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. Obama/Biden 08

    'Palin said victory in Iraq is “within sight.” '

    Palin just has to politicize everything, doesn't she?

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |

    Didnt she get Bush's memo "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"

    September 11, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. HoustonIndie

    She said the Iraq war was a "task from God". Then with Charlie Gibson, she said she doesn't think it's a "task from God". She goes around the country to brag about "thanks and no thanks to the Bridge", but she supported it, campaigned for it and only said no after congress had always ended funding for it.

    The real question is: can people see through her attempts to reinvent herself?

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    well, I tried again.... and nothing. Over and out here......

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. jeff

    She makes a wonderful governor of Alaska. I think she should stick with that job.

    September 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. veteran

    Fat chance of ever seeing Obama ever addressing troops because like Clinton he knows nothing about the military and loathes the very idea of the military~! Scary person to have even near the Presidency!!!

    September 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. joe m

    i trully hope that no one out there would chose to politicize this. She may be the republican VP nominee, but she still remain first a mother and parent having to look forward to an uncertain future for one of her children. if she were any other woman, she would have the luxury of having to go through this difficult time in privacy. instead she must play out her role, not only as a VP nominee, but as the governor of her state. too many american parents have made this sacrifice, and gov. palin is just one more of those parents. for anyone who wants to find ways to view this as something political first, they need to consider how cynical and damaged they have become.

    September 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. chris

    Hey, blind faith Obamabots, don't hate on Sarah. You're jealous of Palin, and scared you've blown another election. We understand. The thing is, Obama screwed up...he could have picked Hillary, but that elitist pride of his forced him into another display of "bad judgement". Now Obama comes begging to the Clintons to rescue him. Obama's pathetic...what "change."

    September 11, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |


    September 11, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Scott L

    She is a strong woman....son born with Downs and then sending her son off to war. I think this puts her in the same league as Clinton...tough.

    McCain will not serve a 2nd term and step aside to let Sarah be the first woman President after a cat fight with Hillary in 2012.

    McCain will be a great president and get this country back on track.

    Obama will just raise taxes. If you don't get it yet, taxes is the ONLY thing I care about. Call me selfish, but in this world, all you have are death and taxes.

    September 11, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. maynard hopkins wi


    September 11, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. carol, NC

    Another McInSane. What the hell is victory when we are loosing men and women for nothing. I am not interested in victory. I have a son, nephew and other family members that have been on tour 4 times there and both of them indicated there is no such thing as winning there. They say that the people don't want us there and you can't help these people.

    I look at it this way if someone can throw rocks at you and you are shooting at them with guns and they don't fear a bullet. They don't care.

    Our troops should come home and the hell with them people. Hell we got hungry people here that billions of dollars could be used here at home each month.

    September 11, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. Will18E

    Palin Says to troops "victory within sight," This is a new low for the GOP to lie to our troops while they put there lives on the line, so people like Palin can become a "war mom" to hook votes in the next elections.

    September 11, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. Shannon

    Some how, I'm sure Obama and his supporters will find a way to demean this too. They are so filled with hate, that they can't even spare a young man and his mother on the this day of all days their special brand of hope and change, which is mean and nasty. CNN aids their hate, by posting as many pro Obama posts as possible, and the more they demean women the better.

    September 11, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. aaa

    well thats his decision to go to war for oil and it deosnt impress me

    September 11, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  16. Tyler in Raleigh

    Ummmm.... victory is "within sight"


    September 11, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. Matt

    So sad that she uses her son's bravery for her own political gain.

    September 11, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. Becca

    She appears to be a nice lady who is proud of her son. I am also proud of my son who is in the Air Force. But , it is clear to anyone who will be honest with themselves, that Gov. Palin is not up to this job. She BS'd her way throughout the entire interview with platitudes most of us could have given. I know what the Bush Doctrine is....I bet Putin knows what the Bush Doctrine is and I am absolutely certain Joe Biden does.....and to be at this level, she should have paid enough attention to our national politics to know that also. I do not want her to be a heartbeat away from being the commander-in-chief. This is such a scary prospect....Americans need to be serious about this!!

    September 11, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  19. Michael G-Ventura ca

    I pray for him and all of our service personnel over there- They shouldn't be there- and they need to come home- safe and sane.This debacle has to end. I truly believe george bush should be tried for war crimes or at LEAST be impeached. He has done so much harm to our country.

    September 11, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. David

    mama's little boy marching off to war. . . .he'll be back state-side before the ink dries.
    (Of course, the public won't hear about his private homecoming)

    September 11, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  21. Freedom Loving Patriot (God fearing too!)

    Talk about using your kids....

    It's all about Sarah....DISGUSTING

    September 11, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. BS

    To be honest, she is not ready yet to be 2nd in command. She's is smart but needs more time.

    Should Obama win the election, I believe he should appoint Ex-Governor Huckabee who also is an Evangelical Scholar, to his cabinet in some capacity.

    September 11, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  23. Sean

    "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 quite a few of you are going to die for no reason.

    September 11, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. Susan

    Track ole boy, you"ll be deployed in Iraq for 100 years if Mama has her way. The"Mav" and your Mama are war mongers...poor Track!

    September 11, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  25. Lipstick Wearer for Obama

    yet she doesn't understand why her son is going off to war. Iraq victory is in sight, just as Russia is in sight from Alaska land which gives her experience on foreign policy.

    September 11, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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