The McCain campaign — and most everyone else — has warned reporters not to focus on the pregnancy of the daughter of vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin. A candidate’s children are “off limits,” the candidates themselves usually say. It’s not an unreasonable point.
So why would you make the young Palin, and her soon-to-be-husband, part of the photo op with the arriving Republican presidential-nominee-to-be at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport today?
It’s not just Republicans, of course. Candidates have regularly used their kids to portray an image.
When are the children of candidates “off limits”?
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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