Palin’s teenage daughter pregnant

September 1, 2008

Source: BBC News
Mrs Palin, a social conservative who is opposed to abortion, said in a statement her daughter Bristol would keep the child and marry its father.

The Alaska governor, a mother-of-five, was presented three days ago as her party’s vice-presidential candidate.

The McCain campaign and Palins asked for respect for the family’s privacy.

Mrs Palin and her husband Todd said in a statement: “Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realise very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family.”

Advisers to the McCain campaign said they had known about the pregnancy before offering Mrs Palin the vice-presidential nomination.

The BBC’s Justin Webb in St Paul, where the Republicans’ national convention is taking place this week, says the news will certainly be a talking point but may not damage Mrs Palin’s standing.

She was brought on board to appeal to social conservatives, our correspondent says, and they may respect the decision by her daughter to keep the baby and to marry the father.

However, some people in the party who already had concerns about the lack of knowledge about Mrs Palin’s record may fear what other revelations lie in wait, our correspondent adds.

The party’s four-day convention opens on Monday but its schedule has been curtailed because of the threat of Hurricane Gustav to states on the southern US coast.

Mrs Palin is due to be formally nominated by delegates as the party’s vice-presidential choice later this week.

She was elected governor of Alaska in 2006 and before that was mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Alaska.

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6 Responses to “Palin’s teenage daughter pregnant”

  1. truth seeker said

    Thank God that Sarah Palin is not a person of color… if she were the repubilican party would NOT be as accepting… and if Bristol were a black girl, can you imagine the questions and comments that people would be hearing?!

  2. robert kegan said

    We should leave Pailin’s daughter alone; and we can even leave Pailin alone. The person we should not leave alone is John McC who has clearly failed what everyone agrees is a Pres. candidate’s first test: choosing a capable VP. John McC has many fine qualities, but even those who know him best question his temperament and tendency toward recklessness. He inadequately vetted this choice. He put the country at risk, since there is no way we can answer the “Is she ready?” question in just two months, when she will give scripted speeches and appear in one debate. She may be capable; she may not be. We won’t know on the first Tuesday in November, and that is reckless.

  3. Tony said

    WOW!!! I guess it’s ok to LIE to the public about the issue of being a child’s mother. Now they want to ask for respect for privacy. Well, so much for family values. The real bad judgement is “forcing” the two kids to get married just to make the mother (and the Repub Party) look good. They (the Repubs) talk about Palin having more executive experience than Obama and Badin, but with that arguement she has more experience than McC. The only experience I see she has is covering up and strong arming subordinates-true republican values (See Nixon)

  4. Antq said

    Truthseeker,

    Agreed! I would go on record to say staunch republican will stand behind her more strongly now. These are the same people who preach family values.

    I wonder what else is out there?

  5. This says all that needs to be said about McCain’s ability to make serious and sane decisions for our country. I had many concerns regarding his stability when he named Palin, but this proves his intentions are NOT for the betterment of this country and it’s people, but for his competitive nature and ego. How sad, how pathetic he should go out dragging the Republican Party down with him. AND this WILL put him out by American families with moral values.

  6. The bad news: Bristol Palin is pregnant.
    The GOOD NEWS: It was an immaculate conception!
    Should play right into the hands of the Evangelicals, aye?!
    The baby’s name will be Gustav.

    They weren’t sure if the “young man” was going to marry her, but Bush sent Dick Cheney over with a shotgun, just for a little “talk.”

    See my blog for photo.

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