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. deb stover

    Palin should step aside now. I was already concerned about her judgement in running for the vice-presidency with five children, including a special needs baby. I know that women, of course, have to work even if that have children– it is a fact of our economy. Still,to throw your family into the national and international spotlight is quite another level of commitment. You are stepping aside from your duties as a mother dramatically– sorry, that level of politics would require her attention first. You are leaving it up to others to raise them or even letting them raise themselves. This may be the case here with her unmarried, pregnant, 17 year old daughter. Of course, these things can happen– but it is one thing to deal with it as a private family and quite another to put this young lady in the national and international arena where she will be scrutinized and scorned. I am sorry for her and hope that she can weather this storm with her mom by her side and not on the campaign trail.

    September 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. john

    This is to John McCain & Sarah Palin,

    Stupid you and so much for the examples you and Sarah are interested in setting for Americans GIRLS....... first your terrible decision to choose a newbe Sarah and now the pregnancy shocker.

    McCain knew about this the first day and choose to cover it up ,why was this not mentioned the first day rally ,instead he was talking about her son going to Iraq and not the daughter that she refused to raised well.

    So much about John and Sarah conservative ideas,that she forgot to teach her daughter about christian values.
    She is trying to save face by saying the baby will be kept ,so Sarah stop telling us to respect your privacy ,because we will not for as long as you are running for VP.

    September 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Joe Dent

    They are probably fibbing about the due date to coverup the first pregnancy. Bristol was out of school for five months before Palin supposedly gave birth. Conveniently the next child is due after the election. Surprise the baby will be three months late!

    September 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Republican

    How convenient that this news breaks out during the Hurricane. hahah good job McCain, you are now becoming a REAL politician.

    September 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. JW

    Palin is a fraud. She is not a good role model for women. She is narrow minded and that is exactly why her daughter is in this situation. If she would had gave her daughter choices she would probably not be in this situation know. But, that's right Palin doesn't believe in choices. Now she has a pregnant teenager daughter toteing around a 4 month old with down syndrome, getting to be forced into a marridge so they report, when will this take place after the election? McCain is insane.

    September 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Dr. G. Burns

    Oh, come on! All these negative comments. Now Palen's not a good Christian because her daughter made a bad a choice. She's not a good parent because she's a "working mother". Almost every mother I know, including myself, is a "working mother". None of this has anything to do with Palen being a good Christian or a good mother. She seems quite delightful. I believe Mrs. Palen's statement was loving and forgiving. Of course she has to be disappointed, but she and her husband have to go on and love this child and be supportive. They've made the right choice to accept, rather than reject.

    My question is this: Who among you, with all the negative, judgemental comments, (obviously Democrats) have not made mistakes as an individual or as a parent? Who are any of us to cast that first stone? As an educator of 26 years I have certainly seen many parents make serious mistakes with their children, but they still love their children. I've made plenty mistakes of my own, yet I have raised three of the greatest people this world will ever know.

    Kids will make mistakes on their own, yet we love and accept them. Shame on all of those who have written these critical, mean hearted comments. Remember, What goes around comes around. I wouldn't want to be standing next to some of you when you get your "come arounds"! Good luck when you and your kids make mistakes. Hopefully others will be more forgiving of you during that time of need.

    September 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Don

    Pregnant at 16 years?!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We know that unwanted pregnancies happen, but what kind of a role

    models do we want in the white house, a man who cheats on his wife &

    one who has a pregnant teenage daughter. So much for family values!!!

    September 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Sarah_OH

    Huh..............Talk about REPUBLICAN VALUES. HYPOCRITES

    September 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    How could you people so critical of the daughter.I know some of you also have some skeleton in the closet.Some of you whose critical of the mother had even look at yourself in the mirror and think that maybe one day youll be in that same family situation.I'm a mother of two girls and I'm trying so hard to educate my kids about this subject,but as a parent you can only do so much in trying to shelter your kids in the world that full of reality shows about sex.When your kids do things that beyond your control all parents can do is support them and love them no matter what they've done.This situation is not any of ours business and not for any politicals party to used as negative attacks.She's just a normal teenaged girl. Please give her some privacy . I hope that you guys that had some bad things to say about this girl wont be on the same situation as her parents.

    September 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. James

    I see a Palin resignation coming very shortly. She's done what she was called to do, take the spotlight off Obama's convention. Now, she can get back to business being a mother of five and a governor. McCain can then get more attention when he names Pawlenty as a replacement. Just a thought.

    September 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Just wondering . . .

    Palin, it's reported, was very religious in high school. But soon after college, she's gets married, not in a church service, but by eloping. And her first child is born not too long after.

    The acornette may not fall far from the tree . . .

    September 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. jake

    Only people of low character would smear a teenager who made a mistake that a lot of us have made in the interest of politics.Sarah Palin
    and her type are needed in Washington to help clean up the mess professional politicians,both Democrat and Republicans have made of our country.

    September 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Hashas

    So much for teaching her children conservative family values...

    September 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Reality Check

    Gov. Palin, you are in way over your head on the VP thing. For the first time in many years, it's time for you to put FAMILY FIRST and take care of your own children. You give new meaning to the term BLIND AMBITION...blind to what your daughter was doing.

    September 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Audrey

    Sarah Palin should have thought through her decision to be the Vice Presidential nominee. Her unwise decision to do so has put her daughter in the precarious situation of having the whole nation/world judge her on her teen pregnancy out of wedlock. This news calls into her question this woman's readiness to run the country if she can't run her own household.

    September 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Dan , TX

    All of us are happy for this young lady. We are happy she chose to keep the baby and marry the father. That is a great outcome. Let's leave this family alone. We don't tell them how to live, they don't tell us how to live.


    September 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Kate

    Well, speaking from experience, one's young daughter does not simply get pregnant if you as a mother are paying attention. Also, in deference and respect to her family because of the expected scrutiny on this young girl, Sarah Palin should have declined the second spot. This more than anything reveals her lack of character when ambition stomps on the vulnerability of her oblivious daughter. Asking the media to respect their privacy when Palin decides to buck up? Please, this poor dumb kid is now at the mercy of everything because of her despicable selfish mother. This ticket just lost my vote. Palin is poison.

    September 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Will in Richmond, VA

    Great pick McCain. Nothing wrong with this picture.

    Nothing wrong whatsoever.

    Countdown to republican spin in 5.... 4....3.....2......

    September 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Peter, South TX

    Here's a nice question for the Republicans to chew on.

    What if the Palins were Hispanic or Black or Democrat? I've seen many so called "Christian Conservatives" spout that minorities have no control over their kids and site teen-age pregnancy as a symptom of that.

    So, is it only REPUBLICANS who are allowed to have teen-age pregnancies and keep the child? Or only WHITES who are allowed to have teen-age pregnancies? Or only RICH families allowed to have teen-age pregnancies?

    An answer would be appreciated.

    September 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. great_puubah

    I am tired of this crappola! When women of color keep their babies, the right wing point and say "Aha! This is proof that these women are morally loose. "But when they do the same, they're freakin' heroes! I agree that once the deed is done, the baby and mother's health takes precedence. These are the same people who won't offer a finger to help once the baby is on the way. Wicked! Just Wicked!

    September 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. D&D

    This means only ONE thing: McCain did not run any background check on her before selecting her...and it tells a lot about Him!

    September 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Luke

    All I can say is that I hope the daughter is doing well and that she was allowed to make HER OWN DECISION regarding keeping the baby and marrying the father.

    September 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. CM

    And the spinning begins...Of course the campaign is going to spin this to try and convince women with families that the Palin's are going through the same things we are. Please don't fall for this. The truth is that Sarah Palin in also out of touch with what she preaches. Otherwise, her daughter wouldn't be having sex in the first place. Teaching just abstinence doesn't work. It never has. We have a huge teen pregnancy issue is this country. McCain compares Obama to Britney Spears when in reality, he needs to look no further than his own running mate. As an Independent, I see many other more qualified VP candidates in the Republican party.

    September 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Bye Ellen

    Dont let the door hit you on the way out.

    September 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Steve


    The Republican, McWar and the same IDIOTS that voted for the IDIOT in the White House have to go. The whole world is laughing a America and Americans when they see how stupid we are.


    Obama/Biden 08

    September 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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