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. Christy C

    Bristol's pregnancy is evidence of how out of control Sarah Palin's family's life has become, because she is so focused on her own needs and career ambitions, that she has neglected her children, forcing Bristol to look elsewhere for the love and attention that she so desperately needs. The fact that John McCain knew of the pregnancy and still offered the Vice Presidency to Mrs. Palin is outrageous. Both McCain and Mrs. Palin have ignored this child's cry for help in the name of politial ambition. The inevitable media storm will do nothing to improve the emotional and mental health of this damaged family.

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Jason

    Wow, it just keeps getting better, huh? Only met her once before picking her, she's pro-ANWR drilling, pro-big oil, anti-choice, under investigation for corruption, and now this.

    Of course, if she DIDN'T keep the baby, I bet Sarah Palin would have her fired from whatever job she has.

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Slick

    Now that's family values! Get pregnant , then get married....and then divorced after high school....then do it all again.....................nothing like the 9 months of darkness in AK.

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Bob W

    All should protect the privacy of the young mother here. It's too bad such inflammatory accusations (regarding Gov Palin's infant son actually belonging to the daughter) have to spill over and affect innocent young adults. It's laudable she is allowing this baby to live. It's clearer now than ever the Palins are an average American family with the same challenges all have. Certainly this speaks to initial point Sarah Palin is one of us.

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. TheLeftNut

    Oops! I thought republicans got married first then got pregnant.

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Ben

    Honestly...who cares? This is not a tabloid, and Bristol is not running for anything. It is a sad state of affairs when a teenage pregnancy is politicized. Lets leave the girl alone, and lets focus on making sure the baby will grow up in a prosperous and safe America.

    Back to the issues!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Keith Bledsoe

    It figures. I knew it was just a matter of time before the real Palin was exposed. She can't even keep a grip on her own family. Daughter got pregnant actually at "16". Gonna get married at "17" . Obama will be the next president by a landslide.

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. David Trevino

    I must be totally ignorant because I fail to see how this qualifies as a valid news story. Granted, I realize there is a sleaze factor the media may be trying to exploit, but this is a private matter and has absolutely nothing to do with this candidates qualifications to run as a VP. In fact this type of story, will only divert attention from her inexperience and emphasize her position on one issue (abortion rights) which has absolutely nothing to do with how this person will run this country. I simply don't understand how CNN could run this story as "breaking news" It is totally irresponsible and only perpetuates the problem with american politics today.

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. T. Simon

    McCain is a joke. Seems to already show signs of senility. Palin,our next president? We cannot afford to let the additude of undercover bigotry continue to mess this nation up! When willwe realize this and call it likeit is?

    T.. Simon

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Roddie

    As someone who had a child at 17 I know how hard this will be and think that when the Dems attack her they need to remember a few things. Number one is that there are tons of us that chose to keep our children. Number two is that BHO already said he would not want his children strapped with "no baby" so his first reaction – no matter what his daughter wanted – would be to murder the child. The media will bash this poor young lady and CNN will lead the way but it would be wise to watch how you attack "us".

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Karrie, MD

    You know, having an infant with special needs, and now a pregnant 17 year of daughter, maybe Sarah Palen should concentrate more on her own family then trying to run the lives of millions of families in this country.

    Now the Dems can run an ad with McCain and Brittany Spears' little sister. So much for family values.

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Dan

    Congratulations to the Palin family. No doubt the Democrats will use this private family issue to their advantage - what a shame. If this had happened to the Obama or Biden families, everybody would applaud their situation. However, everybody is looking for a way to make everything the Republicans do look negative.

    September 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Paul


    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Allen

    I doubt it's a rumor. If your daughter is 17 and pregnant with her second child, you've made some parenting mistakes. If you can't keep your family in line, what makes you think you can be president?

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. jd

    Weren't the Clinton's supposed to be the "hillbillies" of US politics?

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Bill

    Its highly irresponsible for Palin to take an 8hr flight without informing the airline after her water broke from Dallas to Alaska knowing she was carrying a high risk pregnancy at 44. To accept a VC nomination having a 3 months old and pending grandchild from a teenage mom who will need all the support confirms a troubling character trait. Reckless!

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Kate Griffin

    Yeah, that looks like the belly of someone who is five months pregnant. Hmm. I wouldn't be surprised if Bristol miraculously had a miscarriage in the coming months.

    Even if this statement is true, what horrible mother puts her own interests above her daughter's? She knew her teenage daughter was pregnant, and would be subjected to public humiliation and spectacle, but still decided to run for the second most visible political office in the country? Wow. Mother of the year, right here.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Chris

    This is not news CNN. Got anything about the economy? Job Loss? Inflation?

    Keep it up you hacks.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. john

    Teenage sex before marriage, huh? So much for conservative / Republican family values. Wake up America, and don't be fooled by the hypocrites in the GOP. Vote Obama / Biden.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. meck

    Keep Bristol's privacy......what a joke. Welcome to the party! McCain realy has some bad judgement. If he actualy knew that Palins daughter was pregnant before he picked her. And he thinks this doesnt matter. If Palin cant look after her own daughter properly, what does that say of her? By the way, how old was Sarah Palin when she had her first child...I bet u she must have been 17 too, so its OK.
    I could forgive McCain if he had said he didnt know, but then again...he met this lady only once, thought she was beautiful and intelligent and picked her for VP (she was once Miss Something right!!)

    My opinion.

    Meck, Vanc.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. mitchman

    Ah – good old family values platform. Senior in High School, knocked and pregnant. Love the irony.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    Hypocrisy at its best. Isn't she conservative christian evangelical whatever? Anyway how dare mccain gamble our country away for his political gain with this clown of a women who is so far right she is off the charts? She has far far less experience than Obama who has 8 yrs as Illinois Senator and 4 as US senator and mccain bashed him for that yet its okay for mccain? Hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy. Can't wait though til the evangelicals get a hold of that. Talk about christian morals, that is certainly off the table. I actually think this is funny and serves mccain right, what a claim. This man is a joke.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Pam

    And this is a presidential candidate with good judgement???? McCain, you just blew it. This is who you chose to be second in command???? You'll NEVER have my vote. There are far too many other things that are going to come out about Sarah Palin. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Asbury Park, NJ

    Well, this is really not that relevant in my opinion. On the other hand, if this happened in one of the Dem candidates' families, I can just imagine all the ugly slurs coming from the Republicans, so I won't fret too much over some jibes coming in towards Palin.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. hagelgrl

    I don't believe the rumors.

    That said, I find her daughter's pregnancy awfully convenient.

    Rumor or no rumor, however, Palin should have kept her daughter's affairs out of the spot light.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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