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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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