McCain: Sarah Palin’s Daughter, Age 17, Is Pregnant — Alaska Press Did Not Know
September 1, 2008
NEW YORK In a surprise announcement, the McCain campaign revealed today that Sarah and Todd Palin have announced that their 17-year-old unmarried daughter Bristol is pregnant.
The couple said in a statement that Bristol will keep the baby.
When news broke, it had not yet been reported by her home state papers, which have often been the source for outside media for other background on Palin.
When the Anchorage Daily News did report the news today, it pointed out: “The Daily News had asked Palin’s press secretary, Bill McAllister, over the weekend to address rumors that Bristol was pregnant. ‘I don’t know. I have no evidence that Bristol’s pregnant,’ he said on Saturday.”
The McCain team asserted that he knew about the pregnancy when he selected Palin. She has five children and now a grandchild coming as she hits the campaign trail.
She and the campaign also are asking that the media respect the family’s privacy on this matter.
Their statement continued: “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. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.”
Steve Schmidt, a top McCain spokesman, said: “Life happens.”
The Anchorage Daily News reported earlier today that rumors had abounded in the state for months that Bristol Palin was pregnant. This turned out to be true, but what it fostered was other rumors that she was the real mother of Sarah Palin’s fifth child, who was delivered in April.