Sarah Palin at home with Piper, 5, husband Todd, Willow, 12, and Bristol, 17 (right)
Anchorage Daily News/MCT/Landov
09/02/2008 AT 01:05 PM EDT
Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin confirmed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter Bristol is five months pregnant and plans to marry the baby’s father.
The 44-year-old governor of Alaska
and mother of five released the statement to combat a rumor that Bristol may have been the mother of Palin's youngest son, Trig, who was born with Down syndrome in April.
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