Monday, September 1, 2008
Sarah Palin Reveals Her Daughter Bristol Is Five Months Pregnant, John McCain Already Knew In Advance; Barack Obama Says Palin Family "Off Limits"
On September 1st, 2008, in response to spreading rumors that she was not the mother of her son Trig, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin revealed that her 17-year-old daughter Bristol is five months pregnant. Furthermore, she stated that Bristol will do the right thing, not only keeping the baby, but will also marry the father. This also verifies that Sarah Palin is indeed the mother of Trig; some in the blogosphere had opined that Bristol had actually gave birth to Trig and that the Governor had covered for her.
National story from CNN. Alaska stories from the Anchorage Daily News and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Utah coverage from KSL Channel 5. AP video report embedded below:
Republican Presidential candidate John McCain was aware of Bristol Palin's pregnancy before he chose her mother for his running mate, a top adviser to the Republican presidential candidate said. The adviser, Doug Holtz-Eakin, said Monday that Palin "was completely vetted by the campaign" before she was chosen.
"Sen. McCain knew this and felt in no way did it disqualify her from being vice president," said another aide who asked not to be named. "Families have difficulties sometimes and lucky for her she has a supportive family." The unnamed aide also emphasized that Bristol decided to keep the baby, a decision supported by her parents.
Sarah and her husband, Todd Palin, issued a statement saying they are proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. "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," they said in a statement issued by McCain's campaign.
Back in 2006, Governor Palin had said she would support funding for abstinence-only education in schools, according to Eagle Forum Alaska, a conservative group that sent a questionnaire asking gubernatorial candidates their views on a range of issues.
Tony Perkins, president of the influential conservative Family Research Council, on Monday issued a statement supporting the Palin family. "Fortunately, Bristol is following her mother and father's example of choosing life in the midst of a difficult situation. We are committed to praying for Bristol and her husband-to-be and the entire Palin family as they walk through a very private matter in the eyes of the public," Perkins said in a written statement.
To his credit, Barack Obama has now come out and firmly stated that Palin's family is off limits as far as campaigning goes. "Let me be as clear as possible," Obama said. "I think people's families are off-limits, and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president." Obama may be an "empty suit", but he's starting to show a little character. Kudos to him for making the statement.
Secular-progressive wankers posting comments to the various media stories are ridiculing Palin's public profession of family values. They ask how getting pregnant out of wedlock promotes family values. Obviously it doesn't, but the response to the problem is fully in keeping with family values. Bristol Palin has elected to keep the baby and marry the father, and the rest of the family is uniting behind her to provide the requisite emotional support. This is the best way to resolve the issue.
Promoting abstinence does not guarantee there won't be out of wedlock babies, but, when coupled with other information about family life and sex education, can reduce unplanned pregnancies.