Sarah Palin on Families & Children

Republican Governor (AK); ; nominee for Vice President

Caring for special needs kids is part of culture of life

One of the great privileges given to me last year was the chance to be a witness for the truth that every child has value; to say to special needs children that they are beautiful and loved. And needed. We learn more from them than they from us. Across America, a great change is coming in public policy affecting these children, and Alaska can lead the way. This is a part of the culture of life where every child is cherished and protected.
Source: Alaska 2009 State of the State Address Jan 22, 2009

V.P. role would include helping special-needs children

Q: Governor, have you spoken with Senator McCain about your specific role in the McCain administration?

A: Sure have. I’m very excited about the role that I will play as his partner. And I will focus on energy independence and reform overall of Washington and tax cuts for Americans and reigning in spending.

Q: These are specific roles that you already talked about?

A: Yes, absolutely. Absolutely.

Q: That you will take on as vice president?

A: Right. So I’d like to talk about each one of them. And I wish we had hours to talk about this also.

Q: I have nothing to do.

A: OK, good. Because another thing that we’ll talk about also is the role that I will play that is very near and dear to my heart. And that’s helping families with special-needs children and being able to strengthen our National Institute of Health also and find cures for presently incurable diseases.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” Sep 17, 2008

Special-needs children will have her as a friend & advocate

Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge. In April, my husband & I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig [who has Down’s Syndrome].

Children with special needs inspire a special love. To the familie of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons & daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend & advocate in the White House.

Source: Speech at 2008 Republican National Convention Sep 3, 2008

17-year-old unmarried daughter is 5 months pregnant

The 17-year-old unmarried daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.

Bristol Palin, one of Gov. Palin’s five children with her husband Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement. Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, McCain aides said.

“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us,” the Palins’ statement said. “Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support,” the Palins said. The Palins asked the news media to respect the young couple’s privacy.

Source: CNN, “Sarah Palin”, by Steve Holland Sep 1, 2008

Praised by pro-life groups for keeping Down syndrome baby

The couple have five children--Track, 19; Bristol, 17; Willow, 14; Piper, 7; & Trig, 4 months. Track joined the Army last year. Trig, who was born in April, has Down syndrome. Ms. Palin and her husband knew during her pregnancy that there were complications, though the boy’s condition was not revealed publicly until after he was born. Anti-abortion groups have praised Ms. Palin: “It speaks volumes about her personally and about how she walked her talk,” said the president of a [pro-life] group
Source: New York Times, pp. A1 & A10, “An Outsider Who Charms” Aug 29, 2008

Recognize the vital role of family child care homes

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Child Care” Mar 28, 2008

Opposes explicit sex-education programs

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?

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

Source: Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire Jul 31, 2006

Other candidates on Families & Children: Sarah Palin on other issues:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

Third Parties:
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
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