September 11th, 2008
07:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin speaks at son's deployment ceremony

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin made an appearance at an Army base for her son Track’s deployment."]FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (CNN) - Sarah Palin left the campaign trail and stepped back into her role as Alaska governor on Thursday when she spoke at a ceremony honoring 4,000 Alaska-based troops who will deploy from Fort Wainwright to Iraq in the coming weeks.

Standing in formation among members of the 1st Stryker Brigade’s 25th Infantry Division was Palin’s eldest son, Track, who went unmentioned by the governor in her brief remarks. Palin had agreed to speak at the deployment ceremony several months ago, before she was tapped as John McCain’s running mate.

Though the speech wasn’t a political event – press credentials were issued by the military base - that didn’t stop dozens of national reporters and photographers from descending on this military base in Fairbanks, home to between nearly 12,000 soldiers and their families.

“As you depart today,” Palin told the infantrymen, “don’t mind us - your parents, your friends, your family - if we allow for a few tears, or if we hold you just a little close once more before you’re gone. Because were going to miss you. We can’t help it. We are going to miss you.”

Palin said victory in Iraq is “within sight.”

“You and others like you will be there to see the mission through,” she said. “You will be there to win. You will see victory.

Track Palin signed up to join the army on Sept. 11, 2007. During his 12-month deployment, Palin’s unit will provide protection to reconstruction teams participating in the rebuilding of the country, according to Major Chris Hyde, the public affairs officer for the brigade.

Hyde, who called Track Palin “a low profile individual,” said he had not heard any securty concerns about having the son of a prominent political figure in the brigade.

“The decision to put him in that role was made before Gov. Palin was picked by McCain,” he said. “If anything comes down from headquarters we will comply, but I wouldn't even want to speculate. I wouldn’t say yes or no. That’s just my opinion. We will do well with Track Palin whether he's there or he's not.”

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soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Puffy

    Just politics!!!!!!!! Show that she's for the military!!!!! Don't be twist!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Holly, 25, Obama-Biden 08

    Palin has a son in the military. You know what that means, right? She's unquestionably qualified to be VP to the oldest president ever. *rolls eyes* lol. Better yet: Stewart/Colbert 08!! They fought in 10 WARS!!! lol.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Mary, Indiana

    The Wal-Mart moms will give the election to Sarah Palin. No uppity Senators in the White House.

    McCain/Palin 08'

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. Lipstick on a PIG

    Sarah Palin is complete AIR-HEAD. 30 seconds into the Gibson interview and WOW! McGramps picked this?! No wonder they have been keeping her away from the press. LOL

    "The Bush me out here..." LOL
    "I've never met ANY foreign leaders" LOL

    Sad thing is, Republicans LOVE morons.

    September 11, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Newly Minted Independent

    Gov. Palin – former Democrat who switched before your nomination.

    But clinched because of it.

    Fight the good fight.

    I'm one of many who understand that you and Sen McCain had and have a rough road because of President Bush.

    Just fight the good fight.

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. paul

    I commend this woman for jumping into an arena as harsh as everyone is making it! From the media ... is there ONE positive article about her on here ... CNN? No. I don't understand why the media can't mix it with a great story about something good Palin has accomplished. There has to be a reason for her 80% approval in Alaska NO MATTER what the media sayss.

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Bill Colorado

    Ok lets hear the attacks from the Obama camp now. The more the better.....bring them on.

    September 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    Best of luck and Godspeed to all the members of the brigade.

    September 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. lynn

    It is sad that one son's deployment among many has been used for a political campaign. I admire her son's patriotism as I do Biden's and McCain's. However, i adhore her use of her children, once again for political opportunity. Neither Biden nor McCain has done that.

    September 11, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. mitchell from ark.

    laden is not in iraq. never was.

    September 11, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. independent now

    she is like every other mother out there with children serving. She did a great job today and My Best wishs are to her son and all the others deploying to Irag.

    September 11, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |

    the only reason he's going to iraq is to run away from an oxycotin addiction which is why he joined the army in the first place. This hockey mom is full of drama and has no business being one heartbeat away from being president. OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE- LEARN to look past your nose.

    September 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. disgusted in nebraska

    is she really being this two-faced? way to use your kids to your advantage again. who has the guts to go out of their way to attach their name to one of their children by thrusting them into the limelight, then take another one to use as a pawn toward an attack on the "vicious media"? great set of chess pieces there sarah.

    September 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Maverick Democrat !!!

    Being A Maverick , Means Doing What is Right For Your Country , Having The "Guts" to" Stand Up Against Your Own Party " This Life Long Democrat Is Saying "NO" !!!!!!!!!!! . Experience Does Matter To Me !!!

    Maverick Democrat For McCain / Palin 2008 !!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. In Good Company

    Like Jake and Elwood, Track Palin is now on a mission from God... it astonishes me that Governor Palin managed to tell a reporter earlier that she would never presume to say she knew what "God's work" was, in response to a question about how she -actually did just that-.

    We can't afford to have this woman in a position of national prominence, much less the presidency itself.

    September 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Ron

    I certainly hope Palin didnt use her son's deployment to Iraq as a political toy.

    September 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. Skip

    Good for her and God speed, PVT Palin.

    September 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  18. JN

    How sweet..what an bad you can't say anything like that running for VP...I have better idea...stay there in Alaska and continue as seem to be much nicer than you do as a VP.

    September 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |

    Based on the interview with Gibson on ABC, the VP debate should be cancelled. I'm not a fan of Palin, but I think it would be overkill to place her in a position of INEVITABLE EMBARSSMENT.


    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. Scott Tucson

    And Obama said he once considered joining the military, but must have figured signing up for Selective Service was enough. A draft card warrior in action, ready made to be President and Commander in Chief.

    September 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Palin the Truth hurts.

    Define "Victory" in a War that never should have been...
    Define the "surge is working" in a war that never should have been...

    Does "Victory" = 4,500 lost American Lives & 10,000 amputees, 30,000 injured, 6,000 mentaly damaged, 15,000 Iraqui Lives lost, 300,000 refugees ?

    This ="Working" ?



    September 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |

    Good God...As a woman, and a democrat, I am PO'd at the mc-Cane campaign, and the PUMA's and other women's groups should be as well. She's being hung out to dry. She looked rehearsed and unsure of herself. Skirt was too short...feet waving in discomfort.

    Shame on you RNC!

    September 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Shannon - Independent Voter

    Has any other mom been able to speak at their son's deployment ceremony? A lot of us have sons in Iraq, are we now qualified to be president? We can also read a script that has been handed to us.

    September 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  24. Politically Speaking

    Did they parade every brave marine, soldier, hero like she paraded Track?

    September 11, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. Bridget

    It is UNBELIEVABLE that she is using yet another one of her children as a political stunt. Does this woman have no shame?

    September 11, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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