Biden's debate question for Palin

Funny, all the pundit's talking about how it will be tough for Biden to debate a woman.  He debated the best female politician this country has ever seen; Hillary.  But after giving it some thought, i think i have the debate question to get every woman thinking.  It's a play on the famous question asked to Dukakis.

"Mrs. Palin, If your 13 year old daughter was raped, Do you think she should be forced to birth the rapist's child?"

Tags: abortion, Debate, rape, woman (all tags)



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I thought that as well.  I posted that on another thread - great minds and all :)

I hope the moderators ask that question. That will SINK her like a stone.

The majority of Americans would be horrified at her answer.  

by colebiancardi 2008-08-29 05:11PM | 0 recs
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It's a great question.  I also think it's one they're going to be well-prepared for.

by Jess81 2008-08-29 05:15PM | 0 recs
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Wow!  What a great question.

by TheUnknown285 2008-08-29 05:24PM | 0 recs
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Let's hope she doesn't get that question. I could see her giving an emotional response while citing adoption, and garner a lot of sympathy for it in middle America.

by Chelsea in 2020 2008-08-29 05:27PM | 0 recs
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the people in the heartland who would be moved by this are of no significance.  The group McSame is going for is the pro-Hillary ladies who feel disenfranchised by Obama.  Being told that they need to carry the baby to term, then give it up for adoption, is going to go over like a lead zepplin.

by lqbruin 2008-08-29 05:35PM | 0 recs
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not with the rape of a 13 year old child.

or incest.  She also doesn't believe in abortion for INCEST for crying out loud

by colebiancardi 2008-08-29 05:34PM | 0 recs
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I would like to see her attempt to justify shooting Alaskan wolves from the air (something she is for) and then justify shooting the puppies in their den in the head to "spare them from starving to death" because their mother had been slaughtered.

Sorry, but this one sticks in my craw as well...

by JenKinFLA 2008-08-29 05:42PM | 0 recs
she was asked that in 2006

I don't have the citation, but she was basically asked if her daughter was raped, if she'd want the baby carried to term, and she said yes...

by Dont tread on me 2008-08-29 06:24PM | 0 recs
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The thing is, she can duck the question and give a non-answer.  You'd be setting up an opportunity for her to talk about her decision to bear a child with down's syndrome to term, and how difficult a decision it was, but how she made a personal decision based on her values and her faith in god and blah blah blah.

Because you can't followup a question like that.  You can't go "answer the question!  If your thirteen year old daughter was raped....."

She's already on record saying that if her daughter were raped, she'd have the daughter bear it to term.  If you're going to use the issue, do it that way.  Unless you can think of a more artful way of handling it then my scenario.

by Jess81 2008-08-29 06:29PM | 0 recs
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That's the kind of question that hurt Dukakis in 88 during a debate. It was regarding the death penalty, and involved the hypothetical rape and murder of his wife, IIRC. So these kinds of questions aren't without precedent.

by BobzCat 2008-08-29 06:58PM | 0 recs
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And the correct answer to your question is...

"Mr Biden if I told you that I was the product of rape would you feel free to kill me?"

I am pro choice.  America is pro Choice.

But if you don't realize that even overturning Row v Wade would only make Abortion illegal in a handful of states you start to see that this issue isn't the end of the world for the people who will actually decide this election.

The primary is over, you aren't talking to the left wing of the party anymore.

Craft your logic to the middle.

by dtaylor2 2008-08-29 07:12PM | 0 recs
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The primary is indeed over. Too bad you're still fighting it.

That is, unless you're openly advocating for McCain now. Is that it?

by BobzCat 2008-08-29 07:31PM | 0 recs
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You're not part of the middle, you're not a part of anything. You're a person on the left that has decided to stay on the right until you're no longer so pissed off. You adopt their frameworks, but clearly don't believe them because you can't keep your story straight.

by vcalzone 2008-08-29 08:57PM | 0 recs
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I don't think that's appropriate at all, to be honest.  If the mods ask something like that, fine, but I don't want Biden creating Palin children rape scenarios.  Her answer needn't be "yes" or "no" but "how dare you!" and then we've both done something low class AND lost political points.  

by freedom78 2008-08-29 07:15PM | 0 recs
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Yup. I think Biden would be offended, and rightly so.

by vcalzone 2008-08-29 09:05PM | 0 recs
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Besides, Palin isn't really on the ticket to attract Hillary supporters. She's red meat. She's there to shore up the evangelical vote. Her nomination magnifies McCain's weakness. A weakness Obama already saw and moved on accordingly.

by venician 2008-08-29 09:17PM | 0 recs
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It's a bad question.

Most of America would be touched by her answer, especially if she talks about her faith in God, and how she would prefer the child of rape be given an opportunity for good life and live Righteously in spite of his father's sins.

I don't get the pro-choice movement. Why do you put so much hate towards people who would choose life over any circumstance?  You make it seem as though the only choice in pro-choice is to abort.

This question is bad IMHO.

by Dickie Simpkins 2008-08-29 09:22PM | 0 recs
Question framed poorly

The better question is not what would you tell your daugther, but how would you justify to another family whose daughter was raped and impregnated, say  by an uncle, that the government should compel the daughter to give birth.

Make whatever decision with your own daughter you deem appropriate.  

How do you justify allowing the government to make that decision for other families?  That's the question.

I do agree Biden should probably not enter this territory in a debate, at least not without extreme caution.

It's obvious they will have prepared for this and I think the most moving responses will be if the questions is about her and her daughter.  Most voters in play will have problems with her view that this decision is best left to the government.

by Trond Jacobsen 2008-08-30 04:31AM | 0 recs


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