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Unmarried Palin daughter pregnant

2008-09-03 08:28:05 GMT2008-09-03 16:28:05 (Beijing Time) Reuters


As an anti-abortion mother of five, much has been made of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's family values.

Palin was a surprise pick as John McCain's running mate, and the surprises have kept coming.

Palin has confirmed that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter Bristol is pregnant.

The teenager plans to keep the baby, and marry the father.

And that's what matters to delegates on the floor of the Republican party convention in St Paul, Minnesota.

SOUNDBITE: Deedee Benke, Republican Indiana Delegate saying (English):

"I mean she is having the child which is good. She's getting married, that's better. And she's the daughter, not the candidate, nominee. So I think she is doing the right thing. Good for her."

SOUNDBITE: Marc Lucca, Delegate from Oregon saying (English):

"I think that it just shows that she's human and everybody has human problems and challenges to deal with in their family."

SOUNDBITE: Ralph Munroe Delegate From Washington saying (English):

"I think everyone recognizes no matter what political party you're in, this could happen to a family. They'll probably be blessed with a child and I am sure the couple will get married and they will do just fine."

The announcement was made as rumours continue to swirl around the family.

Sarah Palin gave birth to her fifth child in April, a son named Trig who has Down's syndrome.

The child is seen here to the right in the arms of Bristol.

But according to some liberal blog sites, Bristol is the child's mother, and Sarah Palin faked pregnancy to cover this up.

McCain officials have condemned that accusation, one which Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's camp has distanced itself from.

The question now, are there any more surprises from Sarah Palin and her family?

Andrew Potter, Reuters

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