September 1st, 2008
07:50 PM ET
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Evangelicals rally behind Palin after pregnancy news

Evangelicals rallied around Palin Monday.
Evangelicals rallied around Palin Monday.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – Key evangelical leaders rallied to Sarah Palin's support Monday amid news that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was having a child.

"Before, they were excited about her, with the Down syndrome baby," conservative, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist said. "But now with this, they are over the moon. It reinforces the fact that this family lives its pro-life values."

Palin and John McCain oppose abortion and have supported promoting abstinence in schools - which would seem to make Bristol Palin's pregnancy an inconveniently timed development.

But she is keeping the child, a fact that could make the Alaska governor - whose candidacy has been enthusiastically embraced by evangelicals who regard her as one of their own - even more popular among that key GOP voting bloc.

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"Fortunately, Bristol is following her mother and father's example of choosing life in the midst of a difficult situation," Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said. "We are committed to praying for Bristol and her husband-to-be and the entire Palin family as they walk through a very private matter in the eyes of the public."

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  1. Will

    Preaching one thing and doing another? Hypocracy!? No way!

    September 1, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. mekhami

    Oh christ. Someone hand the fundamentalists a mirror. Premarital sex is okay now?

    Hypocrites galore.

    September 1, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Un Amused

    I guess now we know why no one knew of Sarah Palin. McCain wants her on the ticket to win the vote of socially conservative, pro-lifers. It is typical of republican tactics. Am I cynical? Would you put it past them?

    OF COURSE Sarah Palin was vetted on this. The "Mc Campaign" saw this golden opportunity, knowing that the media would devour it and make her in to a issue. What family hasn't been faced with teenage pregnancy? But not all of them abort. Let the pro-lifers rejoice!

    Sounds a lot like a Karl Rove tactic to me.

    By the way, at its core, this is a women's issue. Suddenly and suspiciously there are only women pundits popping up everywhere in support for McCain. Are we that stupid?

    September 1, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. Not So Fast

    And this is EXACTLY why I don't vote for the flat-earth, creationist-teaching, anti-science, anti-education hypocrite party!

    THANK YOU, PERKINS, FOR REMINDING ME!! :)

    September 1, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. Jeebs

    "We are over the moon"! Wow, somebody should tell the evangelicals that it wasn't an immaculate conception!

    September 1, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  6. Alex

    really I thought Evangelicals disapprove having sex and especially getting pregnant before marriage!

    September 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. David Peter

    HYPOCRACY. Teenage pregnancy is NOT okay.

    September 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. Texas

    Did she follow her parents role model by getting pregnant out of wedlock? I guess teaching her abstance did not work. And this is someone we want leading the country. Just teach abstinance in this day and age is a joke!

    September 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. Go Sarah

    I cannot believe how biased that horrible Campbell Brown is being in her attack on Sarah Palin right now. I don't expect her to be fair, but is it really necessary for her to make personal attacks? If it's ok to attack Sarah Palin for being a bad mother for (1) letting her 17 year old daughter get pregnant; and (2) having a baby that she knew had Down's Syndrome, then why can't she throw a punch at Barack Obama for letting his brother live on $1 a month. LEAVE THE FAMILIES OUT OF IT.

    September 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. H. Mills

    Abstinence obviously does not work, even in the best of homes with the strongest of Evangelical Christian values. How about finally dealing with the problem of teenage pregnancy with some sex education and free access to birth control? Perhaps then we would not need the option of abortion?

    September 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. Adrienne

    Even Glenn Beck? Because I remember Glenn ripping into Jamie Lynn Spears for being an unwed pregnant teen. Glenn was down right nasty about it.

    September 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. David

    What a joke! Can you imagine how those evangelicals would be ripping apart Barak Obama for being a "godless liberal" if it were HIS daughter that was pregnant? And while I agree that this is mostly an issue for Palin and her family, it does have some legitimacy (no pun intended) as an issue in the election because of her support for abstinence-only sex education and her views on reproductive rights.

    September 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. Sam

    Family values?

    September 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Hussein Means Handsome

    They don't have any choice but to support this. They were jumping for joy when her candidacy was announced so it won't do to abandon her now.

    September 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Pepou

    Palin should be taking care of her children instead of running for VP. Her daughter's pregnancy at 17 proves the imbecility of "abstinence" for sex education. For all her conservative values Palin is appaling,

    September 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Mark

    Remember people, Bristol has that choice currently... If we elect McCain and Palin, she will no longer have that CHOICE....

    Roe vs Wade people, Roe Vs Wade....

    Obama/Biden 08!! 12!!!

    Hillary 16!! 20!!

    September 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Franky

    As far as her daughter goes, she has a child. Who knows what kind of daughter she is but Palin probably should have mentioned something earlier before it get out or Senator McCain for that matter if he knew. As far as I'm concerned, I ain't gonna get into an argument that I don't even know about personally, but most likely I don't wanna know about since I found out. Just because they rallied around her just because she kept it, even though we don't know what the heck is this family about, it just shows me that nothings change. She's a woman who can take the job at any instant moment, the least we can find out if we can see her integrity...or let alone I don't know even know what.

    September 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. hillary supporter

    of course they are going to still back her. All they care about is someone is as far right as themselves get elected. So sad.

    September 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. Woman Voter

    Do you really think she has a choice? Her mother is pro-abortion.She probably don't have a choice about marriage neither. I feel so sorry for her children. Do she just care about votes? i hope not. This affect everyone in the United States.

    September 1, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Ramesh Shrestha

    What the heck is wrong with evangelicals and conservatives? What is the conservative stance and evangelical value and ideology? It is gracious of Senator Obama to consider Palin's daughter's pregnancy a private family matter, but hey, we can not shut our mouths, especially after so much has been meted out against Senator Obama. Don't you see this girl committed fornication and you know what the Bible says about it. It is a shame, folks. What did conservative, family value oriented Pali teach her daughter about pre-marital sex and morality? You don't get it, evangelicals and conservatives, you really don't.

    September 1, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Jill Jensen

    I am more excited about Sarah Palin than I was before.

    This shows she is in-touch with her kids enough, enough that they follow her values.

    September 1, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. gary

    THATS LIFE .ITS NOT LIKE SHE IS THE ONLY YOUNG GIRL THATS BEEN PREGNANT IN THE WORLD. ITS JUST THE HATERS HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO.THE MEDIA AND O.B.'S YOUNG SUPPORTERS ALL SHOULD GROW UP.IAM SURE PALINS DAUGHTER IS MORE MATURE JUST BY ALL THE HATE COMMENTS THAT ARE LEFT BY MORONS. KEEP HATING YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS.YOUR THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO LEAD TO O.B.'S DEFEAT IN NOV.IF IT ISN'T CLINTONS SUPPORTERS ,HER AND HER FAMILY ITS PALIN ,MCCAIN AND THEIR FAMILIES. GET A LIFE LOOSERS. AMERICA GETS WHAT THEY DESERVE ,IF THE FUTURE IS HATERS LIKE YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS.

    September 1, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Hsin

    This reaction from the evangelical peanut gallery really should come as no surprise. It seems that premarital relations are a much bigger deal in this coterie if they involve participants of the same sex or birth control. As long as a shotgun wedding ensues and there is no hint that any parties involved consider abortion, (political) absolution is all but guaranteed.

    September 1, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. drf

    Maybe if she embraced sex education, the daughter wouldn't be in this predicament. No one is ready for parenthood, and especially marriage, at 17. Do they realize that single parent households are worse for children than two parent households? Check the research.
    Time for us to give the evangelical-right-wing hypocrites some of their own medicine. They should practice what they preach.

    September 1, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. Didi

    Psa 26:4 I did not sit with liars, and I will not be found among hypocrites.

    These so called evangelicals who are really political cronies hiding behind the cloth love the Republican Party more than they love God. They don't have any family values. But we all know if that were Michelle Obama's or Hillary Clinton's pregnant teenage daughter Tony Perkins and others would be pointing a finger at them and saying what a poor example they are setting. They would be raking these mothers across the hotest of coals.

    As a born again, bible-toting Christian, I'm offended by these hypocrites.

    September 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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