September 1st, 2008
02:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin's husband has DWI arrest

McCain and Sarah and Todd Palin campaigning in Washington, Pennsylvania.
McCain and Sarah and Todd Palin campaigning in Washington, Pennsylvania.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - A senior adviser to the McCain campaign confirmed Monday that Todd Palin, husband to Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 1984.

"Yes, 24 years ago he had a DWI," senior McCain adviser Steve Schmidt told reporters in St. Paul.

Schmidt was asked if he was worried about the news, and replied, “I was not.”

The story was first reported by David Brody, a CNN contributor and Christian Broadcasting Network News Senior National Correspondent.


Filed under: Sarah Palin • Todd Palin
soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. eugene

    this happened a longtime ago so who cares,but what other skeletons are in this womans closet,teenagers get pregnant everyday so thats not news,but the way the gop promotes family values makes it a issue,but the rumours are really spreading about this infant child she claims is hers,so if she lied about this,mccain should get rid of this woman because no one will ever believe anything else she says

    September 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Kevin L. -Las Vegas,NV

    There is NO way that you can know enough about a person that you pick for a Vice-Presidential candidate after only meeting them once before the second time being at the podium.......Forget about knowing their family...

    September 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. election watcher

    This is a news headline? Something that happened 24 years ago? Give me a break.

    September 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    The Palin family should withdraw and aplologize to the American people!

    September 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    It is not the kid, not the DUI husband, not the fact she lacks experience, and not picked by McCain but a PANICKED Republican Party that thinks by picking a woman--any woman-they will automatically get the Clinton vote.

    September 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. OBAMA'S STATEMENT

    OBAMA'S STATEMENT: I've heard some of the news. I've said before I think families are off limits, children limits. It has no relevance," Obama said. "I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. My mom had me when she was 18. And how families deal with issues of children shouldn't be part of our politics.

    September 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Kyle

    Keep it up Dems. Trying these gutter tactics will blow up in your face as they always do.

    September 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. vicky

    Can't we just forget the argueing and come together as AMERICANS instead of Repubs v Dems. Lets fight for this country together.

    September 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. antanaclasis

    Sheesh. First Palin peels off the women voters. Now her husband makes a play for that crucial voting block of people convicted for DWI. Add the sympathies of not-yet-wed teen mothers, and who is left to vote for Obama/Biden: American males with no DWI convictions on their records who come from towns larger that 9,000 people??

    Looks like we're in for another 4 years of Republicans in the White House....

    September 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Jessica

    How 'bout talking about today's news? Like, the stories about Palin's husband getting confidential emails and having sway with the hirings and firings of the Alaskan government? Or how a woman who preaches abstinence only sexual education will become a grandmother at 44 because her 17 year old daughter gets knocked up?

    This is who McCain wants to run our country if he dies/steps down. Thanks.

    September 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Audrey Fryer

    It's not the fact that he had a DWI many years ago – wouldn't he have to obtain a special security clearance to travel to other countries and how would he get security clearance in the White House. My understanding is that George Bush also had to get certain clearances because of his DWI; correct me if I am wrong; I am writing from Canada and I know that anyone in his country cannot travel to other countries with a DWI record without special consideration, and depending on who you are – you don't get that clearance. I know this is a fact in a lot of other countries as well.

    Audrey

    September 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Grateful to be an Obama supporter

    This is the least of our problems with her.

    Sarah Palin is just not qualified to be V.P.!!!

    September 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Leslie from Garden Grove, CA

    Unless Obama kills someone, or killed someone back in 1984, I'm voting for him no matter what.

    September 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. manu

    McCain should have select another VP. Palin just will not work

    September 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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