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. Hello!!!

    yet another thing that makes the average american be able to relate to this family......

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Obama 08

    lol so much for the "Family Values" of the Republican Party. McCain's finished.

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Vinson

    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.

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Ben

    How is this news?? And why should we care?

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Nancy from FL

    I guess that abstinence-only program worked wonders for the Palin family.

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Appalled

    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.

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Angeljo

    I don't care!! Levees being overtopped in New Orleans. A pregnant 17 year old I don't really consider news.

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. laura

    Shae can't even run her own family.

    September 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Vic

    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

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Elenadia from New york

    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...

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. linda from South Dakota

    well,, thats grt,,,i still believe in pro-choice tho in certain situations,,,best of luck bristol

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Foreign observer

    That´s the future of the American women – bearing machines to fill the millitary. She should have taken Chelsea Clinton as a positive example.

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. George

    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!

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    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!

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Shane H.

    Can't help but wonder how bible-belt conservatives are gonna take this news... I guess we'll see.

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. brian

    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....

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Scott

    So much for high minded Republican Morality.

    The Republicans are fools, Bristol Palin, not included. She's just a kid.

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. jackson smith ny ny

    This decision by McCain just gets more and more ridiculous. His poor judgment is being showcased for all the world to see.

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Debra

    Congratulations to the Palin family

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. H. Charles

    This is the dirtiest of dirty politics.

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. old soldier

    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.

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. APJ

    Wow this was a horrible pick by McCain.... absolutely HORRENDOUS!

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Gary Chandler in Canada

    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?

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Mike da Hippie

    Wow. good parenting Sarah.September suprise!

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. McGimmick

    Pathetic!

    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?

    September 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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