October 27th, 2008
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Palin meets with wife of fallen Fort Wainwright soldier

Gov. Sarah Palin met with the wife of a fallen soldier Sunday.
Gov. Sarah Palin met with the wife of a fallen soldier Sunday.

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) –- In one of the more solemn moments of her vice presidential campaign, Sarah Palin and her husband Todd met Sunday with the wife of a fallen Army infantryman who had been stationed at Fort Wainwright in Alaska with their son Track.

After wrapping up a boisterous evening rally in Asheville, North Carolina, the Palins were greeted on the airport tarmac by Karie Eggleston, whose husband, 21-year old Cody Eggleston, died last week from wounds suffered during an October 16 mortar attack north of Baghdad.

Palin meets briefly with volunteers and supporters on airport tarmacs as she travels around the country, but she and Todd lingered longer than usual with Eggleston and her parents, chatting for several minutes while standing apart from the staffers and reporters that travel with her.

Palin and her husband both hugged a visibly emotional Eggleston at the end of their conversation.

Pfc. Cody Eggleston, an Oregon native who married his North Carolinian wife in June, was stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska beginning in 2007. Track Palin, who deployed to Iraq last month, had also been stationed at Fort Wainwright, but was in a different unit than Eggleston.


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  1. REG in AZ

    Nice touch by the Palin's but obviously too little, too late and too inconsistent with the already exposed arrogant, aggressive, dishonest and self-focused personality. Some seem to be touting Palin for leading the Republican Party in the future and that really seems like taking a negative and making it the cause. What she has presented to the world, as a bold and obnoxious self-centered individual who will say/do anything for her own benefit, should have alienated everyone good.

    October 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. tulsa

    demobrat,
    Actually, I do have a nephew there.
    Joe biden has a son there.
    Nightengale,
    What are we there for? Remember, we were LIED to by Bush and his Republican thugs. THAT'S where the true error in judgement happened. Obama was one of the very few who saw it for what it was.
    A MISTAKE!
    You right wing idiots seem to think you have the corner on the patriotism market.
    WRONG.
    If you had an ounce of brains, a shred of patriotism, or an inkling of American history, you would be voting for Barack Obama.

    October 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Rogue Palin

    Oh NO Palin is going Rogue!!! I think we need the military to suppress her!!! McCain adviser: she's out for herself and advancing her own career!

    October 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Rick

    Democrats have repeatedly prayed about the war as well. They have prayed for us to lose since day one but, as usual, thay were wrong....we have won the Iraq war and only time will tell if it was all worth it or not.

    October 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Jimmy O

    Hey Guys,

    Just came back from a Palin rally. It was electrifying. There were several banners with "Rednecks for McCain/Palin". I am so excited, finally we are going to have a voice in the White House.

    Palin is just so cool, she smiled so many times. She also gave us the famous winks, "you betcha", "gotcha". I cannot wait for her to get to White House where she will be in charge of the Senate. I am so happy those senators are going to be reporting to her.

    Enough of all the seriousness in the White House, we need Palin. Palin for President 2012. I think she should be on top of the ticket.. She is the best..

    October 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. H-ROD

    PALIN IS A LIAR ,JOE THE PLUMBER IS A LIAR HE DOES NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO START A BUSINESS ,HE ONLY MAKES FOURTY THOUSAND A YEAR HE'S NOT A REAL PLUMBER , SO WHY DO THEY KEEP BRINGING HIM UP , PALIN IS A FRAUD JUST LIKE JOE,AND JUST LIKE MCCAIN .!!! (((THAT ONE FOR PRESIDENT ))) !!!!

    October 27, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. tulsa

    Veteran for McCain
    I would wager you couldn't give a deffinition of "socialist" .
    Is Obama wanting to take over all industry and business? Is he insisting that all wealth, ALL wealth be distributed equally among all citizens?
    Is he saying that all property, ALL property be owned by the state?
    Of course not.
    Shut up if you don't know what the word means.

    October 27, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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