September 1st, 2008
01:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Palins release statement on daughter's baby

Bristol Palin, right, is pregnant.

Bristol Palin, right, is pregnant.

(CNN) - Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and husband Todd are talking directly about their 17-year-old daughter's pregnancy.

In a joint statement released by the McCain campaign, the Palins say their daughter will keep the baby and marry the father.

Full statement from Sarah and Todd Palin:

"We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.

"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates."

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  1. Linda31

    First, there is no such thing as privacy when running for the 2nd highest office.

    Second, what kind of family values are you teaching your children. Has she even graduated from high school. Looks like you might need to send more time with your children.......

    September 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Toby

    I don't believe for a second that McCain's campaign new about this. If they did they would have gotten out in front of it and told everyone upfront. "Look, her daughter is preganant, and is keeping the baby!" It's Public Relations 101.

    Palin has aledgedly been pro-birth control. Did she bother to tell her daughter anything?

    September 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. denise

    As a parent, you provide for your children and raise them to be productive, responsible citizens and hope they make the best decisions. It does not matter how "good" of a parent you are. Sometimes the decisions made, are bad. You can't blame Sarah for her daughter getting pregnant. If she had no job at all, spent all her time with her children, they (the child) is still responsible for their decisions. Lets face it, if all goes well everyone says what a great child. If it goes to hell, then it's the parents fault. Give me a break.

    September 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Eric

    I think we ,as American's, should send a clear message-VOTE FOR A THIRD PARTY

    September 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Obama 08

    People who are writing that Obama stated anything about the Palin baby needs to back it up with facts. Obama nor McCain can be held accountable for the blogs as no one knows the identity of the people posting. Some are rabble rousers for the other party.

    Grow up you people and get back to the issues. No Matter who you vote for the decision needs to be based on issues. CNN and the media need to press for an interview with this candidate instead of presenting her through Republican talking points, surrogates like Lindsay Graham who had necer even met her and press releases.

    It isn't her experience that is important but her and McCain's judgment.

    September 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Peggy

    Excuses, and more excuses.

    So much for Christian values.
    Where was this Christian mother when her daughter was out having sex before marriage at 17.

    Where was Sarah Palin, when her daughter was out and about?

    Who is Sarah Palin giving advice about pro life?
    Her daughte is only 17, and she should be giving her advice on these matters.

    September 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Leon Lucas

    I run my son's SADD program at his high school. Now I get to try to explain to the young ladies in that program why John McCain and Sarah Palin have made such a spectacle of teen pregnancy. MCCain's pick of Palin, with knowledge of the pregnancy, practically sanctions teen sex, despite all the efforts of the thousands, like me, who are trying to educate and guide our children. They should be ashamed.

    September 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Republican

    I wonder how old the "father" of the child really is?? Great Family Values!!

    September 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. darko

    17 year old is pregnant... news at 7!

    Are you people seriously living in the 50's?

    If she was 15, then we'd have a story...or if she had an abortion like most you posters on the ticker would recommend.

    I'm glad they didn't try to hide it and that she's keeping the child and giving the marriage a serious attempt. What more can you ask of a 17 year old? I'd say she was raised right.

    September 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. claudia

    you don't have to post this one CNN; this is for your eyes only (Ha–you're so ignorant, you'll probably post it anyway!)
    I'm DONE with your censorship; you know exactly what I mean. so, goodby! I won't post here again nor watch CNN any longer. You won't miss me, I know, and I surely won't miss YOU!

    September 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Sarah

    In this trying moment we are in meetings with the Spears family . Thank You- Sarah Palin.

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. CanadianWatching

    and people are calling the Democratic Convention a "spectical"???

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Sean

    So I guess Britney's sister, Jamie Lynn Spear's pregnancy was okay now to the Republicans?

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. PA for Obama

    While I admire Bristol's decision to have her baby, I have to wonder what kind of mother Sarah Palin is when she has put political aspirations ahead of the needs of her family? Where is Phyllis Schaffly on this issue? Not only is Sarah Palin going to abandon her infant son who has Down's Syndrome to hit the campaign trail, but she's hardly going to "be there" for her teenaged daughter when she has her baby. By no means do I suggest that a woman can't be presdient or vice-president. But it's not the kind of job where you can call out sick because the baby is running a fever, especially if something happens to McCain and Palin winds up presdient. Real family values dictate that Sarah Palin stick to being governor of Alaska and leave the heavy-lifting to someone who doesn't have to shoulder so many family responsibilities.

    McCain must have rocks in his head.

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. HENRY

    Not the end of this saga.

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. tess

    it will be very interesting to see how much people magazine is willing to pay pallin for pictures of her baby and if they will put her on their cover showering her with praise for her jolie-pitt commitment to family!! let's see how the liberal media uses double-standards to report this compared to noelle richie, britney,etc.i guess only liberal babies are acceptable and not subject to attack!i will be looking for bias and i know i wil not be disappointed.

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. SC

    the only thing this proves is that the Palin family has problems just like everyone else. I support the daughter's choice to have the baby. sounds like a problem millions of American families face everyday. I wish them the best.

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Michael

    The hate from the left wing Democrats never ceases to amaze me. May God keep us from being governed by such hate filled people.

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Otis

    Teens get pregnant. It happens. It's the hypocrisy from the Repub's and Christian Conservatives that boggles the mind.

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. California Love

    I am 100 percent pro-choice...However, when did having a baby become such a sin?????

    People listen to your hateful words...

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Timothy Jenkins

    What business is that of ours what her daughter does? Teenagers make mistakes everyday and all the kids do make mistakes.
    And, what does that have to do with Mrs. Palin's leadership skills?
    Mrs. Palin is a person who CLEANS up corruption and we like that.
    Timothy Jenkins
    Duluth MN

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Starling

    Do you think it's an example of good parenting and family values on Governor Palin's part? Do you think it's healthy for the young girl to be exposed to harsh scrutiny and public censure during this already difficult time?

    Does this show concern for Bristol's feelings or good judgment regarding what is best for her? Remember, McCain claims he knew of this pregnancy before choosing Palin as his vice presidential running mate. And McCain's campaign announced her pregnancy to the world.

    Please explain how it is beneficial to Bristol or her unborn child to be put under such intense public scrutiny during an already stressful time for them both.

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. J.R.

    Apparently Palin's fundamentalist Christian approach to child-rearing doesn't work so well first hand. Perhaps a different approach would not have resulted in this obviously unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. If she can't even instill good sense in her children, how could she possibly pretend to be one melanoma away from the Oval Office?

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. McWho?

    DID ANYONE EVEN VET THIS WOMAN???????? MY GOD, IS THIS ELECTION A JOKE TO MCCAIN!!!???? HOW CAN ANYONE VOTE FOR MCCAIN....he is so out of touch and the poor girl and young man are forced to have a shot gun wedding? WHO IS RUNNING THE MCCAIN CANPAIGN?

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Francis

    What else is the campaign hiding about their VP pick. More seriously, how vetted is this candidate. I have doubts McCain would have made this choice if they had enough warning.

    And this is not an abortion issue. It is called pro-choice, not pro-abortion. Whether or not she decides to keep the child has nothing to do with the fact that this was kept from the media, and only released because other rumors about Palin arose.

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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