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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  1. DK(@)AZ

    She will be back before november to face a court date about the firing of the commisioner who would not fire her brother in law. Then she will be back in alaska after oboma is elected and mccain has a mental breakdown.

    September 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Thordur Runolfsson

    The rest of the world want you (Palin) to stay home and practice your lies there.

    September 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Richard

    "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."

    Did she file for per-diem for that?

    September 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. BJGT

    So BOTH the mother and the father are leaving the infant to be tended by others and the teenagers to be on their own – so much for Republican family values.

    September 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Another Republican for Obama (this year)

    Keep dreamin' redneck hockey mom. You're getting nowhere near the White House.

    September 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Blinker

    I wanna go to Alaska and eat a mooseburger.

    September 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. AG

    Palin with her husband always in tow. Who is taking care of that poor baby?

    September 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    You'll be home to stay soon enough and one day we'll all sit around and have a big laugh over the whole affair.

    September 13, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Bimal Ghose

    Will press be allowed to question her so called Iraq visit?

    September 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Independent

    Sarah Palin should stay in Alaska where she belongs. Just last month, she dissed the VP job to Larry Kudlow of CNBC: "“As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”

    "Especially for Alaskans?" She cares more about what the VP job will do for Alaska than the "lower 48." This provincial, backwater Alaskan should stay home.

    September 13, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. We Need A Change!

    I realize it's sexist to expect Palin to stay home and take care of her special needs child but, if she isn't going to, shouldn't her husband do it?

    September 13, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Jkan

    Palin will be a great VP, that USA has ever seen.

    I

    September 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Ken from Michigan

    Spent two night's at home...and how much did she get for that? Is she sure she was in Alaska? Oh, maybe it was a diplomatic trip to
    Russia since it's just miles away.

    September 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Tina

    Who is watching the children at home? It's nice that she will take comfort in having her husband at her side throughout the campaign but who is providing comfort to the children at home? I don't care which parent does the parenting but at least one of them needs to. What happened to family values?

    September 13, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. georgia

    Does this count as a trip to a foreign country ????????

    September 13, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Mike, Raleigh

    Good luck... We are with you.. (One of 18 million Hillary Supporter).

    September 13, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Diana Ewing NJ

    Husband at her side, and with my understanding that the son is not leaving for Iraq as of now.... guess the children will be okay as IT IS COUNTRY FIRST AS WITH McCain!!!
    That must make some feel better.

    September 13, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Larry Buchas

    We hope you're home in November too, Sarah.

    You don't belong anywhere else.

    September 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Who cares what Palin thinks

    HaHaHa.

    Without Palin, McCain can hardly fill a diner. With Palin....well, really, WHO KNOWS since the McCain campaign has been lying about the inflated crowd sizes.

    Obama/Biden is the only SANE and respectable choice!!

    September 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Where are the kids? Who is talking care of the 5-month Down Syndrome baby, the 7-year old and the 14-year old? The pregnant 17-year old is pretty much on her own.

    How sad.

    September 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Travis

    Yes like you said, you'll be back in Alaska....but if Johnny boy goes with

    you it will be to both cry and hide for a while after losing the election.

    September 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Old McGovern Democrat

    Is she really leaving her infant baby behind? Wow – what a mom!

    September 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. David

    Yep, a little travel over the next 52 days; after that she'll have plenty of time to catch up with things back in Alaska.

    September 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. annette caldwell

    i like palin but i am going for democrat this election. i think she should stay in alaska as gov. why? mccain will ruin her reputation with all the lies on the campaign trail and she needs less responsibility to maintain her family values. i am a single mom of four and have been a high profile in my career. yeah you can manage but i learned it really caused damage to my boys that i wasnt there in special time of need. as time went on it caused hardship. i left my firm but the damage was there in my boys. if i had to do it again-i wouldnt. so palin-you are no hillary-you are not god-and i hope your family well but you want have my vote

    September 13, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    Alaska Air LInes Favors to Palin?

    Any conflict of interests there! Who is listening to her conversations!
    Security!

    September 13, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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