Sarah Palin visits Republic, Washington

June 1, 2013 8:06 p.m.  •  86 comments

Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, with her husband Todd Palin, came to Republic, Washington to address the graduating class of Republic High School. The class had wooed the Alaska resident to address their graduating class in the remote north central Washington town. Surprisingly, she agreed and revealed that her family has a bit of family history there.

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Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, distribute gift bags to each of the 26 graduates of Republic High School.

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd pose for pictures with the graduates Saturday.

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Sarah Palin, after asking the graduates of Republic High School to stand up and retrieve dollar bills taped to the underside of their chairs, announces the “moral” is that “you gotta get off your butt to make a buck.”

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The graduates of Republic High School, including Sukhminder Gill, behind, listen to the graduation exercises Saturday.

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One store in downtown Republic, Washington used its storefront to welcome Sarah Palin to Republic, where she spoke at graduation exercises at the high school.

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Helen De Leon, left, tells Sue Rohn, right, that she bears a passing resemblance to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin as the two waited in line to get into graduation exercises in Republic, Washington. The two drove from the Puget Sound area to see the former vice presidential candidate even though they didn’t know any graduates in the ceremony.


Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd pose for pictures with the 2013 graduates of Republic High School.

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Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin, right, meet school board members and other people seated at the front of the audience at graduation exercises at Republic High School.

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, right, hugs Republic High graduate Tyler Weyer, who introduced her as the graduation speaker Saturday during graduation exercises. Weyer helped organize the invitation to Palin.

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