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. E.J.

    "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.'"
    That is a key point indeed. Bristol got the chance to make a "choice." Under McCain's leadership she won't.
    Congratulations to the "proud," "pro-family" grandparents-to-be!

    September 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. oscar

    Did not know this election was an American idol , real world sob story election. No wait it was about issues right?

    September 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Dem for unity

    Comes to show you that nobody is perfect even if you are a, "CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN OR IN HER CASE A CONSERVATIVE FEMINIST". Some High School relationships work however not all. Wishing her the very best for the future.

    September 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. mike

    I respect this lady and all that she juggles with family is truly impressive. However, I also now a lot of mothers doing the same with their careers and family. One of them my mom, who has 5 kids, 2 jobs, and raised all of us to succeed personally, and professionaly and still has a 12 yr old left. I think my mom is the greatest person but she is in no way ready to be V.P because she does what a lot of mothers do. How is palin going to be dealing with global threats, and domestic issues with 5 kids, 1 infant, 1 pregnant, and 1 in iraq. That's too much distraction, especially considering she's a heartbeat away from replacing a 72 year old, with a repeat recurrence of his cancer.

    September 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Charles Lewis

    What I find interesting is her he support of abstinence only education. Wow, what a reformer and forward thinker.

    September 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. tellthetruth

    Mr. and Ms. Palin need to monitor there chlidren before they decide to tell the country whats good for it.

    September 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Texan for OBAMO

    U don't get to ask the country to vote you in as a vice-president and think ur "personal life" is not an issue...it was an issue for Bill when he had a "personal affair", nor was it "private" when every word that came out of Rev. Wright's mouth was taped onto OBAMA...so NO...i will not ignore that this woman can't even teach her daughter about "safer sex" and then think she's qualified to run our country...if she wants privacy...go be a grandma and don't ask to be vice-pres...cuz if it had been chelsie who was pregnant...none of the GOP's would let it go...they'd beat it like every other dead horse they come across....Palin is not HILLARY and she's insulting every american trying to be....

    September 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Tammy

    Man, this pick keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to hear the spin on this "family's values"....ha ha ha.....

    September 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Former McCain Voter

    Please let this turn out bad for the McCain-Palin people

    September 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Susan

    I'm glad Miss Palin has a loving supporting family, and I wish her all the best.

    I'm disturbed that Sarah Palin opposes comprehensive reproductive education and opposes choice for others.

    September 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. JBLATL

    WOW -it seems that no one in the Palin family understands how to use birth control.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Glen

    What scares me most is that I'm not shocked.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. joycelyn

    wow, this is what the repugs are going to teach our children. Okay to get pregnant as a teenager and eventually marry your baby dady regardless. STOP! am not saying she should get rid of it. I have to clarify because i know the conservatives will jump all over it. If they are such conservatives, shouldn't they be teaching thier child abstinence? Teenage pregnancy is a real problem nation wide so the repugs should look again at prevention, contraceptives, condoms etc. as they cannot follow thier child everywhere just like the rest of us.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Kay

    Another abstinence only success story. It's going to be an interesting next 60 days as this woman gets vetted by the public since McSame doesn't appear to have done a thorough job.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. OS

    A mother who cannot manage the family is chosen to be the future second in command of this country.

    What lessons is she going to give to the teenage generation of this country and world about teen pregnancy and child birth???

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Eric Sievering

    I think some may say this points to the "family values" that the Palin family respects. I see this in a different light. I see a mother "Nominee Palin" who already has five children, and her daughter who is having a child at 17 as a sign of irresponsible behavior on the families part. I think in an age when birth control is available and resources are tight around the world a family that large shows a lack of understanding and self control. Nominee Palin seems like a smart woman, but I don't think she's thinking big picture about her, and her families choices and how they affect the world.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. florida voter

    Sarah palin is no role model,maybe if she had more time on her hand she would know what is going on in her daughters life.bad bad move john insane!

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Woman Physicist

    This is NOT good. What about the policy to reduce teen pregnancy? What kind of message this family is trying to send to our teenage daughters?
    This family is NOT what average American families are and it is NOT what we want for our children.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. B Hestand

    Good Luck Bristol here in Northern California Support you

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Ron

    So the party of "family values" is propping up a man who cheated on and dumped his first wife after she was disfigured in a car accident, and a 44-year-old grandmother.

    Nice.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Mander

    Interesting that they chose to release this statement when everyone's got their attention focused on Gustav, not to mention on a holiday...

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Wendy

    Stop digging someone else' privacy! It is none of your business.
    Your report has made me vote for Palin!

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Kim Smith

    WHAT? The Abstinence Only program did not work?

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. haha

    wow great job McCain!! Another "conservative" republican and family caught in a sexual/immoral scandal. now i wonder how old the father really is? can we say "statutory". I am a life long Republican and even McCain's "conservative" pick makes me sick. More reasons to make me feel that voting democrat this election is the right choice!!

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. John

    I'm confused as to how or why this is considered "Breaking News" by CNN. Apparently disappointed that Gustav didn't blow New Orleans off the map, they are now setting their sites on other issues of obvious national importance.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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