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      09-01-2008, 09:38 PM   #108
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Originally Posted by Call View Post
I think some are missing the point in this VP situation. McCain picked her knowing all these things. I look at Palin and her family situations as strenghts to the ticket and I think many fair-minded voters can relate to her. I shutter to think about a teenager having to bring a little baby into this world without a strong mother & father as Bristol has. And have you noticed nowhere do you hear this characterized as an unwanted pregnancy by Governor Palin. She has no problem in facing up to whatever challenge comes her way. That used to be something we all looked for in leadership.

True leadership requires sacrifice. You see a leader who has not don't see a leader.

well put. She does have a good mom it looks like steering her through this. I just don't know if the ambition to be VP outweighs the negetives of subjecting your daughter to media scrutiny.

Palin could have been Governer of Alaska and not had CNN posting the daughter's picture while split-screening a McCain spokesman explains away the bad publicity. This little girl can't leave her home now without the cameras in her face. She can't go to school without everyone around her snickering. Does no one else see where I am coming from? Do you all remember how fragile you were when you were 17?

In no way am I smashing Palin's politics, wheter I agree with them or not. I just think that for the daughters sake, she might have considered declining the nomination

Originally Posted by ARES45 View Post
If this is the worst she's got then I don't waiver a bit on my vote. I was having protected sex at 17 and my parents believe abstenance is the way. You can be the best of parents, but kids make decisions on there own and she did choose life which is a difficult choice at her age.

Quick personal story, ignore if you like. My Grandmother was a staunch catholic and was pro-abstenance and pro-life. However, when her only daughter was preggo out of wed-lock she pressured her daughter to abort it. The daughter (my aunt) decided to have it and he is now one of the most intelligent people I know doing great things. Why is this relevent? Because you don't know your position until the chips are really down and Palin taught her daughter to be pro-life even when it is the toughest choice. You would have never known anything about this if she had pressured her daughter to have an abortion because those records are sealed. So to me Palin seems to have done the right thing thusfar, by standing by her beliefs.

It does suck that the daughter is going to be in the media a lot.
great story. It makes a strong case for pro-life. You make a good point about "is this the worst they could dig up" argument. In terms of Palin's record, this is nothing. I just really feel bad for the daughter, and Palin could have avoided all this for her, so it erks me a little.