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Todd Palin, The Former Secessionist, Suggests Alaskans Are Not Americans

Reported by Ellen - September 17, 2008 -

There’s been a lot of talk about Sarah Palin's ties to the Alaskan Independence Party which the McCain campaign has been trying to minimize. In fact, for seven years, her husband, Todd, was a member of the fringe political party that advocates secession (he left in 2002, which happens to be the year his wife ran for lieutenant governor). But during last night’s (9/16/08) interview with Greta Van Susteren, Palin’s husband Todd explicitly distinguished “Alaskan families” from “American families.” It was a jarring suggestion that they’re not all part of the same country. With video.

In the video below, a segment of Part 2 of her two-part interview with the “First Dude” of Alaska, Van Susteren asked Palin why his wife is so popular. It occurs at about a minute into the video, at the 3:43 mark (the video counts down from the 4:44 total).

Palin responded, “I think they look at us as another Alaska family, that adapts to job situations and enjoys Alaska. So they can relate to us. You know, we’re just another family that, you know, juggles kids’ busy schedules, juggles jobs, and still has fun doing all that stuff. And so, you know, there’s, there’s lots of Alaskan families that do that and then really there’s a lot of American families that do the same." (Note: You really have to see and hear how he says it to get the full effect.)

Van Susteren, of course, let the comment pass without remark.