June 24th, 2009
04:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin to take overseas trip to visit troops

Palin (here visiting son Track’s Army brigade) plans to visit members of the Alaska National Guard.
Palin (here visiting son Track’s Army brigade) plans to visit members of the Alaska National Guard.

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will head overseas to visit troops serving in the National Guard, her office said Wednesday.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the Alaska governor tweeted that she had received permission to see the troops. "Travel now to bring appreciation from their Alaska family & Natl Guard leadership to heroes in US European Command's area of responsibility," she wrote Wednesday in shorthand that is often used on the social networking Web site Twitter.

The governor's office said the Defense Department had asked that further details of her trip not be released yet, for security reasons.

Two years ago, Palin visited Alaska National Guard troops in Kuwait and wounded soldiers on a U.S. base in Germany, as well as a border crossing on the Kuwait-Iraq border.

Palin's son Track, who serves in the Army, deployed to Iraq last year.


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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. KLK

    I hope she decides to stay.

    June 24, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Maybe she can stay there?

    June 24, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. GOP Hypocrites

    Why does a GOVERNOR of ANY state need to go overseas? That makes no sense. If Eliot Spitzer or Claire McCaskill had traveled overseas to see the troops the media hypocrites would be all over the craziness of the situation. I respect that her son is serving in the military, however, she shouldn't get a publically funded trip overseas, no matter who she is or where she is from.

    Only US Senators on relevant committees should even possibly be traveling to these areas.

    Is she a governor or an entertainer? If she looked like Janet Reno, she wouldn't be approved to go anywhere.

    June 24, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Melissa

    I don't particularly care what that brainless twit does next and I wish CNN would stop reporting on her.

    June 24, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Grog in Ohio

    Ah... collecting that foreign policy experience beyond the backyard, you betcha.

    June 24, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter

    She just says she's leaving the country. She's actually going hiking on the Appalachian trail. Have a nice day!

    June 24, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Sarah's going to visit her son, Track, at tax payer expense – how clever and fiscally responsible from an opportunistic, thrill-seeking, presidential-pretender!!!

    Remember folks, Sarah has to get through the angry, old, white men of the GOP in a primary – no more 11th hour opportunity picks-without-competition like last time. This time she has to campaign against the mob in the GOP!!!

    June 24, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. stormerF

    Obama flies all over for Campaigning,instead of doing it from Washington D. C. and you complain of what Sara Palin is doing? Why would we pay for Nancy Pelosi to go to China,what business did she have over there,I thought we had a Secretary of State? Why did we pay for Obama to go to Cairo,He could have made that speech from Washington?..Sara has more Executive experience than Obama and Biden do put together,so get off the Experience crap,since Obama has None.

    June 24, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. S M R

    Now this is what I call a waste of tax payers money. What possibly could she say to the troops? This women knows nothing about nothing. I'd like to see a question/answer session so we can witness her fall on her face again.

    June 24, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Kay

    I totally agree with Randolph Carter. If only CNN would listen, but I don't think so. Please CNN could you give everyone a week from Sarah Palin news.

    June 24, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. johnnie

    palin ,going to see the troops for what, to flirt her way to approval. i thought she could see the troops ,from her house. why , what does this mean , she will never be the president of elks club, as well of the united states, you need a brain for that job, yea i said it, a brain, give it up palin, why dont you go on the david letterman show and talk to the troops, give america a break, you lost, and while your at it, tell john mccain he lost along with you. try to take care of your own state, where you can see russia, stop this insanity, its over for you!

    June 24, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Mike

    Whey does she need to fly all the way to Europe? I guess she couldn't see Europe from Alaska the way she claimed she can with Russia :-)

    June 24, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Tulsa

    It's no small thing to go support our troops. Don't be too quick to condemn her.
    Now, on the other hand, if she uses this trip even once to further her political aspirations, she will have proven herself once again to be a hypocrite. I for one will be watching.

    June 24, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. PK California

    Men in the service always enjoy seeing a pretty wman. But I sure bet they'd rather see Britney Spears than a has-been politician! It's just the first of many trips she'll be making as she campaigns foir the presidency! Poor guys. They're a captive audience. Maybe Dick Cheney will go with her to check on his oil interests! If she takes her kids, I'd cancel that trip!!!! They wsould be in harms way!

    June 24, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Patrick

    What a waste of money that well taxpayers find it hard to come by. Watch it, she will confuse the folks overseas as much as she confuses her sentence structure and thought processes. I truly resent any of MY tax money being spent on Palin.

    June 24, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. lynn

    Haven't our troops suffered enough?

    June 24, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. CD in FL

    It looks like the state of Alaska is running by itself considering how much time the governor spends on traveling. I wonder what is the benefit for the state of Alaska that she is visiting the troops.

    June 24, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Guard Pilot

    This is very common for National Guard Soldiers. Having just finished my third tour in Iraq, every govenor comes out to visit the troops from their state Guard units. Fairly harmless, but the Soldiers could care less to see them, and it forces them to play nice.

    June 24, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. kellsbells

    Pat's right, leave her there while she's trying to look for the other side of Russia.

    June 24, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Verouca Salt

    Who's running Alaska?

    June 24, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Res ipsa loquitur

    You think she'll take her kids this time?

    June 24, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Marlene

    I guess this will mean she will now claim she has Foreign Affairs credentials. What a joke!!

    June 24, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. David in San Diego

    I'm glad they are letting her go; do they have to let her come back? OTOH, she's the gift to Dems that keeps on giving, so I hope she comes back alive and well and ready to amaze us with her verbal footwork.

    June 24, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. kay

    I would like to know who is footing the bill?

    June 24, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Mich

    Good for you Palin show that you care don't pay attention to these people most of them couldn't find their way to San Jose. God bless you sara.

    June 24, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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