September 26th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin lays low in Philadelphia, goes jogging

Sarah Palin went jogging in Philadelphia Friday. (Wes Little/CNN)

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - With the eyes of the political world focused on the legislative drama unfolding in Washington, D.C. and on tonight’s presidential debate in Mississippi, Sarah Palin is keeping a low profile in Philadelphia, where she will spend the coming days preparing for her own debate against Sen. Joseph Biden.

After a marathon series of meetings with international heads of state in New York earlier this week, Palin is now holed up in her Philadelphia hotel with a cadre of domestic and foreign policy advisers, studying for next Thursday's vice presidential debate in St. Louis. Her campaign plane, a JetBlue charter, left Palin and her staff behind in Pennsylvania Friday in order to fly John McCain’s staffers and press corps to Mississippi.

Palin is expected to make a brief appearance Friday night at a local debate watching party at an Irish pub before returning to her room to watch the much-anticipated face-off between McCain and Barack Obama.

It’s not all work for the vice presidential nominee, however. These “down days,” as they are known on the campaign trail, have allowed Palin to make time for one of her favorite hobbies – jogging.

Watch: Palin cut from corn

Palin has said she enjoys running cross-country in Alaska because “it thrashes your guts and your lungs and your thighs.”

The governor has gone running with her Secret Service agents along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia for two days in a row, donning a pink “McCain-Palin” baseball cap, a black Nike windbreaker and shorts, and Nike running shoes. She timed each of her runs with a digital wristwatch.

Her workout on Thursday lasted 25 minutes. On Friday, she jogged a path along the river for nearly 40 minutes, with her daughter Willow joining her for part of the run.

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. hjon

    During a crisis this is a preview of what Palin's qualifications are. Going jogging, laying low, not engaged at all. For all you Palin supporters are you really that naive?
    As one media person put it. She's out of her league!!!

    September 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Frank

    I love McCain, but my God, this woman is worse than GW Bush when it comes down to making a coherent sentence! She is obviously a moron, and her 3 interviews are a clear picture of what she is capable of! I am a democrat who was going to vote for McCain but now with this VP pick of his, I guess I have to think again! No way does she deserve to be the VP, and God forbbid, the President of the U.S. of America. What was McCain thinking when picking this moron!!!!???? How can she be so incapable of responding to simple questions?

    September 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The best thing the Conservative GOP say is that Palin should be running back to Alaska.

    September 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Ready on Day 2?

    Mrs. Palin should only be Secretary of the Interior at best>

    September 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Ana

    I agree with Bob from Indi.I suggest Palin refrains from answering even the most ordinary questions.Enough said.

    September 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. dharmas

    jog your way back to alaska , the one that is by Russia and yes get some witch crafy out of mccain he is loosing his marbles

    September 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Ready on Day 2 ?

    McCain has made a HUGE mistake ....

    September 26, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Independent for Obama

    Run Sarah Run! Run right back to Alaska!

    September 26, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. emily

    Ok, while the Democratic candidate Joe Biden is out there campaigning and working hard everyday and cares about Americans, this girl here is jogging instead?? Another reason why Sarah Palin is going to get absolutely creamed when it's time for the debates. She's not doing her homework!

    September 26, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |

    What is amazing is the DEMS make up, ask dumb questions, and stir up anything they can to hurt Sarah.
    The Republicans need to start the same thing on Obama and give HIM a taste of dirty politics.

    I hope Sarah blows away Biden in the debate.

    But I'm sure the obama people will make up something again and the media will pad it and TRY to make Sarah look unqualified.


    September 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Mike from Calgary

    She should have used the jogger stroller and spent some time with her newborn son. She could have killed two birds with one stone. Oh sorry ..... she'd rather kill defenceless four legged creatures!

    September 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. One more for McCain/Palin

    Isn't Sarah just great? Even when she messes up, she is genuine and it is easy to give her the benefit of the doubt. She is going to be a wonderful vice president. 2012 will be a very good year for her too.
    Republicans are reasonable, responsible, and represent the core American values that Sarah epitomizes. McCain Palin will win!!

    September 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. rh

    she can't figure out how to use her watch...she only knows how to use a gun

    September 26, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Susan in SC

    If it were not SO serious I would laugh more about the entire Palin situation. I mean truly, she is a joke.... And she just seems to have NO idea how far over her head she truly is. But sadly, this woman seems to think she is READY, Charlie!

    I honestly think McCain's "suspend my campaign" tactic was a drama created to take the focus off of Palin's pathetic interview with NBC. And why did he immediately shift gears, ditch Letterman, and go for an interview of his own with NBC's Katie Couric? They were in total damage control mode!

    September 26, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Peter Zheutlin

    Here is a direct quote from the Palin interview with Katie Couric:

    Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

    Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state.

    The airspace we ought to be worried about is the airspace between her ears. To think John McCain is willing to put her a heart beat away from the presidency! Could he have made a more irresponsible decision? And there is a growing chorus of prominent conservatives who can no longer play along and are now willing to state the obvious: she has no business being this close to the presidency.

    September 26, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I'm not sure why I can't get this through moderation, but I'll try again.

    If she steps down or McCain cans her, we have to remember this horrendous, impetutous pick. Even if he picks someone much more stable and moderate, the fact of the matter remains that he blew it big time with this pick, he blew it big time with his political posturing over the bailout/debate, and he will further blow it, big time, for our country if elected. We can not elect this man as President.

    September 26, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Independent Voter

    This woman is the biggest joke since george w bush! She is so far out of her league she can't think straight! Well are not in Kansas anymore!

    OBAMA 2008 & 2009

    September 26, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Nonconlib

    Ouch. Did you perhaps mean "lie low"? Palin can lay carpet or lay sod or perhaps even lay an egg, but since lay is a transitive verb, she will have to lie low if she wants to stay out of sight. Which, by the way, might be the best thing she can do to help McCain.

    September 26, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Donna

    As a democrat and a mother, I feel that this woman is being setup for a big fall. My heart goes out to her, but she needs to get out while she can still hold her head up. The repulicans were wrong to do this to someone not qualified be it a man or woman.

    September 26, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Darryl

    They're going to try and coach the beauty queen for the next few days. But, watch her fumble when the opportunity for conversation and not just talking points comes. Saw her with Charles Gibson, and saw her with Katie Couric, and this woman is not ready to be VP.

    September 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Carmen

    John and Sarah gets a lot of media attention, why. She is an arrow head and he is a old scumbag.

    September 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. MB

    This ticket sure is good at running....away!

    September 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. joanwlb

    Palin is so out of touch...she needs to get back to Alaska a dress a moose in the wild. She is definitely a soccer mom, except do any of her kids really play soccer.

    It was arrogant of her to think she could run for vice president...she is so out of her league. She looks like a bumbling dim wit when she is interviewed. I feel for her and the fact that she has such a high opinion of herself!!

    September 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Darlene

    What is the correct grammer for a nation? Basic English!
    We the people understand english...getting to the point is what matters to the American people.
    I realize that Obama does not have perfect english.
    NO, he was sitting in the back, saying present all of the time, that is making a point of concern for the American people. That is to sit back and be present. Is that what we want?
    Grammer is not important, getting things done correctly and taking action does.
    I don't think President Washington went to Harvard, do you?

    September 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Rachielle from VA

    well lets just hope she can JOG correctly, since she can't do anything else right.

    September 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6