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. Peter of Oregon

    Was Palin properly vetted?

    September 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. fixthebroken

    So the Republicans can question (1) Obama's citizenship (2) Obama's patriotism (3) Obama's religion (4) Michelle Obama's patriotism (5) and so on

    But the "traditional family values" of the VP nominee and family cannot be questioned? Hmmmm...can you spell hypocritical??

    By the way, Obama should stay as far away from any of this as possible. It will all work out under its own merits.

    September 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. COUNTRY FIRST?

    This is what you get when you don't VET!!!

    September 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Reginald

    By God! How many stories are we going to have today about this family? Did McCain use any judgement in this pick at all?!

    Obama is definitely the more Christian candidate now. So long John, I hardly knew ye.

    September 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Joyce

    24 years ago they weren't even married! He was a young adult, when we all made some mistakes. You have to dredge up stuff from 24 years ago?? That means he's been squeaky clean his whole adult life! Sounds like a pretty good person to me. Can we say that about all of you critics?

    September 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Tonya

    This just keeps getting worse. Now what was that about John McCain and JUDGEMENT???

    September 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. David Trevino

    Again, CNN, how exactly is this adding to the public's knowledge of Ms. Palin's positions on policies that have a direct influence on the american people. Character is one thing, but why don't you publish her voting record in Alaska, or something important like that. Give us real news. What is this the E network?

    September 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Wake up America

    I just read, some years back Patlin's Husband was arrested on a DWI charge. If this is true this family has some serious problems and need help!! A child turning to sex, and a husband turning to the bottle! Patlin, please put your own family first!!

    September 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Robert Hawkins

    Folks wonder why it is very difficult to recruit competent candidates for political office these days. One reason is the incessant search for dirt in their private lives. Is it really important to know that Mr Palin had a DWI in 1984? I don't think so. And I don't think news organizations such as CNN should publicize the information because it is not important. Well, maybe it is important to the tabloids.

    September 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Oink

    "Cricket September 1st, 2008 1:47 pm ET

    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"

    Ask the Koepechne's, Cricket.

    September 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Peter

    Who vetted Gov Palin? They should be fired!

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. derbypolitics

    YIPEE. Their "Conservative lives" are nothing more than a fraud.

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Canadian Watching

    omg-the plot thickens-how many more stories will the republicans suffer through? how could mccain pick this person-its killing him politcally.

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Kameaka Williams

    Tsk tsk. My Friends, this is what happens when you don't throughly vet your VP. We find out that not only is Mrs. Palin under investigation for ethics violation in her homestate but that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant and the "First Dude" was arrested for drunk driving.

    My Friends, It's been only three days since McCain made his announcement, but I'm sure we'll find out more – probably more than McCain since he only met her once!

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Marcia

    How clever to release all this information when the eyes of the country are focused on the tragedies happening in Gustav.

    Looks as if McCain pays more attention to controlling the news cycle than to vetting and/or caring about the impact of the news on the Palin family.

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Sandra

    You know why this make it news, Republicans think that are so much better than the average American.

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Snoozi

    DUI and a teen pregnancy looks like Ms. Palin has more to worry about than our nation's security. No how, No way, No Mccain

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Riddla

    Geez wizz he'd be better off with Liberman. GOP is supposed to be the "morally" correct party. Pregnant daughter + Husband with arrest record??? And I thought the Obama's were supposed to be the scary ones

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. MADD in Brooklyn

    don't ever say DWI is no big deal... it is

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Patrick, Fairfield, CA

    I am an Obama and Biden supporter and I don't agree with these kinds of tactics. I do hope that Obama makes a statement condemning these articles coming out about Palin's family. Does any of this have anything to do with the economy or the war? No! Stop the madness!

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Generation X

    ha...ha....ha...ha....next!!!

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Mark

    According to his book, Obama at age 24 was using cocaine and abusing other drugs and alcohol and would wake up in the gutter. Does Camp Obama really want to get into a moral comparison? Obviously, Obama has not been properly vetted by the media.

    September 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. FAK Palin

    If this woman with this reckless family one day becomes President, I would move to CHINA!

    September 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. JD in Houston

    So what? Too long ago.

    September 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. txshell

    Big Deal..DWI? The trashing is nothing more than Obamas camp fearing McCain/Palin.

    September 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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