Hometown Girl

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The news yesterday morning of McCain’s VP pick Sara Palin’s daughter was not a complete surprise; blogs had been tossing rumors around all last week. But how did Gov. Palin’s home state of Alaska respond to the news of her 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy?
Guest: Libby Casey, political reporter for Alaska Public Radio Network

Contributors:

Jesse Baker

Comments [2]

erwin karl

Of course it is unfair for an elected official's offspring to have personal issues aired publicly, but candidates know they are asking that their families make sacrifices so they can serve in office.

Since Palin believes in dictating the behavior of others by prohibiting a woman's right to choose, the emergence of this situation brings that issue into the debate. It is somewhat fitting that Palin should have to deal with this but unfortunate for her daughter.

Sep. 02 2008 09:17 AM
martha bragin

The point is not about her family but about her policies.

Her party and its policies are very specific in their engagement with policing human behavior and in removing social supports from young single mothers, in helping reduce teen pregnancy. while she chooses to give birth to a disabled child, her party denies the expansion of publically funded special education and care that poor disabled children will need to live to their full potential. You should not have to be rich to be able to care for your children, go to work and be able to care for those of your children who are disabled.

Further, as a working single mother myself, it was important to me that the care that I provided my children was sufficient to allow them to realize their own dreams, including completing high school and going to college, without premature risky sexual behavior. That meant lots of hands on effort on my part.

Burdening my oldest with child care responsibilities would not have been included in that kind of parenting.....

A president without empathy for the needs and rights of her oldest daughter, who puts abstract ideas before human needs of people she professes to love, may well put me, my family and children around the world in danger, just as our incumbant president has!

Sep. 02 2008 07:44 AM

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