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.”

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin • Todd Palin
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Dan VA

    Hey Ghost, what problem do you have with secessionist? What would you want the Federal Government to do to a State if they chose to secede?

    April 1, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. John

    Sarah Palin's detractors "...are so full of anger" says Todd Palin?

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

    April 1, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Dee

    Todd, get a real job!

    April 1, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Objective Thinking

    Mike,Albany: If you clicked on the link to read this article, then you clearly do care about his opinion. As to why you care, that's up to you to figure out.

    April 1, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. matt

    palin can't be any worse than Obama who is running this country into the ground

    April 1, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. jeff

    Obama worshippers like to use the saying I can see Russia from my house but fact is Russia bombers violates our airspace everyday while our president just sits and decorates and make mess on white house lawn

    April 1, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. steven

    Reply to DB
    thanks being as a hillybilly I'll wear it as a badge of honor and I know you only want free handouts from the government

    April 1, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. true daughter of the american revolution

    to marc in virginia, who thinks people are jealous because todd palin has a hot wife:
    i guess if that's all she has going for her, accentuate the positive.
    but you need more than hot looking to be president or vice president.
    i mean, at least you need to know which places are countries and which are continents...
    honestly, though, you never did take sarah palin seriously for vice president, did you?
    it's the same myopic vision that got us into the mess we're in – only Bush was myopically focused on war.
    and, how's that working for us?

    April 1, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Tired of Bob


    Enough with the 5....4.....3.....blah......blah......blah.
    That horse is dead, quit beating it!

    Thank you!

    April 1, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. george from alaska

    ps. tell sarah, the jobs in juneau not anchorage (and definitely not dc!)

    April 1, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Darcy Grant

    I don’t think Sarah Palin’s detractors (at least not nationally) hate Sarah Palin. We just don’t want a narrow-minded, theocracy-oriented, war-loving hyper-religious nutjob representing us in the White House, nor do we want someone who is of average to low-average intelligence. Americans have made it clear that they want someone in the White House who is not just smart, but brilliant. Americans have made it clear that we want someone in office who values and respects the perspectives of people of all faiths–as well as people of no faith. We have all of that in Barack Obama—and more. Publicly stating why Sarah Palin doesn’t have what the majority of Americans need or want in a Vice-Presidential candidate isn’t a form of hatred. It’s simply a matter of stating the obvious.

    April 1, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Too True For You

    Well, at least the guy seems sincere, and definitely seems closer to the persona he portrays than his grasping wife.

    @ Steve in California – Very well stated. I couldn't agree more. They probably are OK people out of the context of national politics. Not that I agree with his secessionist ideas, Sarahs extremist whacko right wing religiosity (or her monumental hubris), or the hypocrisy of her daughters out-of-wedlock contradiction to what they supposedly believe in, but hey, none of us are perfect.

    April 1, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. ray ray

    Todd Palin or Michelle Obama??

    You can betcha Todd would have picked a MUCH better gift for the Queen besides an IPOD upgrade. Perhaps a stuffed moose head or some new snowmobile trax for the Queen's ride!!

    Instead we're suffering with the welfare king & queen of our own.

    April 1, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. BusyMom

    Ummmm....Let me fill you in, Todd. People are not happy to have their governor as a VP pick when she is undereducated regarding important issues, does not think she needs to know more, and is a right wing extremist who does not (and does not want to) represent the views of the majority of the country. People are "haters" when their governor promotes hate and division ("real america" vs. the rest of us) solely for the good of her political career and with no thought of how damaging such polarization is to our country, especially at a time of economic crisis when we should all be pulling together. I know you are too busy snowmobiling to worry about the issues facing our country and your wife is too busy promoting herself to worry about the REAL issues our country faces.

    April 1, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Tired of Matt


    Please give three examples of how President Obama is running this country into the ground. I'm curious how he can do that in 60 days. I guess this country was completely perfect before he took office, right?

    3 examples please

    April 1, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Doug, New Jersey

    In Alaska they have no idea just how evil some Americans can be, they have no real libs like the ones here in the NorthEast. In fact I bet the first time they met a real lib was when Obama dropped 50 them into town to dig up dirt and start lies and distortions on Palin.

    You notice most who fight for our freedom are from the midwest and south. If they seen how libs are on the coasts they might not think this is a country worth fighting for.

    April 1, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. The Last Patriot

    To arithmetic is liberal:

    With regards to your question about cars with radiators:

    You will have to ask our dictat....er I mean president Obama, as he has taken over the US auto industry. Going forward he will provide all the details in terms of car warranties and radiators. I am sure he is quite capable what with his community organizer background.

    April 1, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    @ Doug, New Jersey, who said "You notice most who fight for our freedom are from the midwest and south."

    That's because you're the ones who are easy to convince to put on a uniform and obey a moron who is claiming that there's a foreign threat to our freedom in a country that's not doing anything to us.

    See? We can both be insanely insulting and insensitive. Now, if you 'd like to apologize to all the Northeast families of servicepeople who have lost loved ones for your comments, I'll gladly reciprocate.

    April 1, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Jeanne

    Wow, most of the posters here are really funny. You're still intent on smearing Sarah Palin. If she's nothing, why put so much effort into it?

    April 1, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    @ Bob the Observer, who said "Let the Palin haters begin. Rush Limbaugh. Dick Cheney. Bush's war crimes trial. 5…4…3…2…1"

    No need for a countdown. You hereby have permission to consider it ongoing...because it is...and I love it.

    April 1, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Sherrol in Canada

    Wow Todd Palin can actually speak..............Things that make you go hhhmmm!!

    April 1, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. matt

    1. To much spending
    2. kissing butt with our enemies
    3. giving ipods away and telling everyone hes so proud of gordon brown prime minister and that we should a great gratitude towards him when nobody in the british government or people like him

    April 1, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. TIm

    CNN is really desperate to pull republicans headlines and keep them relevant. What a desperate move to this latest faux news!

    April 1, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. nick

    I live in Alaska and I wish Todd and Palin can just go away. We don't like them here!

    April 1, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Uncle Ellsworthy

    Seems like any network/cable news that doesn't espouse the extremest liberal line is considered as "faux news" in some quarters. Too bad they don't know what's going on in the real world. Get away from MSNBC, NBC, ABC, etc. to find out.

    April 1, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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