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September 2nd, 2008
04:29 PM ET

The talk about Sarah Palin

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Barclay Palmer
AC360° Senior Producer

Everyone’s talking about Sarah Palin, even some who say we shouldn’t be.

John McCain’s campaign has decried “smears.” Rudy Giuliani said a reporter should be “ashamed” for asking if Palin’s 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy would detract from the Republican Convention. Barack Obama and Joe Biden have said candidates’ children are off limits.

Ok, got it.

And yet, given that Jenna Bush’s wedding photos were viewed by millions around the world, and that culture wars have periodically engulfed this country for decades now, with arguments over what exactly constitutes "family values," should we be surprised that people – and the press – are asking about Sarah Palin’s life and decisions, and her daughter’s too?

More to the point – is it all bad? Come on, there's good in it, too.

Sarah Palin’s candidacy has sparked a passionate national dialogue about what’s the right balance of work and motherhood, or simply parenthood. Her story is making us think differently about old arguments over "family values," "personal responsibility," and "good judgment."

"It's the Mommy Wars: Special Campaign Edition," as Jodi Kantor and Rachel Swarns put it so memorably in today's New York Times, "But this time the battle lines are drawn inside out, with social conservatives, usually staunch advocates for stay-at-home motherhood, mostly defending her, while some others, including plenty of working mothers, worry that she is taking on too much."

Yes, these are hot button issues. And some people are understandably upset. But some of the dialogue about work/family balance, teen pregnancy, even the degree to which politicians' familiy lives should be a subject of public discussion, is important.

In the middle of a presidential campaign that will set the nation's direction for the next four years, these are good things for us to be thinking about, and talking about, in a new way.

What's your take?


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soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. robert murphy

    While Obama is trying to stay above the fray, and Republicans are asserting that Palin's daughter is 'off limits', the unfortunate fact is that her condition and relation to Palin are not off limits. Republicans on your show have stated repeatedly that it is her story (Gov. Palin's) that matters. But what is that story? A mother of five who worked her way up to Governor of Alaska as an arch conservative with rock solid family values. That is the Republican story. So we can talk about the son about to go off to war, and the baby with devolopmental disabilities she decided to have, but not the daughter who happens to be pregnant? They don't get to have it both ways. On top of which they tried to hide it, were not forthright until forced to be so, and that raises the trust question. McCain, the GOP and especially Palin herself have put her daughter in the spotlight. She deserves her privacy, but privacy is precisely the thing one gives up as a candidate in a presidential race. You have to wonder, did this figure at all in Palin's thinking when she accepted McCain's offer?

    September 2, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  2. Pat M

    Barclay, I think you Got It! 🙂

    I agree at least. I do however feel that Politicians children should be off limits. But, in my view, given that Palin knew all these issues were a part of her life she'd have to be enomously naive to think they weren't going to attract Media/Public attention! C'mon.

    I truly feel for her daughter. But I don't believe her pregnancy would be such a large issue except for Palin's excesssive anti-abortion, anti-sex ed and anti-birth control regimental stands. This is the 21st. Century.

    My only concern is what I see as Palin's lack of qualifications and experience for the VP position and the Republican's shameless skirting of the issues and answers on the same. While they can't tell us what her experience truly entails, they ramble on about Palin having Command of the AKNG (while it is not in active federal service). Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, said he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard.

    And does this hold any importance when this same American belongs to the fringe who want Alaska to disconnect Nationally!
    Will anyone ever know who Sarah Palin truly is or what her strengths really entail except for being mistakenly seen as a fill in for Hillary Clinton! And let's face it, very few men can even fill Hillary's shoes! 🙂

    September 2, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  3. Assata

    Once again, a so called pro lifer has shown their pro choice hand. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard that Gov. Palin was proud of her daughter's "decision to keep the baby." WHAT!!!!! "Decision to keep the baby!" That's pro choice language. I thought that when you were pro life, there were no decisions to make in pregnancy except what to call the baby when it gets here. I am a pro choice mother of three young girls and am/will teach them to always choose life. I will PREACH abstinence but willl TEACH birth control. THe notion of saving yourself for that special someone that God is preparing for you is a beautiful idea, but I'll be thankful to graduate three virgins.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  4. Scott Kemper

    I think someone from the Republican Party or the Evangelicals should have helped her sweep all her secrets under the rug prior to her being paraded around like a party favor. Its tough to be representative of a hypocritical agenda without a little house cleaning first. Its not that the Evangelicals are morally more suitable, they are just better at hiding their "personal issues" and then try to convince America they have taken the higher ground. They clearly made a leap of faith without being prepared. It unfortunately is at the expense of her family.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  5. Presley

    Let's not ignore Sarah Palin, cover girl for US Weekly magazine...
    The special Double Standard issue.
    Use the media as another prop but let's ignore it all at the same time.
    Mmm, hmm.

    You guys have enough blogs up about this whole thing, methinks EVERYONE wants to talk about it, even those who are condemning the coverage, they seem to have the most to say.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  6. morphy

    give us women a break! we vote on the issues and not the gender.
    there is too many questions about this woman, and her ability to focus on the really important issues that face us in this election. nothing against her personally, but i want someone with a history of experience in the political arena. i am a democrat, but will vote for the canidate, not the party. i'm scared about our future and our country.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  7. Patricia Russell Ford

    This election is historic all around. My TV is tuned to CNN around the clock.
    I want to know if McCain can choose another VP? What are the rules? Until Palin officially accepts the nomination, could changes be made? Could Palin decline; then what? Curious Obama supportor

    September 2, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  8. Susan

    How dare Obama criticize her governing experience? She has governed 700,000 more people for two more years than he has ever governed. And while she lacks foreign policy experience, so does every governor we've elected. And so does he, unless you call his recent posing with foreign leaders "experience". She has shown more leadership, done more to change things, and managed a multibillion dollar budget. What has he accomplished in the last 5 years other than spending 4 out of the last 5 years running for office, first as a Senator, and then almost immediately for President. He hasn't done a his job in the Senate for two of the 3 years he's been a Senator. How dare he and other Obama supporters criticize her experience. And she's running for VP, not President.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  9. Betty, Virginia

    I think there's a difference in discussing Bristol Palin and discussing her mother. I've seen/heard of couple of ignorant people directly calling Bristol names however, the large majority of the comments are about her mother's decisions to support abstinance. I saw on one of the news stations this morning that even though the news of Governor Palin's daughter broke yesterday, the republicans are still promoting funding abstinance programs. But my issue with this topic comes with Gov. Palin's decision to run for VP thrusting her daughter not only into Alaska's spotlight but into the World spotlight during this difficult time in her life. And by the way, I would feel the same way if a man did this to his daughter, so please republican pundits stop blaming everything on Gov. Palin being a woman particularly when you're talking to huge Hillary supporters.

    50 year old former Virginian republican (sorry about the last eight years) female

    September 2, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  10. Mary White

    Well Lynn, it must be nice to be perfect and question the morals of someones family. Just because she had the test doesn't mean she thought about aborting. At her age, it was logical to have the test and be forewarned

    September 2, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  11. Cindy

    @ Lynn...So everyone who has a child that has something wrong with it should kill it before it's born because that way it's not a burden on the parents or anyone else? You are ridiculous!!

    @ Melissa...So if we go by your standards then Michelle Obama needs to be staying home and not working! Who took care of her kids when she was working? You can't have it one way for one person and not the other!

    Cindy...Ga.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  12. Mike Oregon

    The thought of having her step in as president scares the hell out of me. Come on McCain, what were you thinking?

    What is the difference between Bristol Palin and Jamie Lynn Spears? One mother gets nothing but grief, the other is praised??? give me a break. Hypocritcal Republicans!

    September 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  13. Judy

    With all the talk about Sarah Palin having more experience than Barack Obama to run the White House than why put her there.Look at President George Bush all the experience you can ask for, look where his experience put us. He put us into a war, our economy is a disgrace, and yes as Obama said "were on our own".

    September 2, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  14. Jamila Malluf

    How can you be patriot if you want to pull your state OUT of America? How can McCain hold Govener Palin up as patriotic when she is on a committee to pull Alaska out of America can you please tell me how much more Anti American you can get ??? Am I missing something?

    September 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  15. Paul from Ohio

    Yes, the children should be off limits. However, the hypocrisy of Republican apologists and religious groups (e.g. James Dobson of Focus on the Family) in their purely-politically-motivated support of her family situation should most certainly come under fire. Raining down hellfire and brimstone on others is often a sign of "holier-than-thou" hypocrisy anyway. But to suddenly refrain from such behavior just when it is politically expedient is not only hypocritical but outright insulting to the intelligence of the American public. Their double standard which manifests itself in double-talk reflects a self-serving relative morality which should be unacceptable to any thinking member of their religious constituencies.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  16. JoeDuck

    My very first reaction is sympathy for the daughter. I also cannot help but see the glaring irony of the situation and wince when McCain spokespeople pretend they do not.

    Far more relevant to me is Palin's history of activism on behalf of conservative economic policies which I favor, while her *severe* lack of foreign policy experience suggests she will at best view the complex international situation naively. This is unacceptable given the major global risks the USA is facing in virtually every corner of the globe.

    My guess? Unless McCain's campaign sees a huge groundswell of support for Palin look for her to be out soon after the convention.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  17. Jim X. Palo Alto, CA

    There is no doubt that personal and family matters may interfere with work, and type of work and at all levels. However, when you are being interviewed for a job, would the interviewer ask you about your personal life? Rather, do they ask you about your children's personal lives? Sarah Palin is a great choice and let's judge her on her political life and her record as a public officer. I think everyone will be offended if the reason for not being able to get their dream job was because someone in their family was sick or facing some life changing process.

    And for those who say "Oh, she running for office, she must expect all the media exploitations of her family etc.. etc..", think about this. Is it wrong and unintelligent of us to expect some decency from the media? Or are we suppose expect the worst and nastiest exploitations from the media if we are of any public interest.

    The media in this country has been time and time again portrayed as heartless and cold blooded blood sucking vampires that will sell their souls and the souls of others to get a good story so they can get on the evening news spot and earn those big bucks.

    The Clintons had a really messed up personal and family life, but they turned out to be alright, didn't they. So why can't we expect the same from a women who is the mother of five, and one with down syndrome; grandmother to be, a member of the NRA, and the governor of Alaska. She is tough women who strife in a men's world.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  18. mike ferguson

    I think the media needs to look in their own back yard.they are always looking at what the canidates did 20 yrs ago or what their familys did.WHO CARES? We have all made mistakes and done thing that were wrong Nobody is perfect.If they think they are than they have bigger problems in their life than they are reporting on. We need to look at the way the canidate is going to benifit the USA,not at who got a drunk driving charge 22 yrs ago.Lets live in the present and future not the past.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  19. Richard Plumitallo

    Do I think it is a healthy debate to have about the nature of family and work and finding a balance? It is, and I welcome it. Unfortunately this is not the reason McCain picked Governor Palin.

    Why didn't the McCain campaign make this public right away, or even use it as a way to introduce Governor Palin. What would have happened if none of those "pesky lefty bloggers" didn't "put pressure" on the campaign? When would have they disclosed it?

    I've read plenty of other interesting things relating to the political and personal life of Governor Palin. Ultimately it will all be about the judgment of McCain and Palin's decision making and intentions for our country as we approach election day. Too much is at stake here and I want to make sure they aren't doing this at the cost of our citizens for their own gain. We have the right to find out.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  20. Gloria Rose Ott

    When I heard Sarah Palin's name for the first time last week and saw her being introduced by John McCain, I wrote...its just plain WEIRD. There is no other fancy political spin to ascribe to it. I shows McCains deteriorating judgement and frankly equally displays Palins ego. How could she even think she was qualified to be VP or lead a nation. Now with her daughter being 5 months pregnant it puts Conservative politicians including Palin herself in the spotlight of their own hypocrisy. If their are moms around the country saying "I relate to her"...but not a VP that makes for our complicated country that needs to fight terrorism and consumerism more then it needs to fight "supposed" corruption in DC. I relate to Martha Stewart and her obsession with Robins Egg blue, that doesn't mean I think she should be Vice President.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  21. Anna

    The Missing Maternal Chip
    With four children under the age of majority, one pregnant and one infant with Downs Syndrome, it begs the question of Sarah Palin, "Where are your family values?".

    It is shocking to see how far someone will go to satisfy their own political ambitions under the banner of Christian Family Values. In reality, this display makes mockery of the very name.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  22. Lisa from PA

    Enough attack on Sarah Palin. She is the American family and all that goes with it. I am a democrate and was a teen mom. Sarah is running for office not her daughter. We may have our own beliefs and hope to instill them in our children, but sometimes that just doesn't happen. This is not bad, it is just kids thinking for themselves. They learn and make mistakes just like the rest of us. McCain made a good choice and he is also a good person. When everyone is perfect then you may criticize. I was a Hillary supporter and I am watching the McCain camp closely. I may be crossing the party line this time.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  23. marvinohio

    Sarah Palin, humm..... pro-life,gun activist/nra member morther of four or five kids gov. alaska and she hunts and kills her own food and husband is a fisherman do these people have house or do they fly around with cape?..... This person is good to be true but all the educated rep supporters will believe every word of it . now there going to tell us they live in trailer.......... park.

    hummm....
    he-he -haw- haw!!!

    September 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  24. still amazed

    All I have to say is that this world is so unequal. If this were Obama, everybody would be all over his values and criticizing his judgment. It amazes me that everybody is so on board with this scandalous situation. She can't even man her own household; how will she be able to step into the Presidency in the event that John McCain expires or even be able to lend her intellect as a VP. This is so ludicrous......

    September 2, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  25. cynthia wanjiru

    palin was a good pick. as a woman and a mother am proud of it.
    but i think she has to spend alot of time with her family. i learnt that she has a little baby who is challenged and she still has more little children who need more attention. her daughter will be expectin another baby and they will need more attention too.i think this will hinder her to be fully commited as a vice president. if the repblicans want to pick a woman, they have alot of women to pick from other than Palin.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  26. marilyn

    STOP IT!!! As I mentioned in a previous blog ....This isn't about gender. Sarah is running for V.P., thus it's the responsibility of daddy Palin to roll up his sleeves and become the strength that every single spouse must do when their spouse takes on a powerful, responsibility position. This is NOT about gender, but about the responsibility of whomever is the spouse of the leader. Today, it so happens the gender is turned, but the responsibility of the one in the home from; with the children hasn't changed. During one of Sarah' speeches on a stage, the little girl was tugging at her father for his attn. He barely acknowledged her! During Sarah signing autographs on stage after the speech, I was astonished as I watched her husband actually giving his autograph. He needs to be taught ettiequette (spelling)..He has chosen to marry a woman with great ambitions, and that's a good thing, BUT now comes the time he must show his accountability. Just because he's "male" doesn't mean he can pass the buck and begin to hang out with his wife. He now, as any spouse (male or female) MUST do, is become the protector, leader, mentor, disciplinarian, car pool parent, etc. He needs to take a good hard look at "other" spouses of potential and/or leaders...Instead of signing autographes, he should have been with his children watching their mom, his wife soaking up the attn., and maybe he needed to be closer more with his daughter. Maybe (and I'm certainly not blaming) but maybe she wouldn't have been looking for attn. Of course, in every family, the best famililes there are crisis. Good Lord, I wonder how many law inforcement families have children who for a period of time went astray..so this is't about pointing fingers....I think it's a God send; a wake up call. To all families..calling up those who are supposed to be the leaders of their home to step up to the plate. It's not easy; requires at times great sacrificing....

    September 2, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  27. william

    You know, I'm astounded by your networks unwillingness to listen to not only the Obama Party and to 61 % of your vote in pollsters about delving into Governor Palin's daughter preganancy story. "Children are off limits." But no you persist and quite frankly it's nauseating. Give it up you spinmeisters! Anything for a story. What a disgusting manner of approach for ratings! I was once an avid viewer of this network. I respected CNN until your network decided to rid yourselves of the great reporters. Unbiased reporting by the so called greatest News Network in the business! Give yours heads a real good shake!

    Disgusted.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  28. Stacy

    The fact that Sarah Palin is a staunch supporter of abstinence education and her 17-year-old is pregnant is definitely newsworthy, but I think the main focus of this story should be on John McCain's judgment. How well did he vet Palin? Are there more skeletons in her closet? Did McCain know about the pregnancy before he chose her? He says he did, but I'm skeptical. What else don't we know about this ticket?

    September 2, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  29. Arachnae

    I'm interesting in hearing how Palin's membership in a party advocating Alaskan secession is playing in St. Paul and across the nation. Country first? Which country? The USA or the independent nation of Alaska?

    September 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  30. Glynn

    at what age is sex legal between to people

    September 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  31. Judy Costanza

    What I am offended by is the Republicans pushing Palin down the American Woman's throat. As if since I am a " woman" I should automatically vote for her. They keep referencing all the votes that Senator Hillary Clinton left open. Now just because McCain picked a woman, any woman, I am that superficial to change my vote and now vote for him? Sorry, I am a college educated white woman and my vote is based on careful study of the candidates. Who will do what's best for the country? Do what's best for me? End the war? End our dependence on foreign oil? And make this country safe for my children and grandchildren? McCain can pick a zebra for his running mate, but I'm still not voting for him. My vote is going to Obama!

    September 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  32. s smith

    the "personal responsibility" and "good judgment" are in line with Republican values. You own up to your regressions, you have the child and raise it or put it up for adoption. Barack Obama, on the other hand, referred to teen pregnancy to "punishment". I take it he and his wife would support aborting the child.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  33. Larry

    Well, if Gov. Palin was black would we even be having this conversation?

    September 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  34. Elizabeth

    I think it is terribly irrisponsible of Sarah Palin to take on this task.. I think it is especially hypocritical of her to preach abstenance and have her daughter turn up pregnant.. The Dems could be having a hay day with this and yet they are classy and taking the high road. If it were the other way around.. the Repubs would rip it apart. I think the judgement on McCains part was careless, and for sarah palin as a mother to put her daughter through this publically is sickning.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  35. Megan Bliesner, Greensboro, NC

    I have been noticing that a lot of "working women," (who always brag about how women are so strong and can work three or four jobs and have AMAZING maternal instincts to provide for and take care of their families no matter the circumstances) are the one's who think Gov. Palin is taking on too much.

    I think being Governor proves that she can handle her role as mom and wife and politician. People are trying to say that her daughter's pregnancy is proof that she can't handle things, but I disagree. Her daughter isn't the only girl in the world who is young, unmarried and pregnant. In a world that "glorifies" (yes, GLORIFIES) teen pregnancy, this is not shocking news at all!

    If anything, Bristol's pregnancy proves that Gov. Palin KNOWS first hand what American people are experiencing. It also proves that she can, and will, handle anything the political world will throw at her.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  36. F.Shaw

    There are many problems I have Sarah Palin being the VP of the United States. I am a mom to 5 kids. I have been a working mom, and a stay at home mom. I have felt and seen both sides of the arguement. The fact is that there are only so many hours in a day, and NO ONE can do it all. There are days when the kids loose out, and there are days when the job loses out. When your job is the VP to a man that in all likelihood you many need to take over for, is it fair to EVER have the job lose out? I am all for breaking the glass ceiling, and putting QUALIFIED women in places of power. The bottom line is I am not willing to but the lives of an entire nation in the hands of someone who is not qualified, AND had so many other issues in their life. I care too much about breaking that glass ceiling in a way that will be positive, and everlasting. I honestly think that Palin is hurting her party. There are plenty of republican women that are more qualified. I think the greed of wanting it all has gotten to her. If she would like her family to suffer as the result of her greed, fine, but the nation does not need to.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  37. Paris

    Family values of the parents doesn’t guarantee perfect children in this day and age it only increases your chances.
    I am sure if you would ask Obama’s grand mother she didn’t teach her grandson to use drugs.

    Now going back to “family values” you can accept a mistake like this from a 17 year old girl but what is not acceptable is a the president of the united state in the oval office getting you know what under the table from Monica!!

    Furthermore this reflects the reality of our teenagers and I for one like the idea of having a VP that actually deals with real issues that America does.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  38. xtina, chicago, IL

    It's just a shame that there's so much talk about keeping to issues in this campaign and so little actual discussion of them.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  39. John

    Obama is not being sexist. This is just another lie that the Republicans are trying to make up in order to side step the real issues. Being Mayor of a small town does not qualify this women for VP. He 1&1/2 years as Gov of a very small and lighlty populated state does not qualify her either.

    Lets get real, she is not qualified to take over the Presidency if McCain passes. That would be a nightmare. Obama has proved he had the judgement on foregin affairs and the ecomomy to be President today. Plus he had Biden in case he kills over to fills in.

    Repubs – quit crying about the scrunity of this women. They did it and are still doing it to Obama. If she wants to be VP we need to know who she is and her character. We have known about Obama since 2004. The women comes on the seen last Friday and somebody is suposed to question her??? What is up with that?

    Last, did anyone notice it was the 17 yr old daughter that was holding the baby during intro of Palin, with a blanket over her mid-section. I cannot believe the Palin would put her daughter thru that !!! She should have left the girl at home, instead of trying to cover up the obvious on national TV – what kind of mother does this to her child????!!

    September 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  40. christa

    Lets not forget, that Palin is supporting abstinence and
    no sex education in highschool before the age of 18, now she is not able to implement her firm believes at home, teaching her daughter?

    September 2, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  41. matt

    Now there are photos all over the net of this girl partying and playing with guns. Jeff Foxworthy has made a career on situations such as this (redneck/hick jokes). Why would her mother put her child in this sort of position? Why would John McCain want to put a young woman in a situation such as this? If they, they being McCain and Gov. Palin, are willing to sacrifice and perhaps exploit this young woman and her bleak situation to win, then the question must be asked: What/whom will they sacrifice of us to get what they so desire once they are in office? This is not a question of character upon the young woman (Unfortunately her character and reputation has been etched in stone for the world to see as a result of the near sightedness of the McCain ticket). But rather a question of judgement upon the GOP ticket. I don't think even Gorge W. would have done this to his family or the Cheney family.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  42. lampe

    Why, are we not talking about The Obama's Family Values, or Their Judgments ? After all they are the one's , who let their children, go to a church, where they heard hate-filled remarks about the Government, and the White People. They are also the one's who have friends, that plant bombs and kill people. Why, are we not talking about these issues. Gov. Palin, has had more negative remarks amde about her, in three or four days, then was spent on all these issues about The Obamas all together. How about looking into that mess, Anderson. When are you going to be fair.? You ran Sen. and Pres. Clinton, through the mud, why aren't you doing the same reporting on Obama.?

    September 2, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  43. Cindy

    Get over it Barclay! You all are just covering this pregnancy thing because it's sensationalistic and you think it'll bring in more ratings. You all could care less if it starts any talks about women working or pregnant teens. All you care about is ratings and what you think will get them.

    If you want to be honest then would we be discussing this if it was Chelsea Clinton or one of Obama's daughters? We all know the answer to that Barclay! How about discussing Obama's ties to Biden's lobbyist son, since Obama says he doesn't deal with lobbyist. But we won't get that either will we Barclay?

    Hey...I'm just Keepin' You All Honest! It seems someone needs to!

    Cindy...Ga.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  44. Moe Hasan

    McCain was stupid enough to put some random lady run for a vice president position, I hope he see what he done wrong. Now there's all this different investagation on her, and it aint over yet. There's more to come. People shouldn't judge her because of her daughter BUT there's other issues to be resolved. Specially about her former brother-in-law who was a state trooper. We don't want someone as a vice president who using their power to fire someone. I think mcCain had better chance with Romney. There is no way they will win this election.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  45. Albert

    It's not my business that she's pregnant, but I think its telling that her belly was kept well covered in all the pictures. It's dishonest.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  46. ceci

    I beleive she is taking on alot right now. She has her investigation processs Her son elaving to the army, Her daughter pregnant, and her youngest son that needs her alot. I mean it would be great to have your cake and eat too. But I believe maybe in 7 years or so she will be ready... I want a strong women to take the role in the white house howeve not one to proof everyone right that she did not make it. She shoudl think of her family first. Lets be realistic here, its like the whole family is runinng for VP under the eyes of people Palin will put on alot of pressure on her daughter.....

    September 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  47. Doug

    I don't think Campbell Brown's questions were over the top and it seemed it was just an excuse to not talk on Larry King tonight. As a Republican, I like the selection of Governor Palin on the ticket, but the media as well as others certainly have the right to ask questions about her and why she was picked. I have a feeling that the intense questioning, as well as commenting by the Democrats, will probably help the public embrace her more in the long run, but we will see.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  48. Melissa, Los Angeles

    I think Palin should stay home and be a mother to her 5 children. That's a job she took when she decided to have them. She cannot have both a successful career and be a mother that's there for her children at the same time – especially with a special needs child. I've watched others fail and she has in a sense too with an unwed teenage daughter. They're trying to make things seem ok by saying the 17 year old father will marry the daughter is not the answer. They're both kids making more rash adult decisions. Neither of them have a college education to get a good job so who will pay for this unplanned child? The taxpayers via welfare?

    September 2, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  49. lynn McDonough

    Anderson;
    If it was not consequentional that the Governor's baby had Down's Syndrome, why did she have the amnio test in the first place. Who is going to care for that child when they grow old and are not able to care for it.? I think this is irresponsible to say the least. And now it is not an issue that her 17 yr. old daughter is 5 months pregnant! Give me a break! Where are the morals in that family? I think John McCcain has picked someone who could jepordize your country if God forbid something should happen to him. This will be your president for heaven's sake. How could the republicans think this is alright for their country?

    September 2, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  50. Frank in Deerfield, IL

    It would not be beyond McCain et al, to have known the reaction to Palin and public scrutiny. So maybe, just maybe they figure by announcing her last Fri. they take away attn. from DNC/Obama and in the next day or two she withdraws and they replace her and blame DNC/Obama for "chasing" this woman out of the process.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
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