Dem Rep.: Palin lied about visiting troops in Iraq
Published: Sunday September 14, 2008

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Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused Sarah Palin of lying about visiting troops in Iraq on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, arguing the point with former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift.

"I'm sure Sarah Palin raised her kids to tell the truth," Schultz said. "But when she lies about the fact that she says she went to Iraq and she didn't... The truth matters, and she's going to get called on the truth."

A spokesperson for the Republican vice presidential nominee confirmed on Saturday that Gov. Palin had never visited troops in Iraq, a claim that aides had repeatedly made, CNN reported.

Officials initially said McCain's running mate had traveled to military installations in Kuwait and Germany as well as visiting Iraq and Ireland.

In a modification of those claims, the campaign admitted that she had never crossed the Kuwait/Iraq border and only stopped in Ireland for refueling on the way home.

Palin received her first passport last year to make the trip to Kuwait, which was also her first and only time outside North America.

The Obama campaign issued a statement slamming Palin's campaign for her alleged trip to Iraq.

"The McCain campaign said Gov. Palin opposed the bridge to nowhere, but now we know she supported it," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor in the statement. "They said she didn't seek earmarks, but now we know she hired a lobbyist to get millions in pork for her town and her state. They said she visited Iraq, but today we learned that she only stopped at the border. Americans are starting to wonder, is there anything the McCain campaign isn't lying about?"

A recent article in The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests that "Palin energized the McCain campaign, but bloom could be off rose soon."

This video is from CBS' Face the Nation, broadcast September 14, 2008.

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