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. Sean

    So much for the family values argument. Palin couldn't even manage her own family, how is she going to manage our country if McCain dies? We'll be in WWW3 before you know it with all of our civil liberties lost. I think it's time to start looking at the expatriate option if these two shallow thinkers make it into the office. It will be an utter disgrace to admit being an American under a McCain/Palin administration.

    You never hear any of these character issues on the Obama/Biden ticket. Our country will be much safer with the sound judgment of the democratic ticket.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Charlie

    This is hilarious.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Elena

    So much for the Republicans' so-called "family values" and their stubborn refusal to support sex education and birth control programs that would have prevented this tragedy of children having children. And now she's going to marry the guy, no less, adding insult to injury!!

    The obviously superficial vetting process that went on before McCain chose Palin is coming home to roost. God knows what other skeleton's lurk in her closet, but I hope the media unearths them before November. And McCain says she's his "soulmate," no less!!

    McCain and Palin dishonor themselves, the political process and the voters of this country. If having Britney Spears' family in the White Hous isn't enough to convince people to vote for Obama and Biden, then I fear for the future of our nation!

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. george

    Conservative? Family value? To all voters out there who vote solely based on moral issues and continue to think that the republicans are morally superior, you're havin' a laugh.

    At least the dems are upfront and honest about their sleaziness.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. VNS - Dallas, TX

    Same old politics. Remarkable timing to relase this information. Goes on to show how Republicans have been mastered the art of presentation but not managing a country and an economy

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Tom

    This just keeps getting better and better! 'Desperate Housewives' has nothing on this. Glad I don't care who wins, just enjoying the show!

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Carol Gailliard

    It appears that Mrs Palin does not have control of her own household, should something happen to McCain how can you expect her to have control of the White House.?????

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. S. Boatman

    So. . . This Is Her Second Baby At Seventeen? Or Am I Wrong? Im Not Sure The Other Baby Is Hers Or Not. As A Father Of Twin Girls I Will Try To Teach Abstinence, But Will Allow Them To Be On The Pill Also. I Just Think 17 Is Young To Start A Family! Education First. . . Then Family If Possible! Must Be Hard When Your Mother Does Not Believe In Birth Control Of Any Kind!

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Louise

    So, in the course of 'correcting' the previous pregnancy rumor, where is the correction??? I see no direct response to the question of whether or not Sarah is baby Trig's mom. Can we get a simple yes or no?

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. My Friends, let me tell you,

    Just saying no doesnt always work does it?

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Tom

    Glad to see the abstinence only education the Republicans push on everyone else works just as well on them.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. patriot4usa

    This confirms that the Palins are an average American family dealing with average American issues. God Bless them for standing by their daughter. God Bless their daughter for deciding to give birth to this child. I would say this is a great American family. My prayers are with them.

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Forced marriage

    This is so funny and crazy! She is not a good role model. Yet another unmarried teenager having a baby. Sounds like another Jamie Lynn Spears. How can she lead the nation, when she can't control and watch over her family. I believe that you should wait until marriage before having sex. That is no longer the norm so you should at least wait until marriage before having a baby. Babies having babies.

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

    It looks like McCain wanted more drama in his campaign

    Paul 2012!

    September 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Birdman of PG

    Big deal. No different than Obama's parents.

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

    This is just what our country needs. A first lady drug addict and a vice president with a welfare grand daughter with baby daddy drama. Now I see why so many of my fellow Republicans are staying at home. Just wait to see the Dems spend this one out of control.

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. cile

    Give me a break!!! What is left to know about this bunch. This just shows how little respect John McCain has for the office to which he and she aspire. If he can choose someone so grossly unqualified, then he does not have interests of the American people as his first priority.

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Lori

    Wow...so much for the 100% abstinence education in our schools that Palin supports. This candidate just keeps getting better and better.

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Steve

    Well, I guess Bristol won't be attending the Purity Ball. Geez, that whole family is something right out of Jerry Springer.

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Steve

    While I am an Independent favoring Obama this term, I can only hope his camp isn't stupid enough to attack Palin over this. I think Palin is a good politician, and if McCains choice didnt reek of political maneuvering and pandering, it may have even been the best choice. As it stands, his choice firmly planted me on the Dem side. Now...had he chosen a supremely qualified candidate like Romney....

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Sue

    So much for good old family values!

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Leslie Larson

    Sounds like maybe Ms. Palin should focus more her children than politics. An infant with downs syndrome needs its mother at home too.

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. DAVID Tornado

    Guns, babies and Jesus may just win this election. I put Palin right up there with Harriet Meiers and "Heckuva-job-Brownie".

    It's deliciously ironic that the right wing continually condemns Obama for having little experience (8 years in the senate?) but then chose a mayor of a small town with less than 2 years of governorship (a state with 600,000 people) as it's VP. Truly amazing.

    Really? It seems to me that it's republicans who messed up this country by inexperience.

    I can't wait to see Biden destroy Palin in the debates.

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Dave

    Abstinence only education in the works!

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Sean

    This is all so surreal. What will the next headline reveal?

    September 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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