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

Palin leaves Alaska, heads back to the trail

[cnn-photo-caption image=
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.

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. Mickey

    Where is the baby?

    September 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. aware

    Sarah Palin is awesome and so is her family! 🙂

    Sarah Palin knows how to interact with people. She also speaks well and has sound leadership and governing experience. She doesn't get rattled when challenged.

    Obviously, she will make a fine president when McCain completes his time! She would be great right now 🙂

    Obama never was a credible candidate. He was just the flavor of the month, a temporary idol! 🙁

    McCain/Palin 08! They will deliver the authentic reform Americans can believe in! And, they will do it with integrity! 🙂

    September 13, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. mar

    Leaving Bristol again!!!!!!?????? to the wolves...oops faux pas.

    September 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Amanda

    The USA in total is quite a bit more than "family size".
    And international affairs are more than family dinner chat time.

    September 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. MIKE J.

    Could someone please summarize the Lies this woman had told so far!!

    Only in rural white America can an uneducated, unqualified, no knowledge, LYING women be considered more qualified and a better representative for the job of President than a highly educated, extremely qualified Black man!!

    If Palin was an conservative Black women, she would have been kicked off the ticket by now!!!

    September 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. No McCain, No Way,No Palin!

    That's nice that she would like to bring McCain back to Alaska as "president- elect" ! A little presumptuous perhaps! Let me tell you what I would like: lower gas prices, secure jobs, affordable college tuition for my children, health insurance that's affordable, a greener America, a women's right to choose and a whole host of other issues with solutions- something your ticket won't bring to America. That's why I will be presumptuous and say that you will be going back to Alaska and McCain will be going back to Arizona and Obama will be headed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! OBAMA /BIDEN- forge onward!

    September 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Celeste

    Obama/Biden '08. No McCain, No Palin!!!!

    September 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Why McCain

    Why you take him to Russia. And STAY there!

    September 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Gracie

    That's RIGHT your "Master" is calling his "pitt bull" back into her kennel, you go girl! It's either that or a TIGHT leash around that neck of yours!!

    Wow.... does John McCain have her trained or what?? He doesn't even TRUST her enough to campaign on her own. What does that speak about his confidence in his "pitt bull with lipstick".

    I mean honestly, the McCain camp must NOT feel all that CONFIDENT in his choice for VP because they don't let her out on her own AT ALL!!! They keep their little Chihuahua on a very TIGHT leash. That's NOT being confident that's being VERY AFRAID that she'll screw up in front of the media and the voters!!





    September 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Ron, Wisconsin Dells .WI

    Boy that Sarah Palin is hot to trot shes got my vote anytime,anyday any where.......................................................................................................Not!
    Obama Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Accountant Guy

    Why doesn't she just stay in Alaska and abuse her power some more!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    You would think that if McCain had a heart he wouldn't have picked someone with problems at home that need taking care of. The fact that Palin accepted the pick might or might not mean anything, but I'd be worried about what else McCain might ask people to do, especially if he (GOD forbid) got elected.

    September 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. bonna

    Hurray!!! It has return to the darkness of which it came.

    September 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Timber (ex dem)

    You go girl, don't let those guys knock you down like they tried to do to Hillary.

    September 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. pjamala

    The last I heard, Palin had not delegated her duties as governor. But I doubt we in Alaska will notice her absence. She has always been AWOL when it came to the nuts and bolts of governing the state. Fortunately, state employees show up and do their jobs. But I wonder, will she be collecting state per diem while she and McCain are campaigning?

    September 13, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Kathy

    Why dos the press report on things other then the issues. It is as if they are in with the republicans to distract the public.
    Here in WI the McCain campaign sent out absentee ballets that are not official and are giving incorrect addresses to mail them back to. These ballets were mailed to known democrats. WHY is the press not reporting this and if it can happen in Wisconsin it will happen in other states.
    That is how we ended up with GEORGE W. Why is the media so swayed by the right wing whiners who claim the media is left if they do not get what they want. Buck up and print and report the news as it is!!! WE do not care about lipstick, pigs, pitbulls, planes. We care about Healthcare the economy and the unemployment rate!!!!! Listen to the people.

    September 13, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Kate in NC

    Is she leaving her 5 month old behind again? Don't blink, don't think, don't be concerned about the welfare of your children. Power and the desire for power is such a corrupting influence on one's decisions. All of her actions and decisions demonstrate that she is more concerned with power, than family or country.

    September 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Darin in Dallas

    Has anyone else heard or read any stories about her racist comments on Barack Obama winning the nomination?

    September 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Brian Melgar

    Go!Go!Go!... Sarah! Hockey Mom go chase the pluck and make a goal. We'll vote for you and John MCCain.
    Come Join the "Women Power"!

    September 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. Judy from Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Two parents of a 5 month old baby are leaving home for the next 2 months. That just doesn't seem right to me.

    September 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |

    The sparkle is starting to wear off, Sarah. Pretty soon all the cover ups, lies, and inexperience will blow up in your face! I wonder who you Republicans will have to pay off to stop the investigation of you in Alaska. You might be a good mother but you are TOTALLY inexperienced for this job and they are just using you as a pawn. I AM A OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA

    September 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Monica

    How about the children? Who is taking care of them if both parents will be away from Alaska that long. Who is supervising them and giving them advice?

    September 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. I faced the truth

    God help us if McCain is elected President. That woman doesnt even know that the people in Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. (See the clip where she gives a send off speech to the national guard in Alaska)

    September 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Monica

    How about the children? Who is taking care of them if both parents will be away from Alaska that long? Who is supervising them and giving them advice?

    September 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Obama 08

    She could have stayed there. I'm sure she will not be missed.

    September 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10