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MINNEAPOLIS--Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband acknowledged Monday that their teen daughter is pregnant. She will eventually marry the father and keep the baby.

The Palin's said in a statement, "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."


STATEMENT FROM SARAH AND TODD PALIN

For Immediate Release

Contact: Press Office

Monday, September 1, 2008


ARLINGTON, VA -- Today, Sarah and Todd Palin issued the following statement regarding today's Reuters story:

"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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33 Comments

Palin's daughter has a right to have her child, but here is the question what does that say about her parents and how she was raised? Instead of Mrs. Palin running for office she should think about spending more time raising her kids. Nothing political gain or anything else should come before your children! Are these the values that the Republicans hold so dear?

So much for the so-called 'family values' that the republican party and their followers preach. I am amazed that this woman only met McCain once, talked to him on the phone once and then was chosen to be second in command. What does this tell us about the state of this political party. Now if this was Obama's duaghter (as a teen)or one of Biden's grand daughters, the repubs would be all over this story, but I feel that they will try to 'sweeten' this up by saying that she's going to marry her baby's father (via the shotgun route) and push it to the back burner. Wonder what loudmouth Limbaugh and Rev. Dobson have to say about this?

Lynn, it amazes me how the liberal blogs (Huffington, DailyKos) are making fun of Palin's daughter. The biggest democratic base are African-Americans. So would African-Americans, who have a 70% born-out-of-wedlock birthrate in their community enjoy if these liberals laughed at them? First of all, Gov. Palin has been TOTALLY up-front and a straight-shooter about this. Really showing her 'pro-life' convictions as well. She did not hide this. She didn't try to sneak an out-of-wedlock baby out of state like Jesse Jackson did. Or like John Edwards appears to have done. Again, she's been totally up-front.

anybody wondering how old the father is and if rape or sex with a minor will be charged? Just a Jamie Lynn Spears. But to all those "Romeo & Juliet" relationships where the boy is registered as a sex offender now, I'm sorry our state laws don't apply to people in the media.

This really does go to show you that we are all human and that individual choices result in conseuquences.

I am a democrat however feel this is a private matter and should not be used to place a negative impact on Sarah Palin as a candidate.

I certainly would not want the media to exploit this young woman it will be hard enough to be a mother and potential wife at age 17. My prayers are with the entire family.

I also would never vote for the Republican ticket and really with what Sarah has to face raising 5 children and now helping a 17 year old raise a child and providing guidance to a teenage marriage her hands are full.

Political ambition is great! I applaud her success but if we fail as parents there is absolutely nothing in this world to replace that. Maybe her time would be better spent focused on her family instead of the World as VP of the USA.

God forbid if John McCain was elected and she had to step into the office of Commander and Chief I just think that would be a level of multi-tasking she may not be ready for.

I wish the family the very best! This is difficult to deal with at any level.

I guess Palins were too busy to spend time with their daughter to teach her how babies are made. It's a shame that these children will now have a child of their own and be robbed of living a normal teenage life.

we are hearing so much about the Palins since she has been chosen for republican nominee for vice president but the republican party leaders seem to forget is that we are all humans just as her unmarried daughter has shown so you moral majority/christans should not be calling for morailty when people will always be people.

V.P. Palin wants us to respect her unwed daughter having a love child? The family values party again show its lack of morals. Bristol palin and her affair should be put under the same media microscope used on Senator Obama, Michelle, and his family.

Looks like the chickens have come home to roost. Sarah talks about absence and no sex education in schools. All I can say is Wow!

i am appaled at the dem supporters who think its o.k to demonize sara palin for the news of her minor dughters pregnancy who is also engaged to the father yet at the same time ignores the fact that barracks own mother was only 18 an umwed at his birth. sara an her family has shown amazing grace an once again shown that shes a straight shooter with nothing to hide not to mention the sick rumors that started this of her lying about giving birth to her 5 child as a way to cover up that he is really her grandson so much for seperating facts from fiction sara palin has my compleat support in her run with mccain i applaud her family

Responding to John who said, "The biggest democratic base are African-Americans. So would African-Americans, who have a 70% born-out-of-wedlock birthrate in their community enjoy if these liberals laughed at them?"
My response:
A. They would have to recognize that any of us exist first, to laugh at us.
B. None of the 70 percent is running for VP of the U.S.
C. No one is laughing at Gov. Palin. Around the kitchen table the Right and the Left both are wondering how she let this happen.
That is the way our society has been working thus far--it is always the mom's fault if her underage daughter is having sex or getting pregnant. The situation speaks to her decision making process as a mom--every working mom's first job. This is what is rambling around in the back of minds who discuss things around the kitchen table.
Personally, Ms. Palin's business is her business. If it were not for her running for public office no one would care except those who know and or are related to her.
Ultimately, it is her daughter who has to be responsible for her decisions. It is a good thing her mom backs her decision. Many teenaged mothers are kicked out the house or disowned. Then later they are mocked and labled. So goes a woman's life.
Remember, public service, like public life opens an individual up to discussion.
It is not as if anyone is making this stuff up about her or her family--unlike what has happened with Sen. Obama and the vicious rumors that swirl about him.

Now, what was folks saying about Brittany Spears little sister? The little sister who makes goo--gobs of money as a TV star? I dunno, I forget.

The Republicans are "hell-bent" on losing this election!

Maybe then they can do a "makeover"
and move the party to the MIDDLE.
away from the religious radicals!

My question is to Sarah and Todd will you have time for all your family responsibilities and is this the best atmosphere for a young mother and fetus?
Have you considered stepping down Sarah?

I thought about voting for McCain but now I feel if I did I would be contributing to child abuse.

"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child…” Yes, and Grandma and Johnny Boy McCain are about to realize very quickly that they shouldn’t quit their day jobs. I am completely and totally over this… it is all I can do to keep my lunch down – a problem I’ve been having since this old fool introduced this middle-aged fool to the country. What has happened to the Republican Party?? This senile old man is not fit to be president of the Alaskan PTA let alone PRESIDENT! If this is truly about voting for the most qualified, the best prepared to lead candidate then Obama and the dems have my vote! I did not vote for McCain in the primary because I felt very uncomfortable with his stability. I can’t in good conscience vote for him now. He is waaayyyy off base, he’s scary, (so is she for God's sake!) very scary and I think his selection of this Palin person is completely irresponsible. (Who is advising him? Where were there when this happened? Watching CNN??) I hate to say this but I agree with Hillary - No way, No how, no McCain. Sorry…

Come on are you all that ignorant. Crap happens, this is 2008. At least she's not hooked on crack or other drugs like the rest of our teenagers. Get out of her business and start looking into your own children's lives. Who knows maybe your kid will be coming to you and telling you that she is pregnant at the age of 17. Get a life and get out of the private family of the Palin's.

I'm sorry, but this feckless child's story is fair game...but not as a reflection on her, but on her mother.

Sarah Palin has taken it upon herself, as a religious fundamentalist, to impose her values on others...to flaunt her values as superior to those of gay couples or women invoking legal choice in the matter of elective abortion.

Hence, when her artificial Pollyanna world is revealed to be as troubled as those less fortunate, and less self-righteous, she gets no pass.

I must admit that I am skeptical about the father's enthusiasm to "do-the-right-thing." This is the most "shotgun-wedding" scenario anyone could imagine.

If it is HER choice to marry the father; fine. But wasnt adoption an option? Apparently conservatives see that as being in the same ballpark as abortion. I highly doubt that marrying the father was her choice; maybe she wanted to put that baby up for adoption. If not, and her choice was to have and keep the baby and not mary the father, I can see how that would piss off her mother. I think this is gonna be a shotgun wedding, to be honest.

For those that don't speak "right wing reactionary" i would like to translate John's response... "waaaaaaaaaahh."

If it is HER choice to marry the father; fine. But wasnt adoption an option? Apparently conservatives see that as being in the same ballpark as abortion. I highly doubt that marrying the father was her choice; maybe she wanted to put that baby up for adoption. If not, and her choice was to have and keep the baby and not mary the father, I can see how that would piss off her mother. I think this is gonna be a shotgun wedding, to be honest.

Privacy ......oh how those Repulicans love to hide behind that word. They just don't get it.
PRO CHOICE is privacy. If one is pro-choice, then it IS no one's business. What one decides to do with a pregnancy has NOTHING to do with anyone else...but, if one is strongly Pro Life, then it is the government's( and by extension, the peoples') right to know if one is contemplating an abortion. And if one has the procedure, then who is involved, who **could** be charged etc etc.
So, it always fascinates me when these strong pro-life people raise their hands and say, with such self assuredness, "Please, this is a family matter and a private issue". What they SHOULD be saying if they are honest is, "This is MY family so it is private, but as soon as it involves YOUR family, then I have a right to know what is going on". I have one word for Sara Palin and all those other self-righteous pro-lifers..."hypocrites".

Truth is if this was a democrat the media would be all over it, but they seem to let it go presumedly because Palin's a women. No sympathy for Barak and Michele or Hillary for that matter.
The GOP are the party of family values this is hypocracy, Palin is against all things women care about, including condoms.
If McCain is elected and dies and China invades Taiwan, etc what will poor Sarah Palin do with her vast foreign policy experience, and her B.A. degree in Journalism?

The fact that the Palins trot out their obviously pregnant minor, holding a baby, with a too big baby blanket highlighting her midsection, and then say, "It's a private matter" is the equivalent of someone with a tattoo that covers their face saying, "Hey, what are you looking at?" Ya know, some people will sell ANYTHING for attention! John McCain must be really desperate.

hello, he's a minor, she's a minor, it's called RAPE! anyone else would be charged.

hypocrites...if a democrat had this happen, they would have been lauded for their moral integrity and then nothing more would have been said...as for questioning how she was raised, pffft...hypocrites! ids do as they please at that age, may you find that out yourselves someday..at least the girl isn't murdering the baby and her mother supports her...i remember months back, obama opining that he would not want his daughter to carry an "unwanted" pregnancy...

THE GUY WHO SPOKE ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICANS, THAT
WAS A CHEAP SHOT!
THANKS TO BUSH AND CHENEY THE MIDDLE CLASS HAS
BEEN WIPED OUT!
IT'S OKAY FOR HER DAUGHTER TO HAVE HER BABY, BUT
THE PROBLEM IS AND THE GOP KNOWS, THEY DIDN'T
REALLY VET THIS LADY, THEY JUST WANTED A LADY
BECAUSE THEY WERE TRYING TO PLAY ON HILLARY'S
SUPPORTERS, THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD PLAY ON THEIR
EMOTIONS AND HAVE THEM VOTE FOR MCCAIN!
HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS DON'T MAKE RASH DECISIONS!
THIS IS WHY ROE V WADE IS SO IMPORTANT!
IT'S AMAZING TO ME, THAT SOME PEOPLE WILL GO TO
OTHER COUNTRIES TO ADOPT A BLACK BABY AND WE
HAVE THOUSANDS OF THEM RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA,
THAT WILL LINGER IN POVERTY UNTIL DEATH BECAUSE
NOBODY WANTS THEM!
SO WHO IS THE REAL HYPOCRITE?

If she should become vice president...fine message sent to single girls when we are trying to lessen single pregnancies.

JOHN: regarding your post about African-Americans
and their 70% single birth rate...if it is ok for Sarah Palin's daughter it is simply ok for them too. By the way, how DO you hide a 5 month pregnancy?

THE GOVERNOR FROM ALASKA SURE HAS ALOT ON HER
PLATE!
THE GOP REALLY NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO VET!
WHY DOES THE DAUGHTER KEEP HOLDING THE GOVERNOR'S
DAUGHTER LIKE IT IS HERS?
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!
THE TRUTH IS GOING TO COME OUT!
PALIN WILL RESIGN IN A WEEK, SHE HAS TO MANY
SKELETON'S IN HER CLOSET!
KEEP WATCHING, YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!
SHE WON'T MAKE IT TO THE DEBATES!

THE HOCKEY PLAYER SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT ANY KIDS!
THE GOP IS IN TROUBLE!
FRED THOMPSON WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR AN EMMY
AFTER LAST NIGHTS PERFORMANCE!
CAN YOU SAY HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, DIE HARD 2,
LAW AND ORDER, WHAT A PERFORMANCE BY FRED!
JOE LIEBERMAN DIDN'T KNOW WHAT CONVENTION HE WAS
AT, AND WHY DIDN'T HE TELL EVERYONE HOW OBAMA
CAME TO CONNECTICUT AND HELP HIM GET RE-ELECTED!
JOE TELL THE TRUTH!
JOHN MCCAIN IS GOING TO BORE AMERICA TO DEATH
TOMMORROW NIGHT!
WHY DO THEY KEEP HAVING THE DAUGHTER HOLDING THE
GOVERNOR'S BABY SO MUCH?

In some states boyfriend may be charged with sex crime for impregnant underage girl. According US laws she is a child, and he is a predator. And in some states mother may be charged and get sex offender registration.
How many people in US are on list of predators
for the same problems?

im so sick of the republicans lieing fake country first theme they care nothing about americans they are so crooked but ood job covering the issues at hand gas 'food health care who cares about palins daughter being pregenant shes not the first teenager or the last to be a teenage mother but her mom being called a working mom disturbes me she is not a working mother she is a politician big big difference working moms with careers cant give their families all they need how can a woman with five children be a politician somebody is coming up short so since they say shes such a good governor i have to wonder about her wife nd mom skills the fact her baby has special needs' shes 44 with a teenage daughter pregenant you would think being governor ould be enough

If Gov. Palin is anti-abortion, regardless of circumstances (rape, and incest included), how did she know that her last child was down syndrome? Maybe I'm behind the times, but as far as I know, the only way to find out if a child has down syndrome is through amniosyntesis. So if abortion is out-of-the-question, regardless of circumstances, why would Gov. Palin have this test done? Yes, she had the child anyway, but I have to wonder why she had the test. Even today, there are still risks to the baby (even though they're somewhat minor), so, again, why test the baby to find out if anything's wrong?

IT'S GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY TO HAVE SOME WOMEN ISSUES ON THE TABLE,BUT GOV. PALIN HAS NEVER BEEN A BIG AVOCATE FOR WOMEN'S RIGHT.HER RECORD SPEAKS VOLUME ON THE ISSUES,SO WHY THEN DO WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON THE BABY DRAMA.WE HOLD RNC TO HIGHER STD,BECUZ THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT.SORRY GOV...YOU SHOULD SPEND TIME RAISING YOUR CHILDREN.IF YOU CAN'T TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS I WONDER IF YOU GONNA TAKE CARE OF MINE.

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