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?

Filed under: Barclay Palmer • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. marvinohio

    Go home Sarah your family needs you!!!

    Your counrty will be fine without you!!!

    September 2, 2008 at 8:24 pm |
  2. stephen gould

    Maybe I just haven't listened enough, but there's one big point that I haven't heard mention yet...
    Palin said "proud of Bristol's decision... "
    Ok, so she's proud. Great. But the key word here is DECISION.
    For someone very pro-life, doesn't this seem a little or a lot hypocrytical? If she is proud her daughter made a decision, that means there was a choice. Um... choice. Isn't that a word Palin is against as a pro-lifer? If the pro-life had there way, her daughter would NOT have a choice to get an abortion.
    So the way I read it, is she is proud her daughter COULD make a choice, pretty much what all the pro-choice people are all about.

    September 2, 2008 at 8:22 pm |
  3. marvinohio

    Mccain, Stated that Americans are whinners now we see who the whinners it the Reps. After months of attacks on Barack and Michelle Obama now it not right to say anything about Sarah, we might hurt her feelings. Or she might get a head ache and have to go home from work early.
    Mean while the terrorist plan attack all over the world!!!!!

    Go home Sarah your family needs you!

    Your country will be fine without!!!

    September 2, 2008 at 8:22 pm |
  4. Max

    The press's issue with Sarah Palin never traveling over seas is elitism and shows how out of touch they are. A majority of americans have never taken trips over seas and to think that a trip over seas has something to do with foreign policy is just dum.

    September 2, 2008 at 8:21 pm |
  5. DH

    I am the father of a teenage girl. The message coming out of the Republican Party is that it's OK to be pregnant as a teenager if you keep the baby. I'm glad Sarah Palin's daughter has the right to CHOOSE that option BUT teenage pregnancy is not OK!!!! What is it with these people???!!!

    September 2, 2008 at 8:13 pm |
  6. Caycee

    Family values are campaign issues. The candidate's family is not. It's clear that Palin appeals to the conservative right from small town America who see her as the antithesis of Obama who appeals to the the inner city liberals. It'll be interesting to see which camp turns out to support and vote for their candidate.

    September 2, 2008 at 8:10 pm |
  7. John Peterson

    It's a shame CNN feels free to attack children to support their leftist agenda. I expect, in fairness, you'll also be investigating Obama's two girls and Bidens sons? After all, you opened this can of worms. During the Wright scandal, you were one of the commentators saying how the media shouldn't be wasting time on that and should focus on the issues. I assume you're just as vigorously avoiding covering private legal behavior of children. This isn't the 1950s.

    September 2, 2008 at 8:05 pm |
  8. Diane Filiatrault

    I'm appalled at the attention that you are giving to the Gov. Pallin's expectant grandchild. Here's food for thought: How many senators, governors or any other political figure HAD TO GET MARRIED (way back when such things were lied about to save face in the community and in the family ????) Maybe the media would like to remind those people who live in glass houses not to throw stones.
    Let her and her daughter enjoy the upcoming birth of a beautiful baby.

    September 2, 2008 at 8:02 pm |
  9. Jack from Phoenix

    Palin couldn't have received this much exposure if the McCain campaign paid $20 million. I believe that the tawdry attacks on her will do nothing but increase sympothy and help her connect with mainstream America; something the Obama's couldn't accomplish at the convention telling everyone "we're just like you..."

    September 2, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  10. drew

    FLOZELLE – OR ANYONE FOR THAT MATTER please refute this point;

    GOVERNOR PALIN has MORE executive experience (remember, they are running for Chief of the Executive branch) than SENATOR Obama.

    (before you do; remember, senators are in the LEGISLATIVE branch...4real!)

    September 2, 2008 at 7:59 pm |
  11. JT from Jackson TN

    This shouldn't be an issue of rather sara palin can lead a country because her daughter is pregnant at 17, she's almost an adult. I could understand criticism if she was 12 or something but, don't hold sara palin responsible for her daughter's mistake, if thats what you wanna call it. Both canidates have agreed family is off limits and we as Americans need to shut up, and respect that

    O'BAMA/BIDEN 08'

    September 2, 2008 at 7:49 pm |
  12. California 08

    This whole thing was designed politically by John McCain. He cannot be trusted. We need to look at this man who is bred with confrontation. He loves to fight wars, he acts unilaterally, he shoots from his hip and does not have a credible process for making decisions and he has too much ego.

    The American people, though we all respect his service to the country, he has used it to convience the American people that being a POW is a presidential qualification. As I watched the Saddleback interview, nearly all of McCain's answers were indicative of fighting and confrontation. Listen to him. Stop being tricked. Listen to him please. Check him out and look closely at how he really leads. Keep in mind that his honorable service and POW status did not afford him the opportunity to make decisions or earn any other qualifications to be president and though he has a long senate service, that has been much to the American people's advantage in most instances. Of course there is his 90% support of President Bush.

    September 2, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
  13. Nadia Kingston

    In the same way that you cannot judge Obama for his pastor's remarks, you cannot judge Palin for her minor daughter's premarital pregnancy.

    On the issue of experience: Obama vs. McCain. What is the real issue? I agree with Obama that it is a matter of judgement. George Bush has more than seven years EXPERIENCE as President and he still can't get it right. The proof is in the decisions. Look at the choices of Obama versus McCain. It will be real easy after that!

    September 2, 2008 at 7:44 pm |
  14. Karen

    Get off the "moral values". We offer birth control in public schools. I wonder how many abortions have take place because we don't want our "family" secrets found out? Once again, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Sarah Palin is a proud parent that is standing by her daughter. How many parents have kicked their pregnant daughter out because of "what people will think?"

    September 2, 2008 at 7:43 pm |
  15. Nadia Kingston

    I am an Obama supporter. I am also a Christian who is against abortion. I agree with Obama that Bristol's pregnancy is not a campaign issue. However, it has been raised and I am not impressed with Palin's response.

    I agree that Bristol should not abort the baby and that she should receive the unconditional love and support of her family. However, Bristol is only seventeen! I think Gov. Palin's response that her daughter is going to marry the father is almost an attempt to justify Brstol's premarital pregnancy or to make up for it. I sincerely hope that she is not getting married because she is pregnant. That would be marrying for the wrong reason and that is something the church definitely does NOT support. This is where experience and judgement are needed and I don't think the Governor is offering her daughter good advice if marriage at 17 is her best option.

    September 2, 2008 at 7:34 pm |
  16. Christina, Windber, PA

    Although I feel bad for Bristol Palin being under the media's microscope, the situation makes you think about her mother's judgement. She knew this would come out and be discussed and she chose her own ambition over her daughter's well being.

    If she become vice president, does Bristol move to Washington with her new husband? If so, that means he has to leave behind his own parents and siblings at a very young age. If they stay behind, how do they live? Do they both quit school? Most girls this young have their mothers close by to help them with their new baby. How much time does a vp of the United States have to help raise her daughter's baby as well as one of her own? I wonder if they have answered any of these questions. I don't have much respect for this woman who has abandoned her daughter at a very delicate time to pursue her own career.

    September 2, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  17. chris corda

    why are people getting upset about why people are talking about Sarah palin if i rem these were the same people mocking and taunting about Britney spears daughter and she was threatened to take her out of the channel so its OK to mock someone else and when its your own defend them

    September 2, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  18. Victoria

    Come on guys!! I want to hear more about the issues and where each candidate stands. We need to know more about their plans to change what is going on in Washington D.C. I hear a lot about change but no real specifics except to raise taxes and increase the size of government. That's not the answer! Being a retired government employee from Washington D.C...I know there is already too much waste in government. How much is each candidate going to cost me – the tax payer?

    September 2, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  19. Luci

    Come on everyone is practically calling Sarah Palin a hero. If she was a democrat all of the right wing conservatives would have a field day with this. Quit blaming the media for all of the attention her daughter is getting. When you become a parent you put your child first. Sarah Palin put her daughter out there in the public. Her daughter is the one I feel sorry for. Her mother is supposed to protect her. You want a private life stay out of public office. It is ok with Evangelicals because her 17 year old daughter is going to get married. How is that ok that a child is going to have a child and then get married at such a young age. Instead of voting on abstinence education in schools Sarah Palin should have been educating her daughter. I believe in family values but let's be realistic about what we teach our children and what we shield them from. Either way they're going to be curious. Sarah Palin is not the female role model I want my daughters to look up to. If she believes that family is first then she should put her family first.

    September 2, 2008 at 7:22 pm |
  20. Timothy

    You know what I don’t understand? Why are many saying; leave her alone? Obama had the reverend Wright issue. It was clearly not Reverend Wright running but, for months that all you heard, as if they were twins conjoined. I really feel bad for her, but this move by McCain simply was for political purpose only. I do believe we need to go on with the election process. Maybe this will keep the judgmental elitist comments out of the race from here on out. But what it all boils down to, we cannot stand another 8 years of almost becoming a third world country


    September 2, 2008 at 7:17 pm |
  21. Heather

    It's not about being a Dem or Rep, it's about choosing someone with high morals and if scripture tells us that unless someone can rule over their house well they cannot be in church leadership. So that being said, if she cannot control what goes on under her own roof, ( and trust me I know teenagers are VERY difficult) how can she effectively help run a nation? Or better yet should she? She is supposed to be an example for the rest of our nation. And then to say they are "proud grandparents" is just beyond belief. If we're going a woman in the white house don't you want her to be someone your own daughter can look up too? She talks about the glass ceiling she may shatter, but at what expense. Is this the message we want conveyed to our daughters.

    September 2, 2008 at 7:14 pm |
  22. Rosie

    My dear fellow Americans,
    Will you just listen to us? How can we, who are supposed to be an example for the rest of the world, let them see such a poor display of brotherly love, and compasion for one another. What is happening to us? Have we completely forgot that we represent true Christian values, that never change?
    How can we, as being Believers in that which is good, desire to see happen to others, that which we would not want to happen to us? What is happening to our Country? What happen to " Do unto others as you would them do unto you? What happen to love your enemy, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you? These Christian values do not stop at politics, but are a part of our daily walk with the Lord. Let us take heed to ourselves, that our soul be not lost in this political warfare. Be careful of the price we pay just to get a candidate elected, or to stop one from getting elected.

    September 2, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  23. Lorna

    When Sarah Palin introduced her family to the country, she introduced her eldest son as a young man heading off to Iraq. Why didn't she introduce her eldest daughter by stating she would soon be married?

    Seems to me that would have solved this particular furor.

    September 2, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  24. Melissa, Los Angeles

    @ Cindy of course we would be discussing this if it was Clinton's or Obama's daughter but it's not.

    I'd like to know if Palin's husband is a stay at home dad while his wife is out pursuing her career.

    September 2, 2008 at 7:08 pm |
  25. flozelle crosby

    this is your choice america! you see what the republicans have did2 your country in the past8 yrs. now they have made "EXPERIENCE" the certerpiece of there argument, then they turn around an elect a woman with every other issue on the table BUT experience! its clear! they feel if this country was dumb enough2 vote 4george bush TWICE, this country should be dumb enough2 do just about ANYTHING! and if america prove2 be dumb enough2 fall4 sarah, then i guarantee you in8 more yrs the republicans will be trying to elect "barney the dinasour" next! ... cause why not? ...you fell4 bush didnt you? so why not barney? or " spiderman?" or "sarah!" SAME DIFFERENCE!

    September 2, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  26. Drew

    What about the husband? Why discount him altogether?

    If the Governor was a man, NONE of this business about 'can she care for her kids' would be an issue. AC, you asked the question yourself using BHO as the example..."i dont hear anyone asking obama if he can manage his family and take on the President's job."

    The Left's blind desire to defend liberalism even allows them to rationalize being sexist to push the point. The man of the house cant possibly raise his own kids if she's not there full time. (but folks, didnt joe biden raise his kids after the accident?..was he unfit, was that bad judgment? )

    Fact is, if the Gov. was a Man, we wouldnt be having the conversation. (there's your sexism). The fact that you're willing to argue the point – knowing it paints you as sexist – all to promote liberalism – is fascinating to me.

    Liberalism Uber Alles

    September 2, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  27. mike douville jr.

    I am alaska native or down in the states native american and not all alaskans like sara palin. she fired our subsistance director, treat us like her children and makes deals with out our consultation. mike

    September 2, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  28. Jerry

    Unfortunately, Sarah Palin doesn't stand a chance in the media. After all, CNN's Campbell Brown is so blatantly biased against her that Campbell's journalistic integrity has been totally compromised in my opinion. And if CNN was impartial as a network, then they'd post this comment to see if other viewers agree.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  29. Steve - Philadelphia, PA

    What about the Republican Party who doesn't want to give woman - pregnant and young an increase in Minimum wage? Do they think that Bristol could raise a child on a minimum wage which they want to keep at $5.50 for as long as McCain wants to remain in IRAQ! What about a Republican party that doesn't want to give medical coverage to poor woman - single like Bristol, - as well as married - medical coverage sufficient to have a child with dignity in a good hospital . Nor do they want to provide funds enough to help that baby survive with serious mental or physical health problems. What about the Republican Party that doesn't want to give maternity leave to fathers in order to help their wives who carry babies and deliverer them to take time off from work and to help their working mom readjust so that both can go back to work. The Republican Party will lift high the baby of Bristol, but not lift up and help the babies of other mother's like Bristol who might need even more help.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  30. Terri - California

    The GOP must be thrilled to have the media off McCain’s back for a while even if it’s to the detriment of Sarah Palin. Maybe she was selected not as the VP choice but as the sacrificial lamb.

    My heart goes out to Palin as she and her family deal with her daughter’s pregnancy; however, I don’t think it’s an issue for a Presidential/VP controversy.

    What I do think should be closely reviewed is Palin’s decision to join McCain on the ticket knowing that the media would consider her entire family fair game in order to get a headline. If this didn’t cross her mind, she gets a “D minus” in life experience and judgment and if she accepted with the knowledge of what was to come, she gets an “F.”

    September 2, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  31. Dr. Beth Grant

    If Barak Obama had chosen a male VP candidate whose son had impregnated his girlfriend and she chose to have an abortion, would the press be seriously considered this a vetting issue for discussion regarding the VP's credentials?

    This "surprising"choice of Palin sadly served to reveal the depth of our gender biases in traditional Washington poliitics and the narrow definition of "pro-choice".

    September 2, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  32. KATTY

    I'm really tired of hearing about Palin's daughter – is all the talk just to draw away attention from "troopergate" and a few of the other matters that do affect how she would run her office and the people under her?
    I really do not think anyone is interested in hearing all the talk of whether or not she can handle motherhood and working.
    It is her judgement we should be looking at.
    She is being credited doing some things she did not do as have been reported.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  33. Lexie

    I can't believe how our country is still questioning who Barack Obama is after 19 months of investigating this guy, but Sarah Palin an unknown, comes into play and because her family is questioned after less than one week of being introduced to the country, everything is off limits. It didn't seem to be off limits when it came to Obama. Oops, I forgot, be careful she's a woman! If she wants to be in the areana with the boys throwing punches, then be prepared to get punched back!!!!

    September 2, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  34. Cynthia

    Governor Pailin, If you talk the talk, you have to be able to walk the walk. I'm so tired of this double standard among these Republicans....do as we say, not as we do....is this the call of the day?

    I hope John McCain realizes that just by choosing a female running mate does not mean the every woman in America is going to run out and vote for him. Most women in this country have far more intelligence than to gamble on the future of this country and our familes just for the sake fo sisterhood. I feel this was just a sexist choice to try and get some of the HIlliary Clinton supports to run to them.....please don't be fooled by the lipstick.....We are intelligent, caring, serious-minded women in this country....you really need to get in touch.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  35. Bruce

    I wonder if anyone from the Right is going to raise the fact that Gov Palin and her husband belong to the Alaska Independence Party.. One of the goals of the Party is to hold a vote to secede from the USA and have Alaska become its own Independent Nation..

    Not quite as patriotic as one would have hoped in a VP

    September 2, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  36. Sherry

    The media should stick to the real issue regarding whether or not Palin is qualified to handle the VP position. Palin's 17 year old daughter is not an issue for America to be concerned with. The pregnancy is a private matter for the Palin family.

    Palin's daughter is not the first nor the last to become pregnant. Therefore, move on and focus on the main issues (the economy and other potential threats).

    September 2, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  37. Frankey

    Last night, I saw Anderson, Wolf and John discussing Palin and Troopergate. I swear they were trying to "walk back" Campbell Brown's taking on the McCains campaign about Palin's "experience", making nice, if you will. They were almost falling over themselves to dismiss any concerns about the abuse of power: "anyone can make an allegation..." Republicans "seem" quite sure that there is nothing to the abuse of power". What??? That's NOT what I heard. One of your OWN reporters on Larry King broke the news that there are now emails implicating the governor. All of these guys are supposed to be reporters, not pundits. Just the FACTS, guys. Don't make me yell at the TV like that!

    September 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  38. Cheryll DiMichieli

    It is appropriate to for us to know about a candidate's life and experiences. While family members should be off limits, the candidates are not. CNN continues to ask what is and is not appropriate as it relates to Sarah Palin and her personal issues. In doing so, you are answering your own question. You are, in essence, validating that is is appropriate. So why has CNN not asked questions about Obama's associations with Frank Davis, William Ayers, Saul Alinsky? From what i have read about these men and their associations with Obama, it would seem that their socialist influence has had a profound effect on Obama. Such a conversation would be far more substantive than the noise regarding Palin.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  39. Crystal , Mississippi

    When discussing Gov. Palin wanted to get the issues, and not questioned her judgement. So why when everyone and the moon questioned Sen. Obama's judgement it was legitimate question. I think that we have some big time Hypocrite! So people need to pratice what they PREACH!

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  40. Beth , Ca.

    I was a 17 yr. old mother over 40 years ago, I have no regrets, I married the father but it was worse being married than being a single mom, I was only married for a couple of years.
    Mrs. Palin has the money and husband to help her as she has been in public office for most of her childrens lives. I do question her experience as far as being a VP esp. in the case in which she could become the President. Our country is certainly changing.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  41. Debi S new jersey

    Politics is nasty business, Sarah Palin is no virgin to this fact. Shame on John McCain for chosing her to run as his VP if he was aware of her family issues. And shame on Sarah Palin for agreeing to run as his VP if, in fact, she was aware of her daughter's impending motherhood. Let's get back to arguing about the real dirty political issues of the world.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  42. Tennyson Collins

    Palin's selection is another example of McCain caving to the Republican puppet-masters, AKA Religious Wrong. Single-mindedness, and wedge issues like the "Rights of the Unborn" will be the eventual undoing of the Republican party.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  43. Heather

    You bring up a really good topic.

    This is how I see it.

    The main subject that seems to have come out of nowhere the off limit subject. That is a first in presidential political politics. It's never happened before. So Palin's daughters pregnancy has become a actual distraction. Instead of we and the media talking about the usual topics prePallin ,we are focused on this off limit subject. Which brings me to did McCain and Palin think that once the world found out that her teenage daughter was expecting that we wouldn't talk about it? Of course we are going to talk about it. We are human beings that is what we do. The problem is that is all we are talking about. It's a distraction. I don't care about all of her kids . If she and her husband can raise her kids while she has been Gov of Alaska then she can do it just the same as vp in Washington.I am not a rep I just see her as a person equal to any man. There are important issues like healthcare employment and all the usual not being mentioned because of a history making political so called scandel of her pregnant teenage daughter. I just wonder how long this will go on for. Five months of cameras zooming in on her daughters tummy. This is no doubt becoming a distraction.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  44. KJ Western, MA

    Ok, if values are being questioned here- that would be ok. However, attacking a persons family is not. Her daughter being pg. is not a bad or unmoral thing. Its a HUMAN thing. Sex is natural- is it not?

    However if we want to revist the "values" question- remember Rev. Wright? Or- "this is the First time I am proud of my country"??? If it is a values test- Obama/Biden are in trouble.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  45. Anne

    I posted this on another blog but it seems relevant to this discussion.

    Sarah Palin embodies the slogan of Country First.. How a parent can knowingly throw her young daughter into the media spotlght during arguably the most difficult time of her young life is one of many things that bothers me about this vice presidential hopeful evem if I support the presidential candidate.. I feel for her daughter and can only imagine the pain this is causing her. Her situation is difficult enough without her parents throwing her into the middle of a feeding frenzy. Sarah was supposedly warned but here she is putting country first. I hope the price her daughter is going to pay is worth it to Sarah. It wouldn't be to me.

    As the president of my own business with a teenage daughter, I would never subject my daughter to this during her time of need. I left a high paying corporate position to open my own business so I could be there for my daughter–a choice many parents, male and female have made. Apparently not a sacrifice Sarah Palin was willing to make.

    Only makes me wonder all the more what was John McCain thinking?

    September 2, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  46. Rick from Alaska

    This is my take on this whole Sarah Palin issue why are the Dem's so passionately putting down Sarah? Their running scared as she has touched the main values that America holds true to their hearts. Washington is in need of change and a "country first" attitude as we have the greatest transfer of wealth in history. We our in dire need of domestic resources here in Alaska, which by the way, SP has direct knowledge.

    Do we really think when talk about experience it is left up to one person to decide on any particular issue? The selection of Sarah Palin was not because of her gender but because of her knowlege, values, and energy qualification.

    Before we all condemn her I suggest we let her speak on these issue, you will be surprised.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  47. Charlotte D

    As a team, I assume that Palin and her husband made the decision to accept McCain's call to serve as his VP candidate. Together, they made the decision that they could juggle parenthood and work the way we all do. Together, blind ambition led them to make a decision that puts their pregnant teen age daughter on the front page of every newspaper and weekly magazine in the country (eventually she will be). I bet their answer for throwing her to the wolves is that the country called her and Palin responded. Baloney. McCain called a Hail Mary and she caught the pass but is still not in the end zone. I question the judgement of the Palins putting their selfish ambitions ahead of the needs of the family. If the call had come a couple of years down the road when their special needs baby was a bit older and the daughter had had her baby, the situation would be different. But it is not. And I would say the same thing if it were Todd Palin who got the call and not Sarah.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  48. susan

    Megan, I'm sorry, to disagree with you on one issue. I had a sister become pregnant at the same age as this child. My mother was a stay at home mom, and she insisted that my sister go back to school and finish her education, and my mother took care of my niece. If this child is forced to quit school, marry the father, what chance does she or the child have in life? I feel as though Palin was not very considerate of her family to allow them to be subject to such scrutiny. She should have declined the offer, and been there to support her daughter in her decision, and to care for not only her special needs child, but her grandchild as well.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  49. Kasondra Evans

    What is the difference in John Edwards cheating on his wife and the daughter of a conservative , who could be the Vice President of the United States, who is having sex without marriage???

    The Republicans are getting all upset because of the interest in Mrs. Palin's daughter....they say that it is a private matter....what about John Edwards and his wife's problems...aren't they private too ?????

    If she (Mrs. Palin) was not trying to hide her daughters pregnancy then why did she (the daughter) have Mrs. Palin's son right over her belly ?? She knew from jump street that is was going to be a problem.

    Thank you

    September 2, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  50. Anita

    McCain did not put the country first like he is trying to make people believe.

    He ONLY picked Palin because the race to the White House was to close between him and obama and he believe Palin could take him there. His choice had nothing to do with our safety or what the country needs.

    This is a selfish move on McCain's part because he had people that were much better.

    September 2, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
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