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.”

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. The World for Obama

    Palin is as dumb as a box of rocks.

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

    She will still score points among the daft Republicans, trust me and that's why I am emploring all educated people to help those who are less fortunate in the brain as regards this very crucial election.

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Amazing!!!!

    Dear Sarah Palin,

    Seriously? I mean...SERIOUSLY? Are you that desperate to attack your opponent on the same statement you said? Ugh!


    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. A Woman In California For Obama:

    She's a fool and the whole world knows it. Palin doesn't even know what she doesn't know. She is a very stupid and ignorant person. We don't want someone to make us laugh Sarah-we want someone who is ready and able to do the job of VP (something you know nothing about). I have three words for you Sarah: MEET THE PRESS. Until then shut up.

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

    I guess she's trying the old kids trick – I'm rubber, you're glue.....

    October 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Lisa in Wasilla AK

    I can't wait for her to return up here to Alaska. I guarantee she is no longer the "most popular" governor in America. Just happy that I have never voted for her and can tell those who did, I told you so!

    October 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. BS Walks

    The problem is she lies and or distorts the truth so much she can't remember everything she says. McCain knows he made a mistake so he has to make excuses for her.

    October 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. drew

    Palin the incorrect statement maker.

    October 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. broadway joe

    You know why Pallin draws bigger crowds than McCain? The same reason people watch figure skating competions. There waiting for her to fall on her A__

    October 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Sarah Palin is attractive, a good speaker, and an idiot. And possibly even has terrorist leanings (AIP). She and her boss are doing everything possible to tear us further apart than even Bush did. I was naive enough to think that was impossible.

    October 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. FreeNLovIt

    Republican Washington outsiders MAKE the worst politicians. They have no respect for the Constitution. Of course, how could you have any respect for the laws when you DONT read......

    Remember, W was a Washington outsider.

    October 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. fritz

    How DARE we stop a candidate and ask them a question! Who do we think we are–VOTERS????

    October 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Oh Palin Go away

    Palin is branding herself. We knew this since the VP debate when all she talked about was her being the executive in her state.

    She doesn't even agree with McCain's ideas or his campaign.

    Palin GO AWAY!

    October 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. marcus

    Typcial of the McCain Campaign we can do it but you can't. Cindy McCain is angry with the media for criticizing her but look at their dirty campaign. They can do it but others cannot. This won't work on the world stage.

    October 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. hakeemsdad, Florida

    One word


    (Is this the best VP candidate that McPain could choose among the Republicans along with loser Lieberman! )

    October 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Michael watching from Canada

    The basic platform that McCain and Palin have run during this campaign is about Obama, not about the issues important to the American public......

    it is a just a continuation of the same lies, half-truths, smears, and outright mischaraterization of Obama that the Republicans have launched to win at all costs.

    With all this negativity, how could McCain and Palin unite government?

    October 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Indy2008

    The Republican party has been a real disappointed this election. The divisive, hypocritical behavior and just showing a lack of intelligence! In 2 weeks it will be over and we will hopefully have a new perspective with the Obama/Biden ticket.

    October 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Common Sense

    She shoudla just stuck to her original answer....

    October 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. David, Silver Spring, MD

    So she's criticizing Obama for a position she holds?

    Big deal, that's what mavericks do.

    October 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Pat

    As an early voter in Arizona, I continued to be amazed that McCain picked such a lightweight, no a featherweight. She has no idea what she is doing, has no idea what her role will be if elected. Her pick proved to me that McCain didn't put "Country First", he put the perceived needs of his campaign first. While he has been my Senator for 25 years, I voted for Obama!

    October 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Sam the Butcher

    Sarah the hypocrite. Take Joe the plumber, Tito the Jackson, Todd the Secessionist, Rose the Peddler, John the McBush, and all of your other GOP election 08 action figures and go home. Personnel Board activity should be picking up soon Sarah the Power Abuser - talk to them, they're pretty much the only people interested in what you have to say these days.
    Obama on November 4th? You betcha

    October 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Sam In Western NC

    Palin just doesn't have what it takes...She is not ready for prime time...I am glad I have already voted and voted for Obama/Biden

    October 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. karen Raleigh

    This woman is an airhead and a devious , dangerous person and McCain choosing her makes you wonder about his ability to do anything–what kind of judgement would choose a woman like that as vice-president????????

    October 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    She neither knows or cares what she talks about.

    It's Robo-Palin.

    October 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Clinton Democrat for Obama

    Wait, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are attacking a voter who dared to ask a question?? Aren't they accusing Sen. Obama and Biden of attacking Joe the Plumber??

    What is going on at the McCain campaign????

    October 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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