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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  1. ton

    Please tell Gov. Palin there are no mooses in Alaska! Those animals live in Canada! What is behind her in the photo is a caribou. I would think a governer of a state would know the differance between a caribou and a moose!!!!!!!!!!!!! I lived in Alaska for a year and every body there knows the differance

    Ben the plural of moose is moose. I do not believe mooses is a word.

    September 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    For those offended by Palin's comments on Community Service, don't feel too bad. Couple of months ago, she didn't even know what the Vice President did.

    September 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Patty

    Isn't is great how all the people who believe in
    CHOICE can now instruct the Palins on how to live their lives. We're all different , people. Butt out and worry about you own lives. If that were to happen, maybe we'd all be better off.

    September 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Deb

    This is news because...oh yeah so much for conservative family values. Call me a liberal.

    September 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Patriot

    I don't care about how Sarah Palin or John McCain take care of their families. I care about how their policy choices affect my family and millions of other Americans.

    McCain and Palin get their health insurance paid for by the government (hers in Alaska and his in Washington). Yet they oppose giving the nearly 46 million uninsured Americans the same access to affordable health care.

    John McCain's kids don't have to worry about paying for college. Yet he has opposed every single education support program to help others.

    McCain and Palin say they will stand up to oil companies. Yet the only energy policy they support gives millions of dollars in tax breaks to oil companies to do more drilling and he has opposed every piece of federal legislation to explore alternative fuel sources.

    McCain and Palin say they will revamp how Washington does business. Yet his campaign is filled with lobbyists and she has cooperated with Sen. Ted Stevens in funneling federal money for useless projects in Alaska for years. And McCain and Palin have no solutions for Americans worrying about their jobs in a fragile economy. iReport.com: Is Palin the right choice for you?

    McCain and Palin want us to leave their families alone. Yet they want to make rules for our families by eliminating our right to make our own choices over abortion, eliminate our access to family planning education or domestic partner benefits, and our freedom from discrimination.

    They want to control what our kids learn in school about sex and about science. In short, through the policies they promote and the judges they support, they want the government to have more control over our private lives than at any time in history.

    McCain and Palin now say their campaign is about change, too. Yet the only real change they have proposed is a change from a suit to a skirt in the vice president's office and one man fighting a misplaced war for another in the Oval Office.

    September 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Les-Wa

    You people are so funny, you can't freaking survive in the middle of nowhere in Alaska with just a knife and a fishing....LOL

    September 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. CNN-Corporate "News"

    You guys at CNN seem to have a lot of time on your hands.

    If you want to cover the minutia of the Palin family, why don't you get the ex-brother-in-law on the set; that would make for some interesting TV!!

    September 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. no trickle down...

    Oooooh right.... we'd better all vote for her then. LMAO!

    I'm going sailing on the weekend..... and....

    I really think that speaks to how I'll help America get out of the mess it's in currently!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good God!

    September 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Dee

    Who really cares! why not, he can celebrate....
    Someone please Mrs Palin about the 444,000 unemployment claims in the news today.
    some how the community organizer was able to work to get people off unemployment to work.
    Sad to say, I was laid of work, I am one month away from losing my home and all I hear about how she sold her jet on ebay????
    I have always been a republican – hey, Sarah, I have news flash for you, just lost my vote to Obama!!!

    September 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. danielo

    WHAT TIME DOES THE RETHUGLICANS POLITICO COMEDY SHOW START.
    I must agree they have some bunch of comedians there.

    Yesterday's comedy theme was 'bashing Obama', cant wait to see todays show!

    September 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Les-Wa

    You people are so funny, you can't freaking survive in the middle of nowhere in Alaska with just a knife and a fish hook. Middle America, the heartland of USA doesn't think like a bunch of city slickers who worry more what is the latest fashion than how to make a decent honest living.

    September 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. ok,

    That's why the teenage daughter is now pregnant, apparently she's on her own, mom and dad are a little to busy these days with their own agenda.

    September 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. lori

    This is a real family who knows how to live life to the fullest. Marriage is a partnership and it seems to me that both of them know how to encourage each other and treat each other with respect AND want each other to pursue their interests and reach their potential. If he was running for VP and she stayed home to participate in an important event, no one would be talking about this. What double standards – especially from the liberal side. Good grief. Mr. Palin and Mrs. Obama are not puppets and have their own lives. Both should be treated with respect for their individual quality, attributes and goals – not because they are a 'spouse'.

    September 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. gene

    Great... nice to know that between two parents with a newborn with special needs... one is taking a job which will keep her out of the home, and most likely out of the country for some time.... and the other one is out snowmobiling. Actually.. her husband seems cool... she seems like a decent person, but unfortunately she's playing the role of republican puppet.

    September 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Kay

    I would just love to see all of the news media, including CNN, get to the issues. Start asking the tough questions of Ms Palin. I heard nothing about the issues last night in her speech, only digs at the opposition. Lets get the candidates on the news shows and lets ask the tough questions of all of them. Perhaps then we as Americans can see for ourselves the differences between these parties. I for one am sick and tired of the Republicans trying to make this election again about god, guns, gays and terror. We have nothing but problems right here in American and I want to know who is going to clean this mess up that George Bush and company have created in the last eight years. What about health care, gas prices, green energy, the falling dollar, our decaying infrastructure and the bringing of our troops home from Iraq? Come on CNN get tough with the candidates...no soft balls because she is a woman. She asked last night to have a fight...so let's see if she and the rest can take the heat.

    September 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. John

    You liberals are sick! You deride the republicans for being mean-spirited. You guys are acting like a bunch of facist.

    God save us if Obama is elected...

    September 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Tony

    Todd is too pretty to be 100% str8. He'll have lots of time to play while if the wife is out screwing up the world.

    September 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. RedGuyInAblueState, Seattle, WA

    funny how the libs are now so concerned about who is taking care of the kids. No one seems concerned about the Obama kids while the parents have been on the campaign trail for 18 months.

    And now the libs are concerned about experience? where was their concern about Obama's experience? Is Obama ready to lead the country in a crisis if Biden dies? Don't you think the Pres should have more experience than the Vice Pres?

    any argument the liberals put forth cannot withstand sustained logical thinking...something they fail to do before running their mouths....

    September 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Ian MN

    i wonder if his wife had anything to do with winning those races hmmm?

    September 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Jay Titus

    Would the Republicans posing as Clinton supporters, please stop? I am a Clinton supporter and I know that in no way could you possibly back Palin and her far, far right wing policies and still claim your roots are with Senator Clinton. The fact is that Senator Clinton left the Democratic Convention with the respect and support of those who voted for Obama in the primaries and Obama left with the respect and support of the Clinton supporters. The Republican Party tries to win elections by dividing and you have to have the memory of the fish in finding Nemo not to see that and be appalled by it.

    September 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Ken from planet Earth

    So if he is attending the Snowmobile event, his wife is trying to be Vice President, Their eldest daughter is pregnant, then who is taking care of the newborn with down syndrome? I've been busting my butt just to work and take care of my one daughter. These guys are just irresponsible if they have this much free time. Take care of your family!

    No Way No How No McCain!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Bill From Florida

    He may as well get used to being Mr. Mom.

    September 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Becky in Vegas

    This is news??? The country is falling apart...the dow took a dump today....and we should give a crap about snowmobiling????????

    September 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Teacher

    Who is caring for their children is crisis? At least one of them should don't you think? They really are "me me me" people. I think they all need some birth control.

    September 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. white female

    Ok EVERYONE JUST STOP AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH, THIS MATTER IS HAS ALREADY BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, LISTEN TO WHAT YOU'LL ARE SAYING AND DOING JUST WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO DO....SLIENT, SLIENT, ENOUHG, ENOUGH, THEY WANT YOU TO SAY AND DO JUST WHAT YOUR DOING ENOUGH. THE BEST WAY TO SKIN A CAT (BECAUSE YOU KNOW FROM HISTORY THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO DO THIS) IS TO BE SLIENT AND LET THE BIG GUY UP STAIRS HANDLE THIS. WHEN YOU DIG A GRAVE FOR SOMEONE ELSE YOU ALWAYS, ALWAYS FALL IN IT YOURSLEVE....TRUST ME WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND IT IS WRITTEN IT'S KARMA FORKS. PRAISE HER, DON'T BRING A UGLY SMEAR UPON YOUR FAMILY AND LOVE ONES, BECAUSE GOD SEES ALL HATE FROM EVERY SIDE. i TRULY PRAISE SEN. OBAMA, AND JOE BIDEN FOR BEING THE TRUE ADULT'S AND GENTLEMAN, NOT THE FOOLISH SCHOOL BOYS THAT CNN, FOXS NEWS AND THE BUNCH OVER AT THE MCCAIN CAMP IS.
    MAY GOD KEEP US SAFE. THE OTHER COUNTRTIES IS ALSO WATCHING US (USA) C'MOM GET IT RIGHT..
    SEN. OBAMA WILL WIN JUST VOTE FOR WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY . OBAMA/BIDEN 08/16

    September 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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