Sarah and Todd Palin say their
17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant.
The couple said in a statement released by John McCain's
presidential campaign that Bristol will keep her baby.
Sarah Palin is McCain's vice presidential running mate.
The Alaska governor says Bristol intends to marry the father of
She and the campaign also are asking that the media respect the
family's privacy on this matter.
"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."