WASHINGTON (AP) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is insisting that comedian David Letterman “apologize to young women” for a joke he made on the air about one of her teen-age daughters.

Letterman admitted on his show that his wisecrack about a theoretical statutory rape of one of Palin’s daughters was in bad taste, but didn’t go further. Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate last year, said Friday that isn’t good enough.

Letterman had joked that a Palin girl “was knocked up” by a player at a New York Yankees baseball game. He seemed to be referring to 18-year-old Bristol Palin, an unwed mother. But it was her 14-year-old sister Willow who was at the game with family members.

Interviewed on NBC’s “Today” show, Sarah Palin said she thought it was “a degrading comment about a young woman. And I would hope that people would start really rising up and not accepting this.”

Palin said “it’s no wonder girls have such low self-esteem in America when a comedian can make a remark like this.”

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