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

Palin lays low in Philadelphia, goes jogging

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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.


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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Leah,Texas

    Hey Sarah – go ahead and jog on back to Alaska!

    September 26, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. CW in PSL

    The poor woman....go home and take care of your disabled kid and pregnant daughter and stop playing politician....this is not The West Wing......you are waaay out of your league!

    September 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Jill

    Palin is pretending she's somethings she's not. ...intelligent.

    September 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. chelle

    Wow!!!!....and the voters care about her jogging....why??????

    September 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. JD FROM NEW YORK

    JOG ALL THE WAY BACK TO ALASKA....YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO BE VP OR PRESIDENT.....NOTHING PERSONAL JUST THE FACTS....EVERYTIME YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH IT SHOWS YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED....YOU SOUND LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT.

    September 26, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Zaley

    Palin has done too much damage to the ticket. It's too bad McCain didn't chose someone with a measurable IQ.

    September 26, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Marshall

    Palin should step down for the good of the Country. After her three interviews America should be convinced this woman is clueless. I'm begging America, please do not leave our fate in this woman's hand. If McCain should win we will have the blind, cripple, and crazy.

    September 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. JANE

    When it's time to debate Joe Biden, Sarah Palin will call in sick.

    September 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Charles

    Who cares? I mean, really, who cares? Kathleen Parker has it right. Sarah, just step down for the good of your party.

    Moose & Squirrel 08 🙂

    September 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Too bad it doesn't pump any more blood to her brain so she can answer interview questions intelligently. Biden is going to tear her up and I for one, can't wait!

    September 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    The GOP need to send her back to Alaska so she can run with the deer and the antelope.

    September 26, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. McSLICK

    The on ly thing she is running away from is the issues and reporters

    September 26, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Griff

    Better than a Woman running for Office, in a Couitry full of Chauvanists. They would rather take a chance with a Liar: Barack Obama..

    September 26, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. WhoIsPalin?

    Run CARIBOU BARBIE Run!! All the way back to ALASKA!

    September 26, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. ANGIE

    SOMEONE PLEASE GET THIS LYING FRAUD OUT OF MY STATE!!!!!!!! SEND HER BACK TO ALASKA SO THE TROOPER GATE CAN BE INVESTIGATED

    September 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Patrick Peavy

    “it thrashes your guts and your lungs and your thighs.”

    I don't know, there is something about the way she talks that really helps me connect with her. This is another example, I love her style.

    McCain-Palin08!!!

    September 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Timothy

    Too late. We see you now. 😉

    September 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. DebM, Allentown, PA

    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 screwed up big time with this pick, he screwed up big time with his political posturing over the bailout/debate, and he will further screw up, big time, our country if elected. We can not elect this man as President.

    September 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Tony

    If elected, is that what she would do when the going gets tough? Just go jogging and avoiding teh media.

    Palin is being exposed for the fraud that she is and the American people are finally waking up to realize just what a raumatic mistake it would be to put her so close to the presidency.

    Thank God there are still people who can think for themselves.

    September 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    I time to end this charade and abandon all pretense that she has any business running for national office.

    She is out of her league and it is time for her to step down and allow McCain to save some face.

    September 26, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. mitch

    she should keep right on runnin. all the way back to alaska. and take that john mccain with her!

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

    I'd be laying low too if I tanked my interview with Katie Couric too! Geez...that was just painful to watch. I don't even like the woman, and I was cringing for her. She looked like a deer in the headlights as she searched for what to say! Honestly?!!? She reminded me of a beauty pageant contestant during the interview segment :)!

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

    Even the right wings zealots are starting to call for "Caribou Barbie" to step down. They have even come up with a plausible reason for her to resign. Her newest son and his situation.

    If even the storm troopers that normally support anything for the rich are giving up on her what chance does she give poor John "Run Forrest, run" McCain.

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

    How about posting something that matters? But then again, when has Palin actually done something this election cycle that mattered to the electorate other than butchering national tv interviews?

    I'm glad to know that she times her runs with a wristwatch.

    Give me a break.

    September 26, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Shari, NY

    From a human standpoint I must say that McCain and his advisors should take the blame for choosing Palin. She was approached and accepted the task, then became a scapegoat by regurgitating all the trash they fed her with. If she had any credibility, it has been sacrificed. She should continue her role in Alaska while she tries to make her resume more impressive from lessons learned.

    Obama/Biden ‘08

    September 26, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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