September 4th, 2008
03:39 PM ET
12 years ago

Todd Palin staying in Minneapolis for snowmobile event

Todd Palin is known as the 'first dude' in Alaska.

Todd Palin is known as the 'first dude' in Alaska.

(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.

Watch: Meet the 'first dude'

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."

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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. beevee

    I did'nt think he would have any interest in politics. Wonder who is caring for the little ones of the family if both parents are busy with their own things.

    September 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. No extremeright Palin

    Who cares? He is an Ex-felon with a DUI record.

    September 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. indiePA

    Hooray for him....but do we care?? Who's going to watch the kids? I'm already tired both of them.

    September 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Peter Zheutlin

    Just adding to his carbon footprint.

    September 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    Family values. Where? I don't see any? Are they hiding both the Nanny and Sarah from the media? Karl Rove can't be behind her all the time whispering what to say in her ear. Sooner or later she'll have to air her ignorance publicly.

    September 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. John in PA

    Who cares? And honestly, I have never voted for or against a Presidential candidate based on his choice of a running mate. Gov Palin is not running for Pres., so who cares? This is between McCain and Obama, that's where your votes should lie.

    September 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. no name

    As a female, I am totaly disgusted with the Republicans, to even suggest that women are so stupid to vote for their choice of VP. She has nothing going for her and to use Hillary Clinton's name with her is totally disrespectful. Send her back to Alaska and she needs to focus more on her family.

    September 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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