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. Norcal80

    What great religious values the republicans show. Can they be anymore hypocritical. I cant believe she drug here daughter into this political mess. I guess this is what you call family values.

    September 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Frederick Ferguson

    The point is that Sarah Palin is a human like the rest of us and faces the same types of personal, spiritual and professional challenges in life. The problem is that Republicans feel that they should be forgiven for their weaknesses while they condemn and persecute everyone else for theirs. The Republicans are nothing if not intolerant hypocrits and liars. As a tax paying American forced to live in Canada with my same-sex Korean partner because of homophobic immigration laws espoused by the GOP I feel that I have the right to speak.

    September 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Shauna

    To all of you whining about "what does this have to do with the VP slot"...UM, if we can question Obama because he sits in a church with a preacher no one likes, why can't we question a far-right conservative, who is pro-life and an evangelist Christian, on her inability to live up to her OWN standards? Not to mention, this was a COVER UP. From what I'm reading, Palin was trying to cover this up for months!!! What else could she be hiding? Her conflict of interest problems with a state trooper mysteriously being fired, and now her 17-year-old daughter having a so-called "choice" on marriage and keeping a baby, are DISTRACTIONS come election time. EVERYTHING is in play when a country's future is at stake. Deal with it! Your VP candidate is TAINTED GOODS.

    September 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. George S

    Ellen and Belle,

    You cannot take comments on blogs or this website to mean that Obama said it.

    Just like the flip floppers and swift boat comments about Kerry were not said by Bush

    September 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Kim

    this one one big joke.....palin sayin she is proud of her daughter's decision to keep the baby

    it is soo contradicting since they are suppose to be PRO-LIFE so there is really no other choice in the matter and they are suppose to be all righteous and holy what is she doing having premarital this the family that America want to be one heartbeat away from being the first family and an example to the rest of the world?

    as a teen myself i think that the president and vice-presidental family should be a role model and set a standard for the rest of the us

    September 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Gotta Be Kidding

    How is she going to sniff out corruption in Washington DC and she doesn't even know that her daughter is having sex right under he nose! I wonder how all those Republican women feel about their "role model" now? Can't wait till all their teenage daughters come home pregnant and they are forced to get married. They'll think it's ok because Sarah says she's proud of and supportive of her daughter. Remember those words ladies!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. changing times

    This has nothing to do with whether one is pro-life or pro-choice. I'm a Christian and am pro-choice. Even God allows everyone the ultimate choice-to believe in him or not.

    What this does have to do with is the honesty, integrity and character of both Sara Palin and John McCain. If he really did know about this before hand then he's an idiot and is not fit to lead this country. Additionally, she has very poor judgement to take on this very difficult task of running for VP when she has such grave family needs (her special needs child & her young daughter's pregnancy).

    It's more than obvious that John McCain is not "ready to lead" and does not put "country first"

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Rev. Keith Waldrop

    Outstanding. When life presents consequences and we take responsibility. My sister was in the same situation and went on to have four wonderful children and then became an RN. As we make decisions and travel our journey with Christ we grow in the world. Thank you for taking responsibility of a life.

    September 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. John

    Teen pregnancy aside, I really have to question the decision making of a potential Vice President or President that encourages children to get married.

    September 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Marie

    I'm hearing all this talk about protecting the girl and "at least she is going to marry the guy". What is that? It's her parents' resonsibility to protect her. I as a mother of a teenage girl would not continue along this path if my daughter announced that she is pregnant. She is vying to be the second in command of our country and she and her husband, irresponsibly are staying in this race despite a sick child with special needs and a special child who needs them. This is sickening to see far right people blaming everyone but the Palins for being under scrutiny. Just anyone can't be at the helm of our country. No we all can't be president or vice president. I'm a die hard Obama supporter but I am so insulted at even the possibility that Sarah Palin could be anywhere near the center of power of this country. She and her husband are behaving irresponsibly. Anyone should be able to see they have failed the "family values" test at every turn. The blame for the harm and unwanted attention that will come to their daughter falls squarely upon their shoulders for so many avoidable reasons.

    September 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Irene 4 Obama

    Here;s a shocker..........JOHN MCCAIN knew about this pregnancy BEFORE choosing Palin for his VP running mate!

    Just another example of.... JOHN MCCAIN'S POOR JUDGMENT!!!!!!!!! WHAT WAS HE THINKING?????

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    September 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. b. brown

    Is this any way to show how she is ready to handle a nation?
    To not be able to control her own kids from having underage sex?
    She is not the right choice no matter how noble they try to
    make it sound.

    September 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Ron , Berkeley , Ca.

    Well , so much for Family Values.... It`s just like those Hypocrical Right Wing , Evangelical , Nuts..... Do as I say , Not as I do...
    Did John McBush full vet Sarah Palin ? I think not.... What does this say about his Judgement ?
    I wonder if the Palins , and the Brittiney Spears family are related ?
    The vetting of Ms. Palin must have been done by Rush Limbaugh , or some other Nut ,of his capacity..... ( DRUGGIE )..... I would`nt want John McBush answering that Phone at 3:00 AM in the morning , with his lack of Judgement..... If he can`t use correct judgement in chooseing a running mate , how can he correctly judge whether a threat is a threat or just his Imagination ????
    The world is to dangerous and the United States Too Precious , to put our trust in another Unintelligent , BOOB .....

    September 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Beth

    I find it hilarious that the Palin clan are happy that their daughter made the choice to keep the baby and marry the father. Obviously they don't know the stats on teen marriages. Keep the baby, yes...get married as a way.

    My heart goes out to the daughter who's having to deal with this in the public eye...thanks to Mommy Dearest.

    However, I think Palin should have said no to the VP and turned her attention on the difficulties her family is facing...a knocked up teenager and a 4-month old special needs baby.

    She's a joke.

    September 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. drumstick

    Every woman in America – including Sarah Palin and he daughter – should thank there lucky stars that abortion is still a safe and legal in this country. They had the option of terminating a pregnancy and they chose not to. If the Republicans had their way, women wouldn't have any choice at all. Down's syndrome kid? Too bad – the baby's yours. Still a teen? Too bad – the baby's yours. You're on your own.

    September 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. donna

    The bigger points here are:
    1.If Gov Palin pulled her pregnant daughter out of school citing mono when she knew her daughter was pregnant that questions her truthfulness and is relevant to any debate.
    2. The statement speaks of her daughters CHOICE to have the baby.
    Why was there a choice if this family is pro-life?

    There are a number of inconsistent positions taken by Gov Palin (being for the bridge to nowhere before she was for it, being a member of a political party calling for Alaska to separate from USA ,pretending to be a balance the budget mayor when she left office with a huge for Alaska debt etc) that she needs to explain.

    September 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Bill Mosby

    Well, from what I read, this puts the Palins in the company of about half of the population, in the sense that almost half of the pregnancies in this country occur in unmarried women. Not a good situation, but there you are.

    September 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. JO

    I stand up and take my hat off to the Palin's. Every American family faces challenges everyday and pregnancy is one of them......This future VP family shows that they are like the rest of us. We can not choose the paths of our children, we must let them trod it for themselves. I praise the Palin's for standing by their daughter and Sarah Palin will be an excellent VP. She has faced may challenges and I feel she will make our country proud!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!! YOU'VE GOT MY VOTE!!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Kathy

    I think it's great that Bristol feels that she has the love and support needed to raise her child. This is a perfect example of how, to use Hillary's words, "it takes a village" to raise a family. Young women that choose to abort the pregancy do so because they don't have a "village" for support. Palin says that "she's proud of Bristol's decision to have this baby". I agree. If Bristol had chosen otherwise, it's fortunate that there are not more people like her mother in public office because she wouldn't have been allowed to decide for herself.

    September 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. obama all the way

    Does the State of Alaska have statutory rape laws??????

    What a thoughtless Mother to have accecpted this nomination- knowing full well that this poor girl will have her face plastered all over the nation about this.

    If you had said NO- no one would know who this girl is and she could have dealt with this in private!!!!

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. robert

    wow who cares, teens have sex, some get pregnant.... Not news worthy.

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Jared

    Why do people tend to believe that you have to marry the person who impregnates you? Studies have shown that most of those marriages fail, probably because the two aren't ready to make that decision in their life. I am sure they didn't plan on having a baby.

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. David


    lol what?? It doesn't take a village... that's nonsense..It's a coherent adult to raise a child..This is dysfunctional..Doesn't matter how much money a person has, trash can always seep in..I don't think she should've had an abortion, but she shouldn't have got pregnant!!! that's the problem...Use a condom! Your 17 and when or if she goes to college, who will take care of the kid??

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Sandra

    Palin is only getting a lot of flack from this because she is a woman. If it were any of the male candidates it wouldn't be getting this much attention.

    Palin happens to be a wife and mother whose job is running the state of Alaska. Why is she being criticized for being a working mother?

    How many of you don't have issues in your family? No family is perfect. That which doesn't kill makes you stronger. Go Bristol! You are well on your way to becoming a strong woman.

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Mary - PA

    Something smells fishy here. The McCain campaign comes out with the news that Bristol Palin is pregnant to stop rumors that Trig Palin is truely Sarahs baby and Bristol just happens to be too far along for the baby to be hers. Hummm.

    That means that Bristol got pregnant while missing school for mono. Plus Bristol missed 4 or 5 months of school for mono. Wow, really bad case of mono there, but apparently not too bad to be sleeping with her boyfriend.

    I wish Bristol the best but I'm still not convinced. Show me evidence of how far along Bristol is. I'm still not convinced. Sarah chose to give a speech in Texas even though she was leakig amniotic fluid and instead of seeking immediate medical attention in Texas flew 8 hours to Alaska and then continued to travel to her small town hospital for medical attention. Then went back to work after only 3 days. I'm sorry, somthing is just not adding up here.

    I don't want the facts because I care whether or not her daughter is pregant for the 1st or 2nd time. I care because I am so tired of lies and coverups in politics. If she would fudge the truth on this, there is no telling what else she will lie about.

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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