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. AA

    That's nice. The GOP will probably lie again and make this some more foreign policy experience.

    Russia is after all, right over there (points right).

    If that is the credentials needed, I'm quite sure that I'm more qualified.

    Peace.

    September 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Tom

    With all the lies told by the MacAin ticket this week, HOW can you TRUST them to be honest with you on TAX Cuts, which Greenspan now says is severely flawed, or the economy. What we is McSame or worse, and Ms. PaintThem. Only Obama can help you in a strained economy.

    September 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. RONNEBRASKA

    You know, what I like is that for a campaign saying they are not a continuation of the Bush/Cheney administration,all the advisors " tutoring " Palin on how to think are all former Bush advisors! Oh yeah, these two will bring change alright!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Jim

    So, whose watching the kids Ms. Values?

    September 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. sandy

    How exciting......she"s back. People forget who's experienced and who's not for a moment. Surely you must care that Sarah Palin has lied to the American people over and over again! You know who I really feel sorry for? That is John McCain! She has big plans to run this mans life. This should be very interesting! Stay in Alaska Sarah. It has been so nice since you've not been around to lie! I am still one of those undecided voters but the choice is becoming clearer and clearer everytime these Mavericks open their mouth.

    September 13, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. So What

    Who Cares!!!

    September 13, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    "There is no better place to come from than Alaska."

    SURE, and there's NO OTHER PLACE YOU WILL GO TO, WHEN IT COMES TO NOV. 5th, when YOU LOST :D

    September 13, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. EC

    CNN JUST REPORTED:

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — Alaska lawmakers voted Friday to subpoena Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, several aides and phone records in their investigation into Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner, setting up what one senator called a "branch-versus-branch smackdown."

    Gov. Sarah Palin is fighting allegations she improperly tried to force the firing of her former brother-in-law.

    Todd Palin has been a "principal critic" of his wife's ex-brother-in-law, state Trooper Mike Wooten, and had "many contacts" with Department of Public Safety officials about his status, said Steve Branchflower, the former prosecutor hired by the state Legislature to investigate the firing.

    Sarah Palin, now the Republican nominee for vice president, is battling allegations that she and her advisers pressured then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire Wooten and that Monegan was terminated when he refused.

    Palin has said she fired Monegan over budget issues and denies any wrongdoing. However, Palin's own Attorney General warned her about the firing, calling it a "grave" mistake and advised Gov. Palin to apologize the Commissioner. Gov. Palin sadly ignored the Attorney General's advice.

    Branchflower said 16 of the 33 people he planned to interview have given statements. But since last week, when Palin's attorneys began to argue that the state Personnel Board should handle the investigation, numerous witnesses have refused to cooperate.

    "While we will hopefully get over this little bump in the road, there may arise others," he said. "And so the subpoena is always a good thing to have standing by."

    Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein told reporters after the vote that the Democratic lawmaker managing the investigation, state Sen. Hollis French, "has partisan motives for doing this." And Palin's lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell, repeated claims that the investigation was "a political circus."

    IT SEEMS TO ME THE McCAIN CAMP IS SERIOUSLY AFRAID OF THE TRUTH GETTING OUT. IF GOV. PALIN DID "NOTHING WRONG" THEN WHY ISN'T SHE COOPERATING? WHAT IS SHE HIDING?

    I'M ALSO VERY CURIOUS AS TO WHO IS PAYING FOR PALIN'S ATTORNEY?

    IS IT THE McCAIN CAMP OR IS GOV. PALIN PAYING FOR HER OWN ATTORNEY?

    IF SEN. JOHN McCAIN IS PAYING FOR HER ATTORNEY, THEN THEY WANT TO "HIDE THE TRUTHS" AT ALL COSTS.

    JOHN McCAIN IS PUTTING A LOT OF ATTORNEYS ON THIS, THAT IN ITSELF IS A BIG "WARNING FLAG" PROVING THAT GOV. PALIN HAS SOMETHING THEY DON'T WANT THE VOTERS TO KNOW BEFORE NOV. 4TH!!!

    WHAT IS GOV. PALIN HIDING?

    WHAT IS GOV. PALIN HIDING?

    WHAT IS GOV. PALIN HIDING?

    WHY ISN'T SHE COOPERATING NOW?

    WHY ISN'T SHE COOPERATING NOW?

    WHY ISN'T SHE COOPERATING NOW?

    IF YOU ARE INNOCENT, YOU HAVE NO REASON TO HIDE!!

    IF YOU ARE INNOCENT, YOU HAVE NO REASON TO HIDE!!

    IF YOU ARE INNOCENT, YOU HAVE NO REASON TO HIDE!!

    IF YOU ARE INNOCENT, YOU HAVE NO REASON TO HIDE!!

    IF YOU ARE INNOCENT, YOU HAVE NO REASON TO HIDE!!

    IF YOU ARE INNOCENT, YOU HAVE NO REASON TO HIDE!!

    September 13, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Sue

    At the risk of being called "sexist" : if she and her husband (who should stay home and answer the subpoena, shouldn't he? ) are off with McCain, who's watching the kids?

    And keep spouting nonsense, Sarah...you'll be back home in November all right...long about Nov. 5, for good.

    September 13, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Tony

    How long did they prep her for this trip? I how they drilled the correct responses into her head.

    September 13, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. From New York

    It is better if she stay and have a look on her disfuntional family....where is the handicap baby of 4 months?? where is he??? and the pregnant dauther?? Do ou belive that our lives are in the hand of such a phony person???? scareeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    September 13, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Jon

    NEXT STOP JAIL

    September 13, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. suraphol vallasiri

    Since it is a wish of All Mighty that Sen. Barack Obama should not be the President of the United States then he has omitted to pick Sen.Clinton of
    New York as his dream ticket.

    September 13, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Sarah....and my last name isn't Palin

    Say it ain't so!

    September 13, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. carol kesling

    so whos minding the state of alaska, the governership while shes state hopping ???? lets see no abortion, even in rape and incest cases, abstinence, no sex education in school, DIDNT TEACH THAT AT HOME!!!! then no stem cell recearch,next thing you know she will be taking away WOMENS RIGHT TO VOTE!!!!!!! SHES BAD NEWS FOR AMERICA .....

    September 13, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Proud Voter

    Can this candidate tell the truth? From the begining she has been caught in lie after lie. This Republican campaign of dirty trick's and smear tactics and out right lies is not the so called "Country First "or" Honor" campaign I was hoping for. McCain where are you? Follow the light and come back to us !!!

    September 13, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. barbara

    What about the kids? 52 days is a long time to be away but I guess it doesn't matter when you choose to put your political aspirations ahead of your family.

    September 13, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Reality

    her husband is a douchebag !!! seriously !!!

    September 13, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. PKS

    Please put the focus back on the candidates (Obama and McCain) this is turning into American Idol!!

    September 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. Pam

    Would someone please tell me about Tod Palin's subpoena since he's leaving Alaska. Has he given his statement to the investigators or what? Why haven't we heard more about this? CNN and others have missed the ball on this again.

    September 13, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Raymond Duke

    Good : let a hard working woman get on with the job and show what we have been missing listening to the liberal press and electing ivy league people into office instead of regular americans from public colleges that live real american lives and know the problems we face everyday and what is important to us. Not a bunch of hype like "Change and Hope" with no solutions and a person that does not want to socialize america and has anti- american feelings that he shares with his close friends such as AYers, Reverend Wright, Father Pflager and Rezko and Farrakkun.

    September 13, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Lisa in ga

    And she leaves her family behind? Where's the baby?

    September 13, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. gc

    She charging the per diem for herself and the first dude to the Alaskan or US tax-payers??

    GC in Lubbock

    September 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. aju

    When George Bush ran for his second term and allegedly won by 51%. I was flabbergasted that 51% of the population voted for him. The previous four years he lied to us, drove our deficit sky high, and entered the U.S. into a war we should not be in.

    The McCain ticket is taking us in the same direction. Prior to the convention the polls showed that his popularity was way down. However after his announcement that Sara Palin was going to be his running mate his campaign gained momentum. Clearly Palin is trying to pull one over on all of us as she will not take questions from the press or do interviews beyond the one that she did. So the McCain-Palin ticket now becomes one where they say anything that they want, make false accusations, and dictate the terms to the press. If this isn’t George Bush all over again I don’t know what is.

    I find this to be totally against what our country stands for. I am equally flabbergasted that the press has decided to take a back seat while McCain-Palin dictates the terms to them. I am also shaking me head as to how some of our citizens immediately buy in to someone who has been on the scene for less than a month, will not take questions about her beliefs, and distorts the truth to the point of lying.

    September 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Doesn't she know John McCain doesnot work weekends.

    Why are they flying her husband around doesn't he have work or a baby to care for? I thought they were just normal every day hockey loving, gun toting, regular people>

    September 13, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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