September 1st, 2008
03:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin told McCain about baby last week

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Palin told Sen. McCain about her daughter's pregnancy last week."]
(CNN) - Top McCain adviser Steve Schmidt said Monday that newly-minted Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin informed John McCain of her daughter's pregnancy in one of their "private conversations" last week.

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McCain aides insist the Arizona Republican already knew about the pregnancy prior to that conversation, having found out earlier during the lengthy vetting process.

"She was very upfront about it," one aide said.

Speaking with reporters, Schmidt also said McCain expected the pregnancy would eventually become public, as did Palin.

"Obviously people would know because she’s going to have a baby that she was pregnant," Schmidt said. "What we want to see happen is the privacy of Governor Palin’s daughter respected. And that’s what Senator McCain wants."

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  1. RevRayGreen

    she need to remove herself as a candidate.

    September 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Chris

    GOP tries to turn Americas attention on a Category 2 hurricane and away from the obvious problems within the current and future republican government. The people in control do not want to lose control period. Even if it will continue to drag our country down.

    Even CNN is also involved, Why can't I get a live stream of the RNC?
    Why is your news so biased? Why is Glen Beck such a hypocrite and a liar?

    September 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. nclynn

    Looks like the holier than thou Republicans will loose this election all on their own. Let's hope Obama continues on the high road and lets them do it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Tex Ann

    Did McCain's people think when he said he needed the VP candidates vetted that he meant take their pets to the doggie doctor or something?

    Obviously they blew the vetting process totally. Palin should just bow out now and let McCain pick a new running mate. She is going to continue to be a huge liability to him as long as she's on the ticket.

    And let's be honest, a mother of a 4-5 month old Downs syndrome baby needs to be with her baby- not out running around 24/7 on the campaign trail. I'm as big a women's libber as there could ever be, but this woman needs to take care of her personal responsibilities first & foremost.

    September 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    It's not about the daughter being pregnant that I don't think that Palin should be VP. She is not the first daughter to get pregnant and won't be the last daughter to get pregnant.

    There is no telling how much more things that we don't know about Palin that are bound to come out. Like the fact that she originally was for the bridge going to nowhere, she or her husband may have made a call to have her sisters husband fired, she was over the the 527 for Stevens and who knows what else.

    September 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. mefvhs

    The hits just keep on coming. I can't wait for the next installment of this soap opera. Good pick McCain.

    September 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Ted

    How is VP Palin going to travel to other countries and perform her duties with a baby with special needs and an unwed teenage pregnant daughter?

    I ask this in defense of her children who need their Mom around.

    September 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Perusing-through

    How can there NOT be a media storm when an "Ultra Conservative, Focus on The Family" 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 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Ed, Fl

    I guess she has done a heck of a job at educating her daugther abstinence only...The media should their job at vetting this woman and exposing Mccain incompetency for the presidency. John Mccain got his first and major decision wrong!!! He has said several times that he'd pick somebody that can competently do the presidency job in case something happens but, instead, he picked an unequivocally unqualified woman just for political expediency. A woman , he has only met once before. We should ask ourselves this critical question: are we willing to elect a 73 year old guy as president and a 44 year old woman with zero experience at all as vice president in a time when our nation is facing several of her biggest challenges ever ? when we have two fronts opened, Iran with a few years away from aquiring nuclear weapons and Russians are stepping up itheir military might against our allies.
    We are about to choose the next world leader, the world is watching us. Eight years ago we made the wrong decision as a consequence thousands of americans dead in an unnecessary war and our economy in shamble. Think twice.

    September 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Wow- McCain done good.

    I hated Palin's political positions- not the pro-life thing- but everything else. I thought that would prevent my voting for her.

    But then the haters working for Obama got involved with their petty insults and derision and mocking and demeaning scorn.

    Now that the attacks on her are on, i am finding myself liking HER and disliking her democratic detractors.

    She stands for what she believes. Who cares what Her husband did in his twenties? Or that her daughter made a mistake despite her Mother's best efforts at proper education and values?

    At least Palin set the good example- better than if she aborted a child whenever it was inconvenient to her plans for herself.

    You NEW democrats have things all twisted up in an irrational knot. This makes Palin MORE desirable- not less. She is not hiding her human frailties.

    McCain HAS now become the man of change. Obama- and his supporters are about OLD hatreds, divisions, partisan antipathy, sexist insults, name-calling derision.

    McCain is the bigger man.

    September 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. sandra

    Sarah Palin should focus on her family. This is not the time for her to run for VP of anything She has a downs syndrome child and a teenage pregnant daughter. I'd love to see her devote her attention to them and not the rigorous schedule of a campaign and the media scrutiny of a campaign. Having children demands sacrifice. This is a time she should remember that. If she is as spiritual as she says, she will remember that her first ministry is to her family. She should never have accepted McCain's offer knowing everything she has going on in her life and he (the true idiot) should never have offered it and used her in this way. Many women will resent him for thinking only of his own political aspirations. I am a McCain supporter but I will not vote to put this woman near the white house with all the issues she has going on. He should get a new vp now before it's too late. Sarah Palin could nicely decline at this time and say she doesn't want her children to be demoralized in the media which would free McCain to make an appropriate choice for vp. Yes, he might take a small hit but in time he and Romney on Pawlenty get things back on track.

    September 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Jack

    What else will Palin hide, would you trust her as Veep? McCain has stumbled badly.

    September 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |

    i'll be voting for obama,now.

    September 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. John .A

    Where is the JUDGMENT from the BBQ media made maverick? what a joke, he just met the poor lady once, this is not the prom its the most powerful office in the world, now we have a reality show on our hands, McCain had more than 4 months to vet her when the Democrats were still in the primaries, God help America if McCain gets into office

    September 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    This is a reply to OFFWALLST,

    This has nothing to do with Obama, his campaign has nothing to do with it.... just like Rev. Wright's summons the media went looking into her background and then discouvered what is there.... don't blame the Obama campaign for this.... John Mcain did not do his job it was his responsibility to select her and should have done the work before selecting her. This is the judgement that the american people are selecting.... IRAN is going to be another Iraq if jOHN MCAIN GETS INTO THIS OFFICE.... good luck all the american people need is the rest of the globe hating you

    September 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. returntocommonsense

    What I question is Governor Palin's judgment. Normally, this would be a private family matter. However, since the Governor is running for a public office, it immediately becomes a public matter – fairly or unfairly. It calls into question her parenting skills and her judgment.

    For years social conservatives have been blaming the decline of the family unit on working moms, but now they are falling all over themselves to embrace this "soccer mom" as if she was the second coming. Talk about hypocritical!

    I will never understand a parent who puts their ambitions before the well being of their child.

    September 1, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Perusing-through

    What does James Dobson and "Focus on The Family" have to say about his VP pick that he forced John McCain to select!?!? HYPOCRITS!!

    September 1, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Jim P

    As a life long democrat, I applaud Obama's statement. However, ANYTHING found on the Huffington post is at least suspect – so I don't pay too much attention to it.

    We should stick to the real issues between the parties. I must admit, I am a bit worried though about the "experience" factor. Both Obama and Palin are lacking in real world experience and either will have to learn on the job. The question could become: Does America want it to be the Pres or VP ?

    YIKES – that's a tough one to field......

    September 1, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Debra

    Please. McCain was caught off guard by this just like everyone else. This is an example of poor judgement. Not a good maverick move.

    September 1, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. RH

    So, generally speaking, teen pregnancy is an issue public enough to legislate, public enough to devote *public* funds to address it. When it happens in a Republican candidate's family, however, privacy is in order and it's a purely internal family situation and only the business of that family?

    September 1, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Sam

    We really need to cease and desist with this frenzy. No matter if you are Republican or Democrat, the Palins deserve your respect for their privacy. Don't give the Republicans more ammunition to criticize Obama.

    September 1, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Darryl

    Why if McCain knew about this last week why did they wait until today when the hurricane was making landfall to announce. I think this is very weak on the McCain campaign. Is this the typical friday news dump on monday of national crisis. How very sad. If this is such a private family matter why not keep it private and why announce the daughters name. I know the press would have found out but let them uncover her name on their own don't give up the girls name. I don't think the news channel knew this or I think it would have come out over the weekend. This was an obvious dump during a crisis. This sounds like a typical George McBush tactic. Good Job McCain!!

    September 1, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. APS in Hawaii

    You know this is why people hate the news media. What does this have to do with the election of this person? This is exactly what started the PUMA movement, the biased and unfair coverage of family issues. Why don't you ask Michelle Obama about her many statements during the primaries?

    This is private issue and has no business in the news. The news media is just throwing dirt. Once again, watch the SNL skit and learn from it. YOU ARE NOT THE MOST TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE WHEN YOU TRY TO CREATE THE NEWS INSTEAD OF REPORTING THE NEWS. STAY OUT OF PRIVATE ISSUES!!!! As a grandmother, mother, and wife, I find your coverage of this issue crossing the line and this shows YELLOW journalism is alive and well.

    September 1, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Kona

    I agree with Obama, family issues are off limits.

    I will say however that I take issue with conservatives being so high and mighty on these issues, both in general and in this campaign. I don't know how many times we need to see members of the Republican party make mistakes before they start to understand that they're human beings too. Unfortunately they don't seem to get it; examples: when the Republican Congressmen from Florida got caught hitting on pages in the capital, instead of acknowledging this problem Denny Hastert and the Republicans said he had a drinking problem and whisked him off to rehab. When Larry Craig was caught toe-tapping in men's room, they tried to retire him. This type of behavior is hypocritical and that's my problem with it.

    September 1, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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