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. Anonymous

    Does anyone get the impression that taking care of children is "woman's work" in the Palin family?

    September 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. greedyboy

    like he has anything to say.....

    September 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. pam Eugene OR

    And who will take care of their special needs infant while Palin is campaigning? Please don't say she will drag this still nursing baby around the country.
    I thought her performance last night was vile and ugly. When will the RNC mention any of the issues facing this once great nation. They are turning long time RNC supporters away with all the hate.l

    September 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Dave C - NJ

    Liberal hate?

    I'll tell you about hate...the last 8 years, b1tch.

    September 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. OHIO for MCCAIN

    HE IS CUTE !!!!!!! They have my vote !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YEp, that can work Both ways !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL
    Sucks , don't it LIbs LOL LOL

    September 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Becky in Vegas

    Ya got a start wondering when these two ever did have time for any quality time alone with the kids????

    September 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. never mind which party

    I think both democrats and republicans should be more intelligent and educated to read such snard and uncouth remarks about anyone. Guess everyone has their opinion. Are you people Americans. I never knew that Americans were so disgraceful and judgemental. Better take the back seat and start over.
    Go back to school where you belong!

    September 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. A. Boston, MA

    Wife's running for veep spot first time ever.
    What a way to show your support.

    September 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. ewoman

    I felt like I had walked into the biggest car dealership this side of the Miss. watching the convention last night and Ms. Palin is their #1 salesman. You don't need much education to be a salesman or a governess (you can learn that at home ). Now a statesman well that is a quality mark achieved thru years of study and is always rewarded with wisdom not narcism. We need wisdom and diplomacy to speak for our people not Big Oil dealers. I wonder how many other Americans are seeing the sly deceitful words and manners of business these people are getting out there. Do we really want more of the same Bushy animals? Choose carefully who you shall serve Truth (God) or Love of Money (Evil). YES WE CAN.

    September 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Fraser

    Thanks to Bristol Palin and her family, Black unwed teenage mothers around the country can stop being disparaged as "baby mommas" and can be lauded as examples of good, Christian pro-life values. After all, the only difference between Bristol and the Black unwed teenage mothers is their color, right?

    September 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. S.M

    I'm so moved!

    September 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Dave C - NJ

    The kids are probably with the grandparents, who cares.

    The point is that we do not want book burning elitist (snowmobiles cost like 10-20 grand) draconian absitnence and creationist preaching right wing NUTS in the white house.

    There's some hate for ya.

    September 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. I'm just saying

    Oh my gosh, I cant stop laughing. The comments are like the comic relief of my day. Thanks all!

    September 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. not voting for mccain

    Insane! Absolutely insane

    September 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Hypocracy has no bounds

    Wow just wow. Seriously do you guys even read the article.

    "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."

    Not during, not before, but after. People are so quick to attack that they are not even understanding what they are attacking.

    September 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Goodson

    All of a sudden, teenage pregnancy has become a conservative value, and handicapped babies are now more adorable, conservative values are truly dynamic

    September 4, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Sarah's pluckiness is very alluring.
    But my interest is not politically motivated.

    September 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Typical White Person

    1 – the article, if you Bots had bothered to actually READ it, says that he will be staying behind AFTER the convention, not missing the convention.

    2 – what's Biden's wife doing and who was watching Edward's kids when his wife was killed in a car accident and he chose to go ahead and take the oath of office as a first time senator?

    September 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Jean

    Yawn....

    September 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Michelle, PA

    Reminder to all that John McCain is the oldest man to ever run for a first term as President and has had cancer four times. When you can take any one of his attack ads against Obama, fill in the name of his Vice Presidential choice and come up with a winner, it is a PROBLEM. Whatever happened to common sense and no time for on the job training?

    September 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. REPUBLICAN NOT VOTING FOR MCCAIN/PALIN

    Now, if we can just get the other Palin to leave the world will be better off.

    September 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Baze

    Aww isn't this sweet... NOT!

    September 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. shanekwa

    He should be supporting his wife by being present and taking care of the kids. If he was the vice presidential nominee and his wife wasn't there it would not be acceptable!

    September 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. leapfrog

    Where's the beef? Remember that catchphrase from the Regan era? This so applies to the GOP convention. Where's the beef? I didn't hear any solutions from Nanook of the North, or the Arizona Kid's henchmen. They are patently attacking the Democratic candidates because if they were to stick with issues, they'd be slammed to the concrete. The American people are sick to death with the economy, the war, health care, veteran's rights...all problems squarely in the imbecile from Crawford's lap. So next time Palin, McCain or any of the other GOP cronies pipe up with something about Obama or Biden, ask them "WHERE'S THE BEEF?".

    September 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. John in Ohio

    Ready to lead the sled pack.

    September 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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