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. s

    Ah, just like Dubya!

    September 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Greg FL.

    LOL, more great family values.

    September 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Xavier

    Oh, so a person driving drunk isnt a big deal? What a bunch of hypocrites republican politicians are.

    September 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Democrat supporter.

    Perfect picture of model family. We should be cheering for them.
    whooo!

    September 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. NEVER OBAMA

    SO WHAT!!

    September 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Foreign observer

    Long ago, who cares ? This makes him human.

    September 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. faye, NV

    More and more will be revealed about this family. Wait and see.

    September 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Jon

    Ted Kennedy killed Mary Jo Kopechne in his car, and he's still in the senate. The Democrats better leave this one alone.

    September 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. gerry astaphan

    Please let's not get carried away.The man 's DWI was 24 years ago.Leave it alone.

    If he is a drunkard or a druggy, or a philanderer or thief, then that;s another matter.

    I'm somewhat more concerned about the 17-yearr old daughter's pregnancy and the family's attitude.

    Gerry

    September 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. J-M

    This is a JOKE! Withdrawal this family NOW!

    September 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. MR AMERICA

    Bush did too.

    Right Wing definition of Personal Responsibility:

    Teen Not Pregnant: she's taking responsibility for her actions.

    Teen Having Baby: she's taking responsibility for her actions.

    Man with No DWI: he's taking responsibility for her actions.

    Man with DWI: he's taking responsibility for her actions.

    The spin machine is awesome!

    This is even funnier that the GOP saying Palin has more experience than Obama!!!

    September 1, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Sera

    "Yes, 24 years ago he had a DWI,"

    I guess that's okay then. I sure hope noone was hurt before he was pulled over and arrested.

    In fact. Can we trust Mr. Schmidt to tell us the whole truth?

    September 1, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Honest Abe

    Well he only got caught once! FUNNY! Typical conservatives.

    September 1, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Kevin from Florida

    Who cares what happened in 1984??

    September 1, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Joe Reg

    I new McCain was not thinking straight when the pick is made.

    Even Condi Rice would have been a better choice.

    No more repubs this year any way.

    September 1, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. bern

    This get worse by the hour. McCain....this is an example of your judgement?

    Bad decision. Bad judgement. Bad war. Bad economy. Bad candidate.

    Obama-Biden '08

    September 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. CM

    Oh geez, well maybe this will cause a jump in the polls for them. Didn't GW also have a few run ins with the law over this issue?

    September 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Cozz

    Now the dirt comes up just like in Obama's younger history. I don't think either are part of today's issues so it's not a big issue to me

    September 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Fellow Obama supporters: It isn't worth making a big deal out of this.

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Mary - PA

    Okay, really now, is this news?

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Since Mac Didn't Vet his VP, We Will

    And CNN, when are you going to report on Palin's marijuana use?

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. sean

    *gasp!* what's next? are we going to find out that the good gov. removed one of those mattress labels when she was 15?

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. objective

    Edwards is considered "not news" and yet this is? No slant or agenda here.

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Rick

    McCain's camp did a very bad job of vetting this family. Or McCain just has very poor judgement. I just changed my mind. I am now voting for Obama.

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Francis

    While the DWI itself is not a big deal, it continues to bring into question how well vetted she is, how much the campaign is hiding from the public, and if this was really a good choice.

    I heard a lot of talk about how Bobby Jindal was too young and inexperienced, judging from how he's handling Gustav, McCain totally blew his VP pick.

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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