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. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    enjoy your race...snow can be as much as bumpy as this race!

    September 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Palin Rocks

    So where there is an Obama story about him playing basketball or going to the gym even taking a vacation that's all sweet and dandy but when the husband of the VP pick takes some time its a HUGE MAJOR breakdown. Come on Obama people, you are worst the a drama queen. It works both ways DEAL WITH IT

    September 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. DeeDee

    There should be a rule that people who run for VP have traveled outside of the United States, MORE THAN ONCE!!!! At least. How can Palin understand foreign affairs when her ONLY experience of life outside of the US, happened just ONCE! Explain that!

    September 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. OHIO for MCCAIN

    YES WE CAN--go snowmobiling in this country. It is still a free county. Obama hasn't starting Ruling yet

    September 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Not your normal campaign

    I am not a Hockey Mom, I have no kids
    I don't have any mentally challengs children, however I have family members who can't afford the medicalbills
    I am hot a funny person, more serious minded. (found her jokes silly)
    I'm quite and to the point, more direct in my approch.

    Now my concerns
    I travel 56 miles one way to work (gas prices)(can you drill in my back yard)
    My job budget is blown out the roof (over fuel cost)
    My may have to drop health care because of cost from my employer
    The stock market is dropping
    Palin didn't mention any of these issues!

    September 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Typical White Person

    Hey, The Other Campaign Strategist

    "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?"

    One of the most famous pictures of John Kennedy is of John Jr. crawling out from under his desk...

    September 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |

    i would like to comment on palin's speech last night. she never
    mentioned what she would do as v.p. although i agree with p diddy
    and mccain he must be bugging if he thinks that americans are
    going to vote for him. well, he must be crazy if he thinks that we're
    ready for the same thing.wake up america and smell the wine.if you
    like the way this country has been ran by bush than,you go ahead and vote for mccain.but when things start to get rougher than don't go
    crying about impeaching mccain,because you were stupid to vote for him anyways.i'm supporting obama and he will way no how
    no mccain/palin. i didn't find her joke funny anyway.thank you

    September 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. MARY

    And my tax money is paying for this? Shouldn't he be out going rah, rah with the rest of the snubs.

    September 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Jason

    Would somebody please take that baby home and take care of it? Somebody? Anyone? No 4 month old baby needs to be trotted around a stage all week.

    September 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    The Obamabloggers are at it again. Palin got up there and showed them she's not intimidated and the Obama bloggers don't know what to do. I especially like the ones that say she read her speech from a teleprompter when it was obvious she kept looking at notes she had made. The teleprompter guy is Obama. Blitzer was saying last night that Obama was one of the best at reading his speech from a teleprompter.
    And then we those that say her speech was written for her. Got news for all of you. All the politicians have their speeches written for them. Yes, even your god, Obama.
    Now then there's the thing about being a hunter and cruelty to animals. Wonder how many of those fools are sitting down to a good steak tonight.
    And the the sexists that were rampant in these blogs when Hillary was running now have another target for their sick sexism.. And, get this, alot of them are women. Women who have been brainwashed into thinking their inferior . Whose place is with the babies and doing the dishes and "takin care of their man." Looks as if that family is pretty healthy and happy to me and, just think all this while she was Governor, too.
    Oh, and supposedly she lied during her speech. Does anyone remember that Obama was "not in the pews" and supposedly didn't know about the good Rev. Wrights far out positions? And then there's the little matter of him claiming that McCain was not for equal pay for equal work. Outright lie and he knew it when he said it. McCain is for equal pay just voted not to extend past six months,the time allowed to file a lawsuit. I guess with Obama being a lawyer he must not have liked limiting the number of chances lawyers have to milk their clients with outrageous fees.
    One thing about Obamabots, They've all been given blinders to wear while looking at their idol.

    September 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. R.M.

    When will they start asking about his membership of AIP?

    September 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. jeanette

    I could care less about Palins husband.
    I want to know where she stands on policy, especially since McCain says the election isn't about policy.

    September 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Anita from Arizona

    Does Palin's degree in journalism quality her to be Commander in Chief??? I'll vote for the ones with the Constitutional Law Degrees, Thank you.

    September 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. simp

    This s so not news worthy. He pratically a mr mom and he goes snowmobiling. end of story

    September 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. I am tired of this crap!

    I am always amaze how members of the Democratic Party, who claim to be so diverse and and caring about people, can be so hateful and mean.

    September 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. anon

    Why is it wrong for the Palin's to have their family out front, but Obama can shill out his daughters at the DNC and even have them speak, and it's OK?

    Did you see Biden's son? Vote for daddy, I'll be in Iraq! Waa, waa, waa.

    You don't see McCain using his military sons to get cheap sympathy!

    September 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. G-Man

    This whole PUMA movement is silly....

    Drop the sour grapes and start thinking straight.

    September 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Kris

    HOW did I know the obama gang would be critical of this also –
    REMEMBER your guy told you "Family was off-limits" -Seems NO one cried when obama and Mommy put their kids in a Teen Magazine – just to look "cool"
    Get over it – GOV Palin did an Excellent job last night – SHE can give a great speech – so can obama – SHE is young – So in obama
    McCain is older – SO is Biden – what is the problem now?????????

    September 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. jason

    get a life this is not news CNN

    September 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Erin in Edmonds WA

    I love that Sarah Palin is being vetted in public, and the nasty, rehearsed speech a la Rove will ignite the desire of democrats to see that she gets hers in the press. Can't wait until the original pit bull (Biden) starts railing on her about her misconduct and fraud–starting with emails sent to her husband re: troopergate – double the abuse of power, her support of the bridge to nowhere (which she stopped supporting but only if she could keep the money for her special-interest state, a 22 million dollar deficit from the small town she was mayor of, the illegitimate child her daughter is going to have, her blatant lack of education (does she really think her bachelor's degree trumps Barak's Columbia and Harvard Law education?) and a host of other indiscretions and lapses of intelligence and judgement. Her along with Humpty Dumpty McCain is a real sick ticket. Notice how the he can barely walk, and can't raise his arms. Something tells me his bones are starting to fuse–his collapse is eminent, and I'll be darned if this little White (trash) girl is gonna make decisions for me....

    September 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Will in Richmond, VA

    Funny... Before Republicans complained about the 'Non-News' stories that always followed dems. Now It's our turn to complain!!

    September 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. mytes sta ana

    Governor Sarah Palin reminds me of the Queen of Hearts, a character out of the Alice in Wonderland book, who resorts to "off with the head" antics whenever someone crosses or displeases her. Spitefully trying to get a librarian fired, including an ex-brother-in-law? It seems that she has a propensity to use power to go after her opponents' jugular veins.

    In these troubling times when America has lost its stature because of the cowboy tactics of George Bush, do we need a pitbull in red lipsticks at the White House?

    September 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. nitro

    Fore some reason real people dont really care what he does. Hope he dont pull a Sonny Bono.

    September 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. TyWebb

    Maybe First Dud is more accurate than First Dude.

    September 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. KG

    All you folks out there who continue with the "who's taking care of the kids" comments are way out of touch with the reality of America today. Families where both the father and mother work are the norm. It's been that way for decades. Gov Palin and her husband have made it work exceedingly well. They are simply a happy American family which rings true with other American families all across this country. That fact that you don't get it is just evidence of how out of touch you are with American today.

    September 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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