John McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has shaken up the presidential campaign in more ways than anyone expected. None more so than Monday’s announcement that Palin’s teenage daughter is pregnant. Some think the disclosure will hurt McCain with values voters; others say it will create a stronger connection as many families have experienced similar situations, or at least thought about them. Asked his opinion, Democratic nominee Barack Obama said: “How a family deals with issues and teen-age children, that shouldn’t be the topic of our politics.”
What do you think? Should this be an issue? Is there any reason for voters to consider it while deciding between McCain and Obama for president? And do you think it will have any impact on the outcome?
— Jim Sweeney