Michelle Obama: Sarah Palin's Family Issues a Private Matter

Michelle Obama: Sarah Palin's Family Issues a Private Matter

09/04/2008 AT 06:00 PM EDT

When it comes to candidates' children, Michelle Obama says both presidential campaigns agree: leave the kids alone.

The wife of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, 47, says on The Ellen DeGeneres Show "one of the reasons why I'm proud of my husband" is his slience about GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's family issues.

"I know that they care about their kids, and we should let them deal with this issue," Michelle Obama, 44, a mother of two young daughters, says in the show scheduled to air Monday. "This shouldn't be an issue for political discussion."

Palin, the running mate of John McCain, announced earlier this week that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter Bristol is five months pregnant.
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