October 6th, 2010
03:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Todd Palin explains fiery e-mail

(CNN) – Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, explained on Wednesday a fiery e-mail he sent to Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller last month after the GOP nominee made an appearance on a Sunday morning political talk show.

The e-mail was in response to an appearance by Miller on Fox News Sunday where he stopped short of endorsing Sarah Palin when asked if she was qualified to be president.

In his original e-mail to Miller, Todd Palin copied the treasurer of his wife's PAC and told him to "hold off on any [fundraising] letter for Joe. Sarah put her ass on the line for Joe and yet he can't answer a simple question, 'is Sarah Palin qualified to be president?'"


But Todd Palin later learned that Miller had not responded in the negative, he had only dodged the question to say he was focused on his bid for Senate.

In a statement released to the Weekly Standard, Todd Palin wrote: "My family has worked hard in supporting Joe Miller, so when I heard he'd said something less than supportive of my wife's efforts, I responded. But it turns out we'd gotten our wires crossed and Joe hadn't said anything like what I'd been told."

The original e-mail went to Miller, the treasurer of Sarah Palin's PAC and an attorney employed by both Sarah Palin and Miller. It was obtained by the Alaska political website The Mudflats.

Todd Palin's angry response to Miller's non-endorsement has led several online political bloggers to infer that Sarah Palin will seek reciprocal endorsements in 2012 of the politicians she backs in 2010.

Todd Palin however says in his statement there is no news - except that the emails were leaked. The original postings of the e-mails redacted the Palin's addresses.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hate to break it to Todd, but his wife isn't ready to be president of just about anything including the US. She doesn't think enough or learn enough.

    October 6, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Pollwatcher

    Dodged the question? He said he didn't know if she was qualified, which is saying he thinks he is uncertain about her ability (like the rest of the country with half a brain). Sarah is truly an opportunist, it's the same as her endorsing Carly F in CA in hopes of pay back in 2012.

    October 6, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    "Todd Palin's angry response to Miller's non-endorsement has led several online political bloggers to infer that Sarah Palin will seek reciprocal endorsements in 2012 of the politicians she backs in 2010."

    No DUH! Sarah doesn't do ANYTHING without it benefiting herself.

    What else do you expect from a Quitter, a Liar and a Mooch?

    October 6, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Eddie

    I'll answer it 4 u todd HELL NO SHE AINT QUALIFIED, But us dem sure wish her stupid ass will run. Ain't no pre selected questions in debate

    October 6, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Muffet

    This college and governor drop put is seriously strategizing a run for the highest office ....is anyone telling her there is no way she could win?? The majority of US citizens are intelligent.."stupid" barbie dolls are the last thing we need or want. Who wouldl her cabinet consist of? A bunch of cartoon charactors?????

    October 6, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Video Guy

    Even the people she is endorsing know she is not qualified to be president. Just remember Tea Party people aka GOP. That if she did get in, Todd would be running the show.

    October 6, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Todd Palin is a good, hard working man who supports his wife's difficult career. He will make o great first First Gentleman.

    October 6, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    "Todd Palin copied the treasurer of his wife's PAC and told him to "hold off on any [fundraising] letter for Joe". So Todd controls the Sarah PAC money and fundraiser letters. I bet a lot of people didn't know that he is in control. Wonder what control he would hold over her if she was President of the ???. One thing is certain. They love their "Joes". There is Joe the Plumber and now Joe the Lawyer. LOL.

    October 6, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. mrrationalhbg

    This nobody Todd Palin is too involved in his wife's politics. Sometimes I wonder if Todd is making all the decisions for her.

    October 6, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Todd he was doing your wife a favor. Some on, you can't believe your wife is qualified.

    October 6, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Insane in the membrane

    usually its just the dems that tend to cannibalize each other. Now the repubs are doing it too...times is changin

    October 6, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Florida Joe

    Todd, you should be happy he didn't answer.......Of COURSE the QUITTER is not qualified to be President.......Miller had the courtesy to not say what he really thought.......Is she qualified......NO WAY JOSE..........kind of like him not being qualified to be Senator..........And by the way Todd I thought you guys hated the way Politics worked you know like expecting payback for your endorsement........What a joke you are............

    October 6, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Ben in Texas

    Ooo, ooo, I can answer that question, Todd. Hell NO she's not qualified, and everybody in the country, except the looniest 30%, knows it!

    October 6, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    Hhmmmm why do I get the feeling we should be scare of slient, behind the shadow Todd Palin?

    October 6, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. MAhole

    Wow – the Wasilla Hillbillies and the first "dud" are all fired up over nothing........ Other than Miller playing "CYA" – or smart – depending on your point of view.
    'is Sarah Palin qualified to be president?'" – Sorry first "dud" – the answer is a resounding NO!!! That was proven in the elections back in 2008. DEAL WITH IT!!!!

    October 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. vic, Nashville TN

    All these time I heard about Chicago politics now Chicago politics better than Wasilla, Alaska

    October 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Tired-of-the-Tea-Party

    Joe may be a muck-luck wearing Tea Party fanatic ... but the man ain't stupid. For him to endorse Sarah for President would be stupid ... especially considering Sarah's reputation in Alaska after abdicating the governorship - If Sarah ever becomes President, the extreme religious right will be the new power – masturbation will be illegal – people will be shooting deer in the streets – and we will be the laughing stock of the world ... get a life Todd (or a job ... or both) - and stay out of the media (you do both yourself and your wife a disservice and show your absolute ignorance)

    October 6, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |