Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, confirmed in a statement Monday that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant,
“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.”
Sarah went on to say that Bristol plans to marry the father of the child,
“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.”
The 44-year-old vice presidential candidate released the statement to combat a rumor that Bristol may have been the mother of Palin’s youngest son, 4-month-old Trig, who has Down syndrome.
Sarah and her husband Todd Palin, have five children: sons Track (19) and Trig (4 months) and daughters Bristol (17), Willow (14), and Piper (7). Their first son, Track, was born eight months after their wedding.
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