April 1st, 2009
04:37 PM ET
6 years ago

Todd Palin: McCain family 'a class act'

McCain and Sarah and Todd Palin campaigning in Washington, Pennsylvania.
McCain and Sarah and Todd Palin campaigning in Washington, Pennsylvania.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Todd Palin, the normally reticent husband of Alaska governor Sarah Palin, isn't hung up on the ups-and-downs of the 2008 presidential campaign.

He'd rather spend his time snowmobiling than politicking, according to a profile of the so-called 'First Dude' in the upcoming issue of Men's Journal.

But in an interview with the magazine conducted a few weeks before the 2009 Tesoro Iron Dog race - in which he ended up finishing in sixth - Palin did manage to offer up a few reflections on his wife's vice presidential bid.

For instance, his take on the anonymous sniping from McCain staffers in the final weeks of the campaign:

"I'm not going to get wrapped around the axles on a few people's comments - 'She's a diva,' or whatever," Palin said. "There was no name attached to that, so who knows if it's really true. I mean, all the little negative stuff out there that's been exploited? To me? I have nothing but respect for the McCains, because they're a class act."

As for Sarah Palin's detractors in Alaska, Todd said "they get bent out of shape."

"They're so full of anger, you know?," he said. "I mean, why wouldn't anybody be proud of one of their citizens being nominated to the VP? Unless you're just a real hater?"

The magazine said Palin became slightly defensive when asked about the RNC-financed $150,000 wardrobe provided to his wife during the campaign, a PR fiasco that undermined her image as an "average hockey mom."

"That was out of our control," he said. "She never went to Saks, or any of that stuff. You come into a campaign late, you put all your trust into the team, you got people who are working on VP ops for a long time, and we're just focused on debate prep."

Palin said he "couldn't give a rat's ass about clothes."

"Please. I mean these are my Sunday go-to-meeting jeans! We're just the opposite of all that, more like, 'Man, you better clean up.' Me, anyway."

Despite the rough waters, he stressed that he and his wife are hardly political neophytes.

"You got to remember, it’s not like they just plucked us off the fishing boat with scales still under our nails, you know?," he said. "My wife’s been in politics a long time. We’ve been through some tough campaigns.”


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin • Todd Palin
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  1. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Scotty Palin says: "We're just the opposite of all that, more like, ....'Man, you better clean up.........' Me, anyway."

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    How true.

    That whole family needs a good bit of cleanin' up ;-) .

    April 1, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. arithmetic is liberal

    I'm not a fan of your wife and her 2008 PR campaign.
    But you seem like a real person, Todd.

    April 1, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Mike,Albany

    And we care about TP's view on anything because....?

    April 1, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Bob the Observer

    Let the Palin haters begin. Rush Limbaugh. Dick Cheney. Bush's war crimes trial. 5...4...3...2...1

    April 1, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Spencer, Virginia

    Todd Palin is using the trm hater. Isn't that against republican values. No hip-hop talk.

    April 1, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. The Last Patriot

    That's one solid American there. Kind of fellow who would help someone with a faulty radiator on the side of the road.

    April 1, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. arithmetic is liberal

    The Last Patriot April 1st, 2009 4:43 pm ET

    That's one solid American there. Kind of fellow who would help someone with a faulty radiator on the side of the road.

    They still make cars with radiators?

    April 1, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. PatC

    He would be a great First Dude for the US.

    April 1, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. meh

    The Last Patriot> Sure...as long as that person isn't someone who isn't a "Real American"...or a "Terrorist"...or "Socialist"...or black.
    Whichever.

    April 1, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Spencer, Virginia

    Since Todd has placed himself in the limelight, why won't he explain what's the up with him and the AIP.

    April 1, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Ghost

    The Palins pal around with secessionists!!!!!!

    April 1, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Naomi

    CNN has become faux news. Trying to make Palin to compete with Obama. They will never be the same. Get it or leave it!

    April 1, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Dylan from Minneapolis

    Yeah, I view you in the same light as I view Joe the (not)Plumber.

    April 1, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Steve In California

    Y'know, the Palins seem like nice people. I mean really. Sarah is a bit of a nut case, but there's a reason for it. She lives in Alaska. Todd reminds me of my inlaws. Huntin' , fishin', snowmobilin' kinda guys. Teenagers that have become parents. Good, church-going people. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. I'd be happy to have them as my neighbors. But running my country? Not a snowball's chance in.....

    And oh yeah, "Bob The Obeserver"? Why not stretch your intellectual prowess to its maximum, and write something besides the numbers you can count to?

    April 1, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Tahd

    Great. Another loquacious and eloquent Palin, Bogarting the limelight.

    How are we supposed to heed these Rushpublican cries of "leave the Palins alone" (many of whom will no doubt be in this very blog), if they insist on spewing a stream of snowbilly yokelisms everytime they're within a three mile radius of a hot microphone?

    Don't go away mad, Todd. Just go away.

    April 1, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Henry

    He should keep his opinion to himself or tell the Mccain's not the country. We know where we keep each family, we have seen them on National stage.

    April 1, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. GOP Disaster

    Isn't the Palin's 15 minutes are up?

    April 1, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Marc in Virginia

    Admit it. Jealousy is ugly. You haters are attacking the man because he's got a hot wife.

    April 1, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. george from alaska

    what a load of unadulterated crap. it's a documented fact the palins went on multi-thousand dollar shopping sprees at expensive stores. they are still lying even after the campaign. enough already todd...you ain't gonna ever be national first dude.

    April 1, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Robin

    They are a good solid family who have dealt with REAL issues. She is a good govenor with a high rating. Libs are terrified of her. She sticks to her convictions and does not care what people think.

    Unlike our "yes man" president and his cabinet.

    April 1, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    who cares what he thinks. but it does sound like he can complete a sentence, unlike his wife.

    April 1, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. You Betcha

    "I mean, why wouldn't anybody be proud of one of their citizens being nominated to the VP? Unless you're just a real hater?"

    Maybe because she is an incompetent, ethics violating, unintelligent, right wing extremist?

    April 1, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. DB

    Very sad... the entire family and the entire party. Thank God for our President - he and the first lady are making us proud in Europe! The time for hillbillies is over and I hope to never see a resurgance in my lifetime.

    April 1, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. KG, Twin Cities

    To The Last Patriot–

    This man wants to commit treason by having Alaska secede. The only time that was "American" was 1776.

    April 1, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Brian - Trinidad

    Mr Palin's comments underscores the the fundamental difference between McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden.McCain/Palin's image was true,but not appealing to the image-driven voters. Obama/Biden's image was super inflated.Now the real characteristics have come out and we see that Obama/Biden's true image has less substance than McCain/Palin.Oh, what the hey..we have become accustomed to hardship and can take another zillion years of it.

    April 1, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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