Some political analysts say the pregnancy of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's teenaged daughter may actually help -- not hurt -- her candidacy.
The Palins, in a statement released by the McCain campaign, said their 17-year-old daughter Bristol "came to us with news that we as parents knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned" and that she "has our unconditional love and support."
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"We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates," their statement said.
Bristol Palin plans to have the baby and marry the father.
The Politico reports their challenges show that the Palin's can identify with the struggles of the average American family.
Pro-Lifers Support Palin's Decision
Evangelical leaders are also praising the way the Palin's are handling their daughters' pregnancy.
Well known evangelical conservative James Dobson said it had always been the practice of his Focus on the Family group counsel young mothers to see their pregnancies through, "even though there will be of course challenges along the way."
"That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances," he said in a statement.
Charmaine Yoest, head of Americans United for Life, said, "We join them in welcoming this new life."
What about the Vetting Process?
Meanwhile, critics are questioning whether Sarah Palin went through the appropriate vetting process.
But the attorney who conducted the background investigation says they've checked her out and don't see a reason to be concerned.
Palin underwent a "full and complete" background examination before McCain chose her as his running mate, Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. Told The Associated Press.
Palin was forthright about her daughter's pregnancy and her husband's DUI from 20 years ago.
Culvahouse said that he "spent a lot of time with her lawyer" on the investigation into the possibility that Gov. Palin ordered the dismissal of Alaska's public safety commissioner because he would not fire her former brother-in-law as a state trooper.
McCain's team warned Palin that her private life would be intensely scrutinized and that there was nothing she could do to prepare for it.
Sources: CBN News, Reuters, The Associated Press