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. Bobby

    someone pull the plug on this mess! she is so stupid

    October 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Knuckz

    May some of you san afford to have this clueless entity as a VP, but the majority of this country cannot. We are really going to give up our children's future because our pride/ hate won't let us vote for a non-white?

    October 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. No Way, No How, No Mccain

    Does Gov. Sarah Palin remembered what she says at time. All is about winning and telling the American people what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear.

    October 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Cody Robles

    Palin and Bush are similar in a lot of ways. Hunter; NRA advocate; Unbending, Believed that they are right 99% of the time and a probably right with the remaining 1%, and has a "deer caught in the headlights look" when asked tough questions. So good luck to all of us if she gets elected. Another 4 years of Bush. ,,,,,,,,

    October 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Colorado Voter

    Just one more reason that me and everyone else that I know in Colorado are voting early for Obama!!!!

    October 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. James From Chicago

    The problem with Palin is she cannot remember what she says
    from one minute to the next. She is an air head.

    October 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. norb

    It's obvious that this woman is nowhere near being ready to be vice president. Hard to believe she actually was elected governor. However, there is a certain group of people who think she is just the cat's pajamas. Same people who probably voted for Bush twice. We cannot afford to have McSame/Palin to run this country. Now or ever! Please take the time to vote and vote with your brain this November the 4th.

    October 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Bud InTexas

    Bye Bye Sarah...........................

    October 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. vicki vardaman

    Sarah Palin chose to have a baby over age 40, knowing the risks of having a Down's syndrome baby were higher. She made that choice, what was right for her. My problem with her is that she wants to make that choice for everyone else.

    October 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Seriously?

    I didn't get to comment in the Ticker article where ditzy had a new name for Obama. I have one for her: Failin' Palin. Jeebus this woman is unbelievable. She seriously contradicts herself on a daily basis and then just blythly goes on. She is some serious kind of stupid.

    October 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. John in Ohio

    Parts of America are the more "pro-America" parts? What do you call the other parts? And why is it that terrorists have only attacked the parts that aren't in the "pro-America" parts? Republicans love to wrap themselves in the tragedy that struck New York... and to attack New Yorkers as being un-American and too liberal.

    Basically, if you live in one of the original 13 colonies that rebelled from England's oppressive rule and formed the United States, you're probably not in a pro-America part of America.

    October 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Ontaya

    This ticket is nothing but a bunch of contradictions so pathetic. I will be so glad when it's November 5th!

    OBAMA/BIDEN real change

    October 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Jim

    It's absolutely shameful that these creeps take us for such fools. I am sick and tired of my intelligence being insulted by this blowhard.

    October 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Sophia, 23, FL

    THIS LADY IS NUTS..........

    OBAMA '08

    October 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Beth

    We must be the laughing stock of the international community. Come on folks...we aren't voting for an American Idol contestant...the thought of Sarah Palin one heartbeat away from the presidency makes me ill. She cannot string together a coherent sentence (unless its scripted for her)....can you imagine her sitting down with foreign dignitaries to negotiate????? It's a joke, really.

    I voted for Obama / Biden last week in North Carolina!!!

    October 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. MY FRIENDS - REPUBLI-KLANS JOA$$HN McINSANE/PAIN-LIN ARE SPREADING HATE & BIGOTRY IN AMERICA

    finally, they've thrown "joe the plumber" under the bus and moved on to a new gibberish talking point!

    this late in the game, the mcsame/pain-lin campaign are still trying to figure out what new ideas they can bring to the american people, but people like Rush and Hannity already hijacked the republiklans party; so it's all hate speech and divisive – real/unreal americans talking points that they got left!

    definitely not the economy because they are sooo out of touch there, also!!!!!! lol

    October 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. John in Ohio

    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.”

    Victim mentality much?

    October 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Laura in PHX

    Come on guys, she HAS to attack Obama....even if she agrees with him....she the pitbull after all.

    October 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Barbara

    talk about flip flopping, she can't even remember what she talks about., and she is running for second in command. Can't wait to see Obama in the white house. Hey Palin, when you go back to Alaska, I'll say I can see Alaska from this Pro American country. You really need to hide you head in shame for that remark. We in all states are Americans through and through. So go back to Alaska and think about where you went wrong on this campaign. Do a rewind and see yourself and kick yourself, and even Ask yourself, Why did I say those things.

    October 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. PA Man

    Where are Sarah's tax returns?

    October 21, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Blake

    Reading through the comments, I don't really think there's anything useful I could add. Did anyone see The Daily Show last night? Jason Jones did a piece in Wasilla, AK. There must be something in the water up there.

    October 21, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. CNN is biased and they should be ashamed

    To the millions upon millions of Americans that are fed up with CNN's total bias and negativity in covering this campaign, anc the unbridled public and not so public support of Obama's campaign, write your congressman, senator, and CNN and tell them that you will boycott their sponsors and boycott their telecats. I have never seen a more unprofessional display of yellow journalism .... and that is just what we see on top - the editorial decisions behind the scenes are likely much worse.

    October 21, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Jorge D. Hinojos

    Her lack of intelect is insulting for the American people! As a proud US educated Mexican I find myself amazed with her comments!!! I still can not vote but soon will, and I can't wait to make my two cents count!!!

    Obama/Biden08

    October 21, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    Ken Adelman, who is a close friend of Paul Wolfowitz and DIck Cheney, and an ardent neo-con, just endorsed Obama as his candidate. Part of his reasoning is that McCain's choice of Palin as his VP candidate raises serious questions about his decision making abilities.

    October 21, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. conny

    RUN RUN RUN TO THE POLLS AND VOTE

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 21, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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