Bachmann: American people ‘have a right to ask’ about Palin daughter pregnancy

How does Congresswoman Michele Bachmann — who, like Sarah Palin, is a mother of five and strongly allied with the Family Values wing of the Republican Party  react to news that the vice presidential pick’s daughter is pregnant with a child out of wedlock?

“The American people have a right to ask about this situation with her family,” allows Bachmann, a Republican who represents Minnesota’s 6th District. “But I think Sarah Palin and her family are making all the right moves.”

Bachmann, who met Palin for the first time on a recent trip touting oil drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, believes the Palin family deserves credit for standing by their daughter, who will keep the baby and marry the father.

No one would want to hear this news about their daughter,” the GOP congresswoman says. “It isn’t a plus for anyone to hear their child has conceived a child out of wedlock — that’s not what anyone wants to see.”

Still, Bachmann believes Palin’s response will turn the situation into a plus with delegates and — in time — with the American people.

One of the things Govenor Palin has done is she’s made a judgment on the side of life; preserving life, protecting life,” Bachmann notes. “At whatever level, whether it’s her Down Syndrome child, or a child conceived in an unplanned pregnancy. So I think the American people are getting a wonderful glimpse, actually, to a very great lady.”

Doesn’t the episode expose some hypocrisy on the part of the abstinence-education crowd? Bachmann counsels tolerance. “Life isn’t perfect for any of us. I think this is something that happens to a lot of American families. Each one of us has different challenges in our life — the question is, how we deal with it. Sarah Palin is making a choice to love her daughter, support her daughter, be there for her daughter and her grandchild.”

Is it fair for Americans to consider Palin less of a vice-presidential candidate based on the actions of her daughter? “I’m not going to answer that,” Bachmann states. “I don’t know.”

And what about the timing — surely this can’t be what you wanted to talk about at the convention’s opening session? “This has been a very interesting day today,” the congresswoman says with a smile. “But I think again, they’re observing in Sarah Palin strong judgment, sound judgment and a consistency of standing in a loving way to support her daughter and her unborn grandchild.”

Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/02/2008 - 08:19 am.

    Wipe your chins, Democrats, and spend a few minutes getting to know a little about the issues you wish to speak to.

    Sarah Palin is not against contreception, in fact she is a member of Feminists For Life (FFL), an anti-abortion, pro-contraception organization.

    I know you’re really enjoying your spittle fest, but if you watch how a woman of high moral character responds to life’s difficulties, you just might learn something.

  2. Submitted by Aaron Klemz on 09/01/2008 - 09:17 pm.

    This type of response from GOP’rs makes me sick to my stomach. According to this line of thinking, the only relevant question is whether Palin’s daughter will have an abortion or not – whether she has “reached the right choice.” Oh, yeah, and whether “the boy responsible for the pregnancy” will make an “honest woman” out of her in a good old shotgun wedding (puts a new spin on the “gun-toting mother” line from yesterday, doesn’t it?) What about this isn’t messed up? Sarah Palin opposes sex education including information about birth control – one can only assume that she would be consistent and “protect” her daughter from that information.

  3. Submitted by Aaron Klemz on 09/01/2008 - 10:19 pm.

    One more thing – could you imagine the glee with which Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, et al would have bashed the Clintons if, for example, Chelsea at 17 had been revealed to be pregnant?

  4. Submitted by Marty Williamson on 09/01/2008 - 09:34 pm.

    The two serious issues raised by the illegitimate pregnancy of Sarah Palin’s minor daughter don’t have anything to do with whether Americans are compassionate about the difficulties that families face. The issues are:
    1. John McCain has demonstrated impulsiveness and very poor judgement in choosing the un-vetted Palin as his choice for vice president.
    2. However brave a face the evangelicals put on it, pregnancy in unmarried minor teens is not something to flaunt or celebrate. This is not what the majority of Americans mean when they say family values. It looks to me like the ticket for family values this year is the Democrats.

  5. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 09/02/2008 - 12:14 am.

    I think all of Sarah Palin’s children are being exploited for political gain, from the infant to the infant-toting teen who turns out to be expecting her own infant. That saddens me, and I wish they would just be allowed to stay home in their quiet crib and school desks, where most children are in the first week of September.

  6. Submitted by Aaron Klemz on 09/02/2008 - 10:35 am.

    Perhaps she is not against contraception, but she’s clearly against anything other than “abstinence only” sex ed. From Politico: “Palin took a hard line on a question in 2006 from the conservative Eagle Forum Alaska:

    Q: Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

    SP: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.”

    Back to the “spittle fest.”

  7. Submitted by Bruce Kvam on 09/02/2008 - 07:24 am.

    This isn’t about Palin’s children. It’s about how the policies that Palin supports will affect other people’s children. She’s opposed to real sex education and supports “abstinence-only” sex ed. She’s opposed to abortion and birth control and wants to impose those beliefs on everyone else in the country.

    If John McCain is elected and dies in office, that will leave Sarah Palin to appoint members of the Supreme Court. We already know how she feels about abortion and birth control. Do we really want to appoint justices who share those views?

  8. Submitted by myles spicer on 09/02/2008 - 12:02 pm.

    The hypocrisy of the GOP righties is further exacerbated by the intolerance they show to black teens who have children out of wedlock. They use it as an example of lack of morals…lack of character…lack of “proper” upbringing…lack of family values. When it happens to their VP candidate, it is in some bizarre way considered a positive event! How weird these people are.

  9. Submitted by Caroline Parker on 09/02/2008 - 12:29 pm.

    Can John McCain make any more errors in judgment. I am amazed by the naivety.

    Yes, it is an issue she is a mother of a new baby with special needs.

    Yes, it is an issue that the morals she apparently upholds and supports are obviously not upheld within her own family unit. Her 17 year old child is pregnant.

    Yes, it is an issue that she will need to be actively supportive of her special needs son and with her daughter and grandchild.

    The fact she with all these extreme family issues she still accepted the nomination as Vice President with all the associated complexities and pressures shows her ego driven selfishness to both her family situation and role in public office. Also shows how out of touch John McCain really is with the community – A George Bush clone.

    If she cannot manage a 17 year old and educate her how not to get pregnant – how on earth will she manage the bigger and more complex issues associated with being the Vice President!

  10. Submitted by Jason Walker on 09/02/2008 - 12:30 pm.

    So, Palin is a member of a pro-contraception organization – she’s doing a fantastic job of passing along her moral stance on that issue to her children, isn’t she?

  11. Submitted by Tom Hilde on 09/03/2008 - 05:35 pm.

    John McCain is crazy for picking Palin as his VP. I don’t want a crazy man in charge of my country.

    I have also heard Rush & co. bragging about how “hot” their VP pick is. Is this a joke? What’s with the Culture Warriors’ obsession with attractive middle-aged women, e.g., Michelle Bachmann and now Sarah Palin?

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