December 1st, 2009
07:25 PM ET
8 years ago

Palin aide downplays use of private jet

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/24/palinbooksigning.jpg caption="Palin is beginning the second part of a nationwide book tour."](CNN) - An aide to Sarah Palin downplayed reports Tuesday about the former Alaska governor's use of a private jet during certain legs of a national bus tour to promote her memoir, "Going Rogue."

While it's not unusual for political figures to fly from state to state before hopping on a bus to head to events, Palin is taking heat for using a private jet for some of her travels, with one report claiming that the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee flew in style while leaving her staff behind to ride the bus during long journeys.

But Jason Recher, who is traveling with Palin and coordinating logistics for the tour, said that's not true.

Palin was joined by her family and a handful of staffers on each flight leg, said Recher, who noted that the jet was paid for by Palin's publisher, Harper Collins. He said the publisher originally wanted all of the book tour travel to be by plane, but Palin lobbied for a bus tour.

The private jet transported the Palin entourage for several legs of the tour, including from New York City to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the beginning of the tour last month. The bus then took them to book signings in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania before the group boarded the plane to Rochester, New York. The private plane was also used for flights from Rochester to Roanoke, Virginia; from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Birmingham, Alabama; and from Birmingham to Jacksonville, Florida.

Palin also took to the skies to visit with Billy and Franklin Graham in Montreat, North Carolina on November 22, but not on Harper Collins' dime. Instead, she was picked up in Roanoke on Franklin Graham's provate plane and flown to Billy Graham's mountaintop home. That plane took Palin on to Fayetteville after the private visit.

Recher calculated that Palin and the people traveling with her spent about 24 hours total on board the "Going Rogue" bus during the first seven days of the book tour.


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Independent Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    Just Boycott Harper Collins.

    December 1, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Jefe

    I can't stand Palin, but I don't see why this would be an issue for her. There's no such thing as man-made climate change, and there is no shortage of energy resources, in her opinion. Flying a private jet everywhere, in Palin's eyes, would be what God intended. Is it really any worse environmentally than shooting wolves from helicopters?

    December 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. D.

    Is a story about a book publicity tour part of politics, or is it a way to avoid talking about the US president taking a few months for making half measure decision and a war decision of three years, like you can predict the future so accurately when it comes to military campaigns. Politics over country– why you are putting a book story up there?

    December 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Momo

    Why is this even news? She's a private citizen now, whether she takes private jet or not is none of our business. If she wants to create an image for people who buy her books, so be it.

    December 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. tjaman

    Well, the bus appeared at all of Palin's events. So it's in keeping with her agenda that some legs of her journey should burn more than twice as much fuel.

    December 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. midwest

    A "bus tour" is more folksy, down to earth, common man/woman, it appeals to the base more than jet setting around the nation. Just another way to mislead people. It is all about appearance. The fact that she and her team spend so little time actually in the bus is just another calculation to mislead people. People who get excited over this woman amaze me and not in a positive way.

    December 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    "He said the publisher originally wanted all of the book tour travel to be by plane, but Palin lobbied for a bus tour."....well isn't SHE just too nice.... Lobbying for a bus tour and then "Recher calculated that Palin and the people traveling with her spent about 24 hours total on board the "Going Rogue" bus during the first seven days of the book tour." spending 3 hours a day on it herself while the rest of the peons shlep around 24 hours a day on it. How typical of her highness, the lipstick Fido

    December 1, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Not a big deal. The scary thing is the number of true purist believers who want to read her book,

    December 1, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    The woman has a pathological need to feel like she is important and special. I suppose if the publsher wants to pay that kind of money to ferry this loser of a non-writer around, it's their dime, but all it really does is feed her overlarge and undeserved ego. If she had ever done a single worthwhile thing in her 'career' it might be different, but as it is she has only won office when the opponent was even more objectionable and she has never achieved anything of significance. Really pathetic that this sort of incompetence and incoherence can net you a million bucks or more. Even sadder that there are people out there who have deluded themselves into thinking she is worthy. They actually think the Left is afraid of her! How silly. Of course they aren't. She'd need to have some substance before any thinking person could fear her. We do fear the pathetic sots who support her, though. If that's "real America" then it's a sad day for Americans.

    December 1, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Sea.gem

    Unlike Obama who flies to dinner on the taxpayers' dime in NY...or maybe the big billionaire scammer himself...Al GOREleoini...leader of the Green Scam.

    December 1, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. shoegazer

    I should care,why?.....

    December 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Robin

    Who cares? Who really cares?

    You have Al Gore, Mr. Green himself, who flies all over in a private jet to preach about global warming and then buys carbon credits from his own company to attone.

    Our President sends Air Force One on a $300K photo op. Our President also hops on Air Force One for Date Night in NYC. We pay for that people. At least "we" the taxpayers.

    Taxpayers are not picking up the tab for Palin's jet, Harper Collins is.

    I don't care about Palin's jet.

    I care about unemployment over 10%, an insane health care bill, and our $800 Billion dollar debt to China, among other things.

    December 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Moderate Democrat

    I'm no fan of Palin, but there is no issue with her being on a private plane, with her family. There was only a problem when this scum bag was stealing from the tax payers to do it. Now that it's funded by a company and not using tax dollars, hey, I will seldom say this to this air head, but more power to her!

    December 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. John

    YAWN..well I am sure glad none of the other political figures in this country use something at the tax payers expense for their own use. And I can't not comment on Palin without saying how fine this woman is...hahaha ROCK ON CNN you will print news one day...

    December 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. proud dem in nc

    This airhead is such a hypocrite!!! Please run, Sarah, run in 2012 so Obama will be guaranteed another 4 years. Only the far right wing nuts, the "real Americans " will vote for you. Hush Limbum can be your VP running mate. LOL

    December 1, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. mark

    who cares, obamma flies private 100% of the time...

    December 1, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. danno

    And this is news ? Why ?

    December 1, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. FactCheck

    So let me understand this, Harper Collins (owned by Rupert Murdoch who also own Fox News) offered to fly her entire entourage and she actually lobbied to have her assistants take a bus while she flew? Yeah, stay classy there.

    December 1, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. RJAMESSS

    Look past the folksy facade, America. This political harridan will be yet another major hog at the public trough. If we are crazy enough to put this woman anywhere near the White House, President Obama will be a hero compared to her.

    December 1, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Matt

    She's a lost cause. I sure hope she doesn't ever plan to actually try and get in the White House...

    December 1, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. cjl

    Who cares? That's the beauty of having money and no one to answer to. You can do whatever you want, and that is how it should be!

    December 1, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    I hope Sarah Palin flies to San Diego however she can get here so we can cheer her on. Hopefully starting in January 2013 she and her staff will be traveling around on Air Force One!

    December 1, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. DJ in TX

    Even though I disagree wholeheartedly with Ms. Palin, who cares how she travels. She is a private citizen now. This is not news. She is not receiving any taxpayer dollars. She is spending her own money or the publishers money, so everything is legit. Again, I don't like her, but this has nothing to do with anything.

    December 1, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. jw

    Who cares how she travels now? My Goodness, there's more important things in this world to care about. Get a life.

    December 1, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Jamie

    Jeez! $$$arah $ure is making the round$!

    December 1, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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