McCain knew Bristol Palin was pregnant before naming Sarah Palin

Bristol Palin with her parents

Bristol Palin with her parents

September 1, 2008
Palins release statement on daughter’s baby
Posted: 12:51 PM ET

Bristol Palin, right, is pregnant.

(CNN) — Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and husband Todd are talking directly about their 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy.

In a joint statement released by the McCain campaign, the Palins say their daughter will keep the baby and marry the father.

Full statement from Sarah and Todd Palin:

“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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Palin’s 17-year-old daughter pregnant
Posted: 12:35 PM ET

From CNN Correspondent Dana Bash

Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol, second from the right, is pregnant.
ST. PAUL (CNN) – Bristol Palin, the 17 year old daughter of Sarah Palin, is pregnant and will keep the baby and marry the father, a senior McCain aide confirmed to CNN Monday.

McCain was aware of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he chose her mother for his running mate, the aide said.

“Senator McCain knew this and felt in no way did it disqualify her from being vice president,” said the aide. “Families have difficulties sometimes and lucky for her she has a supportive family.”

Bristol Palin, a senior in high school, is about 5 months along, in her second trimester, according to the aide.

The aide said they decided to reveal this information now because of rampant Internet rumors that Sarah Palin’s four month old baby, who has Down Syndrome, was actually Bristol’s.

“In the course of correcting that, we needed to get the truth out,” said the McCain aide.

In a statement from Sarah and Todd Palin, they said they were “proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents.”

They also asked the media to respect their daughter’s privacy.

The McCain aide insisted a key point to keep in mind is that Bristol decided to keep the baby, a decision “supported by her parents.”

Sarah Palin’s Mother-In-Law: Considering Voting For Barack Obama

Gov. Sarah Palin

Gov. Sarah Palin

I wonder what it means for Sarah Palin to have a mother-in-law who favors Barack Obama over John Mccain? Cindy McCain’s sister, Kathleen Hensley Portalski intends to vote for Obam instead of her brother in law, John McCain. There doesn’t appear to be much political loyalty in these families.

US Magazine

Sunday August 31, 2008

Governor Sarah Palin during a Technology Conference in Anchorage, Alaska
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Buzz up!The mother-in-law of John McCain’s new running mate Sarah Palin, enjoys hearing Barack Obama speak and hasn’t decided which way she’ll be voting in the upcoming presidential election the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

“I’m not sure what [Sarah] brings to the ticket other than she’s a woman and a conservative. Well, she’s a better speaker than McCain,” Faye Palin told the New York Daily News. “People will say she hasn’t been on the national scene long enough.”

Faye added “But I believe she’s a quick study.”

The 44-year-old — who was elected governor just two years ago after serving as mayor of Wasilla (pop. 6,715) — will be the first woman nominated by the Republican Party to run on a national ticket.

Palin and her husband Todd, a veteran oil-field worker and commercial fisherman, 43, are parents to five children, the youngest of whom was born in April and has Down syndrome.

“We don’t agree on everything. But I respect her passion,” Faye said. “Being pro-life is who Sarah is.”

The Obama campaign issued a sharp critique of Palin on Friday, saying, “Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.”

It’s not the first time the governor has had to prove herself.

Faye said people doubted Palin when she ran for City Council but Sarah proved she had “singular focus.”

“Sarah was out there with [then-young son] Track, pulling him around from house to house in a wagon,” Faye said.

Born in Idaho and a graduate of the University of Idaho, Palin is the first female governor of Alaska and its youngest. She was also the runner-up in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant.

Meanwhile, Cindy McCain’s half sister is planning on voting for Obama.

“I’m not voting for McCain,” Kathleen Hensley Portalski told Us recently. “I have a different political standpoint.”

Portalski’s son Nathan, a 45-year-old aerospace machinist, is also backing Obama.

“I wouldn’t vote for John McCain if he was a Democrat,” he tells Us. “I would not vote at all before I’d vote for him.”

“I question whether Cindy is someone I’d want to see in the White House as first lady,” he added.