Eastern Kentucky Reacts To Palin Daughter's Pregnancy

By: Kimberly Burcham Email
By: Kimberly Burcham Email

The Republican National Convention is underway, and John McCain’s V.P. pick is the center of attention across the country. We hit the streets of eastern Kentucky to see how voters are reacting to the announcement made by McCain’s running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin wasn't a well known name this time last week, but she's now the topic of conversation. First, because John McCain chose her as his running mate. Now, the buzz is about the announcement Palin made Monday that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol is pregnant and not married.

“They're going to raise cane over that, but I think you know, kids are going to be kids no matter what their parents do. It's just the way they are,” says Candy Jones, Knott County.

Some folks say it's a political issue.

“17 year olds shouldn't get pregnant like that. Yeah, definitely going to affect the way I vote in November,” says Barry Layne, Breathitt County.

Diane Bowers of Breathitt County says teen pregnancy hits close to home and doesn't change her view on Palin.

“I got pregnant when I was 17. You know, it happens. She seems to be a real good mother, and she seems to have good children,” says Bowers.

Saying it won't stop her from voting Republican in November.

“I'm voting McCain-Palin. Definitely!,” says Bowers.

John McCain and his opponent Barack Obama say it shouldn't play a role in the campaign.

"My mother had me when she was eighteen, so how families deal with these issues and teenage children, that shouldn't be a topic of our politics,” says Senator Obama, Democratic Presidential Nominee.

Palin will take national stage Wednesday night to accept the V.P. nomination.


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  • by HENRY Location: LETCHER on Sep 4, 2008 at 03:26 PM
    pregnancy of her daughter has no bearing on her qualifications. I am an independent, and I like a lot of people, didn't think McCain could do the job, but UNLIKE a lot of you people I know Obama cannot do the job. for Christ sakes people he's never even done anything. if you for one moment think he is going to help you. think again. he has made it very clear he does not nor even considers the people of the APPLACHAIN MOUNTAINS WORTH HIS TIME. On the other hand after listing to GOVERNOR PALIN, I can clearly see where Senator McCain made his decision. The lady is very smart and QUALIFIED. and she is not just another rich Washington toad. she thinks for herself. SMALL TOWN WOMAN DOES HERSELF PROUD!!!! Do not listen to the garbage coming from the talking heads, ex. CNN,MSNBC,NBC,ABC,CBS, ETC.EXTREMLY LIBERAL PEOPLE, GET ON LINE AND CHECK FACTS. Senator McCain sold me on his Independence I WILL VOTE McCain/Palin ticket come Nov.
  • by Mary Location: Eastern Ky on Sep 4, 2008 at 09:26 AM
    I don't think its the fact that she is pregnant that is the issue but the fact of the example that this sets to other teenagers. Just how many teenagers will follow her example and be pregnant before years end. People in the news set examples to others and that is the part that worries me. I know vice-presidents and presidents hopefuls are all just people with the same problems all of us face but look at Cheneys lesbian daughter and the example she has set. Lesbians are marrying all over the place and I think the vice-presidents daughter is behind all of this happening. And just like the other poster said...when our 17 yr. olds become pregnant where will their health insurance be since repubs like voting child health issues down the tubes???
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Sep 4, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    so what? her daughter's pregnant. the question is who'll get us out of this mess? obama's the one to who'll have the greatest positive impact. his generation's more in tune to what's going on with our environment, our world, & our economy. he has a greater connection to the middle class & more compassion for those who work hard to barely stay afloat. mccain & mcconnell will only drive us deeper into the darkness of debt, war, & global warming. they are very out of touch, for they're getting the big bucks from greedy oil, food, & seed companies whose practices leave us broke, fat, & unhealthy; while the farmers lose & are limited in what they can grow. it's a mad world, & we need not be ignorant about who is in control of what we consume & which companies we support-go local. obama sees this. KYian Kingsolver's new book "animal, vegetable, miracle" will shed light on this. Check out links here: http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/Resources2.html#Pol mccain helped hand us to China.
  • by me Location: ky on Sep 4, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    I'm shocked at some of this. I am not even for the republican party, don't want them in office, but to think people would be so judgemental over a person who is so near to being an adult making her own choice, give me a break, and as for the comment about support for children, NEWS FLASH. its not the governments responsibility to support our children, its ours. I am a single mother. I work, and provide my own insurance for my child. You should try it too. If everyone takes care of their own family, provides for themselves, and minds their own business, the world would be a better place. Stop Judging, Pregnancy happens, sometimes even earlier than 17, and for those of you sneering your noses, you better watch out. I'm sure you have daughters too. and It could be your daughter pregnant tomorrow. then what??
  • by Anonymous on Sep 4, 2008 at 04:24 AM
    NO WAY NO HOW NO MCCAIN.....GO OBAMA!!!!
  • by anonymous Location: hazard on Sep 3, 2008 at 05:53 PM
    We need to quit believeing all the things the press and our "neighbor" says. We need to start looking for ourselves. Everyone " quit taking someone else's opinion". Check the websites of the running nominees. Atleast McCain says the same things all the time. Barak O'Bama is a crowd pleaser. He can't be solid enough to give a straight answer. What makes you think , he will be a solid president. If we did get in war, who do you think could actually save this country. Barak, want's to make it into other countries, we need to keep is America, not blend because we want to please everbody. Please , please start looking for things yourselves and judge on your opinion, not on someone else's
  • by Point of View Location: Hindman on Sep 3, 2008 at 04:12 PM
    I agree 100%, even if she is preg that DOES NOT mean she came from a bad home. Lord have mercy think about this, if you where judged by someone in your family would that be fair? I am not a McCain fan, but judging this parent over something like this is INSANE! If anything she is showing LOVING SUPPORT for her daughter by standing behind her a 100%! If that makes her a bad parent then LORD HAVE MERCY ON US ALL!
  • by Diane Location: MtSterling on Sep 3, 2008 at 04:10 PM
    It's a good thing some of you people wouldn't have been around when Obama's pregnant unwed mother had him or you wouldn't have a candidate.
  • by Tiffany Location: Mousie on Sep 3, 2008 at 03:51 PM
    I read a comment where someone said that Palin can't control her own family and would we want her controlling ours? News flash! This is America, where we're (supposed to be) free. This has nothing to do with how she'll do in office (if she gets there).
  • by Tosha Location: Pikeville, Ky on Sep 3, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    Lots of ppl these days have babys when there young, that factor shouldn't affect the politic stuff.
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