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. sarah

    What does this have to dowith ones ability to do a job? If my 17 yr old were pregnant I would still be able to do my job. By the way I have 4 children and I work 70 plus hrs. a week, thanks to all the liberals giving my money to money sucking leeches who do not work even 40 hrs a week.

    September 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Mark

    What a joke Palin is. If she can't even control what goes on in her own home or at least have a responsible conversation about teen pregnancy with her daughter how can anyone expect her to be responsible at the VP level. She apparently was too busy boosting her own ego and political career to pay attention to what trailer her daughter was having fun in. She needs to go back and crawl into her snow cave.

    September 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Mike

    Tomorrow's headline: McCain's pick ill-conceived

    September 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Johnson in St. Louis

    in normal cases a teen age daughter being pregnant is a PRIVATE family matter and should really stay that way. Yet to me I just wonder how these same folks on the religious right that condemn the likes of Jamie Lynn Spears will say about this case. Even as a Democratic voter to me this should not be an issue but for the Republicans to talk about family values all the time and then this comes out it has become an issue. Well at least she plans to marry the father which means she is no different from a lot of women nowadays that get pregnant first and marry later. I just think it's the hypocrisy that really gets to me.

    September 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. John

    Watch a real candidate..... Ron Paul!

    September 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Bryce Beamish

    What a bunch of sad, pathetic people they are. Why didn't they embrace Bristol's first child? Why did they hide their daughter and the truth about her first pregnancy? Do they really believe that this will divert the attention away from the monumental blunder they made by choosing to lie about their grandson?

    Once again, right wing christian values stomp all over traditional reasoning.

    No thanks.

    September 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. NYCsocialworker

    the republicans will now use bristol's pregnancy to show that "every family can work through this" and she is wonderful for keeping the baby. so why, republican government, i ask- why must you cut funding for birth-control and sex education so that the young teenage girls in the inner city neighborhood i work in get pregnant at 17-and then ALSO CUT FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG, UNWED MOTHERS? for me, its heartbreaking to see what teen pregnancy does in families where, sorry to say, there is not as much family loving support and money.

    i think teen pregnancy is an unacceptable message to send to america. and this is confusing- so we should have kids practice abstinence but then they should have the baby and get married at 17 if they get pregnant? the dems are more consistent– YOU HAVE A CHOICE to practice safe sex and if you get pregnant, YOU HAVE A CHOICE if you want to keep that baby or not.

    September 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. David in San Diego

    Family values ? Abstinance as the only approved form of birth control ? Home schooling to preserve good "Christain" values ?

    And pregnant at 16 and delivering at 17 ?

    Nice parenting skills. Great role model. Can't wait to see the skill set she can bring to the White House.

    September 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. willow55

    My husband and I raised six children and I am proud to say no teenage pregnancies occured. It is a matter of being open and honest with your children and knowing what they are up to. Sounds like good parenting and direction was sorely lacking.

    September 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Janice

    I am wondering how all you hate filled people know for a fact that unprotected sex lead to this pregnancy?????? Maybe contraception was used, but OH Sorry, I forgot that is the myth or irony of "safe sex".

    September 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. dittohead with forty names

    Rush told me to vote for mrs.Palin, cause we can get all the oil in Alaska and sell it on the open market and make a fortune in stocks.I love my savior Rush Limbaugh,hes the greatest.

    September 1, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Mom of 3 girls

    News flash abstinence doesn't work, and the age of sexual debut for females is now 13. 13!!!!

    Get with it, teach your kids and be prepared. They ARE having SEX!

    She should have been talking to her daughter instead of running a state of 600k people.

    September 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Trevvor Bryant

    The only thing missing from Sarah Palin's life story are the nude photographs. Come on, someone out there must have them.

    September 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Ben

    To be fair, it's entirely up to the Palins how they handle this situation. If they opt for abstinence-only education (which is a demonstrable failure), and a teen marriage over an abortion, that's entirely up to them.

    However, the real issue (which seems to being lost among the cries of hypocrisy), is that given the opportunity, they would like to force everybody else to have to do the same thing. That's what's unforgivable.

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Perusing-through

    If Sarah Palin had not taken McCain's VP offer, the world would not know about 17-year old Bristol Palin's pregnancy and forced marital commitments.

    How can there NOT be a media storm when an "Ultra Conservative" GOP VP candidate's 17-year daughter gets pregnant and presumably pressured to marry in order to saves mom's family-values image?!?!

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Saffta

    So the poor kid got knocked up. C'est la vie happens every day.

    More importantly the mother made the horrendous decision to get on a plane in Texas after her water broke, knowing she was about to deliver a child with a major physical problem, and travelled EIGHT hours to Alaska to deliver him??? No doctor would ever advise that and no responsible, right thinking parent would do such a thing. Irreparable damage could have happened to the child AND to her. She had four other kids to think of. Where is this woman's common sense?

    Something smells rotten in the state of Alaska! Shall we trust this woman's judgement? Shall we trust McCain's judgement in trusting her.

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. McCain/Palin

    At least she is woman enough to keep her baby and not have an abortion. We are all sinners, God forgives us when we admit it, say we're sorry and accept responsibility for what we have done. The people who are hippocrites are the ones who make excuses or blame somebody else for what they have done. I don't think there is anybody who can throw stones.

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Roger

    Because Palin doesn't believe in birth control, we have another teen pregnauncy in american. SARAH PALIN IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE MOTHER

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Venkat

    .Not to put too fine a point on this, the Palins show principle in not taking the easy way – perhaps a "hush-hush" abortion. But the issue is – have they shown responsibility? and have she educated her daughter on the health impact on teen pregnancy? – This is not just a MISTAKE that we can forget and "move forward".... And the GOP portraying Sarah Palin as a role model....! baffles me.

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. David Trevino

    Maybe McCain really doesnt want to win and that's why he picked this woman to be his VP. She sounds like a hillbilly

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Aaron

    I don't think Obama's campaign has said boo about this, nor should they. This is a VP pick that will self-destruct, no help needed.

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Thoren

    The public is being asked to respect her privacy. Oh boy, this is going to get really painful - but what about the VP candidate made her think she should agree to run if she cared about her family's privacy? Palin has lived a sheltered life and may be innocent or unintelligent. Either way, this is going to hurt. I am sorry for her and her family.

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. applecrispbetty

    It could be that the poor daughter didn't understand how babies are made. The mother is against science education. Creationists are against science education because they want to waste school hours on a nonscience that could have been spent in teaching kids science.

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Ellen

    I was leaning heavily towards voting for Obama. I wanted to believe that he represented "something different". But after 3 days I am so overwhelmed at the venomous ageism -the vicious sexism – the slanderous hatred that just keeps spewing forth – I realize something – we have become what we hated most. There is no "hope" , nor "change" – it is a charade. Win at all all cost; slander over substance.

    Today, I decided I will vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin,

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Belle

    TOOOO Funny!!!!

    Notice MOST of the bloggers BLAME the woman! AS if the FATHER had NOTHING to do with it? Give me a break. At the VERY least Gov. Palin and her husband is supportive of their daughter. THAT is more than half of the families in America.

    I used to be a PROUD Democrat as the Party of Inclusion. Now, I am VERY ashamed of the OBAMA ACTION WIRE TEAM.

    Thanks team....I am voting for McCain and Palin. YOU are nothing but sexist, demeaning jerks.

    September 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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