September 1st, 2008
01:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Palins release statement on daughter's baby

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Do you think,

    she carries a rifle in one hand and a bible in the other?

    September 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. cliff ruby

    What abysmal judgement from both John McCain to pick a VP candidate knowing her unwed teen daughter was pregnant. And equally so for Sarah Palin to accept the role. Did they not think the poor girl would come under any scrutinity as the family member of a presidential ticket? What kind of mother would subject her teenage daughter to the national press during this trying emotional time in her life. What other types of decisions should we expect from this dynamic duo ticket?

    September 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Jim

    I'm not sure who to blame on this VP pick. McCain obviously spent no time evaluating the candidates and probably picked her because she's pretty (sorry, but that's what it looks like to me). She should have questions the motives of being selected over many more qualified candidates as the VP with all her family needs and her lack of experience.

    September 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Michael

    Chances she is less than 5 mos along. Blatent attempt to avoid other stories floating around about Mom/grandmom S.arrah

    September 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. election watcher

    The nasty tone of this coverage simply shows the desperation of pro-Obama forces in the media. I'm far more upset at Obama's very visible exploitation of his kids for political gain.

    September 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Hank

    Going to MARRY THE FATHER????? That was supposed to happen first, wasn't it ?

    September 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. MK

    Like mana from Heaven. Just say NO to McCain and granny Palin.

    September 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Jan

    I see the leftist liberals are furious that McCain and Palin are going to win . This pregnant daughter looks healthy and happy–and will probably go on to run for office after university! I can't wait for the hypocritical libs to find more trivial things to spaz out about! Next item tomorrow? The females are probably regretting that they aborted their own beautiful babies! Obama's Mother must have been a conservative!

    September 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Curmudgeon

    Good grief, what is wrong with some people? The girl got pregnant, she didn't commit capital murder! What were her parents supposed to do, fit her for a chastity belt? I'm with Governor Palin, a grandchild is a blessing, not "punishment".

    September 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Judah

    does anyone else find it strange that the only reason the Palin's decided to reveal their teen daughters pregnancy was to refute the allegations that Palin's new born was the daughter's baby?? Does this mean that if these allegations were not made, no one would have ever known Palin-teen was going to have a baby? Interesting..

    September 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Caroline

    Sarah Palin has her priorities right: run for VP and leave her 4 month old special needs child with her husband and nannies. She chose life and now she is ignoring that life in her own selfish pursuit of power and fame. What a shining example to other mothers in this country.

    September 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Jennifer

    For those who claim to be offended that Obama supporters are somehow attacking Palin's daughter is completely untrue.

    The argument that we're making is that the hypocrisy of the Republicans stinks to high heavens. They claim "abstinence only" is the best way to edcucate teens, and clearly the evidence proves the contrary.

    I have a problem with Palin being pushed to the forefront and being labeled as this symbol of GOP conservative values. Clearly Palin wasn't vetted, and I believe all of this news coming out about Palin so far only scratches the surface of what's to come.

    September 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Understanding In Arkansas

    As a woman that was once a teenage mother I do not understand how anyone of you idiots could fault this girl (Bristol) for keeping the baby. Really anyone who has had a baby should know that giving one up can't be easy. Besides all that wihy shoule Sara Palin encourage Bristol to give up the baby and have no consequences for her actions and then have another one of her childern do the same when they get older. Most of you are being judgemental about this because you didn't like McCain/Palin anyway. If we want to talk about Party Values lets go back to the actions of the last Democratic President we had that had an affair on his wife in the White House (intercourse or not it is steel CHEATING). Point being we all screw up from time to time and make bad choices, but good greif what makes this child's mistakes any different for any other 17 year old in the same situation?

    September 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Elisabeth J

    The information coming out about Sarah Palin and her perfect family (NOT), like Bristol's pregnancy, the husband's DUI, and Sarah;s pot smoking, really make me question McCain's judgment. In fact, both McCain and Palin are so anti-family, neo-con in their actions as ever a pair could be. I just hope that Americans won't be fooled by these two weasels and vote Obama/Biden in as our next President/Vice-President!

    September 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Jen Jewell

    The Dems aren't going to say anything about this... There's absolutely no reason to... This is one of those soap opera like stories that will make it's way around without any help. The Dems can just sit back and watch as the walls fall around the Republican campaign and keep every stitch of dignity. It was McCain who chose this trainwreck, and it will be McCain who will suffer for, yet again, making a snap decision that was VERY wrong.

    September 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. RN from NJ

    Prediction: Sarah Palin will decline the VP nomination in order to be there for her family in these "challenging" times. I can't imagine a mother being out on the road and campaigning all the time, with all this going on. Unbelievable and sad, but we are all human. Please, take care of your family, they need you.

    September 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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