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. juster

    I would say that they were waiting for the best "political" time to release this news. Right in the middle of a hurricane where the networks would look like they were picking on them if they broke into the hurricane news to report this.

    McCain has dug a hole he may not be able to get out of soon.

    September 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Elaine

    Talk about a shot gun wedding! I am sure mama Palin had hers out and aimed at the poor father to be! If mama Palin can't keep her child under control how is she going to manage as VP or, God help us, as President?

    September 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Wow

    It's funny they feel that they "have to get the truth out" during a hurricane.

    Man or woman, ANYONE that has to take care of 4 children, (one being an infant with special needs and another who is a pregnant teen) SHOULD NOT TRY TO BE VICE PRESIDENT.

    It is a morally WRONG decision for the children involved AND our country.

    Most of all, concealing the truth until you feel it might come out anyway is LYING and it is WRONG.

    September 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. doug

    How come no one is questioning the statement about how please Palin was that her daughter has decided to "have" the baby? I thought she would make that chioce against the law.


    September 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. jeanette

    So...her 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant and has now decided to marry. Just more pandering to the religious groups.
    I am absolutely astounded that John McCain is running for president – and even more astounded at his pick for Vice President.
    Palin is not fit to be VP and even more unfit to be president!
    That people will vote for the McCain-Palin ticket is simply crazy!
    Obama -Biden will lead this country – McCain-Palin will destroy it.
    Vote Smart – Obama-Biden '08!

    September 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. DJ in Colorado


    "In a statement from Sarah and Todd Palin, they said they were “proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents.”

    My friends, therein lies the beauty of being pro-CHOICE! Under Bush/McCain, there is only ONE option regarding pregnancy.

    Such hypocracy! Where is all the outrage from the right? The silence from them is deafening! Great family values from this potential White House – HA!

    September 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Justin

    It should be noted that Palin is actually a firm supporter of birth control as a means to avoid pregnancy. She is part of a woman's group that, while being against abortion, advocates contraception.

    September 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Mary

    Who cares ??????

    September 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Ohio for Obama

    I don't know why McCain picked her if he knew about the pregnancy. I mean, what was he thinking? Did he think this wouldn't hurt his VPs reputation before people even got to know her?

    September 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Hillary Supporter for McCain

    Ah Shut Up! Bet everyone of you babbling liberals has a illegitimate child in your close family!!!

    Maybe you should look left and right before casting stones there Christian.

    September 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Todd

    Where were you Libs hiding when the Edwards scandal came out? Hiding. At least Palin had the guts to come out with the truth. If Clinton's approval ratings weren't hurt by Lewinski, I'm pretty sure Palin will come out just fine.

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Promote Sex Ediucation.

    Teenage pregancy occurs in all socioeconomic levels. This incident proves that sex education is needed at home and in school. Yes, abstinence should always be the first choice, with contraception as an alternative. Too bad her mother doesn't believe in contraception.

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. steve

    Palin can't run her own house and McCain wants her to help run mine? I don't think so.

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    McCain reportedly knew about this all along. Why weren't they honest with the American public in the first place? I can't believe John McCain announced his pick as someone with great ethics-she's a liar and so is he. Does he not know what great ethics are, or did he just think he could fool us? The fact that he knew about this tells me that he also knew about the investigation in which she is undergoing in Alaska for the firing of her former brother-in-law.
    Bill Clinton was raked over the coals for not being honest, and for denying sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. Why is it okay for John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the republicans to hide the truth??
    By the way, if Sarah Palin really got on a plane and flew for 8 hours from Texas to Alaska after her water broke prior to delivering Trig, wouldn't one think that is irresponsible and an endangerment to his health as well as her own? What kind of idiot does this? What kind of "good mother" does this? Maybe she just needs to stay at home and make sure everything is okay there before ever trying her hand at being our VP, and maybe President.

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Lily

    It is so blatantly obvious that this VP choice went virtually unvetted. More Bush-style appointees–100% political and absolutely no concern for the well-being of our country. This is a glimpse into a John McCain presidency. No way, no how, no McCain.

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. If You Only Listen to Half the Argument, You'll Never Be 100% Right

    No one is mocking her daughter, we're mocking the right wingers in this country who are all a bunch of freaking hypocrites! You tell us liberals that we are all immoral and have no family values. Yet McCain divorced his 1st wife and filed for a marriage license in 2 months to marry Cindy, then this woman's teenage daughter is pregnant and she's all about NO CHOICE. So what she's saying is she is going to force her daughter to have this child AND marry the father. You think she wants to be married and with a child before she even finishes HS? What is up with people being OK with teenage pregnancy? Its wrong, I don't care who's kid it is. Stop throwing Stones Conservatives!

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. amabobama

    If Bristol Palin is a committed feminist, why all the rush to get her married? Surely our society has learned to accept the unwed single parent. An old-fashioned "shotgun marriage" is a terrible way to affirm our up-to-date family values that certainly ought to include divorce and a woman's right to choose. And what about the father's rights? He can pay child support without binding himself in a loveless union that mocks a real marriage, like the Palins' own marriage, that's built upon mutual respect and responsibility.

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Seriously

    Gov. Palin decided to release this after people have made their point about her being a grandmother already....

    This is what happens when McCain thinks with his lower gut... excuse me gut... i mean the striaght talk...

    When knew Bristol was not a lady... If envangelicals support this... They are major hypocrites... We will be a mockery to the world not number one.

    Another failed Republican choice...

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. AP

    I wonder how the far-right media (ie. foxnews and rush) will react to this news. More to the point, I wonder how they would have reacted if OBAMA'S 17 year old daughter had became pregnant. Oh the hypocracy.

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    How old is the father? If he is over 18, I guess it was either marry her or go to jail.

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. John Starnes

    Interesting that she requires their "privacy" be respected, yet she wants to intrude fully into the private relationship between a pregnant woman and her doctor and remove ALL options for the woman. "Hypocrite" is barely sufficient a word for this shameful sham.

    September 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Jamie Roberts

    If the Palins really believed in what was best for their daughter, the selfless option of adoption would have been chosen. However, Bristol must be a selfish girl, to place her mother in this sort of position, knowing how badly it would reflect on the governor of Alaska to have a daughter who wasn't raised to make reasonable decisions about sex.

    What I find most boggling is that McCain knew about the pregnancy when making his choice. What does that say about his decision-making abilities?

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

    You have got to be kidding me! Sounds like mama Sarah doesn't govern her own home judiciously! She doesn't speak to me, as a woman, and I am greatly disappointed in McCain's choice. Shameful.

    September 1, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |

    I hope there's time in her campaign schedule to support her daughter... Doesn't this put her due date somewhere around election day?

    September 1, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Karrie, MD

    I feel sorry for her daughter. Now she has to marry some guy (I can't say man, he might be the same age) whether she wants to or not (we'll never know), and she's still just a kid herself. She's still in high school. There goes her future.

    It especially hits home, because she's the same age as my daughter. NO girl at this age can handle that responsibility when it hits you out of the blue. What a shame.

    September 1, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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