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. Livin la Vida Suburbia

    This is a bummer for the girl as this will pretty much thwart college and career for a while. And, darn it, she's just too young!!! Still, this happens all day every day, and most of the time nobody knows about it because the girls choose abortion. Fine, upstanding families have daughters get pregnant, too. The best Mothers in the world have daughters who make mistakes. The statiatics on teen pregnancy are staggering. And, let's talk about the guy who is the father! Why are we blaming it all on Sarah Pallin? It's the guy who likely pushed the issue with her daughter, and her daughter who goofed up by not using birth control or saying no.

    Big mistake. Big consequences for everyone, especially the baby on the way.

    September 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. rea

    How old is the father? He may have committed a sex crime by having impregnated a minor. Has the governor given him immunity or will he potentially face prosecution and have to register as a sex offender?

    September 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. ClevelandParkDC

    I also feel bad for Bristol, her mom should have taken herself out of the running for VP as this is a really hard time for their family. A family with a new baby, pregnant teenager, and son headed to war needs its mother. This country needs a VP with the time and energy to do the job.

    September 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Anon

    I like how they timed this press release to go out just about EXACTLY WHEN GUSTAV MADE LANDFALL. After all, that way, the media's going to be too busy to give it the scrutiny it would be due on an ordinary news day.

    September 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Patty, Big Bear, CA

    I thought abstinence was the answer for those Christian conservatives that want everyone else to think and behave like they'd that work for you?

    September 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. clramsay

    How will the Religious Right deal with this?

    September 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Maria

    I love how CNN has only covered the storm since Palin was nominated for VP, and now that they have something on her family she is now first on their story headlines. You guys are so obvious in your support for Obama, it is just crazy. That is why I watch Fox.

    September 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Whats left in your wallet?

    Let the spin begin.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Chris from NY

    As an Obama supporter I can understand this familiy's pain. But it doesn't stop me from adding that it shows why Sara Palin is not ready to be the vice president. She has her hands full of family issues that should have made her set her priorities straight. To be a good mom or the vice president of the united states? For me as a mom I will choose the first over the later.

    I have heard people mention Bill Clinton on this issue. He may have not lived up to the standard of the office he held at the time but no one can accuse him or Hillary of being bad parents.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Mike Wagner

    So much for the famly values platform. I'm surprised the governor didn't go after the father with her rifle.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Kishore

    Not a good thing. Not for McCain. Not for Palins. Not for republicans. Not for their supporters.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Coffee Guy

    Of course Trig was premature. And of course Bristol is 5 months pregnant. otherwise, the math would be too close!

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. hypocrites

    Didn't Jaime Spears, Britney's sis have a baby while 16 or 17 and was unmarried and is now planning to marry the baby daddy? Hmm, looks like McCain/Palin are more like Britney Spears than Barack, huh?

    Having said that, I feel bad for Bristol. I have a 17-year-old daughter and I'd be devastated if she becomes a teen mom. Babies having babies is sad. What's even worse is having a mom willing to put her in the spotlight and subject her to ridicule just for political gain–pathetic!

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Alex

    Abstinence-only policy rings very hollow at the moment.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Dominique

    This is an unfortunate situation and it is a shame that this young lady will have to handle this very adult situation while she is still a child herself. When will we realize that abstinence only programs are no match for young hormones?

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Mickey the Fish

    So Sarah Palin didn't have to fake the pregnancy. It was real, after all. Congrats to the growing trailer trash family.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Lulu

    It's a disgrace that this woman could potentially be our VP – in a world where we are already struggling with celebrities who are too young and having babies, we put center stage this family! Amazing that McCain could not truly put the country first and select a worthy VP contendor – I didn't dislike McCain before but now I question his ability to lead this country – his decision making is terrible.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Voter in the South

    And what kind of message does that send our kids????? ......Total disrespect for all laws, physical, moral and spiritual.

    I can't believe that McCain knew about this ahead of time and dismissed it as irrelevant! This is definitely a poor reflection on him, and what HIS standards are.

    WE NEED HIGHER STANDARDS THAN THAT! Those in higher Office
    need to be perfect examples for those they lead – or not hold Office.
    And that includes the members of their family who demonstrate by their actions how well they were raised.

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

    I wonder what Palin would do if the child her daughter' is carrying threatened her life? Palin is running partially on a ticket that she represents and values women. However, since she supports a republican platform that states a woman cannot get an abortion even if the pregrancy is the result of INCEST, RAPE, OR THE HEALTH OF THE MOTHER IS AT STAKE?? I like to think I am an intelligent person, but how does this position value women? Oh! I forget, we're only baby factories so who cares about our health, psychological or otherwise.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. David in San Diego

    Family Vanues ? Home Schooled ? Born again Christain ? Professes to not believe in birth control, but chastity as the alternative ?

    The daughter is 17 now, so counting backwards was 16 when the "act" occured.

    Motherhood and parenthood come first to this prospective VP ?

    Don't think so.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Dee

    The issue is McCain's judgment in picking a VP "family values" running mate with a pregnant daughter, and Sarah's judgment in thinking that running for vice president was appropriate given the circumstances. It doesn't matter to me that the daughter is unwed. That happens every day. The reckless decision-making by both McCain and Sarah, however, should cause people to worry. That said, I can imagine what GOP would do if this situation were reversed.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Jenny

    All you people need ot get off you high horses. Just because her 17 year old is having a baby DOES NOT mean she is a bad mother or needs to be spending more time with her kids...she is human as are her children...we all do the best we can with what we have and this is exactly what is wrong with the one should be judgeing her as a mother beause I promise you-those of you that are are way worse than she could ever be. Comments like "keep her own housein order" I'm sorry are YOU perfect???? You all need to get over yourselves

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Dave

    Here's the real story:

    It was immaculate conception. That's the only way those right-wing, Evangelicals get pregnant in the first place, right?

    No? They have sex outside of marriage just like the rest of us heathens? But, but thats impossible. Abstinence education works so well...

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Chipster

    Bristol Palin has my sympathy. Of course, she had a choice whether to carry the baby to term or not even tell her parents. Whether there are legal options for abortion or not, the choice will always be with the woman. However, Bristol has no choice but to endure all the ugly comments, rumors, and use of this situation for political purposes. She is not a candidate. It would be kind to simply leaver her alone but we all know that the press will not allow that. As an Obama supporter, I would only ask Democrats to respect her privacy. Think of her as your daughter in this situation. How would you want your daughter treated?

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. jim

    Sorry Mrs. Palin, but when you are an avid supporter of abstinence-only sex education, a story like this ceases to be a private matter.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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