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."
(CNN)– Weeks after Todd Palin hit the campaign trail solo in Maine, stumping for the Republican presidential ticket, the husband of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is being featured in a campaign mailing there.
In the mailing, paid for and authorized by Maine’s Republican Party, Alaska's First Dude — a four-time Iron Dog Snowmobile Champion — tells rural voters Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's "extreme environmental policies" could have a major impact on snowmobilers.
"Could this be the last winter to ride in our National Parks? This election will decide," the ad warns.
The mailing also hits the Sierra Club, an endorser of the Illinois senator, for its position against snowmobiles in national parks. The environmental organization argues snowmobiles are "loud and obnoxious" and pollute the environment.
"John McCain and Sarah Palin have long been advocates to protect our environment with practical standards—allowing Americans to continue enjoying outdoor recreational activities," the flier declares.
If the Republicans win the presiential race, "Snowmobiles will have a strong voice in the White House," says the mailing.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband has agreed to answer written questions in the state Legislature's investigation into the firing of her public safety commissioner, campaign officials said Monday.
Todd Palin has been resisting a subpoena by lawmakers for since mid-September. But with the Legislature's report on the matter due Friday, Palin has agreed to answer written questions submitted through his lawyer, McCain-Palin campaign spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said.
The questions were submitted to Palin lawyer Thomas Van Flein on Monday and are expected to be returned by Wednesday, Stapleton said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - A special counsel has asked Alaskan lawmakers to subpoena Gov. Sarah Palin's husband and a dozen aides as part of the investigation into Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner.
Todd Palin has been a "principal critic" of his wife's ex-brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten, and had "many contacts" with Department of Public Safety officials about his status, said Steve Branchflower, the former prosecutor hired by the state Legislature to investigate the firing.
Sarah Palin, now the Republican nominee for vice president, is battling allegations that she and her advisers pressured then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire Wooten - and that Monegan was canned when he refused.
Palin has said she fired Monegan over budget issues and denies any wrongdoing.
(CNN) – As the newly minted Republican ticket gets set to tour key campaign states immediately following the end of the party’s convention, Sarah Palin's husband Todd is staying behind in Minneapolis for what's reputed to be the largest snowmobile event in the word.
Palin, a world renowned championship snowmobiler known as the "first dude" in Alaska, is set to attend "Hay Days" in lieu of hitting the campaign trail, senior McCain campaign aides told CNN. "Hay Days" is a snowmobile grass drag racing event that is billed as the unofficial kick-off of the snowmobile season.
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The aides didn't say whether Palin was participating in the event.
The race attracts the "fastest and most sophisticated iron in the world," according to the event's Web site. "The track has come from one that was full of bumps, to a groomed strip with cyclone fence and an underground sprinkler system which keeps the track in beautiful condition."
Palin, 43, is a four-time winner of the world's longest snowmobile race - the 2,000 mile Tesoro Iron Dog contest, that winds through Alaska's rugged terrain and is dubbed the "Iron Dog Iditarod."
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - A senior adviser to the McCain campaign confirmed Monday that Todd Palin, husband to Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 1984.
"Yes, 24 years ago he had a DWI," senior McCain adviser Steve Schmidt told reporters in St. Paul.
Schmidt was asked if he was worried about the news, and replied, “I was not.”
The story was first reported by David Brody, a CNN contributor and Christian Broadcasting Network News Senior National Correspondent.