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September 12, 2008

Gibson drills Palin on abortion, homosexuality, and stem cell research

Charlie Gibson asked Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin some hot button questions tonight during an interview that aired on ABC tonight.

Abortion

GIBSON: In the time I have left, I want to talk about some social issues.

PALIN: OK.

GIBSON: Roe v. Wade, do you think it should be reversed?

PALIN: I think it should and I think that states should be able to decide that issue. I am pro-life. I do respect other people's opinion on this, also, and I think that a culture of life is best for America. What I want to do, when elected vice president, with John McCain, hopefully, be able to reach out and work with those who are on the other side of this issue, because I know that we can all agree on the need for and the desire for fewer abortions in America and greater support for adoption, for other alternatives that women can and should be empowered to embrace, to allow that culture of life. That's my personal opinion on this, Charlie.

GIBSON: John McCain would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest. Do you believe in it only in the case where the life of the mother is in danger?

PALIN: That is my personal opinion.

GIBSON: Would you change and accept it in rape and incest?

PALIN: My personal opinion is that abortion allowed if the life of the mother is endangered. Please understand me on this. I do understand McCain's position on this. I do understand others who are very passionate about this issue who have a differing.

Homosexuality

GIBSON: Homosexuality, genetic or learned?

PALIN: Oh, I don't -- I don't know, but I'm not one to judge and, you know, I'm from a family and from a community with many, many members of many diverse backgrounds and I'm not going to judge someone on whether they believe that homosexuality is a choice or genetic. I'm not going to judge them.

Stem cell research

GIBSON: Embryonic stem cell research, John McCain has been supportive of it.

PALIN: You know, when you're running for office, your life is an open book and you do owe it to Americans to talk about your personal opinion, which may end up being different than what the policy in an administration would be. My personal opinion is we should not create human life, create an embryo and then destroy it for research, if there are other options out there. And thankfully, again, not only are there other options, but we're getting closer and closer to finding a tremendous amount more of options, like, as I mentioned, the adult stem cell research.

The Washington Post reports that McCain has a new ad on stem cell research, but it doesn't specify between embryonic and adult stem cell.

They're the original mavericks. Leaders. Reformers. Fighting for real change.
John McCain will lead his Congressional allies to improve America's health.
Stem cell research to unlock the mystery of cancer, diabetes, heart disease.
Stem cell research to help free families from the fear and devastation of illness.
Stem cell research to help doctors repair spinal cord damage, knee injuries, serious burns.
Stem cell research to help stroke victims.
And, John McCain and his Congressional allies will invest millions more in new NIH medical research to prevent disease.
Medical breakthroughs to help you get better, faster.
Change is coming.
McCain-Palin and Congressional allies.
The leadership and experience to really change Washington and improve your health.
Paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden also reminded voters of stem cell research earlier this week.

Comments

I am terrified at the prospect of this inexperienced undereducated woman representing the United States and perhaps someday sitting across the table from Nouri Maliki. (Incase she doesn’t know he is the Prime Minister of Iraq). He would eat her for lunch. She is way over her head on the national let alone the international level..
I am a woman and I find her Brash and it would seem a bit difficult to work with.

I just love when people throw insults around like "undereducated" just because they don't agree with somebody elses stance on something.

as far as experience is concerned: palin has more experience than obama, hands down. whether you are repub or dem, you have to admit that. as far as her positions on issues--well those we can take or leave. i think she handled herself very well and strategically in this interview

Charlie Gibson should interview Palin while she is directly connected to the Holy Spirit via talking in tongues.

Charlie: What should we do with Iran?

Palin: HardashadrakaBidaBO.

Charlie: McCain was for amnesty for illegals. Are you more conservative?

Palin: Greasawetabackahumpajumpabeana.

Charlie: Should we give civil rights to sodomites?

Palin: Buggermuggerslugger.

Charlie: Should a black be president?
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Palin: Spadernuggarpicaniner

C.A. Wren--You are pretty hypocritical.What's more scary is the only experience Obama has is that community organizer thing and I don't even think God knows what that is. He hasn't written any legislation, and oh yea, he has written two books (about hisself).He is brilliant when it comes to the use of a teleprompter--Maybe he could have one of his flunkies carry one around every where he goes.Funny you can't see how inexperienced your PRESIDENTIAL candidate is, but i'm sure he's very well meaning and that seems to be all liberals need. Biden(is that his name, he's so forgettable) stated that he's not even the right choice for VP--Hillary is and that makes Obama look very bad.

It's offensive to degrade Muslims or Jews, but perfectly fine to degrade Christians? Governor Palin is a Christian who prays and attends church. People of all faiths deserve respect. To single out Christians for derision simply because they practice their faith is hateful intolerance.

Just because McCain repeats it frequently does not mean that Obama hasn't written any legislation. He was sponsor of 136 bills in the US senate and cosponsor of 619 other bills. This includes the Coburn-Obama Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency act of 2006 which was a major ethics reform bill. That doesn't include any amendments or committee work. His Illinois senate seat had more constituents than the whole state of Alaska.

For a complete list of his sponsored bills go here (http://tinyurl.com/6nzbg4)

b, your ignorance and prejudice is showing.

Neon, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 didn't go by their names, and it was sponsored by only Coburn (with 47 other cosponsors including Obama and McCain) or "by Senator Tom Coburn, for himself and Senators Barack Obama, Tom Carper and John McCain" equally:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:S.2590:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Funding_Accountability_and_Transparency_Act_of_2006

It didn't create the requirement for accountability/transparency; that already existed. Its sole purpose was to "ensure the existence and operation of a single searchable website, accessible by the public at no cost to access" for federal funding info.

That law only created a website. That's it. Valuable, yes. Groundbreaking and major? No.

Obama hasn't written any MAJOR legislation in D.C., period.

Factcheck.org claims he "was instrumental" in crafting the "Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007" but so far as I can find, he didn't even cosponsor, and only Harry Reid was the main sponsor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honest_Leadership_and_Open_Government_Act
AND ALSO
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:s.00001:

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CONTINUED FROM FIRST PART OF MY COMMENT:

Neon, being cosponsor of that many bills is really not saying much. They all cosponsor tons of bills. It's tagalong time for them all. A lot like signing a petition, for you or me.

Also, please provide your objective sources that Obama sponsored 136 bills, with a list please, or even a few names of the bills that passed into law. I'd really like to see them. Because remember, if they don't at least become law, they're really not noteworthy, never mind "major."

It appears my first comment didn't "take" so apologies if this becomes a duplicate comment:

Neon, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 didn't go by their names, and it was sponsored by only Coburn (with 47 other cosponsors including Obama and McCain) or "by Senator Tom Coburn, for himself and Senators Barack Obama, Tom Carper and John McCain" equally:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:S.2590:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Funding_Accountability_and_Transparency_Act_of_2006

It didn't create the requirement for accountability/transparency; that already existed. Its sole purpose was to "ensure the existence and operation of a single searchable website, accessible by the public at no cost to access" for federal funding info.

That law only created a website. That's it. Valuable, yes. Groundbreaking and major? No.

Obama hasn't written any MAJOR legislation in D.C., period.

Factcheck.org claims he "was instrumental" in crafting the "Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007" but so far as I can find, he didn't even cosponsor, and only Harry Reid was the main sponsor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honest_Leadership_and_Open_Government_Act
AND ALSO
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:s.00001:

Uh...I did show the source. That is the link that is in my comment. It is a wikipedia article that has information pulled directly from the US Senate's webpage. And I did mention one of his very important bills. (By the way the name of the person is below their commment, not above. Neon and b were not the ones that you should have directed your comments at.

I find it hilarious when Republicans try comparing Palin's credentials with those of Obama.

Obama has a Harvard law degree, as head of his class and president of the law review. Palin? She took 5 years to complete a BA in journalism, attending 5 or 6 (accounts differ) different small colleges.

"Executive experience"? She has been the mayor of a very small town and for 1½ years has been the governor of a small state.

And the skeletons that keep falling out of her closet - pregnant teenage daughter; her own shotgun wedding; troopergate; etc - the GOP would be having a field day if she were on the Dem ticket!

Did Palin not steal Obamas response to Abortion...

"because I know that we can all agree on the need for and the desire for fewer abortions in America"

Just checking.

Ben Rodda

I have no personal in-depth knowledge of Gov. Palin. Her choice is still very fresh. However, I do know that most governors have little international experience beyond trade in their state. So Governor Palin's experience is equal to President Carter, President Reagan and President Clinton. Each of whom served as governors prior to running and winning presidential elections.More important are the person's political philosophy, their view of the United States of America and her role in the world.
Amazingly, Senator Obama has faced an actual opponent in only one election. He lost that election by a huge margin. In the other elections his opponents had to drop out due to sex scandals-- both Dems and GOP. This permitted him to run virtually uncontested. Upon being elected to the U.S. Senate he immediately began preparation to run for President based on a speech at the Dem convention in 2004. But more importantly is his political philosphy, view of the United States and her role in the world. An examination of these beyond the campaign rhetoric are sobering.

The “Bush Doctrine” question was plain unprofessional, as were in my opinion most of the questions. Mr. Gibson didn’t know enough about the “Bush Doctrine” to field a question about it. Mr. Gibson had to answer Governor Palin’s question about the specifics, with yet another question. Either Charlie Gibson was unprepared to talk about the “Bush Doctrine,” or he was so intent on leading the interview or both, that when Ms. Palin asked for the clarification Charlie blew it. By tossing what everyone could tell was an erroneous question back into her lap, Mr. Gibson looked at least like a lazy journalist. So, I’m not surprised Charlie Gibson misquoted the prayer either. Sarah Palin did an excellent job of articulating her take on the “Bush Doctrine.” And, that’s what she was called upon to do. Don’t do your homework, it’ll show. Oh, and I’m totally onboard with the demeaning camera techniques. I had to do a double take to see whether they hadn’t sawed the legs off Ms. Palin’s chair: http://theseedsof9-11.com