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. Sherry

    Wow, this sure is a liberal blog. What does the daughter's situation have to do with balancing the budget. Hypocrites most of you. What about Biden's plagerism. I'd say that is much worse. What about Obama's ties to a man who blew up buildings and killed those protecting it.

    September 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. EA

    First let me say that I am voting for Obama/ Biden. With that said, I do not think its fair to attack Palin or question her beliefs because her daughter is pregnant. I will pray for her young daughter and she made a courageous chocie to keep the child. This election needs to be about important issues, like healthcare, education and etc.

    September 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Bob W

    Obama says: "We should not punish a young couple that made a mistake with a baby". So if it was Obama's daughter, the appointment down at the abortion clinic would be made already. Faced with life for the baby or expulsion from the mother's womb and deny it life, I think I go to for family values and keeping the baby every time. The Palin family seems more normal and like most families now...than ever.

    September 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. voicebox

    I am a Democrat, know that! But why call the dogs in on an ordinary woman and her family, just because she is the VP candidate for McCain? Her daughter made a bad life decision. So freaking what? All of you who have posted here have made AT LEAST one bad life decision. I think she (Palin) should be admired for being transparent and real. And by the way... for all of you who think Christians are perfect... WE AREN'T. No where does it say we are perfect. We strive to live a moral life. Sometimes we fall, just like you. So get over it. Lest your daughter and son are the next teenagers with kids. I also admire Palin for giving her daughter a CHOICE regardless of her own belief.

    September 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. JoeBloe

    As a child of a mother who got pregnant as young as this, I feel for this new child. The baby and mothers life are going to be hard if McCain doesn't win the presidency. Health care will be hard to come by when you are not able to get a good paying job. Which, unfortunately is far too common with young families like this. So while I hope the best for Ms. Palin and her new child, I also wonder how she will look at this decision when she is older and wiser.

    This country already has an epidemic of teenage pregnancies. Maybe this will focus our country on why this is happening. Ms Palin is fortunate enough to have a mother who is governor and gets a good health plan. But think of how many kids, yes kids, who aren't so lucky to have supportive parents or are raped and under McCain would not have all options available in their decision making.

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. giniajim

    Good for her for keeping the baby. Great that she had a choice.

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Mary

    I thought Shot-Gun Weddings were a thing of the past. And a family who portrays christian values should have taught not only abstinence but birth control too. Oh I forgot Mrs. Palin is against that and abortion. She'd rather promote pride in teenage pregnacies. Well I certainly can't vote for that or her. And after watching McCain revealed on CNN I can't vote for cheater McCain who wants to play up his POW status, on to come home and cheat on his then wife who did those five yrs of POW with him, waiting raising his children. An the adultress Cindy on the same show justisfies her part in the affair by saying he saw in her that she would be a good mother. NO C

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Rodham Democrat

    a 44 year old granny and a mother of an infant child with Down's Syndrome.... both Sarah and Todd Paiin will be heavily distracted w/ their family matters.... how will they be able to focus on effectively governing the country alongside Sen. McCain?

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. ler

    this changes nothing of the vp her daughter just got caught some or more lucky not to

    we need to give this girl our blessing not judge her for who are we to judge

    God Bless

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. independentmind

    what a wonderful mother. teaching her child responsibility when it's too late. i hope obama is elected and his education policy is put in effect. it will help, but, if parents don't 'parent', then this will go on and on. if palin is this great of a mother ,then i'm sure she will make a solid, 'typical' republican president just like george bush. vote for change! this woman is not qualified to be a parent ,let alone a president.

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. connie

    How could Palin put her daughter in the national spotlight?! Something is very wrong: a woman has a four month old special needs baby and a 17 year old pregnant daughter and her number one priorty is to be the vice-president?


    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Upon Further Review

    John McCain checked and mrs.Palin does know CPR and is very good at it.

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Rodger

    Guess she didn't have time to be a good, stay at home mom as Governer. Will she have more time as VP? Show's how much she was vetted. What else will we learn before the Republicans nominate her?

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Ed

    See what I mean? All these republicans who seek the vote of evangelicals by taking a stand against abortion/gay marriage, do so for political gain. This teen pregnancy is an example of PARENTAL FAILURE.

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Boston For OBAMA

    And the answer is ...............Palin is not qualified to lead this country at this time. She needs to be at home raising her children instead of on the campaign trail with McCain.

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Marie SC

    So what. By t he age of 17 parents have taught their kids all they can teach, it is up the kid to make the right decisions. I think it speaks volumes about the Palin's that they will stand by their daughter with love and support. Isn't that what parents are supposed to do?

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. republican4obama

    If mccain know about this and still chose her, it speaks of only one thing – desperation!

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. AAA

    Maybe its time for Palins and her husband to focus on their family and figure out what is important to them. Familly should come first and this lady shows that with 5 kids and a pregnant daughter she still has time to become VP of the united states? Either she is super mom or she is out of touch, you can't win them all Mrs. Palins. You are not the right choice for America. Go back to Alaska and take your family on a hunting trip while you are enjoying some oil money.

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    First, I'm an Obama supporter. That said, as a woman who also got pregnant before I got married and who was on birth control at the time, I do not think that this reflects badly on her being a Mom. My Mom was a stay-at-home mom. A woman should be free to work outside of the home whether she absolutely has to (because of the family's financial situation) or because she wants to. If any liberals are saying she should be home taking care of her kids, they're the hypocrites.

    September 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. b99

    What happened to the values of our country Sarah Palin its time to withdraw you should go back to Alaska Washington is not for you.

    September 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Mike in FL

    So normally I stay out of these political debates because everyone just defends their base but this is just too much. Anyone who even says "liberal political attack machine" is just a plain hypocrite. The conservative base and specifically Karl Rove have been masters at the "conservative political attack machine" the past decade. A bunch of idiot bloggers is nothing compared to what Rove and his band of cronies have done to hurt the political process. I say if you cannot take it than don't dish it out.
    On the flip side. Since when is having a baby out of wedlock EVER a conservative value. I am willing to bet there are going to be a bunch of conservatives spinning this into some sort of "blessing" and saying she is taking responsibility. Listen, if her conservative Mom and Dad actually did there job and taught her about how NOT to get pregnant in the first place she may not have. I am sorry but you guys lose this one. Time to move on as fast as you can and hope it does not hurt you too bad. And don't feed me a bunch of stuff about being able to take care of the baby on their own. Economic status is not an excuse for getting pregnant at 17.

    September 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. ashley

    This really should be respected. There are families all across that are/have experienced this and we shouldnt choose now to single these individuals out for being LIKE many familes. We want these people to be normal but at the same time we want to call them out as out of touch but this is a perfect example of them just normal/everyday people.

    At least this girl is 17. Yes, it is still young, however there are girls getting pregnant at a way younger age and then dont have the support they truly need.

    McCain-Palin still have my vote! Unlike Barack... As a 22 year old I dont believe a baby is the end of a persons world.

    September 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. M Arrington

    Governor Palin should drop out as vice presidential candidate. She has a special needs infant that needs her significant attention as a mother, and she has streched herself beyond what she is capable of handling now that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. With these critical family issues, she needs to spend more time "mothering", and certainly cannot handle the vice presidency which will require a great deal of time and energy away from her family. She needs to focus on her family first at this time, and certainly could not step in as president if needed.

    September 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Tyrone Brown

    Palin's daughter is not running for office, so we must respect the young woman's right to privacy and not burden her with any undue stress during her pregnancy. Which begs the question of why Sarah and Todd would drag their daughter down and around the lower 48 states and allow her to be put under such inevitable scrutiny? Obvious they are not thinking clearly and this rushed decision has them off their parental game.

    That said, America deserves better from McCain and his campaign. Are there any additional revelations about Palin that the McCain campaign is not telling us or worse knows nothing about (due to a lack of fully vetting McCain's choice).

    What is going on with this McCain/Palin ticket?

    Why are they treating America and this electoral process as if it some kind of joke?

    What the heck is going on with McCain?

    September 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. ILoveAmerica

    This story changes nothing – Go Uncle Fester – Morticia 2008!

    September 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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