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. Hollywood Fla

    I agree with other posts:
    Palin should have been home taking care of her family. How could she put her 17 yr old daughter thru this? So much for abstinence only.
    She can't manage or control her own family, she has NO BUSINESS on the GOP ticket.
    Is McCain as demented as people say? What a mess indeed!
    Another Jerry Springer moment!

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. AW

    Why isn't the media holding John McCain's feet to the fire? They sould be questioning the campaign about this choice of running mate in view of the news about Bristol Palin? It's truly a reckless choice.

    The media especially CNN is not raising enough concern about Gov Palin's selection. I'm astounded. CNN pounces on the Obama camapign for the flimsiest stuff. CNN has spent several years asking all the tough questions of Sen Obama putting him through the wringer. Gov Palin is not being vetted in the same way.

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. catmom

    For all of you Republicans who are saying how desperate Dems are by attacking Palin's daughter, not one of these post has attacked Bristol and you know it. What they have done is attacked McCain for his crazy choice for VP and Governor Palin for her choice to accept the VP offer when her own family obviously needs her the most.

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Steve

    Well, there goes the right wing abstinence theory.

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. guff64

    C'mon – seriously? A pregnant minor and a special needs kid – and she is such an inspiration to women and this country, time to go home and take care of your family – they need you!

    September 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Charles

    Is the marriage your decision? thihs kid is only 17...

    September 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |

    You've got to be kidding me! Are we all just going to keep fighting back and forth over this silliness?! No matter what side you're on, the bottom line is this: SHE HAS BEEN DISHONEST. NOT FORTHCOMING. AND SHE GOT CAUGHT! Enough already! And just as I was to be stupid enough to believe that she was Hillary's replacement, I'm to believe McCain already knew about this? Color me S-T-U-P-I-D. Look up the definition of VETTING, John. There's no argument here folks. We don't need 8 more years of liars. We're already in a bad position here. Let's save our country while we still have a chance.

    September 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |




    September 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Dem #1

    Why are th RepubliCANS entitled to privacy but Obama and the Democrats not. In Politics nothing is private. This statement from the McCain camps shows how one sided the are. Palin should of thought of privacy before she chose the VP slot. Just because she is a Female does not entitle her to any special privileges.

    September 1, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Jean

    I feel very bad for Bristol, she is going to be used. But this is what is going to take Sarah off the ticket; she will say her family needs her. McCain will chastise the media; he will blame the democrats, and probably even some in his own party. Then he will pick Lieberman to be his running mate.

    September 1, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Ellie Devine

    Palin as a nominee was a bad joke that just keeps getting less funny in the telling.

    September 1, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. J Norton

    Just another example of John McCain's incredibly poor judgment. Sarah Palin should never have been his choice for VP even before he learned of the Bristol's pregnancy. Once McCain was aware of that, he should have told Sarah, "Family First" and sought out someone else who was not so obviously needed at home.

    September 1, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Get Real

    Kind of ironic that they are against Roe v. Wade, which recognizes the right to privacy. Why should your daughter have a right to privacy and no other woman in America when it comes to their reproductive choices?

    September 1, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Ricky

    it’s so easy to say your pro life out of love in a relationship, but if you’re a 14 yr girl who has been abused and is pregnant by a family member or a rapist, we're suppose to deal with it...I will not have my life’s ruined and not have another Childs life destroyed because a kids giving birth to another kid. The choice of birth is up to the mother and that’s and “abstinence” is the best way to stop "UNWANTED" pregnancy’s...and one more thing ask that 16 yr old girl did she know about condoms and did she want kids at 16?

    September 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Josh

    Yes, I too am changing my vote from Obama to McCain, just because some other people who say they are Obama supporters have said mean things about Palin's family situation.

    That's how little I think about my privilege and responsibility to help decide who should run this country.

    September 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Nat, NYC

    Now I really question the judgment on part of McCain. If he knew that the daughter of Palin was pregnant before his announcement on Thursday, it was the time to chose another VP candidate. If he didn't know (I believe it was the case) it means Palin is a con artist and has to be denounce as a VP. Wasn’t Mitt Romney good enough?

    September 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Mike

    The Republican's love to talk about family values and morals and impose their right wing agenda on others, yet they never lead or live by example. Stop preaching to the rest of us about morals and start looking at yourselves in the mirror. The Republican motto...'Do as we say...not as we do"

    September 1, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Lisa Marvin

    Is it just my imagination or does Palin's husband look like a posed Napoleon? The daughter doesn't look too happy either. Not only does the whole "Palin VP" thing look bad... it just feels so wrong. Describing her is like describing hundreds of thousands of women all over the world... but that doesnt mean they can run a country. McCain totally lost my vote. This is an insult to all women... way to go McCain.

    September 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. jackie winslow indiana

    many will hate me for this comment but... she needs to be home taking more of an interest in her children right now. i do not mind a woman in politics but she has a baby and is now going to have to help her teen daughter with her baby. Finding time for anything outside of that would be very hard .... being a vice president is a job that requires full attention.

    September 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. April Garlow

    It seems that the Democrats are just upset that this isn't their fathers Republican party.Now I SEE IT AS THE MORE PROGRESSIVE OF THE TWO PARTIES.Loving the person and accepting the situation, even if they have done something you don't approve of, instead of making moral judgements–that is the new Republican party.Where are all those make love not war Democrats?This new Democratic party is the party of the elite, judging everyone else, definately not my mother's Democratic party.

    September 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Steve

    If this was Obama and his Daughter at 16-17years old, what would the GOP be saying???

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Southern Gentleman

    Am I really the only Southerner who thinks this is wrong?? How dare you turn an underage girl getting pregnant into a Love Story!!!!! I am sticking with the party but the soon-to-be most powerful woman in the world cannot control her own family.

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Between the Lines

    Bristol is 5 months pregnant and now decides to keep the baby and marry the father. What is wrong with this picture? Two kids in love have sex, get pregnant. In a wholesome household, they would not have been afraid to immediately tell their parents, who would have supported them to go get married/elope. What's with the 5 month delay? This smacks of either lack of parental support, or the fact that the kids are not really in love, just lust. Could it be that the VP nomination has now made the choice for them?

    September 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Joshua

    Mccain Only met Sarah one time and chose her as vp and now all these family secrets r coming out. he should have done more research on her. If something, god forbids were to happen to him. this country would be run by an inexperienced canidate that can't even control her own house so how can she run a country. She preaches abstinence, but now her seventeen year old daughter is 5 months pregnant out of wedlock. She is under all types of investigations. She has too much baggage.

    September 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Christy Rawlings

    To one comment, Obama would not force his daughters to get an abortion, pro-choice does not mean you will force someone to get an abortion, but it leaves that option open to every woman. CHOICE!
    Unfortunately Sarah Palin, and John McCain, have pushed Bristol into this campaign, shame on you both.
    What types of decissions will you two make if (big if) you became the next leaders of this country.
    Bristol you are too young to get married. Don't let these people make you do anymore proprieties, when you have so much to gain. My heart is with you. Good luck.

    September 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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