John McCain’s daughter defends Bristol Palin on blog

September 3, 2008

Source: The Telegraph
In a post on her blog,, Miss McCain, 24, said she felt kinship with Miss Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of vice-Presidential candidate Sarah, adding: “It’s a rough go being the son or daughter of a politician.”

“I have not known Bristol Palin very long, but there is a certain kinship I feel to her as I do other political daughters, such as Chelsea Clinton, Jenna and Barbara Bush and Mary Cheney,” she wrote, in a post titled “Daughters”.

“You can’t fully understand it unless you have lived it. So, I just wanted to let it be known that I support Bristol and the entire Palin family.”

Miss McCain goes on to liken Miss Palin’s situation to a moment that “single-handedly changed my life” – when, during the 2000 presidential campaign, a reporter asked her father whether he would tell Meghan, who was then 14, that she could not have an abortion if she became pregnant.

“This story comes up in almost every profile written about me and in almost every interview,” she wrote.

At the time Mr McCain said: “The final decision would be made by Meghan with our advice and counsel.” However he later clarified that it would be “a family decision, not her decision”.

This week Miss McCain published a children’s book titled “My Dad, John McCain”.

In it she paid tribute to her father’s determination, writing: “Things didn’t look great at first. His campaign nearly ran out of money. People were starting to say he didn’t have a chance. But my dad never gives up.”


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