September 6th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

LA Times: Palin appears to disagree with McCain on sex education

Sarah Palin and John McCain campaigned together Friday.
Sarah Palin and John McCain campaigned together Friday.

Teen pregnancy and sex education were thrust into the spotlight this week when Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin revealed that her 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant.

Palin's running mate, John McCain, and the GOP platform say children should be taught that abstinence until marriage is the only safe way to avoid pregnancy and disease. Palin's position is less clear.

In a widely quoted 2006 survey she answered during her gubernatorial campaign, Palin said she supported abstinence-until-marriage programs. But weeks later, she proclaimed herself "pro-contraception" and said condoms ought to be discussed in schools alongside abstinence.

"I'm pro-contraception, and I think kids who may not hear about it at home should hear about it in other avenues," she said during a debate in Juneau.

Such statements could raise concerns among social conservatives who have been some of Palin's most enthusiastic supporters since she was tapped for the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket last week.

Leslee Unruh, president of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse and campaign manager of the Vote Yes for Life effort, said children must be given a "clear and concise" message on the benefits of abstinence.

Asked about Palin's statement, Unruh said, "I don't think it's clear. It seems disjointed to me."

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  1. Priscilla

    We really don't know what either stands for. Evangelicals remember, while you are rooting for Palin, it is McSame behind the wheel. McSame has not changed and Palin will fall right behind him! FAILURES INDEED!

    September 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. S. Boatman

    Palins Position Is Less Clear? . . . Of Course It Is! This Country Wont Know Where She Stands Because She Wont Tell Us! . . . I Think She Is More Like A Poodle Than A Pit Bull . . . Sit Bulls Are Not Afraid Of The Media! Run With The Big Dogs Palin And Answer Some To Scripted Questions Or Get Back On The Porch!

    September 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. KATHLEEN

    What Piden disagrees with McCain is nothing in comparison
    to WHAT she believes of his crazy Rep. politics!
    I would say she disagrees maybe 5% of the time with McCain,
    and he's is notably a "Maverick", someone that marches to the
    tune of his own DRUM!!! Sounds like Bush. Bomb, ask questions
    later!!!!!

    September 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Sue, MI

    This woman has no true principles. She'll say whatever the audience in front of her wants to hear. No wonder the Republicans love her!

    September 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Earl

    Please people google.... Anne Kilkinney ....you will find out who the real Sarah Palin is

    September 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. JImmy in California

    It's OK if she does not agree with Senator McCain on sex education. By the time we vote in November the McCain/Palin ticket will be Palin/McCain. It has to be because he is standing in her way for the bid to move into the White House.

    September 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Dawn

    Her position maybe less clear but it's the only intelligent comment I've heard from her so far. It's a shame she didn't bother to discuss this with her daughter though.

    September 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Mark

    Palin is an Anita Bryant impersonator... makes statements only when it's convenient... I'm sorry... a teenage unmarried pregnant daughter? So much for family values and teaching your children responsible behavior. I think this says volumes about Palin's perspective on life...

    September 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Travis

    Don't worry about birth control Sarah....McWar is too old, but he sure

    hasn't given up looking at your butt.

    September 6, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Tony

    Palin and McCain disagree on more than they agree on, however the American people are too apatehtic and lazy to get the facts. Should they win in November, we, and the coutnry will deserve exactly what we get.

    September 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. KATHLEEN

    It is a ploy! The Republicans "tell" her what to say, trying hard
    to have a little separation in agreemtent. I don't buy anything the
    Republican's 'WRITERS AND THE REAL LEADERS. Could be
    Rove or somebody like him. I Bet they talk to Rove, who is now
    employed by Fox. I think Hannity wanted him!!!!! Hannity's idea,
    right?

    September 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. wow

    ooooohhh.....trying to scare women? Boy, dems are really good at that. Maybe the next article will read Palin is pro-life......ooooohhhhh.......juicy!

    September 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. American

    She is either the biggest Flip Flopper since McBush or an outright Liar.

    September 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Obama/Biden

    She also disagrees with his stance on Iraq... Who knows what else.

    So how are these two people gonna run the country when they cant even agree to agree??

    Geesh.. .. I have a feeling this will go down as the worse campaign in history for Republicans. They couldnt run the country right for the Last 8 Years and now they cant even run an election right.

    September 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. do your homework

    Palin's ties to the API, including a video of her addressing the 2008 API Convention in Fairbanks go to sarahpalinexposed.com

    I personally WANT TO KNOW WHY ANYONE democrats, republicans or independents could support a person in any position of power let alone Vice President of United States of America that supports succession from the U.S. that would be Sarah Palin.

    WHERE WAS THE EXPERIENCE, JUDGMENT AND COUNRY FIRST IT PICKING HER.

    If she gets in the white house we may become 49 states and not 50!

    September 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. katiec

    I am really concerned about Palin. To be able to stand before
    millions and tell one lie after another makes me wonder
    about her stability.
    Have been reading many articles about her and she is
    one scarey woman.
    Mccain, what were you thinking?? Or were you??

    September 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Alex

    Palin doesn't speak for the McCain campaign. McCain doesn't speak for the McCain campaign. Palin doesn't speak for Palin.

    September 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Obama/Biden

    From what I read Palin UP UNTIL now... Agreed with McCain... look what happend to her daughter.... It proves the Republicans are wrong that it DOESNT work. So now she is changing her opinions of it??

    September 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. PCL

    Palin and McCain disagree on a lot of things. She wasn't tapped to agree. She was tapped to attack. She was tapped to dupe the Religious Right and social conservatives into believing that the Republicans support their causes. After all, who is the most "elite" party in Washington? And the elite aren't into any Grapes of Wrath old time religion.

    The Republicans do this every election. The Religious Right and social conservatives fall for it every time.

    September 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Herman In LA

    That's not all that don't seem clear about her or McCain?????????????

    September 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. do your homework

    Palin's ties to the AIP, including a video of her addressing the 2008 AIP Convention in Fairbanks go to sarahpalinexposed.com

    I personally WANT TO KNOW WHY ANYONE democrats, republicans or independents could support a person in any position of power let alone Vice President of United States of America that supports succession from the U.S. that would be Sarah Palin.

    WHERE WAS THE EXPERIENCE, JUDGMENT AND COUNRY FIRST IT PICKING HER.

    If she gets in the white house we may become 49 states and not 50!

    please post

    September 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. LS

    As a woman, I don't care to hear what Palin has to say about sex education.

    I don't want her in my business, nor my kids business.

    What a ticket for disaster.

    September 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Bonnie

    Just another GOP flip-flop. She's against earmarks after she's for them, for abstinence only before contraception is ok, pro ethics reform while abusing her power as governor – won't even go into the McCain list of flips – would take too much space. While the two GOP candidates dismiss constitutional rights when it suits their purpose, Obama/Biden are both constitutional scholars who will return this country to the vision of the Founding Fathers.

    Obama/Biden – our last best hope!

    September 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. John F. Leech

    Palin is being caught in one lie aft another – Selling the Alaska State Plane on eBay, Family Values, Trooper-Gate, Teen Brth Control & Sex Education, Religion in Public Policy (God has a Plan for IRAQ) , etc.

    She is a true poll chaging politician, She will say what ever pops into her head, to any given audience, and than say something else to another audiance.

    Given time, she will hang herself with her own words.

    September 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    OMG! what a fake, this woman is crazy and has no idea about any thing. She needs prayer....

    September 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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