September 4th, 2008
03:39 PM ET
10 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."

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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. adept2u

    Who is taking care of the children? Isn't Mrs. Palin supposed to be taking a crash course on what's going on in the world outside of Alaska. It really would appear the Palins are trying to do to much, and some hard decisions about what is more important needs to go on. I wonder which parent will do the adult thing and attend to their special needs child, and the child that will need some additional support who is currently pregnant.

    September 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. amy

    just wondering who will be watching the baby? While Sarahs out gallavanting all over town spreading lies, and dads at a snowmobile convention?

    September 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Mike G

    Talk about not even trying to win any minority votes! They keep throwing out "hockey mom" and stories like this 1 that minorities cannot relate to. I hope that the voting process is a clean 1 across the board this time.

    September 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. chicago

    Soooo, if she is on the campaign trail and he's at a snowmobile event, who is watching the special needs infant? Practice for Bristol?

    September 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    keep milking americans about family hobbies/values...yet we can't talk about how irresponsible he and his wife were for raising a daughter that was pregant at 17.

    that's the kind of image we want to show american teenagers, NOT!!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Cliff Clarke

    In response to last night's shrill, sarcastic speech it is evident that Sarah has no sincerity as a "leader:. So, let's take the "L" out of her name and call it what it is, the McCain-Pain team. I pity McCain who will regret the day that he fell for that act. Just wait until she starts speaking in tongues! That will introduce a whole new "foreign and exotic" state to Cokie Roberts.

    September 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Sally from Cali

    If elected, Annie Oakley Palin will certainly be a pioneer with the first White House shotgun wedding. Whoo Hoo, mooseburgers and possum stew for everybody!

    September 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Todd

    Wow, thanks cnn for keeping me posted on what the "First Dude" is up to minute by minute.

    September 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Silence Dogood

    If we can read about Obama pretending to play basketball, we can hear about this.

    Whereas Obama is described as a regular guy for pretending to do regular things, look at the hate comments starting already when a real regular guy shows up.

    The anti-women Obama camp is just frothing at the mouth with an RNC woman in a powerful position mocking them. DNC dropped the feminist ball – RNC picked it up.

    September 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Yasriel

    You mean this Seperatist wants to stay here and enjoy the country he intends to break away from?!
    Why is the media habouring this man! Expose him MSM for the Seperatist he his.

    September 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Lee

    Why such anger from the Dems? My God people get away from your PC's and get a life!

    It seems to me that Howard Dean and the DNC are spamming CNN blogs. It's the same hateful posts on all of these discussions.

    September 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Jake

    I don't think this is exactly news, but if it keeps you from feeding on the Palin children go for it.

    September 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. JustMyObservation

    Palin categorized herself as a pitbull...basically saying that she’s tough! Therefore, when being questioned/attacked by the media (she is a former journalist/news reporter…she knows the ropes...has a BA in Journalism from U of other degrees), or attacked by political opponents, the word SEXISM does not exist. All is fair in LOVE AND POLITICS...GAME ON!!!!!!!!!

    For those of you who are claiming sexism when Palin is attacked, remember, get out the kitchen if you think the kitchen is too hot!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Take your Hockey Mom with you, and get the puck out of here.

    September 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. el

    WAIT! Sarah is going to be in seclusion for the next 10 days because her son is going to Iraq. So she won't be doing interviews. BUT dad is in MN for snowmobiles.


    September 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. CB2

    He's a loser!

    September 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Steve

    Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God."

    "Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God," she said. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."

    This way they don't have to take responsibility and can blame God.

    Got to love it! This is your pick?

    September 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. RDS

    Maybe he can take his trophy back and show it off to his Alaska Independence Party buddies and they can talked about how he beat those darn Americans!

    September 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. AIP

    Go AIP!

    September 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    As I suspect they are using the same divide strategy from Karl Rove. Guns, Religion, Abortion, NASCAR, and now SNOWMOBIL. What OBAMA needs to do is to SPONOSOR a car in NASCAR and have his supporters pay for it for two months and sponsor the best snowmobilers and snowboarders in and to HEAD to ALASKA and compete there.

    O'BIDEN 08

    September 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Franky

    I gotta say, there's some angry people in here! LOL!! What the heck is the RNC doing to the people?? Senator McCain for the first time in his career is gonna have his name in the history books. I swear, it seems like his life just repeats itself...

    September 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Ralph Peoria, Il

    Her husband is the first "DUD". But he probably wants to be away from that high pitched whiny voice for a while. Her voice broke my TV so I missed most of her speech.

    September 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. LoveIT

    Typical lefties... turning your nose up at a regional pastime because you can't relate and are fearful of that which you don't wish to understand. Bring the hillbillies of AK to 1600 Penn, at least it will be inhabited by people who care.

    When was the last time any of you did anything other than sit at your iBook and sound forth with your rhetoric.

    At least Todd Palin gets off his butt to get some exercise.

    September 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. NClaw441

    And the liberal hate just goes on and on...

    Sure it is a silly story, but after some of the stuff the media have come up with against the Palin's, I'd say they are due for a positive story.

    September 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. lizfor hillary clinton


    September 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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