September 4th, 2008
03:39 PM ET
6 years ago

Todd Palin staying in Minneapolis for snowmobile event

Todd Palin is known as the 'first dude' in Alaska.
Todd Palin is known as the 'first dude' in Alaska.

(CNN) – As the newly minted Republican ticket gets set to tour key campaign states immediately following the end of the party’s convention, Sarah Palin's husband Todd is staying behind in Minneapolis for what's reputed to be the largest snowmobile event in the word.

Palin, a world renowned championship snowmobiler known as the "first dude" in Alaska, is set to attend "Hay Days" in lieu of hitting the campaign trail, senior McCain campaign aides told CNN. "Hay Days" is a snowmobile grass drag racing event that is billed as the unofficial kick-off of the snowmobile season.

Watch: Meet the 'first dude'

The aides didn't say whether Palin was participating in the event.

The race attracts the "fastest and most sophisticated iron in the world," according to the event's Web site. "The track has come from one that was full of bumps, to a groomed strip with cyclone fence and an underground sprinkler system which keeps the track in beautiful condition."

Palin, 43, is a four-time winner of the world's longest snowmobile race - the 2,000 mile Tesoro Iron Dog contest, that winds through Alaska's rugged terrain and is dubbed the "Iron Dog Iditarod."


Filed under: Sarah Palin • Todd Palin
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Adrian Veidt

    Non-news.

    September 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Independent Thinker

    Well....WA-HOO and who cares.

    September 4, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Tony

    Another example of Family First!

    YAWN!

    September 4, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Ex-PUMA 4 Obama

    Who really cares!

    September 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Bianca

    LOL WHO can take this guy seriously?

    And handsome?? Pshh lol

    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Interesting

    Hmmm.....guess we know where his priorities lie. Makes sense to me.

    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. common sense

    I am offended by Governor Palin's mockery of Senator Obama's community service. I am a physician that worked with the Peace Corps. My sister is an attorney that did legal work for the poor. Our service counts just as much as military service, perhaps more.

    We love our country, we served our country, and she owes Senator Obama and us an apology.

    Keep it clean.

    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Foreign observer

    He makes the impression of being a fine guy. But it looks like being a biased partnership.

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Karen - Missouri

    And we've got such serious problems in the U.S. do we really care about Todd Palin's hobbies? Yeah, we can really relate to that. We'll be watching football and baseball.

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Frank, Missouri

    Priorities ! Snow Mobile or acceptance speech of your wife's boss ?

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. RJ, CA

    I love PIT BULL women. WE get things done — always have, always will — with or without lipstick!

    And I LOVE men who love them!

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Leah

    I am sick of hearing about him and Alaska already.

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. ANGIE

    WHO CARES? boring boring yawn

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Shari, NY

    I think family should be off limits but since this is not the case then may I ask why he voted for Alaska to secede from the US?

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Mike

    What great service he's providing to the US???

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Patrick

    "The First Dude"? At what point will we start looking for leaders who portray the best of us instead of the most mediocre parts of our national psyche?

    Also, when did having a child somehow become a miracle if you're white? If these two were of any ethnic persuasion it would be considered a setback.

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. JOE KILOZ

    DUDE---WHERE----IS----–YOUR---–MULLET

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Obama 08

    American, don't make the same mistake for THE THIRD TIME!

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Tara, Seattle

    Wow, that is newsworthy! Try some fact checking on the speech last night CNN.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Sacto Joe

    I gotta tell you, after having watched Governor Palin's acceptance speech, I don't agree that she's a "Pit Bull with lipstick".

    Compared to her opponent, Senator Biden, she's more like a Pit Chihuahua with lipstick!

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Mike

    Gov. Palin, you only get one shot at being arrogant and demeaning!!

    Your true inexperience will start showing now!!

    You did the American people a grave disservice by belittling community organizers!! Now when one of them are working their hearts out for the community, I hope the community behaves much better because that is all the help the community may get!!

    Thank you.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Mark Cross Junction VA

    At least he is performing on US soil and not the streets of Berlin!!! But I guess not everyone can shoot hoops.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. California Gold

    Then he's throwing the handicapped baby in a back pack and go hunting with Dick Cheney.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Well, gee, then let's make Sarah Vice-President.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. javone77

    Who's watching the kids?

    September 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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