April 1st, 2009
04:37 PM ET
14 years ago

Todd Palin: McCain family 'a class act'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/01/art.todd.palin.cnn.jpg caption="McCain and Sarah and Todd Palin campaigning in Washington, Pennsylvania."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Todd Palin, the normally reticent husband of Alaska governor Sarah Palin, isn't hung up on the ups-and-downs of the 2008 presidential campaign.

He'd rather spend his time snowmobiling than politicking, according to a profile of the so-called 'First Dude' in the upcoming issue of Men's Journal.

But in an interview with the magazine conducted a few weeks before the 2009 Tesoro Iron Dog race - in which he ended up finishing in sixth - Palin did manage to offer up a few reflections on his wife's vice presidential bid.

For instance, his take on the anonymous sniping from McCain staffers in the final weeks of the campaign:

"I'm not going to get wrapped around the axles on a few people's comments - 'She's a diva,' or whatever," Palin said. "There was no name attached to that, so who knows if it's really true. I mean, all the little negative stuff out there that's been exploited? To me? I have nothing but respect for the McCains, because they're a class act."

As for Sarah Palin's detractors in Alaska, Todd said "they get bent out of shape."

"They're so full of anger, you know?," he said. "I mean, why wouldn't anybody be proud of one of their citizens being nominated to the VP? Unless you're just a real hater?"

The magazine said Palin became slightly defensive when asked about the RNC-financed $150,000 wardrobe provided to his wife during the campaign, a PR fiasco that undermined her image as an "average hockey mom."

"That was out of our control," he said. "She never went to Saks, or any of that stuff. You come into a campaign late, you put all your trust into the team, you got people who are working on VP ops for a long time, and we're just focused on debate prep."

Palin said he "couldn't give a rat's ass about clothes."

"Please. I mean these are my Sunday go-to-meeting jeans! We're just the opposite of all that, more like, 'Man, you better clean up.' Me, anyway."

Despite the rough waters, he stressed that he and his wife are hardly political neophytes.

"You got to remember, it’s not like they just plucked us off the fishing boat with scales still under our nails, you know?," he said. "My wife’s been in politics a long time. We’ve been through some tough campaigns.”

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Mel

    Said by the man guilty of trying to get his sisters ex fired because he doesn't like him. Sorry, he doesn't have a leg to stand on.

    April 1, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    .... said the boob.

    Do these Palins ever SHUT UP? Do they have a press corps surrounding them 24/7?

    April 1, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Jon

    Is Todd Palin still trying to get Alaska seperated from the United States?

    April 1, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. amaboss52


    You must be a teamsarah cheerleader. Sarah Palin has no convictions, unless you call her lying a conviction. It is your type of anti American, Un-Christian like name calling that has put your Rethug party in the toilet (where they belong). What a joke they are and by the way their April Fools Day joke of a budget still has me laughing out loud.

    April 1, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Ken

    Doug, New Jersey: you suffer from the same 3 'D's that the rest of you unrepentant [R] suffer from: deranged, delusional, dumb.....and baby, you get in my crosshairs, you'll win the fourth 'D'. Time to weed out the chomosomally damaged.

    April 1, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Anthony, Berkeley, Calif

    Yes, it's nice to see that someone can say something nice about another person...unlike you liberals who HATE anybody you don't agree with.

    You believe in "free speech" as long as it is the free speech you want to hear.

    You liberals are a sad bunch.

    April 1, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Maureen

    Sarah keeps surfacing in periferal news. Are Republicans taking her seriously as any kind of contender for 2012? And if so, how can they? She is a total wingnut. Doesn't our country have enough problems without inviting a complete incompetent to participate in getting involved in them?

    April 1, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. John David, IN

    Why angry? Because someone so dumb she didn't know Africa was a continent, does not belong anywhere near a seat of power in Washington. The same idiot who, mind you, went to campaign rally's and called a man a terrorist, resulting in people calling for him to be killed.

    I rest my case.

    April 1, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Proud McConnell Supporter

    It wasn`t because he didn`t like the guy,that man was fired because he tasered his own 10-year old stepson,and threatened Sarah`s father.What else was Palin supposed to do? The guy`s a thug,and Palin was right to fire him.

    April 1, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Kitty

    Todd, Dumb Dems hate your wife because she is beautiful and very smart and a christian not afraid to own the fact that she believes in the Lord our savior. The dems do not recognize smart – they are masters of hate and destruction!!! And destruction is what they are getting with Obama!!! but we ALL pay for the idiotic mistakes Obama is making!!!

    April 1, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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