BROWN: Yeah. I want to begin by asking, you know, what we've been discussing before you sat in the chair. Governor Palin sharing a difficult personal story today. The news her unmarried teenage daughter is pregnant. She plans to have the baby, marry the father.
BOUNDS: He learned about it during the vetting process before his selection. He did not consider it a disqualifier. Governor Palin has a long record of reforming Alaska, taking on the establishment for 13 years. she started out as a civic activist in the PTA, went to the city counsel, on to the mayor of the small town, took on big oil in the oil and gas commission in Alaska then to the governor's office. Her personal family matters never disqualified her from serving public office, serving a higher office in a cause greater than herself. That's John McCain's message. She fits it perfectly and we're happy to have her.
BROWN: Tucker, though, this obviously putting this young woman, Bristol Palin smack in the media spotlight at what's already got to be a very challenging time in her life. I mean, how do you respond to people who wonder why her mother would have subjected her to this scrutiny by accepting this high-profile position?
BOUNDS: I think Governor Palin understands these are serious times with series challenges and it's time to shake up Washington. It was the reason she was have happy to take John McCain's position. She understands we need an approach that includes the alternatives in the renewable fuels. This is an important decision. i think it's dangerous to confuse her decision to get involved and make a difference in the country with a family matter --
BROWN: I recognize that. In an ideal world, it would be private. You know, this is a presidential campaign. Nothing is private. The world is watching. and if we, you know, as much as everyone might want to give this young woman her privacy, you know that's not going to happen. And so you do risk putting her through an incredibly difficult process by accepting this job if you're her mother. You can't deny that, right?
BOUNDS: The Palin family made clear in their statement that they continue to hope this will be a private family matter. That was their intention from the very beginning. Media inquiries and attention are going to happen in the campaign. They understand that. It's important for us as we have a conversation with voters of how we can change Washington, how we can move forward and take on the challenges Americans expect of their public officials. We keep a private matter private among their family. Certainly all of us, the members of the media would expect that from Americans. that's the way we're proceeding.
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