September 1st, 2008
12:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin's 17-year-old daughter pregnant

Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, second from the right, is pregnant.
Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, second from the right, is pregnant.

ST. PAUL (CNN) – Bristol Palin, the 17 year old daughter of Sarah Palin, is pregnant and will keep the baby and marry the father, a senior McCain aide confirmed to CNN Monday.

McCain was aware of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he chose her mother for his running mate, the aide said.

“Senator McCain knew this and felt in no way did it disqualify her from being vice president,” said the aide. “Families have difficulties sometimes and lucky for her she has a supportive family.”

Bristol Palin, a senior in high school, is about 5 months along, in her second trimester, according to the aide.

The aide said they decided to reveal this information now because of rampant Internet rumors that Sarah Palin’s four month old baby, who has Down Syndrome, was actually Bristol’s.

“In the course of correcting that, we needed to get the truth out,” said the McCain aide.

In a statement from Sarah and Todd Palin, they said they were “proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents.”

They also asked the media to respect their daughter’s privacy.

The McCain aide insisted a key point to keep in mind is that Bristol decided to keep the baby, a decision “supported by her parents.”


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  1. cindy

    Hum... the truth comes out huh. It does explain the new baby. It doesn't explain why it took 4 days to come out. Given time, we would of found out. I can't figure out how a woman with a downs baby and pregnant 17 year old can find the time to be a mom in all the attention that is required to be VP of our country. Priorities are important to me as a mom, grand mom.

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. kellie

    This is the pick that keeps on giving!

    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. rowland hill

    They are proud that she's having the baby and proud to become grandparents. I'm sure as Conservative Christians they are even more proud that their daughter was having unprotected sex as a minor before she was married! Hurray for their parenting abilities!!! After all, being a mediocre mother of 5 qualifies Palin for the 2nd highest position in the world! I mean....that's the most impressive part of her resume besides being mayor of a town of less than 9,000 or being Governor of the 3rd least populated state in the country....but hey, it's not as if McCain's choice for VP was a gimmick at all..............

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. JC

    What on EARTH! What kind of family is this? How is this OK? Is this the message we want for our children........it's OK to be unmarried and pregnant at 17. I think the Republican Party and John McCain have lost their minds!

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. brian

    Let me see if I have this straight - Sarah Palin is gladly sending her son off to Iraq, and her 17 year old daughter is pregnant. As a mother, she's a nightmare.

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Cheryl

    All this is fine and good...But if she is this SOCKER MOM as they have tried to portray don't try to project this goody 2 shoes image in front of AMERICA!

    There is no more privacy.....hasn't anybody noticed she's running for the VP of the USA.....her life in case she doesn't get it, is no longer PRIVATE, and that includes her whole FAMILY....Have you forgotten BILLY CARTER?

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. texas4obama

    Interesting. Mistakes happen but what about all this "values" talk. Kudos for McCain taking that risks.

    High school baby mama. That is a reality in the states though.... Wow McCain blew it...

    Oh yeah... Obama '08

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. HillDem

    Respecting thier privacy, is keeping the baby for "pro-life" stance to teenage grils justified?

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. keith

    Wow! What will "Values Voters" have to say about this when it's one of their own?

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. RyanD.

    Sad she thinks her career is more important than keeping an eye on her large family. Dragging her 3 month old special needs baby on the road, her 16 year old is getting pregnant and instead of letting it play out Sarah Palin lies and says her daughter has "mono".

    Palin is running on "judgement", not experience...this is the type of "judgement" she has?

    Rescind the VP offer, go home and take care of your family. Seriously.

    September 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. RYAN kr Jr

    WOW! LOL Republicans and their preach of morality and values.... believe me she is the mother of the six months old boy Sarah is the grandmother....LOL Republican 're sinking like Titantic.... Where is Sen. Craig?

    September 1, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Vivian

    Poor girl. Her private mistake is now national news because of her mother's ambition. What a burden for a 17year old!

    September 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Barry Whitman

    Game over. Here is the public reaction whether you are a dem or rep.
    5kids!!!!! One with Downs??!?! How old is She? 44??!?!? What??? What is she thinking?!?!? Mayor of a city of 8000?!?! My high school had about that many students, heck many university had 3 times that many, no big deal… Govenor for 20 months in Alaska?? where is the proven leadership the Republicans keep talking about? Now her daughter is pregnant!!! This is what happens when you spread yourself too thin and not spend the time you need with your children….Where was Sarah?!!?!? Running for mayor or govenor during those formative years…..It would not be an issue if the Republican did not control the national narrative on family and moral values. Oh but didn't McCain cheat on his first wife and then divorced her to marry Cindy just months later who turned out to be an addict stealing from her own charity. Wow…….. And I have not even mentioned the failed policies of Bush that McCain and Palin both pledge to maintain…

    And how many times did McCain meet Sarah Palin before making her the VP Candidate ahead of no less than a half dozen well qualified running mates?....Oh yeah... 1 time.... with McCain the picture of health an longevity (McCain has had cancer 4 times!!! and is the oldest candidate who is not running for re-election) ..Sure Palin is a natural choice.......can anyone say 'Dementia'....

    like I said Game over McCain …..Game Over…..

    September 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Ron

    Okay, I will admit it, I was wrong. There is a God and he has a sense of humor.

    Keep those conservative views and keep preaching absentince over protection. That always keep teenage hormones in check.

    September 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Heather

    Lightning said
    "This is what happens when you preach abstinence only."

    I could not agree more.

    While I feel sorry for this young girl, I blame her parents as well for not being "real" and discussing with her the "birds and bees."
    Forcing this girl to marry to save what image Mrs. Palin has left is a travesty in itself, however. It is not the dark ages, Mrs. Palin. Your daughter is still a child.....be a good parent by sticking by her and helping her. Not by forcing her to do what the RELIGIOUS RIGHT would have you do.

    September 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Al

    Are teenagers not suppose to be in school? Of couse some will say what's wrong with this pregnancy. But shouldn't a person aspiring to live in white house give some good examples?

    September 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. RJW

    What kind of example is this to set for our teens. We have been trying to control teen pregnancy. Now we are telling our teens it's okay as long as you get married the father and struggle the rest of your ife. Or for some teens they may say My Mom is wealthy to take of my future problem she's Vice President.

    September 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. WeKnow

    If the blogs are true, this will be Bristol's second child. I am very disappointed in Palin's policies, but do not preach about being the mother of a downs child if you are covering up for your daughter's poor choices.

    September 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. CB

    Instead of running for political office you should have been paying attention to your daughter. OOPs did I say that. How old is the guy? Was it rape? Must have been a cold day in Alaska, I guess the energy (oil) wasn't enough to heat up things.

    September 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Love that hypocrisy!

    Can't any of those Palin women every say NO??? This family gives trailer trash a good name.

    I think America has far too much of the Palin carbon footprint right now.

    September 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Reggie

    I am in the U.S Army (17 years), are you kidding me? Is John McCain smoking crack? This woman can end up being in charge of the MILITARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!H%^ NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please God, Help us, we know NOT what we are doing. IF McCAIN WINS, I WILL LEAVE THE SERVICE EARLIER THAN I THOUGHT, SCREW THIS CRAP, MY FELLOW SOLDIERS ARE ALREADY FEELING THE SAME WAY. THIS IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE CHOICE BY McCAIN AND WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS, NOT NOW, THE MILITATY? McCain met with her ONCE AND SHE IS READY TO BE VICE PRESIDENT, SOMETHING SMELLS REALLY BAD, I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE MIT OR ANOTHER WOMAN WHO ACTUALLY HAS SOME INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE. THE WORLD IS LAUGHING REALLY HARD AT US. IF McCAIN WANTS THE MILITARY TO TAKE THINGS SERIOUSLY HE NEEDS TO ALSO. HE JUST COMPLETELY LOST MY VOTE.

    September 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. franck

    nice family ... values :d

    September 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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