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September 1st, 2008
01:10 PM ET

Palin's 17-year-old pregnant

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/01/art.bristol2.jpg caption="17-year-old Bristol Palin with mother, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The McCain campaign released a statement that Bristol is 5 months pregnant."]
Mark Halperin
The Page, TIME.com

17-year-old daughter (above with baby brother) of Republican veep nominee is five months pregnant and plans to marry the father of her unborn child.

Palin: “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.”


Read full campaign statement.

Reuters: Announcement comes to rebut blog rumors that Palin’s fifth child Trig is actually Bristol Palin’s.

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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. LG from Kentucky

    I guess now we know why no one knew of Sarah Palin. McCain wants her on the ticket to win the vote of socially conservative, pro-lifers. It is typical of republican tactics. Am I cynical? Would you put it past them? Of course Sarah Palin was vetted over the situation with her daughter's pregnancy. The McCain campaign saw this golden opportunity, knowing that the media would devour it and make her in to a issue. What family hasn't been faced with teenage pregnancy? But not all of them abort. Let the pro-lifers rejoice!

    Sounds a lot like a Karl Rove tactic to me.

    By the way, at its core, this is a women's issue. Suddenly and suspiciously there are women pundits popping up everywhere in support for McCain. Are we that stupid?

    Republicans: "Cue- Ann Coulter. You're on, in 5 – 4 – 3 – 2..."

    September 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  2. dc esquire

    ....I don't believe for a second that McCain knew about this bombshell. In fact it would be in his best interest that he did not. If indeed he did know, I am disturbed by the deception. Not only did this teenager hold her brother in front of her during the speech, but once the baby was taken from her, she continued to hold the blanket over her stomach, as an attempt to hide her pregnant belly. That's deceitful and I now believe that she was instructed to do so. The fact that she is pregnant is not the issue per say, but I do believe that if McCain and her mother knew and tried to hide it, that speaks volumes of their intent to be truthful with the American public on a small issue. Can you imagine the lies that may be communicated to us on bigger issues. Possibly such deceit as we've already experienced w/the Bush Admin. and this war.

    P.S. Can just one Republican answer a question actually posed to them on these news programs? So frustrating.

    September 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  3. Shell

    The Evangelicals like to think of themselves as the stewards of America. I am an Evangelical too. But I do not hold this stupid view. The leaders of the Evangelical faith preach values but they do not live by them. When someone closely associated with the leaders of the Evangelical faith sin, their leaders try to cover it up; when it is a poor soul who is not associated with the leaders of the Evangelical faith, then the leaders of Evangelical faith cry in unison: "Sinner! You are doomed! You belong in Hell! What a hypocrisy! Have we Evangelicals forgotten how Jesus called the Pharisees and Sadducees "brood of vipers" because of their hypocrisies? What would Jesus say if He had returned today?

    The fact is Sarah Palin can not keep her home in check. She did not supervise her teenage daughter. Now, she is pregnant, and the way she and her Evangelical buddies try to cover it up is by telling us that it is God's Will! God's Will? Who told them that God smiles when ugly deeds are attributed to Him? If Sarah Palin can not keep a tab on her teenage daughter, how in the world is she going to be able to govern the United States?

    September 1, 2008 at 9:40 pm |
  4. Arlan

    Many of you are likely most upset by the fact that the Palin women choose to keep their babies, had they opted not to, well then you might be a little less critical and be supporting their "right to choose."

    I like Sarah Palin for the same reason's Rush mentioned Friday.....

    .....babies, guns, Jesus!

    September 1, 2008 at 9:35 pm |
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