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."


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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. proud army and navy mom

    my sentiments exactly....who's raising the kids....did anybody see that child spit in her hand and wipe the baby's hair down?

    Why did some in the media think it was cute....it was nasty.

    anyway, CNN, is there no real news. it's been Palin every ticker. what's wrong with you'll, stuck on stupid.

    September 4, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Biffington, Biff

    levi.... dude.... how do i get THAT job??

    September 4, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Gene

    Who cares people? who cares? McCan =Bush. Cheney=Palin.

    September 4, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Lensa

    Now who is taking care of the son? If the father is busy attending the snowmobile competition and the mom is busy campaigning?

    September 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Corey, Maryland

    Is this the same Todd Palin that is part of the Alaskan Independant Party which one of its goals is the secede from the United States!! Oh yeah thats some good American folk right there!!!

    Obama Biden 2008

    September 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. NYC Independent

    REMEMBER THAT TV COMMERCIAL FROMTHE 90'S

    "DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE"

    September 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. sara

    Sarah palin owes an apology for her comments on community organisers. If this is what is putting the country first? then something drastically is wrong with the Republican party.
    this beauty queen and the Guy should stay in Alaska.

    September 4, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. G-Man

    "I am sick of hearing about him and Alaska already."

    Don't worry Leah...after November when the McCain-Palin ticket loses, the Palins and Alaska will fade back into obscurity just as they were less than a week ago...

    Republicans: "A new star is born"

    Just like that? In a week?

    The infatuation will wear off soon.

    September 4, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Tom

    Where are the issues?
    Where is the civility?
    More of the Bush/Cheyney years. Snide, divisive,disrespectful,saracastic lies.
    Obama is not perfect but he is attempting to stay out of the gutter. I hope America is not fooled again by McCain and his party!

    September 4, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Nate Ervin

    Having listened to both Democratic and Republican platforms it is all to clear that the Rpublicans want change just for change sake and the Democrats want change for Americans' sake.
    For goodness sake vote DEMOCRAT.

    September 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    The stock market's tanking even as I write this - keep the fluff stuff coming, RNC, and hope nobody connects it with 8 years of GOP rule.

    September 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. RealityKing

    I wonder if his spouse's nomination made him proud to be an American for the first time in his adult life???

    September 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    This is news?

    September 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Linda from Prescott AZ

    I don't care where he is. I would think though that somewhere there must be someone to look after the children and the baby. After all the baby is the parents responsibility, not the teenage kids.

    Michelle Obama keeps her kids grounded.

    September 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Candace

    Uncle Trig will only be 8 months older than his nephew.... what a joke...for evangelicals to accept this as good... stand up and talk about the real problems in America!

    September 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Jane with a brain

    You complain about your boss not doing his job. You notice he's only working to fatten his pockets with big oil payoffs. He fights all the time with the smaller companies instead of the bigger company that has hurt him the most . Your have not received a raise and you may lose your job because the boss is now outsourcing the jobs. You are about to lose your house and boss has so many houses he can't count them. The company you work for has not turned a profit and has low approval ratings. The boss distributes a company wide memo that reads " I really don't know much about the economy." You have put up with his bullying ways for eight long years. Finally your work contract is ending with your boss. Should I continue working for this creep or should I CHANGE employers?

    It's that simple America. It's time for a change and YOU know it.

    September 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Minnesota Democrat

    I agree this is non-news and am not a fan of this person but it's kind of interesting to us Minnesotans, but maybe be covered on a local news site instead!

    September 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. 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!

    Wonder how long it will take O-blah-blah to call her "Annie Oakley," as he did Hillary Clinton!

    September 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. PALIN PUMA

    Get your PUMA's For PALIN T-Shirt TODAY!!!!!!

    You know Hillary (secretly) loves this lady.

    September 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    I heard this morning that Palin took her kids to her office in the statehouse.

    Is this what she would plan to do as VP?

    Would this perk be extended to all women in the Federal government?

    .... to all parents?

    September 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. American

    Obamatrons at CNN: All the Republicans did last night was tell it like it is. They held a mirror up to your candidate and apparently you liberals were afraid of what you saw, or what had to be pointed out to you. When you stop whining look in the mirror yourselves.

    September 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Mikey

    lizfor hillary clinton September 4th, 2008 3:57 pm ET
    YOU GUYS HAVE MY VOTE…VOTES FOR WOMEN…VOTES FOR WOMEN…DAD WILL WATCH HIM…CAN'T YOU SEE THAT HE IS MR MOM…C'MON WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT…NOTHING…WE ARE SURE A MALE DRIVEN SOCIETY…MAKES ME MAD…DOUBLE STANDARDS…BIG TIME
    ______________________________________________
    I agree. If he takes care of the kids, great. Many high powered couples have nannies that do much of the child rearing. There should not be a double standard simply becasue the woman has the more high powered position. These comments should stop!

    Also, the use of the word "shrill" is very uncool and much like some of the "code word" comments directed at Obama. A more gender nutral expression like "mean and sarchastic" or "nasty and sarchastic" would be better used to describe her speech.

    September 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Dems are in a PANIC!!

    I love reading these posts. The Democrats are beside themselves as they sense the annointment of the holy one is slippping away.They may own the press, but they don't own the people.

    I hope Todd has a good time!

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Splurge

    No one ever asks a man running for office what he's going to do about the kids. The sexism coming from Obama supporters is shameful. Bigots.

    September 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Max - Ohio

    If Governor Palin became President of the United States and that Red Phone were to ring at 1:00 a.m. during a crisis, she would say, "can you give me a minute. I have to read the tela-promt." There is a crisis Mrs. President. No ! she says, "I'm a hockey mom.

    September 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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