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.”
yet another thing that makes the average american be able to relate to this family......
lol so much for the "Family Values" of the Republican Party. McCain's finished.
So much for family values, huh Repubs? LOL!!!!
I'm sure somehow the McCain camp is going to blame Obama and liberals that Palin's daughter is pregnant.
How is this news?? And why should we care?
I guess that abstinence-only program worked wonders for the Palin family.
I'm sorry, but we CANNOT have people leading this country that have teenage children having babies. Shame on you Senator McCain and Governor Sarah Palin for acting like this is normal teenage behavior. Teenage pregnancies are a problem in this country and saying you are "excited" is not the right message.
I don't care!! Levees being overtopped in New Orleans. A pregnant 17 year old I don't really consider news.
Shae can't even run her own family.
McCain VP pick Sarah Palin has a 5 months old baby. Now, her 17 years old teenage daughter is 5 months pregnant. What in the hell is McCain thinking? This VP pick is getting more ridiculous with more information that we are getting about her.
Republican voting for Obama/Biden 08
Oh wow, where was the "abstinence only" theory when you really need it?
May be some sex education and birth control would have allowed this young girl to get a college education and find out what she really wanted to do with her life instead of bearing the heavy responsibility of raising a child when she is still a child herself.
But she has a mother who says even if her daughter were raped, she would oppose abortion...
well,, thats grt,,,i still believe in pro-choice tho in certain situations,,,best of luck bristol
That´s the future of the American women – bearing machines to fill the millitary. She should have taken Chelsea Clinton as a positive example.
Palin's 17 year old daughter is pregnant! Shows you how well her policies on teen pregnancy work! Cna't get her own daughter to practice abstinence, and wants to impose it on the whole country.
Let's apply Palin's right-wing radical values to the whole country. Let's ban condoms and sex ed! Teen pregnancies for all!
Do you mean she is not mother of the year like the GOP has told us? I wonder if she was a better mom to her daughter would this had happen. She cares more about her political future than she does her family!
Can't help but wonder how bible-belt conservatives are gonna take this news... I guess we'll see.
lets see how they spin this one into some pro-life example for all 17yr olds..how can the parents of the US possibly tell their daughters its not ok to get pregnant at 17 if we allow the VP's daughter to do it? This is disgusting and an absolutely horrible example to the young ladies of our country....
So much for high minded Republican Morality.
The Republicans are fools, Bristol Palin, not included. She's just a kid.
This decision by McCain just gets more and more ridiculous. His poor judgment is being showcased for all the world to see.
Congratulations to the Palin family
This is the dirtiest of dirty politics.
Are you kidding? Who is going to believe that especially since they only had one meeting and one telephone call!!! This adds more controversy over his selection.
Wow this was a horrible pick by McCain.... absolutely HORRENDOUS!
OKAY , a Blogger, proud of Palin, says she does not even believe in the use of birth control.
Is this actaully TRUE? (what about for teenagers, and women over 40?)
McCain and Palin are deeply divided on abortion BTW. He votes to fund pro choice groups, she would not, he is okay with abortion in rape and incest, she is not.
Maybe there should be a candidate / running mate DEBATE!?
What is his stand on birth control?
Wow. good parenting Sarah.September suprise!
So is the McCain campaign saying it's okay for young girls to get pregnant at a young age? Is this the overall message in him selecting this UNVETTED VP?
And more importantly.... did the rest of the GOP GANG know this?