The Chronicle Covers The Conventions

Hofstra’s student newspaper covers the national conventions.

GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin Faces Barrage Of Negative Media Reports

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By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

ST. PAUL, Minn.–In one day, the American people found out a lot about a person they barely heard of a few days ago.

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s 17-year old daughter Bristol is five months pregnant, keeping the baby and marrying the father. Her husband Todd was arrested for drunk driving in 1986. Palin herself retained a lawyer for the growing ethics scandal involving her ex-brother-in-law, the state trooper.¬† She was once a member of a group advocating Alaskan secession. As Governor, Palin relied on an earmark system she now opposes, even backing the infamous “bridge to nowhere” before opposing it. She once directed an independent political group for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) dedicated to raising money for the now-indicted U.S. Senator.

And 72 hours after revealing the shocking choice, Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s aides now say they are vetting her.

Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, responded to the pregnancy reports at a media availability Monday by saying families are “off-limits.”

Politico’s Ben Smith hears echoes of another VP candidate meltdown: Thomas Eagleton, the running mate for Democratic nominee George McGovern in 1972 who got on the ticket with little vetting, later to reveal he received shock treatment for physical and mental exhaustion, and had to withdraw from the ticket 18 days later. McGovern lost to former President Richard Nixon in a landslide, with Nixon taking 49 states.

Update: The New York Times debunked the Alaska Independence Party membership, which belongs to Palin’s husband, Todd, in a report Thursday. Palin did speak to their convention once though, according to the story.

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Written by chroniclenews

September 2, 2008 at 1:50 am

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  1. […] also defended McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin, who was the subject of negative news media reports Monday and Tuesday about her pregnant teenage daughter, her directing a fundraising group for […]


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