December 1st, 2009
07:25 PM ET
6 months ago

Palin aide downplays use of private jet

Palin is beginning the second part of a nationwide book tour.
Palin is beginning the second part of a nationwide book tour.

(CNN) – An aide to Sarah Palin downplayed reports Tuesday about the former Alaska governor's use of a private jet during certain legs of a national bus tour to promote her memoir, "Going Rogue."

While it's not unusual for political figures to fly from state to state before hopping on a bus to head to events, Palin is taking heat for using a private jet for some of her travels, with one report claiming that the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee flew in style while leaving her staff behind to ride the bus during long journeys.

But Jason Recher, who is traveling with Palin and coordinating logistics for the tour, said that's not true.

Palin was joined by her family and a handful of staffers on each flight leg, said Recher, who noted that the jet was paid for by Palin's publisher, Harper Collins. He said the publisher originally wanted all of the book tour travel to be by plane, but Palin lobbied for a bus tour.

The private jet transported the Palin entourage for several legs of the tour, including from New York City to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the beginning of the tour last month. The bus then took them to book signings in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania before the group boarded the plane to Rochester, New York. The private plane was also used for flights from Rochester to Roanoke, Virginia; from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Birmingham, Alabama; and from Birmingham to Jacksonville, Florida.

Palin also took to the skies to visit with Billy and Franklin Graham in Montreat, North Carolina on November 22, but not on Harper Collins' dime. Instead, she was picked up in Roanoke on Franklin Graham's provate plane and flown to Billy Graham's mountaintop home. That plane took Palin on to Fayetteville after the private visit.

Recher calculated that Palin and the people traveling with her spent about 24 hours total on board the "Going Rogue" bus during the first seven days of the book tour.


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  1. I am the not-so-great and powerless wizard of Rush

    $ 4,000.00 an hour for her jet to show all her fans what a "real" person she is. Why she's just like one of them.

    She is the Queen of the Grifters.

    Her book is number one on the New York Times bestseller list.

    P.T. Barnum was right.

    December 1, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Tony

    Not a Sarah fan; but if there was no impropriety with the plane financing, so what?

    December 1, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Cae

    Why is this even a news story? Honestly, people don't we have bigger things to worry about than whether Palin took a bus or a plane. Come on! Police Officers are being murdered in Washington State; Obama is sending 30K more troops to Afghanistan; the Senate is screwing up Health Care, and we're worried about Palin's "bus tour." Keep your eye on the prize people!

    December 1, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Dar

    Who cares how she travels? Who ever the reporter was that made this huge finding should get a raise, man they are good.

    Glad to see that CNN is giving Mrs Palin so much free advertising, she should be a shoe in 2012, Thanks for all the help

    December 1, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Bonnie

    Her status has changed......people!! Traveling on a private jet is a minimum requirement. She's just doing her job to stimulate the economy.

    December 1, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. suzy

    this is getting old....
    whatever – who cares...

    December 1, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Razorback

    And this is news why?

    December 1, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. former republican

    Who cares if she is using a private jet? Its her book, and if she is paying for it...then who cares?!

    December 1, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Louis

    It's petty for the mainstream media to find nothing better than to pick on Palin on this matter. So what if she has to alter her traveling means?

    December 1, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. single mom

    Oh, for heaven's sake!! With everything else going on in the world, people are getting upset because, OMG!, Sarah Palin's PUBLISHER paid for a private jet for her to use.
    This is a non-story, CNN. This is what I expect on Huffingtonpost or even Us Weekly.
    How about some investigative reporting on Congressional corruption? How is the stimulus money being spent? Anything new on ACORN?

    December 1, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Rickster

    I don't understand the point of this ticker. What Palin does on her book tour is her business. Unlike the Rotund One, Al Gore, Palin does not run around promoting the great scam called Global Warming. She, like most sane people, does not get all misty-eyed about some fictional measurement called "a carbon footprint". Palin is no longer a public servant. She is a good, wholesome and successful capitalist who is doing what she deems necessary to make money. I realize that capitalism is to the democrats what Holy Water is to satan but I wish her the best as she continues to draw huge crowds on her tour.

    December 1, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. malabar

    REMEMBER FOLKS, THE HATERS HAVE A DIFFERENT SET OF RULES FOR SARAH, when anyone else does this, which is done all the time, it is glossed over or ignored, but my oh my, Sarah is judged by a whole other set of rules. This makes me like her more, all the pointless Palin bashing. Gotta love her for having more cajones than our current Prez

    December 1, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. George Bush - Worst President Ever

    We've reached a new low. A non-story (this plane business), about a non-story (a book tour), but ok, I'll play for a minute. Why is it news that a book publisher furnished transportation for one of their authors who is out promoting a book that was published by the book publisher who furnished the plane to take the author on a tour promoting her book......OW. Now my brain hurts.

    December 1, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. nate

    As much as I cant stand her, this one is silly. Shes a pvt citizen and can fly however she pleases.

    December 1, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Emma

    Sarah Palin will do whatever she wants so why give her millions of dollars of publicity about it? She was an ill-chosen VP candidate and
    now she is showing the world "something" but it is difficult to categorize it and name it. She seems to be quite an elitist, which she would deny. However, we know her well enough to see that her words are not a good fit with her behavior.

    December 1, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Whereistodd

    She pretended this tour was on the bus. If she hadn't made that misrepresentation the plane would be a non-issue.

    December 1, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. james

    I predict Palin is about to do something drastic to get everyone's attention back on her instead of Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. Maybe she'll flash the media and scream "Don't look at me", at which point conservatives hearts will melt and they'll chant "Palin 2012"

    December 1, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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