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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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Lightning

    This is what happens when you preach abstinence only.

    September 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Tim

    The party of family values. Cons never disappoint.

    September 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Sad Voter

    McCain sure knows how to pick um.

    September 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Will, NJ

    Why is no one hammering away that Pallin is a creationist? Our country's success has been built of of scientific research and innovation, not Bible study. Unless people are ready for the next dark age, don't let this person take any kind of office.

    September 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Just amazing!

    What kind of pick was Sarah Palin???

    September 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. rachel

    guess that's bound to happen when you don't beleive in birth control.

    September 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Hillary Supporter

    Nice family values. She just lost my vote.

    September 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Kim, Charlotte NC

    That is so sad..........................

    September 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Dianne

    I feel sorry for Palin's daughter that she is going to have become an adult so quickly. She will have to help take care of her brother and now she is going to have a baby herself. I think she must be a very special young lady. That is another reason Palin should have thought about the needs of her family instead of personal ambition. McCain needs better judgement in this choice. Just proves that he is not ready for being President.

    September 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. sara

    just like Edwards campaign manager is the father of Edwards son...it is only a matter of time before we know the truth.

    She is paying for her mothers backward way of thinking...don't teach your kids about birth control, let them be mothers at 17!

    September 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. SwayingVoter

    Thank you CNN... This is exactly why I support your broadcast. You cut staight through the rumor mill and get the facts... Good JOB!

    September 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Liz

    That is exactly the role modeling America needs. Sexually active teenagers understanding that an "oops" demands personal responsibility on the part of mother AND father. This new life deserves nothing less.

    September 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. REPUBLICAN FAMILY VALUES

    Proof that abstinence only education DOES NOT WORK!!

    September 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Apollonia Creed

    I don't think the daughter should be villified for this, but doesn't it go against the family values platform they were apparently trying to highlight by picking a self proclaimed soccer mom with 5 kids?

    September 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. briggs lawton

    Great parenting clearly. Must not have gotten "enough" of that abstinence only education.

    September 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Bill

    So, a staunch conservative with so-called conservative family values has a 17 year-old daughter who engages in pre-marital sex. So much for winning over the conservative base, John. I bet Mitt Romney's looking pretty good right about now!!!

    September 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. s.positive

    Mcbush has proved why AMERICA cannot trust him for another four years. If he had any sense, he should have vetted this woman fot the sake of country first. What an Idiot...

    September 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. So?

    Why would any lberal have a problem with a pregnant teenager?
    She may get extra votes now.

    September 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Rick james

    Oh No! what does this mean for teenage pregnancy around the United States??

    What are we condoning??

    September 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. DMC, USA

    Roe v Wade...here we go.

    September 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Dee

    She wants privacy but she can't keep her nose out of someone else's uterus? Nice.

    September 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Tom

    How cruel that Sarah Palin is making her daughter marry a man she probably doesn't love.

    September 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Billy

    So, Bristol got pregnant while she was missing school because of Mono or was that a lie too?

    This smells funny.

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Wow, she must instill incredible family values in her children.

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. cody

    Any Obama supporters who try to exploit this (and some will) are as bad as McCain himself when he made his infamous Chelsea Clinton joke.

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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