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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  1. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Poor old McBush needs her back on the campaign trail with him to prop him up........The old curmudgen needs all the help he can get. Of course with both of them lying every time they open their mouths, it should be fun to see them self-destruct!

    September 13, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. jdm

    Did she just punch Hillary in the face with this comment.?
    1. She said that Hill was whining when she wasn't lookingk.
    2. She started to give props to hill early, but the Rep Boo.
    3. Now she think OB made a mistake not picking Hill.

    Macain camp would not have pick her if they OB pick Hill!
    The had a whole story line ready for Hill if she was pick!
    Palin was the defaul pick because of Hill!!!!

    Palin was one of many GOV that could put a gas pipeline in they middle of our country. Boon Pickets wants this to happen. Remember!!!!!! The fligth from Texas!!! She agree and was pick for VP .
    Mcain was told to take her and shea great pick-BUT WHAT YOU DO IN THE DARK DOES COME OUT IN THE LIGHT. WE WILL SEE!

    September 13, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Tyler

    She is going to be an amazing Vice President of these United States of America!

    September 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Abdul

    watch out for more gaffes and lies!!!

    September 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Doug Hughes

    After her dismal performance in her only interview, watch the GOP slap the training wheels back on the bike & only trot her out for her canned speech. She's gonna be totally inaccessable for the duration.

    September 13, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Mary Anderson

    She has health insurance and a job that will pay her while she runs around the country for 52 days. Her pregnant daughter is still a minor so her insurance will take care of the delivery. She has so little to worry abou tshe doesn't need to take a second job to care for her children's needs so she might as well leave her home for 52 days because she has no doubt that she is perfect and has a perfect life.

    September 13, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Nvathron

    Blah blah. So off she goes back on the trail in her attempt to give America eight more years of one scandal after another. Eight more years of crap.

    September 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Lucy

    who cares?!

    Please stop this nonesense about Palin, I am begining to loss complete respect for CNN's journalistic integrity.

    Be responsonsible and stop reporting sound bites, just in case you are not aware the global world economy is at a Meltdown!!

    September 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Palin the Truth hurts.

    The Only thing that will change is who is Telling the Lies to the American Public..

    September 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Colleen

    Where is your baby? These are very important months of your babies life. I hope he is with you. Same with your other children. They should at least be with your husband if not with you. We were very Blessed we had six children ,but when I would work my husband was home with the children and when he worked I was home with the children. They were not with a Nanny or Sitter.

    September 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. May

    Ok, we have now seen Sara Palin in her first interview. We have learned that yes, she is quite personable, but guess what? She doesn't walk on water. Dems have our own first-rate VP candidate, Joe Biden- there is none better- and it is time we show as much enthusiastic support for him as the Republicans are showing for Palin. They don't care what criticizms are sent Palin's way, they support her. We need to do the same. When the Republicans make up smears and lies about our candidates we need to respond by getting even more loud and boisterous in our support.

    September 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Ron

    oh yeah, did you ever write a book? psst, psst, how did you get all those earmarks for your town and your state? i tried to get almost a billion and couldn't seem to get hardly any.

    September 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Lies LIES and more to COme

    So the REFORMER is going to STOP wastefule spending in Washington, does that include HERSELF & Family?(Check out The Washington Post Investigation on how she and her family BILLED the State THOUSANDS of dollares). He claimed Gov. Palin did not take Earmarks while Governor. That has been proven from her own Governor's Office to be not true. She got $259 million in Earmarks.

    The Palin Family has behaved in such a dishonorable manner. It's so clear that the Governor's Office has been nothing but their PRIVATE BANK and TRAVEL AGENCY for them to splurge at the Taxpayers expense. He claimed Gov. Palin did not take Earmarks while Governor. That has been proven from her own Governor's Office to be not true. She got $259 million in Earmarks.

    September 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Palin the Truth hurts.

    As Bill Maher the comedian

    Said.. We dont care she governed small populaces..

    What concerns us is the fact that she has a small mind. 🙁

    She really should consider a career in Comedy.. everything she says is Laughable.. 😛

    A distortion or straight lie.
    and tons of Patronizing cow manure. ad nauseaum

    September 13, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Patricia

    Sarah Palin should have lots of welcome from the citizens of Alaska because this year every citizen received $3,269 from the Permanent Fund Dividend and the stipend Palin gave them because of the price of gas. The Palin family of seven received $22,883.

    Why can't Sarah Palin take the time for a real "goodbye" to her son when he leaves for Iraq at the end of the month?

    SEE: Alaska Permanent Fund – Wikipedia

    September 13, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Palin the Truth hurts.

    Yes.. she Heads back to tell more tales..:P

    September 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Jan From Boca Raton

    Palin needs to stay in Alaska and take care of her family.

    September 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. KofTX

    Whatever. This is news?

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Susan

    Who is taking care of the children – especially the baby who needs special care? Why is husband Todd along for the ride? Can't she campaign without him ? Why can't he stay home and take care of the children?

    Palin just sends me and so, so many of my female friends over the edge. What a blight she is to all the women, including myself, who fought for equal rights, pro choice, equal pay and the opportunities for all our children to have a better world. She is a step back not forward.

    A Mother and a Grandmother

    September 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Stella

    I miss Hillary. I'm sick of this woman. Hillary shows strength,
    compa s sion, cla s s and grace. Sorry, I don't see any of those qualities in this lady. I certainly don't want her anywhere near The White House.

    Democrats Unite!

    Hillary Supporter For Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Vera Loggins

    I am happy for Palin and wish her success in the upcoming days.

    September 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Seattle Sue

    Just curious, does she keep getting her salary from Alaska while out running for a federal office?

    September 13, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Concern Voter

    In these townhall meetings will the people be able to ask questions

    September 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. Beth

    God. I love her. so real and just trying to do her best. please let her be.

    September 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Concerned

    Is the maternal bond no longer important in American society? Who is watching the children? It is a lack of attention why her daughter ended up in her situation. Her family is in crisis and she's heading on the "trail." Wow! How about family first, then country second.

    September 13, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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