September 1st, 2008
12:35 PM ET
10 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. Tasha S.

    It was stated somewhere that one of her daughters has been missing from school, iI guess this is the one that's pregnant. This Palin can't even run her own house watching over her children, how is she going to run the country?

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

    "Excited to be grandparents?" Really? Headline should read "17-year-old Forced to Have Baby and Marry Teenage Father to Advance Mother's Political Career".

    McCain's choice of Palin was out of impulse and fueled by hopes for personal gain. This was not the best choice for our nation and will likely derail the Republican ticket.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Robert

    Why is this news? She's a fundie. They don't teach about safe sex in schools.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    These people have no shame! Lecturing us on "family values" when Palin's daughter has been messing around with her boyfriend! Palin putting her political career before the care of her special-needs baby!

    Talk about irresponsible! Talk about using your family as political props!

    This hypocrisy is typical of the Republican Party. Wake up, America! You really want these yahoos running the show for another 4 years?

    Obama and Biden are men of integrity, committed to their families and to serving our country. The choice is pretty clear – Obama/Biden 08!

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Whatever

    Nice, this woman was too busy running a state with 600k people to make birth control a priority for her kid. Obviously!

    One heart attack away from the oval office? No, thank you.

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Leskie

    Great !! Good start for the 'abstinence works' folks. Did her mother not have the 'birds and the bees' conversation with her ? Is CONDOM
    not in their vocabulary ??

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Carrie from CO

    I had to double check that I was reading political news not the E channel. Is McCain trying to win the presidency or get a starring role in Desperate Housewives???

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Patrick, Takoma Park MD

    This makes Gov. Palin's opposition to sex education in the schools a much more significant issue, doesn't it?

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. thetruth

    I believe this ia brave decision by a young girl and commend her choice. But, we should aknowledge that it is a choice. I do wonder if her parents did discuss with her the options of abstinence, birth control, etc...

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. RJ

    Unlike Obama likening his daughter's potential pregnancies as "being stuck with a baby," the Palins will "stick" with their daughter and welcome being grandparents.

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. sarah o

    How old was she when she got pregnant, 16? Who is the father? Doesn't Sarah Palin think maybe she should spend more not less time with her kids to avoid adding to the national problem of teen pregnancy?

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. rebecca

    whoa didn't see this one coming: my thoughts, well, okay. i feel bad for the girl bristol. i mean, she may have had sex with the guy, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he is the love of her life, and she may not want to marry him and live with a guy she doesn't love for the rest of her life, merely for the reputation of her mother. i mean, a child will know immediately if their parents don't love each other, and when they figure out that they are the reason that the mom and dad are unhappy together, there will be a lot of guilt. it doesn't matter how much the mom and dad love the kid, if they live together under the same roof, and dislike each other, the kid will know and feel guilty.

    i think this should not be an issue on the campaign trail for either of the campaigns.

    obama/biden 08

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. claudia

    May the media, democrats, republicans, male, female, black, white, red, young, old, healthy, infirm ALL AMERICANS remember: "Let him who is WITHOUT SIN be the first to cast a stone."

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Neil

    This is just the start of what is going to be a lot of dirt coming out about Palin.... bad choice McBush.

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Jeremy Sun

    Think carefully, is THIS the woman YOU want for VP and most likely the next President sometime after 2008?

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. independentmind

    way to instill responsibility in your child. she looks like such a nice mother. when president obama restores our education system ,children will learn more personal responsibility. it is a disgrace when parents don't parent. i have to wonder about her parenting skills when she's willing to take on a national campaign ,with a special needs baby in tow ,or being taken care of by others.

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Yup

    Who cares? (For all the smart people who are going to say they do, why?

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Mi

    Wow! What an example for all teenagers out there...and is coming from the most unqualified vice president in the history of this country!

    HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTERS: We cannot let this woman make history before Clinton. Clinton has worked her whole life for women in this country and around the world. She is where she is today because of her hard work and not because of a political calculation. Hillary deserves to make history. It belongs to her. Let's elect Obama this fall for him to star the agenda, that both of them have, so Hillary can finish it in 2016

    it would have been historic if Hillary had gotten the nomination. It was historic that she made it as far as she did. Yes, it would be great to have a woman in the oval office, or in the VP slot if they are the right woman…a woman who got there with her own drive, grit, determination, intelligence, skill and merits. When you’re hand-picked by a man to win votes simply because you are a woman, that doesn’t count, and it doesn’t break any kind of ceiling. Would we have had a Stan Palin as our VP pick? No. So choosing a woman because you think her gender will get votes is insulting.

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. AW

    I wish Bristol Palin the best but I do feel that Gov Palin should withdraw from the race. She should be concentrating on her family right now. It's fine for her to be a working woman but not at the VP level of politics. Her daughter needs her right now. Gov Palin show us that your values are in the right place and make the right decision for your family and the country. In case anyone feels that I'm biased in any way, I felt John Edwards should not run either. He and his wonderful wife Elizabeth had enough on their plate and could not truly put the country first.

    Sen McCain – if indeed you were aware of this young girls pregnancy before you picked Gov Palin, then it only reinforces that you were reckless and did not consider the needs of the country.

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Rick

    I thought she was a supporter of abstinence only?

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Chicago Kev

    I wonder what the next rumor will be aimed at Palin's family will be.

    It's a sad shame that politics gets like this during every major election.

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Nick

    Tells you so much about the family. She cannot even bring up her kids properly. How is she going to raise this country of this mess we are in.

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Andy, Redmond, WA

    Just the sort of family values one has come to expect from the Republican Party.

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. mathew

    Good for her, may God bless them

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Lou

    Such hypocrites are these Republicans! You talk about family values as if you have any any and then your VP candidate failed to instill these values to her underage daughter, who is know knocked up. What a disgrace!!! Clearly this young girl should have been educated about using contraceptives since the Bush administration's ignorance about abstinence-only sex education has failed miserably!!

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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