade student knows VP is not charge of senate. My wife wonders why is not running for political office since travelled 16 countries for research purpose, substantial more foreign experience than Palin's Russia foreign policy experience!!

    October 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Michelle, PA

    Expecting a coherent policy – any coherent policy – from Sarah Palin is like expecting to win $100 million in the lottery. It's theoretically possible, and has happened once or twice, but there's a heck of a lot more misses than hits there. You betcha.

    October 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. TEXAS NICK

    Just wanted to let all those who have lost hope in Texas...

    THIS TEXAN VOTED FOR OBAMA THIS AFTERNOON!!

    October 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    People, she has the same profile as Bush and Cheney. In fact, she is the reincarnation of the Bush/Cheney ticket in ONE bucket. How can we all say we DISLIKE the Bush/Cheney ticket, and yet, VOTE for one who has the SAME exact values and background?

    America, a lipstick on a pig, is still a pig. I cant believe that after eight long years, we stil havent learned our lessons yet.

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. hurriCAIN PALIN

    by all means, defeat nobama in the general and expose his inexperienced empty suit socialism that can only give good speeches

    NOBAMA

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. New Day

    N.S of Huntsville, Al – you are right but, her wacky antics and off-beat shenanigans are quite entertaining. 🙂

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Red States Turning Blue

    STOP THIS WOMAN FROM MAKING SPEECHES.

    SHE IS A DISGRACE TO WOMEN.

    McCAIN CHOSE HER TO WOO FRUSTRATED CLINTON SUPPORTERS, INSTEAD OF MAKING SURE SHE IS QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT.

    FOR McCAIN, IT IS POLITICS FIRST, AND COUNTRY LATER

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Donna

    what is more serious is that Palin stated yesterday in Colorado that the Vice President's job is to run the Senate. That is completely wrong and shows how utterly she fails to understand the position.

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Todd

    Julie, I a word NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. jjo

    palin is damb,she cant even remember what she said before.did she go to scholl really?
    obama 08

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Boye

    As a Christian, I find this rather appalling. I expected this from McCain but not Sarah Palin. But what can I say, I may stoop to this level if I were running for veep.

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Jacqueline

    Are we really surprised? It's almost getting too easy and we really need to get this woman off the national circuit. She is a vile, uneducated, thoughtless hypocrite.

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Roxanne

    Why are the top seven stories on the ticker about McCain and/or Palin? CNN reports every word Palin says, even though 99.99% of it is unintelligible. No stories about what Obama or Biden said today. Your bias is showing, CNN.

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Ric from NM

    Wouldn't it be great if you could say anything you want, anytime you want, and not have to respond to any "follow-up" question!
    I envy her!

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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