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. Sabrina

    Now we're hearing about the CHILDREN of the candidates?

    Just when you thought the media coverage couldn't get more off-topic.

    I don't care about Obama or McCain's houses, or their misspeaks.

    I don't care whose wife wears what. Or what their children wear.

    I don't care where any of them goes on vacation.

    I care about the economy, energy independence, and healthcare.

    CNN, figure out how to address issues that are important to voters. This is the WORST media coverage of an election I have ever seen.

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. GOPDOA

    What happened to those republican values ?

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Memnoch

    It's like Cheney. It's okay for the Right to preach that the government should interfere in our personal lives and choices, until it happens to their family. Then they want their privacy respected.

    Hopefully, all will work out well for all children involved and that this will cause the governor to rethink the hypocrisy of her social platform.

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Joe in MN

    It's too bad Palin does not support sex-ed in school, but rather wants families to educated their own children.

    Ha!

    And she supported the bridge to nowhere in 2006.

    That's their campaign slogan: Bridge to Nowhere

    September 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. nkirkwod31

    um isn't Palin an Abstinence only supporter? How do we expect her to promote that throughout the country when she can't even teach her own high school daughter that. Hypocrite, I'm very interested to see how the republicans spin this.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Jessie

    So a minor in Sarah's household gets pregnant, and she thinks she has time to run the country. What a phoney and a fake.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. JOJO

    So much so for the Evangelical warior keep on law of God and break the other farce!politics

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Interesred American

    Wow! Talk about a bombshell!! What happens now?

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Lane

    How ironic this news comes out on a day that New Orleans faces a hurricane and it's likely not to get much attention.

    Once again, the republicans say one thing and do another.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Lori

    Every family has issues and mistakes are made. It's the decision making that's done afterwards that's key. Duel working parents, family member with a disability, teenagers that find themselves in difficult situations.. I don't think anyone can say that they are not in touch with the typical American family. It would be nice if we could combine the life's experiences and difficulties of ALL the candidates.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. L in Virginia

    these are the family values of which the right wing speaks? Somebody put a fork in McCain, I think he's done -

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. jack

    of course mccain knew this when he picked palin; this'll be spinned, used, and abused so mccain can court the conservative base and turn this election away from issues like the economy, education, and healthcare to divisive issues like religion and the war. bush won two elections by making the word liberal a bad thing. mccain is terrified, and probably overjoyed by the fact that this 17 yr old is pregnant.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. D in Phoenix

    Did the daughter "decide" to keep the baby, or did the parents "decide" for her?
    It'll be a moot point if McCain/Palin win in November. At that point McCain will seek to change the balance of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, thus helping everyone to "decide" to keep the baby or slip into some back alley to break the law.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Steven

    And Palin believe and wanted to teach abstinence only in school! She obviously failed as a mother, how can we trust her as a leader?

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Dan in AZ

    I don't really care that her daughter's pregnant. This happens. What bothers me is that it will turn into a talking point for the media and the political parties. This is a non-issue.

    But Palin's stance on abortion worries me, as does her stance on drilling in Alaska, and off-shore drilling, and her immense lack of experience, and so on and so on.

    I would have taken McCain a lot more seriously eight years ago.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Lodi

    The mind boggles at this.

    What was McCain thinking?

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Dany

    NO

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. n.

    all this on the heels of internet rumours that Sarah's youngest son is actually her grandson. The Republicans release this story now – by the time the election comes around I'm sure we'll see a "miscarriage" as I believe Bristol is not pregnant now but was previously.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Gene

    Today is the happiest day for Americans. God is exposing their values and morality. Republicans 're fake preachers and fake people.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. bob in LA

    This is so laughable!
    The viruous, "we dictate how other live and hwo they love "party is headed by an adulterer and has picked a woman that was not able to instill the good sense) forget values!) to not get pregnant in her daughter.
    I am not judging the young lady and wish her, the baby and her soon to be husband a long happy life together. I am judging the party for which her mother is the VP choice.
    We are dictated to by McCain about values and that only a man and a woman can be married, yet he had several women during his first marriage. We have a Presisdent form that same party that tells us how to live our lives and what we can do with our bodies, yet he was the drinking drug abuser. Now we have a pro-lifer, anti gay marriage VP canddiate tell us her daughter is preganant. Isn't she gald she had the choivce to keep the baby. A choice that is not available in all countries because the government intervenes in peoples personal lives!

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Tammy

    Can we use her family as an example of why faith-based sex education doesn't work? Because it doesn't, folks.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Cathy-SoCal

    I totally understand that families have hardships and difficulties...but c'mon now - you want this woman in the White House? She can't even keep control of her family!! And why on earth would anyone seek to be in the office when you've got a full plate that includes a seriously challenged infant to take care of??? Her priorities are a wee bit out of kilter it seems to me. I'm all for a woman in the White House - someday - but she's not the right one.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. R. Cooper

    So Ms. Palin told McCain this on the first and only day she met him? Yeah right!

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. McSurge

    Focus on the Family Values?

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. PJ, New York Independent

    Oh well, it happens to even the best people/families. At least she's not going to kill it/get rid of it. If it were Obama's decision, he'd have the baby aborted late term, then let it die on the table, as he supported/fought for in Illinois but is now (with the help of the liberal news media) covering that up.

    September 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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