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. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    I VOTED OBAMA-BIDEN AND MAILED IN MY ABSENTEE BALLOT..... PALIN IS A MORON AND AN INSULT TO EVERY AMERICAN.

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

    The more Biden/obama talk the more we see who they REALLY are.
    Very Scary for America!

    VOTE SMART: VOTE McCain/Palin – we can TRUST them

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

    This woman is the governor of our state and yes, she is the stupidest politician ever, not even as bright as George Bush. She just likes being in front of the cameras with her lips flapping and trying to shove her life and reality down every ones throat. She will lie, steal and cheat to attain what she wants, publicity and her face on the cover of the Rolling Stone, which she probably has never read either.

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

    No more BUSH ... but please ... no new BUSH either (pun intended)!

    GObama

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

    This women is simply an air head and a liar, lying comes so easy for Palin., she doesn't even know when she's lying, it has gotten just that bad, It will be all over pretty soon. Thank God.

    October 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Ken in Dallas

    After the election, Palin can give the rest of us lessons on how to lie to the terminally gullible.

    Other than that, I'd just as soon leave her unarmed and on foot in the middle of a herd of moose.

    October 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. randy

    May God help us if the stupidity of some people put a moron like Palin in line for the office of President of the United States.

    October 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Jose, San Diego

    The Pet Rock of politics once again unselfconsciously contradicts herself. Of course, because she actually has no views, but will say whatever it takes to advance herself (she has no agenda apart from self-promotion). Like a would-be Hollywood starlet, Palin desperately seeks media face-time, using her kids as props and attention-getters. Narcissism and megalomania are her hallmarks; a reasonably educated populace would brush her off in an instant and ignore her. But Ms Pageant Runnerup is actually vying to be in line as the world's most powerful person. Absolutely frightening.

    October 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Barret Graf

    Seems like a politician of her "caliber" would have a clear strategy for foreign policy. This just makes it seem like she hasn't really thought about this stuff and that she is just going iwth what the suits ar etelling her. Not my type of leader, to be sure.

    October 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Clare from Orlando

    EVERYBODY LISTEN UP ! ! ! ! ! !

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, GO OUT AND VOTE EARLY.....WE ARE HAVING PROBLEMS IN FLORIDA ALREADY!!!! IF YOU VOTE EARLY YOU WILL HAVE TIME TO FIX THE PROBLEMS....THE LINES ARE GOING TO BE EXTREMELY LONG ON NOV. 4TH....THEY ARE LONG NOW HERE IN FLORIDA. DON'T LET THE REPUB'S TAKE IT AWAY THIS TIME.
    Palin/McShame is enough to make you get out and vote early! They are trying to steal this in Florida.

    October 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. EBJ

    Silly Rabbit!

    October 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. rob

    it's gotcha politics when the GOP gets asked questions by the general public but it's alright for Joe the Plumber to ask his question to Obama....eventhough Joe doesn't even make close to $250,000 and judging by his training and expertise as a plumber he will certainly not be buying his bosses company any time soon...heck Obama's 8 years of presidency will be over before Joe the plumber can afford to buy his own business....it just kills me how the GOP make Joe the Plumber look great when his question was not 100% factual in the first place...

    October 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Sarah Palin Shoots Wolves

    If McCain wins and this woman somehow winds up as the Vice President of this country, so help me I will move to Canada.

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Betty, Virginia

    Hey check out the Gallup Poll's World Poll. Obama is favored 4 to 1. I guess it's not only the media, late night tv, Un Pro-Americans, unreal Virginians, socialists, traitor republicans, far left wing liberals, non christians, elite, east coasters, large city folks that have a poor view of McCain and Palin (and the rest of the republican party for that matter) but now the world is against the self proclaimed mavericks. I'm very disappointed in some of our past secretary of state people who do not put US first! It's time for the Bush/Cheney evil empire to come to an end... "I voted with George Bush 90% of the time....: : John McCain

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. austin, tx

    its great that her, um, whatever you want to call it, was brought to light here on the forum, but how about putting on the national scene so that EVERYONE can see it.

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Molly

    I am so HAPPY I VOTED for McCain/Palin today in SC – and hundreds of my neighbors were lined up to join me!

    McCain/Palin – the ONLY choice

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Chris from STL

    I just don't understand this woman!!! She has absolutely no respect for facts and truth ..... She looks more like a drama queen rather than a VP candidate.

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Carlos

    Palin makes all of those dumb blond jokes look like a child play... you can't fix stupid, that;s a fact !!!

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Will, NJ

    She's a superstar, stellar performance right there, eh?

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Allan

    Sarah's Failin'

    When she returns to her day job on November 5th, she's gonna find herself fightin' to keep from getting impeached, doncha know?

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Oh! The Irony

    Blind ambition.

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Dan, IL

    Old news. Sign of CNN's desperate attempt to help Obama.

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. independent

    She knows Obama better than herself. That's a shame for a so-called VP of the USA

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Former Republican

    Obama supporters and people leaning towards Obama.....VOTE EARLY....and let's put this miserable campaign out of their misery so we don't have to see or hear from ms. moose killer and her McNasty grammpa ever again.

    Please send some cards to Obama's grandmother in Hawaii....she fell and broke her hip!

    Mrs. Madelyn Dunham
    In care of: Obama for America
    Honolulu Headquarters
    1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste D2690
    Honolulu, HI 96814

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Love My USA/Do You?

    A vote for BO is a vote for SOCIALISM.
    Sara has more experience then BO.
    From the dumb remarks Joe Biden makes, it appears that she has more common sense then Biden.

    October 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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