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. Cindy in Boston

    Dish it out press. This family is a role model.

    September 1, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. bluebird

    I guess it doesn't matter that Obama was a drug and alcohol user when he was younger, right? Obama supporters are so two faced.

    September 1, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Mona

    This is great. Mr. Palin likes to drink and Cindy McCain gets rich selling booze so people like Mr. Palin can get drunk and drive. What a team. Great for America, just what we need.

    September 1, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Audrey

    Unfortunately for Sarah Palin John McCain was not wise enough to properly "vet" her so these damaging stories could not cast she and her family, (the nation's potentially 2nd family) in a negative light. Now she and John McCain will be doing constant damage control. After awhile it becomes a side show.

    September 1, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Ron L

    This is just the beginning..The DWI is not a big deal but I believe there will be more tidbits of negative news. I do have this question though. If Governor Palin has such a wonderful personality, why wasn't she able to reach her teenage daughter in a way that prevented her from having unprotected sex?? Her daughter was lucky not to get an STD. One of the great problems in America is unmarried teenage pregnancy. And now we are going to have a pregnant unwedded mother living in the White House...GREAT!!! HUH!!

    September 1, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Luca Ponti

    Hey CNN. Isn't it called a DUI ?? Also, who cares. This is news from 1984.

    September 1, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Gotta Be Kidding

    So if we can't use a 24 year old DUI I guess this takes McCain being a POW off the table!!!!

    September 1, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. K

    ....thats well good vetting there

    September 1, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. David

    More of the same, much?

    September 1, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. James from Texas

    Hmm, ever wonder why there was no "dirt" on Biden? At least not on CNN.... Are we through showing our bias CNN? Would you rather give Obama some more free plugs? Who would have ever thought a Saturday Night Live sketch would be closer to reality than the very news of CNN...

    September 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Peter of Oregon

    Sarah Palin's possible abuse of her Gubernatorial power, her unwed daughter's teen pregnancy, and her alcoholic or former alcoholic husband perfectly represent Republican moral values. Now I can understand why McCain see's her as his protege and selected her as his VP; she's definitely Republican material.

    September 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. facts are facts

    This is of no real importance but what should be of importance is the fact McCain made this wild and reckless appointment out of desperation with little or no thought on the consequences.

    Poor judgement started with the Iraq war and is rapidly becoming McCain's real identity.

    September 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Rickster

    Forecast: Palin will be "falin". McCain will lose his "cane". Is half of the American people insane!!! Don't they feel the pain of the last 8 years!! Give Obama a chance and if he ALSO fails...NEXT. But please do not keep voting in failures! PLEASE!!!

    September 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Sigh

    OMG, the husband of the Vice President nominee has a DUI from 1984? And that is convincing some of these commenters to change their votes? Seriously, this should be decided by the issues for the good of the country, not the latest gossip. Obama's pastor had more relevance than this, and that is saying something.

    September 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. RJ

    Imagine if Obama's daughter had a kid, or Biden had a DWI. He'd be done. Arent the Republicans supposed to be about values?

    September 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. derek miles

    I've had 3 friends killed by drunk drivers along with my dads brother and his 2 month old daughter. I also have friends with DUI's that are good people and would never want to harm anyone. Either way this is a moot article when a hurricane is destroying millions of peoples lives as we speak.
    democrat from california

    September 1, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Nicki

    I am very much for Obama & Biden!! But this was 24 years ago. So although the Palins high moral ground that they stand on does seem to be questionable I can't hold this one against them. If was 2,3,4 years ago maybe.

    September 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. jestus

    looks like he's ready to be a member of congress... at least for a entry level position

    September 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. dellie

    As if there has never been a family member of anyone in politics that drank when they were 20 years old?

    September 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Michael

    The people who are so excited about an arrest that occurred 24 years ago are the same people who were mortified that Michelle Obama's thesis with its anti-White rhetoric was released. Please, people, who really cares? You don't know ANY of these people, they aren't your friends, and they aren't coming over for dinner any time soon. Demand more from your politicians. Vote on the issues.

    September 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Sam

    Nice vetting McCain. Will you look into America's problems with such detailed work?

    September 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Maggie

    What's the big deal? Compare this to Obama's drug use. Compare this to Biden's plagiarisms.

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Eric-29-m-PA

    Who cares? I see CNN has no problems digging up information about the Republican candidates, but yet I have to dig up information myself about Obama because CNN refuses to do so. Pretty sad. The bias is so obvious.

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Mauri

    There are alcoholics or problem drinkers in almost every family. What they wouldn't give to have had only a little DWI arrest in their history. Bet Obama's glad he's got Reverend Wright out and behind him!

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Philip

    What a pick! McCain will never ever get it and his supporters too!

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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