September 13th, 2008
03:03 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin leaves Alaska, heads back to the trail

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caption="Palin and her husband Todd appeared in Alaska Saturday."] ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - Sarah Palin’s most recent visit to Alaska may have been her last – at least until Election Day.

At a rally in Anchorage on Saturday morning, there was a wistful note in Palin’s voice as she spoke about the coming weeks of campaigning.

Her speech came after spending two days in her home state doing an interview with ABC News and seeing her eldest son off to Iraq. Palin spent two nights at her home in Wasilla overlooking Lake Lucille.

“We've got a little travel planned for the next 52 days,” Palin said, “but I'll be home come November and I would like to bring along my friend - our friend Senator John McCain as the President-elect.”

The governor said she will take comfort in having her husband Todd at her side throughout the campaign. And she promised to keep Alaska in mind while on the road.

Palin noted that she has been criticized for governing a sparsely populated state, but, she said, “thank you God for that, because we’re small enough to be family.”

“So Alaska, the lessons you have taught me in these years of service as a mayor and as a commissioner and then as a governor, I thank you for what you have instilled in me,” she said. “There is no better place to come from than Alaska.”

At the airport before departing for a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada, Palin hugged family members goodbye on the tarmac and waved to television cameras before taking off.

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soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. Susan

    Can I throw up now?

    September 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. anconcernAmerican

    I am a Christian and very religious person but I am not going to use God name to gain any benefit issues.
    Republican has been using God name for their political benefits and that is shameful and sad. I am a pro-life but I am not going to tell or force others base on my belief that is not Christian. I will help voluntary community to convince and have program to help pregnant women to decrease abortion – adoption or special programs.

    September 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Apollo

    This Palin/McCain ticket is a HUGE error on the part of the GOP. I don't think after 8 years of Bush that they can win w/o criminal behavior....and that too has started. Millions of absentee ballots have been sent to Obama supporters with confusing or incorrect information. BE ON THE LOOKOUT PLEASE!

    September 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Chipster


    September 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Tony

    Bull! She heads back to ehr protectors to stick to the script. Why in teh hell do you think she will NOT be giving anymore interviews and why she is NOT being allowed to campaign without McCain?


    September 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Lawrence for barack

    please dont come over here, stay in alaska oh thats a state also didnt know that

    September 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Ovitshio Branco from Scranton

    Where is Palin's interview with Gibson???

    No sane American or European leader would ever ever ever give an answer like that. You do not get into hypotheticals about nuclear war. You just don't. Palin references the Cold War. The only reason the Cold War stayed cold is because our leaders understood the stakes of getting things wrong and saying things that could lead to catastrophic nuclear war. During the Cuban Missile Crisis every word, every public statement, and any message that the Kennedy administration sent to the Soviets was checked, double checked, and triple checked to make sure it was sending precisely the right signal. This is what you are forced to do when you have thousands of nuclear weapons and so does your opponent. The stakes are simply too high. And yet there is a nominee for the vice presidency of the United States who may one day have her hand on the button and she is casually talking about potential catastrophic nuclear war.

    September 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. cadence

    It's time for the American Public to see SaraliaMcPalin's income tax returns for the last (10) years! And its PAST time for Ms. Blink Blink to speak to the media – SOLO that is!

    September 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Maggie VT

    Do us all a favor and go back there and spend the rest of your life hunting the wolves. Just can't stand anymore of those lies

    September 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Independent Just Decided to Vote for Obama

    Don't forget your way home to ALASKA, Sarah!

    You are NOT qualified to be local dog catcher, let alone VP or president of the free world.

    You terrify me, girl!

    It has nothing to do with your being a female, other than you ARE fertile, and the men who drool over you can smell you a mile away.

    September 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Stacy from Loudoun County Virginia

    I wonder if Governor Palin will be sequestered from interviews until the debates or will she be locked up in an “undisclosed location” like Vice President Cheney? I hope she gets the chance to speak at a press conference that is live and unscripted. Since our government officials are accountable to the people, it would be nice for her to meet that standard.

    September 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. aughhhh


    September 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Barbara

    You can stay – not a problem. We'll send John.

    September 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Her husband has to travel with her and sleep with one eye open as both her and McCain have a pretty shoddy past.

    September 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Bridget

    John McCain during the primaries: "I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time.”

    Now John McCain sings the praises of his short-term mayor, short-term governor VP running mate as if she is prepared and needs no on-the-job training...things that make you go hmmm.

    September 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Tony



    September 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Mom too

    So who's watching the new baby?

    September 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Dave

    Joe Biden said, "As my pop used to say," he tells audiences daily, "it's not how many times you get knocked down. It's how quickly you get back up."
    Shouldn't that be, "It's not how many times you get knocked down. It's how many times you get knocked up" ?????

    September 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Cathy Agu

    And who will be breast feeding Trigg? your 4 months son?

    September 13, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. vote for palin as 2008's centerpiece

    and the males voters drool over the bimbo.

    September 13, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. Cathy Agu

    What about your other girl supposing she gets pregnant? Plain, stay at home and look after your family.

    September 13, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Tom in CA

    "John McCain believes the Vietnam War was winnable. He argues that an Obama administration would accept defeat in Iraq, with grave costs to American honor and national security. Is McCain’s quest for victory a reflection of an antiquated pre-Vietnam mind-set?…Is there any war McCain thinks can’t be won?"

    "…McCain believes, among other things, that “some political problems have military solutions.” A related McCain belief that’s even more out of sync with America’s current mood…."

    Read – "The Wars of John McCain" by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic Monthly, October, 2008

    September 13, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Shilla

    She is going to come back to Alaska not being a VP

    September 13, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. emmanuel



    September 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. beth

    I know it isn't politically correct to say, but I couldn't be away from my kids for 52 days.

    September 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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