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. charlotte

    As a proud Barack Obama supporter, I am ROFLMAO!

    I don't mean to cast any stones at the Palin family–they're just normal Americans. But it's the "holier than thou" attitude of the evangelicals– preaching to us "sinners"– that is being exposed with the pregnancy, DWI, etc...
    Christians aren't perfect–just forgiven...unless you're Barack Obama of course and then you are the "Great Satan."

    Next time, John, use the judgement of your opponent and find out a little bit about your vice president...surely she'll drop out at this point.

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Oh Boy!!??

    I'm sure he cleaned up, just like Bush.

    Look how good he turned out.

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Steve B

    ok this is it
    the last straw

    I am doing to vote Obama now....

    NOT!

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. joe kiloz

    This is as relevant as Obama's inhaling.

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Cricket

    Many people may think this isn't a terrible offense, but if you have ever lost a very dear friend who was killed by a drunken driver-you feel very differently.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Alyce

    Vetting is never a bad idea. If if it happens to be the vetting of
    McCain's "Soul Mate".

    September 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Jeff, North Dakota

    So what?

    September 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. gerald stannard

    Some folks never get it.. do everything...and do nothing well..go figure the only platform these citizens have is a bed...oh my wonder what drives some to drink.. and too think we can not do what needs to be done..
    .........yes we can --forgive and forget them who say we cannot.

    September 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Vinson

    Wow – THIS is the family I want representing this country.

    NOT

    September 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Ron , Berkeley , Ca.

    Here we go again , .... George W. , all over again... Only this time , We also have Moose Burgers to add to the equation...

    September 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. MAVARICK TO A GELDING

    Laura Bush stated this morning 9/1/08 that Palin was qualified to be President because she had experience as a mayor.

    Cindy McCain stated Sunday, 8/31/08 Palin had national security experience because Alaska was next to Russia.

    I will refrain from commenting on the Christian moral example currently on display.

    Seems Todd has missed a couple of Sunday's in church, the ones where your supposed to value other people's lives as much as your own.

    QUESTIONS TO ALL THE MOTHER'S OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN

    Are you willing to take a chance that the welfare and safety of your own children, may at sometime in the future be the responsibility of the Republican party that actually believes that anyone, male or female, with experience as a city council member and the mayor of a village of 9.000 for 8 of her 10 years of “executive” experience, actually qualifies the candidate for the top office in the land?

    The same Republican party believes that the fact that the state, which has a total population of less than the city of Atlanta, and which she is the current governor of for all of 20 months, during which time she has already managed to create a cloud of suspicion for possibly abusing the power of her office. and is currently being investigated, is actually qualified for national security because the state she is the governor of is next to Russia?
    No matter how you feel about the Democratic ticket at least the one with the lesser experience was ELECTED, and made a VP selection of someone who would bring balance to the ticket and provides some responsibility. The Republican VP was SELECTED by one man that actually believes the Republican statements and beliefs as outlined above.
    You parents out there need to think long and hard about this ticket but more importantly about the Republican party which is apparently so welling to cater to the Far Right that the entire Republican party is willing to chance putting your own kids future in jeopardy, just so they can win an election?

    How exactly is that considered "Country First"?

    September 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. jeff m

    what a fairy tale story.America 's future is in doubt if mcain is elected president.This shows lack of family values in palin's .

    September 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. VP Vetting

    Interesting.... Since McCain didn't vet his VP pick, the media will have to do the vetting for him. My guess is more information will be coming forth more... MOSTLY NEGATIVE!

    September 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Oh Boy!!??

    Privacy for the children, a tradition.

    You are fair game Todd.

    September 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Republican

    Wow all the dirt comes out on a day when the south is getting hit hard by a hurricane!! Great tactics, McCain!!

    September 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Darren McEwen

    Not that it prevented Bush from winning the White House but when you're Sarah Palin you're starting with a fresh slate. You have to introduce yourself to America.... a daughter who gets knocked up at 16 and a hubby who was arrested for drunk driving ... isn't going to do that. At least people like the Bush's and the McCain's and Cheney's and the Kennedy's have had their names flaunted for good things before the shady things.

    September 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. OFFWALLST

    OK OBAMA!!!

    SO YOU WANT TO START THROWING DIRT AT PALIN......LETS BEGIN WITH TONY RESCO...REV WRIGHT......WILLIE AYERS.....AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON

    September 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Kim

    Wow. That's all I can say.

    September 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It amazes me how politicians jump back about something that happened 24 years ago but aren't willing to be accountable for anything forward and that's because their lives get messier after that.

    September 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Steve

    You can tell by senior McCain adviser Steve Schmidt's comment,"Yes, 24 years ago he had a DWI" that he's already exasperated by Palin as a choice as McCain's VP. I'm sure he knows that there's going to be more about Palin which will cause McCain to dump her as VP.

    September 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Eric

    Sarah admits to being a pot smoker when it was 'legal' in Alaska, still illegal under federal law But, said she didn't like it. I guess legal weed isn't as good as illegal weed.

    September 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. barry

    OMG...can you just imagine the uproar if Mrs.Obama or Mrs. Biden had a DWI?

    September 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Troy

    Hopefully he doesn't drink and drive anymore.

    September 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. North Carolina

    Did McCain know this information before picking her as his VP pick?

    September 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. greg in Oregon

    Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

    September 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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