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. tainopower

    Turning my tv on in the morning to get ready to go to work and see palin on my screen is wonderful. it gives me energy for the day. Thank you palin. You go girl

    September 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Obama/Biden

    So did she charge the state for spending two nights in her home again?

    September 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Sherry, Atlanta



    September 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Sarah is my idol, no Obama

    Sarah is down to the earth. She is one of us. Not like thos democrat celeberties.

    Go Sarah!!

    September 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. CA 4 Obama

    Stay home- we don't want to hear or see you anymore. If you insist on leaving Alaska, think of changing your signature one-liner lie- "....s we told Washogton- thanks but not thanks." You only said that after Washington said no. Then you said "...can we still have the money? We'll build a road to nowhere!!"

    September 13, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. v.ananthan

    GOOD LUCK ...

    Hillary supporter for McCain & Palin

    September 13, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |

    It is amazing how she says that she is ready to lead but she and the McCain camp has refused to let her be out on the campaign trail alone. Pretty pathetic for someone claiming to be a leader.

    And after clips of that interview she gave with Charie boy, I see why they keep her close to the nest. Her tone regarding nuclear threats is scary. We cannot afford to have folks in the White House who thinks that communication only consists of strong arm tactics. We don't use this type of behavior with our children and we should not use it with others. It gets us no where other than WAR WAR WAR 100 YEARS, 100 YEARS!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Elizabeth

    Sarah is a person all of America would be proud to call Vice President. McCain made a wise choice as he always does.

    September 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Big D

    Here's what I don't get. Why are people comparing Palin's poor interview performance with Gibson to how they would do, or how others they know would answer. Shouldn't the comparison be to the other potenial VP picks? How do you think Pawlenty or Jindal or Ridge would have handled that interview? Or how about to any other random governor? I think her performance was subpar compared to anyone else who could potentially have been picked. And that's just not good enough when we're talking about being VP.

    September 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Sarah, keep up the good work. You are following in the footsteps of other great women such as Golda Mier and Maragret Thatcher. It's about time the US has a woman VP.

    September 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. georgia

    Now how much is hubby being paid this time ?? Is he still being paid tax payer dollars for his role as her personal bouncer ?? And tell me,why was daughter paid ??.. sex-ed speeches ?? I guess that justifies daughter's hotel rooms @ $800.00 a night . Consistent with the bridge to nowhere cause that's where they're going along w ' "maver-ICK!" McShame !! . They are pathetic w/ their low opinion of the american voters !!

    September 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Are journalists accessible to her on that trail? How about a stop at the National Press Club?

    September 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. AMY


    September 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. CindyN--PA

    Where are her 5 kids going to be if Todd will be with her on her campagn trail? Are they to be left alone or with Grandma? Nice parenting there. Oh yeah, we cant criticize the ultimate liar in the Country can we? It might offend the crazy lying right. The League of Morons that vote based on lies and are too ignorant to see it. They'd cast a vote for a down right lie, and they know it just to vote their party lines. Disgusting. Pathetic. Fed up with the Hypocritical right.
    But she's the Hottest Governor right? It's like her appeal is to the lowest common denominator in this country. Idiots.

    September 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. aliou FL

    Really? That would the day americans will be morning a worse curse than that of slavery, Katrina and sept 11 combined

    September 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. mitchell

    it will be nice having her back in the lower 48 , so she can continue to help john mccain self-destruct with more lies.

    September 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. roger nc

    stay home in case you need to testify for your big foot todd.......

    September 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. ZX

    Mccain and Palin will win in Nov,.

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. lou

    What she didnt say... "I need to go back and breath some life into this corpse like campaign. See ,without me there ,all you have is the truth. An out of touch old man,unable to lead the WHOLE country into the future. If I dont get back soon,there will be only a handful of geriatrics at Johnnys rallys...Im going back so I can lie some more and spread my hate and fear to other states. When I come back,maybe I will not have been impeached for my role in Trooper gate.

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. lou


    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. sjp

    no way, no how. it took her just a couple days back home to make a mockery of her choice. husband leaving too? i thought he had something on his itenerary. her comments, lets see , bring back the cold war and agravate russia, lie about iraq trip, lie about earmarks, make mockery of hillary, prove you no nothing of the world scene, look uncomfortable in an interview, tell women they should be with her on roe v wade, what else did i miss. can't wait to see her out on the trail now, the door to self destruction should be wide open.

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. leigh

    So now it comes out that Palin and McCain joint appearances haven"t been drawing the big crowds but that McCain's aids have been fudging the numbers. An actual 6000 crowd becomes 23,000 and the 23,000 is denied by the fire marshall that they quoted as giving them the number. What other lies? Or can't they count?

    September 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Maybe she can take a quick side trip to Iraq.

    That way her campaign won't be LYING about it.

    Whatcha think?

    September 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Jeff an Independent

    She may regret leaving. This house of cards called a VP nomination is crumbling. Watch the Republican desperation set in as lie after lie after lie become public, when her abuse of power is proven. Go back home and continue your plans to secede from the union, Palin!

    September 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. sjp

    great shot of the pitbull barking, wondering where her kids and ecspecially baby is, obviously not the picture, 52 days on the run, nice way to raise a family palins, i can see how you could represent the churchs views.

    September 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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