September 13th, 2008
03:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin leaves Alaska, heads back to the trail

Palin and her husband Todd appeared in Alaska Saturday.
Palin and her husband Todd appeared in Alaska Saturday.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) – Sarah Palin’s most recent visit to Alaska may have been her last – at least until Election Day.

At a rally in Anchorage on Saturday morning, there was a wistful note in Palin’s voice as she spoke about the coming weeks of campaigning.

Her speech came after spending two days in her home state doing an interview with ABC News and seeing her eldest son off to Iraq. Palin spent two nights at her home in Wasilla overlooking Lake Lucille.

“We've got a little travel planned for the next 52 days,” Palin said, “but I'll be home come November and I would like to bring along my friend - our friend Senator John McCain as the President-elect.”

The governor said she will take comfort in having her husband Todd at her side throughout the campaign. And she promised to keep Alaska in mind while on the road.

Palin noted that she has been criticized for governing a sparsely populated state, but, she said, “thank you God for that, because we’re small enough to be family.”

“So Alaska, the lessons you have taught me in these years of service as a mayor and as a commissioner and then as a governor, I thank you for what you have instilled in me,” she said. “There is no better place to come from than Alaska.”

At the airport before departing for a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada, Palin hugged family members goodbye on the tarmac and waved to television cameras before taking off.


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soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. Sara please....

    Please try to find something other than the exceptance speech.

    Try this, how about THE ECONOMY, STUPID!

    September 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Wayne in CA

    and let's not forget that she had to fly over Canada numerous times to get to the lower 48…

    can anyone really imagine this woman at the head of the senate..much less in the oval office..??

    throw the BUMS out…!!!

    "If you don't stop spreading lies about me ~ I'm gonna have to tell the truth about YOU!" – Barack Obama, Sept 12, 2008 New Hampshire

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. THE SHILLA FROM WASILLA

    Be sure and bring your expense account records for those per diem request!

    September 13, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. sal

    Again, McCain message is more of the same.

    Go back to Alaska, to save yourself the pain.

    McCain is using you as a repackeaged more of the same

    You deserve better, women deserve better than being pimped

    Obama Biden have already won big

    September 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    What a presumptuous piece of lying white-trash.

    September 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. gene

    should come and tell us about her earmarks

    September 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Fort Collins,Colorado

    Fast-talk Express, Huh? She must not know what is going on...she has been caught on all her and McCains lies. She should stay in Alaska and keep a low profile!!

    September 13, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Wayne

    So her husband is going to have a subpoena issued to testify and they are NOT planning to return to Alaska before then. If the Troopergate investigation completes before then, whill they return – or is the fix in?

    September 13, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Pepou

    She should stay in Alaska, she has no place in American politics. She is a shameful liar and a grotesque caricature of what is worst in this country.

    September 13, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Daryl in Seattle

    The fairytale will soon be coming to an end Governor Palin. Enjoy the international spotlight, jet rides, and fake smiles while they last. You'll be back in Alaska with some great stories for your friends and family, but you still, like now, will not even know what the inside of the White House looks like in person!

    September 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. OBAMA GET'S IT!

    WHO CARES!

    September 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hurry back Sarah as the Obama, The King of Sleaze is already attacking you.

    obama disses John McCain an American Hero Icon. That is unbelievable.

    Some gave their all to serve their country, while Obama gave a speech.

    The McCain campaign criticized Obama for showing “zero restraint” given the storm and said “today’s attacks mark a new low from Barack Obama.”

    But Obama is cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern presidential campaign history,

    His discredited ads with disgusting lies are running all over the country today. Obama runs a campaign not worthy of the office his is seeking.”

    September 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Irony

    Welcome back Sarah! Please do more inteviews. I just watched you squirm under the creampuff scrutiny of Charlie Gibson, I want more! I loved your half baked answers to his serious questioning. I loved how you squirmed when he asked you about the Bush Doctrine. It's so wonderful to know exactly how inexperienced you come off without a teleprompter!

    September 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. jason, tx

    Did she see Russia from there to bust her national security experience?

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Robert Sanchez

    She's on her way to lie some more!

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. sonnyboy

    I AM SURE THE LESSONS THAT THE STATE OF ALASKA TAUGHT YOU SINCE BEING INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT IS NOT:"""LYING"".
    YOU WERE HOME FOR TWO DAYS AT YOUR HOME IN WASILLA.
    JUST WONDERING HOW MUCH YOU BILLED THE STATE?

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Concerned Mother

    What about her baby , who is looking after the little one.
    I had noticed she does not seem very maternal toward him.
    I just hope she can return to Alaska and stay with her family .
    I think they need her more than we do.

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Hillary Supporter for Obama

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCSAME/PALIN!!!!

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Get Real

    If Todd is always with Palin... who is at home watching the children.

    She will need to go and help McCain,. beacuse only 2 people showed up to sleep while he spoke.

    September 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Bryce

    Stay in Alaska. We do not want you here in the contiguous U.S.

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Jason

    The GOP did not consider her able enough to handle an interview without their training. They don't consider her good enough to campaign alone and take questions from people. However they do consider her "extremely" qualified to be Vice president and if required to be the President.

    Don't tell me that Americans buy this c**p

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. No Hillary = No Obama

    GO SARAH, GO! We want a McCain-Palin win.

    September 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. BKoi

    Your statement about coming back home with John McCain, President elect , should strike fear into the hearts of Americans and the world at large!! Never , in the history of the United States, i believe, has there ever been a more callous , calculated, and outright sell out of a Presidential candidate than Senator JOHN McCain !! This man once had honor , integrity , and love of country. He once did PUT COUNTRY FIRST. The US deserves so much more in a president. If you, by some terrible twist of fate become the "terrible twosome", the great people of the United States will be not only the worse for it, but the world as a whole will hold it's collective breath, waiting for Armageddon . I kid you not ! OBAMA DO NOT FAIL US !! LET REASON PREVAIL !!

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. OBAMA GET'S IT!

    SINCE SHE WAS SO WELL VETTED, THAT IS ACCORDING TO THE McSHAME CAMP! YEAH RIGHT! I GOT ONE QUESTION

    WHERE ARE THE TAX RECORDS? ???
    WHERE ARE THE TAX RECORDS??????

    AFTER ALL THEY SHOULD BE READILY AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE VETTING PROCESS! WHY DO THEY NEED TIME AND WHO THE HECK ARE THEY TO SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE "THEY WILL PRESENT THEM ON THEIR OWN TIMETABLE" WELL GUESS WHAT THAT TIMETABLE NEEDS TO BE NOW! WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME AND NEED EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO GET TO KNOW THIS COMPLETE UNKNOWN THEY HAVE "SURPRISED" US WITH. SO NOW THEY NEED TO STOP PLAYING THIS GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK WITH ANYTHING PALIN!

    PUT HER OUT THERE SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND GET TO KNOW MORE THAN SHE'S A HOCKEY MOM WITH 5 KIDS, PEOPLE THAT IS NOT ENOUGH! THUS FAR ALL THAT WE;VE LEARNED IS THAT THE GOP ARE FULL OF LIES ABOUT HER! IF SHE WAS ALL THEY CLAIMED WHY ALL THE LIES AND HALF TRUTHS?

    THIS IS BIGGER THAN A SPOT ON THE HOCKEY TEAM OR PTA!

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Mary

    52 days traveling with her husband ... just wondering about the baby, and cute little Piper, and teenager Willow and wondering who is taking care of them while Mom is on her "mission from God"?

    September 13, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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