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. Brandon from Ohio

    I know that no one here is really surprised. Just another example of the pot calling the kettle black. Everytime I see one of these stupid incidents from Daily Scandal Palin I go donate $5 to Obama's campaign. Keep it coming Failin' Palin'.

    October 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. the other jd

    I just voted for Obama yesterday. And man, did it feel gooooood!

    October 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. tom in pa

    I can't wait until November 5th, when Governor Palin can resume staring at Russia!

    October 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Patriotic? you bettcha, Guess what Sarah When this country screws up, you bettcha I'll critize. Start a war based on lies, that's a major screw up. Tell me love it or leave, it, I"m a Native American, you leave it girl friend go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.

    October 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. For Obama

    Hello Mrs.Palin... I read that you have a new nick name for Obama... btw... I have one for you too 🙂

    Sarah the Power Abuser

    I dont understand why the media has forgotten that she abused her power in Alaska?

    October 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. msnado

    This woman is dispictable.....She will never acknowledge anything SHE says and does. It's apparent what she was chosen for. I can't wait until we announce Obama/Biden presidency!

    October 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. georgia

    I think that Palin's nerve is far more stunning than her ignorance. She knows perfectly well that she has taken essentially the same position that she criticizes. She knows as well that no one will call her on it in any meaningful way. She knows that it won't matter to those who already support her and hopes that it won't matter–or be meaningfully pointed out–to a few who might be persuaded to support her.

    October 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Tegan - Houston, TX

    She probably forgot she said the same thing as Barack Obama about Pakistan. She doesn't seem to really believe much of what she says and is often contradictory in many ways. I too am glad I voted for Barack Obama this a.m. Republicans keep floundering around on every subject. How about some "new" original ideas from McCain/Palin? I have not heard a one.

    October 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    You have to admit she does provide comic relief.

    October 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Caryn, Washington DC

    Palin is a mess. She should stick to inciting violence and hate at her "rallies" and leave the policy stuff alone.

    October 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Tylen

    OK, so she doesn't support her own policies on Pakistan or gay marriage... is there anything she does agree with herself on? Oh, yeah, she's still saying the VP is in charge of the Senate.

    This woman is dangerous, folks. It's really that simple.

    October 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. TAINOPOWER

    The only reason I will vote for McCain is. Hillary Clinton. yes Hillary Clinton if obama wins Hilary wont be able to run for president in 2012 and 2016 she be to old to run . I will ask all democrats to vote for McCain and if McCain wins Hillary will have a chance to run again for president in 2012 and she will win.

    October 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Arkansas Undertaker

    Bless her heart she cant help being a MORON!!!!

    October 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Erik

    Where is the outrage that this woman has been declared a lawbreaker by the Alaska legislative investigation into "Troopergate?" How can you ignore, above and beyond her obvious difficulties with critical thinking and language use, that she "abused her power" as Governor? She's simply not Presidential.

    October 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    She's a ditz.

    All they can come up with is fear, smear, and distractions.

    NOT THIS TIME

    Vote early

    October 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Palin - No Brains

    Palin talks about Obama saying one thing only to have said the very same thing. She is the most unintelligent person, so dumb she doesn't even realize people are making fun of her because of her stupidity. Hard to believe there are people out there that will actually vote for her and McCain.

    October 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Janine

    There McCain and Palin go again, talking out of both sides of their mouth.

    October 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. go vote

    Is any one surprised at this???

    I just got a mailbox full of Hate Mail from the McCain campain.

    These people are relentlessly off message.

    Good thing they don't mind being the underdog.

    October 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Republican for Obama

    You mean she doesn't hear the words coming out of her mouth, they really should fix that in the new version coming out: Sarah 2.0.

    October 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. bob in fl

    Two weeks to go, throw it all against the wall and see what sticks.

    I can't wait till she runs for Ted Stevens Senate Seat.

    October 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Sandy

    Early stages of memory loss...Palin needs to be seen.

    October 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Sam7_OR

    Who’s the idiot that put this lady in charge? Oh yah… it’s Mr. Out-to-Lunch McCain!

    October 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. beachgirl

    The entire country is ready for Palin to pack her bags, her kids that she drags them with her everywhere and GOES BACK TO ALASKA where she belongs!!!!!

    She is untruthfull, unfair, uneducted, unattractive, un professional and the country will NEVER has her as a Vice or President, we are toooooo smart to do that!

    October 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Latasha

    No wonder she isn't allowed near the press, she's ignorant! She is NOT qualified to be Vice President or President and it's a decision that John McCain will live to regret. What a sad ending to a distinguished career! John McCain can only thank the very ones he was trying to please for the lost - his base.

    October 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. At Least Keep Your Dignity Man !!

    You may win or you may lose. If you lose, how do you want to be regarded / remembered by history?

    How do you want your great grandchildren to read about you in school?

    John McCain .... it's time .... time to take your foot off the pedal .... you can't win and you are only damaging America with your campaign's divisive rhetoric.

    And even if you do, you need to think about no alienating the other side. For you this is a "political game" and you and Barack can forgive each other after the fact. For the rest of us ... the public ... we have long memories. Keep this up and you'll build enemies for the duration of your administration.

    October 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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