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. Steve in Ct

    So? If she were still using tax money people'd gripe. Now it's business expences having nothing to do with taxes and people gripe. Some people just plain have issues. It's her business, not ours.

    December 1, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    Of course, she and her flying monkeys would down play it .... anything that reeks of the truth is completely foreign to this family ... by the way ... are the kids ever in school or is the former First Dude homeschooling? Be careful – you'll grow up like Mom and take 6 years to get a degree in journalism ...

    December 1, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Brian

    I am not a supporter of Palin at all, but who really cares if she flew in a plane for part (or all) of her journey! The longer we make stuff like this news, the longer we have to listen to her uninformed ramblings.

    December 1, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. MatthewDetroit

    WOW.... She rode on a private plane.....

    You liberals are idiots.... That is the best you can come up with.....

    What a bunch of morons.

    December 1, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. The private jet transported the Palin entourage

    now remember, she is part of the heart of America, the real America, one of us

    she is so full of it

    December 1, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. mjm

    Wait a minute! She used a private jet?

    WHO CARES?

    December 1, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. not alone

    Ahhh! the privilaged as you can see they take care of their own.No way she for the common man as most think she is.Window dressing for the next Cristian presidental nominie.

    December 1, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    nothing out of her mouth has ever been the truth.. the idiot doesn't know how to tell the truth .. she is making money on her lies and whats funny is alot of people beleive her LOL LOL LOL .. makes me sick to see that many people in this country still can be followers of a radical bla bla carpet bagger . 🙂

    December 1, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. NC

    I am so hurt and disappointed my hero did this. I thought she was an everyday person like one of us. I bet she don't shop at walmart either or clean her own house. I feel so betrayed and let down.

    December 1, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. S M R

    It's begining to be frustrating to read every story that has two sides, A liar and the truth.

    December 1, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Da Blogster

    Are we being serious here? She's a private citizen now! Gee Wiz Fanatic Liberals, or whoever you are! Who cares!!! There are bigger more important issues than trying to find anything and everything possible to destroy this lady politically. NEWS FLASH: She's not an elected official right now... She's a private citizen. Are you really THAT scared of her? lol, you guys make me sick. Republicans are just as bad at times... but I got to admit, Libs seem to whine much much more! I'm glad I don't take either side, because both suck and don't represent my views in an adequate manner. This kind of incessant "whining" further alienates people like me. Do you get that yet?

    December 1, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    What do you expect from this hate monger,? she is fake.

    December 1, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. The Watcher

    I think the issue is not whether she used a plane. It's that she has made a deliberate and dishonest effort make people think she was traveling by bus in order to appear more "earthy". That's her gimmick, not that it's a new one (we still remember William Henry Harrison, but hopefully Palin will be forgotten 150 years from now).

    December 1, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Tommygunn

    Please....is this all we got to report on...

    Let Sarah be.....

    We all know she has too much going on to be bothered with riding a bus across the US....that is for the common person....NOT THE ELITE.

    December 1, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. tee

    She just want it to look like shes on a bus tour.......just like she wanted it to look like she was a qualified VP candidate.

    December 1, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. TCM

    yeah...shame on Palin...after all, her book is far more popular than the left's attempts at publishing....already, she's the biggest threat and libs will say and do anything to discredit her; even lying and committing dishonest acts. Pelosi spends $2700 on bottled water, $2400 on flowers...at our expense...and you say nothing. CNN, you're so in the tank of being "anti-Palin," that it really ruins any credibility you may have remaining. Since the majority of the country is to the Right, or Center-Right, it's going to be a long ice age for this news(?) organization after 2010.

    December 1, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    Her naxt book will be titled "PALIN'S PITSTOPS" and found in the comedy section. This woman is so funny. I have gotten more laughs from her than most other stand up comics. She is really good. I mean she really pretends hard to be a politician.

    If she was a real politician I would really NOT vote for her.

    December 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Stop the Spending

    Last time I checked Palin is a private citizen doing her own thing. Why is this news. Who cares if she flies or goes by bus. She is a private citizen using the free market to her advanatge...just like everyone else (the President included).

    At least we the taxpay are not paying for a world tour of speeches and apologizes regarding our great nation.

    December 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Koen

    Again 'entertainment-news' Palin in this ticker ? Does the obsession continue ? Is this CNN ?

    December 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Saul

    Its over now and there is nothing anyone can do about it. She is raking in boatloads of cash off the book and speaking engagements. I doubt she will ever run for office again. She laughed her way to the bank.

    December 1, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. ACCOUNTANT

    What are the liberals going to say when she becomes President and flys AirForce 1. The Democrats are getting more desperate day by day.

    December 1, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. jeff

    This is not news. Palin is an opportunist feeding on the IDIOTS who follow and believe in her. And because of this she is laughing all the way to the bank. As P.T. Barnum said, "there's a sucker born every second." Title of her next book..."The Quitters Guide To Being a Millionaire". Nope, I won't be buying that one either.

    December 1, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Cat, Holt, Mo

    She is a user. The only reason her book is selling, is that people want to see her string more than one word together and make a sentence. She is the most stupid moron ever to live.
    Go back to your hole in the ground .

    December 1, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Tom

    Who cares?

    December 1, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Mountain Dude

    Palin could probably double Bush's 8 trillion in debt in only one year and accomplish nothing. She hates socialism except that of her old state. Alaska is a socialist state and if you look at the checks they hand out you would know why they are a pro oil socialist state.

    December 1, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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