White House: Palin daughter's pregnancy not a political issue

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says the pregnancy of Alaska Governor Sarah Paley's daughter should not be a political issue.

White House press secretary Dana Perino says she thinks President Bush "believes this is a private family matter." Perino says "the family obviously loves their daughter very much," and that once the baby is born, it will have "the full love and support of a very loving family."

Palin, John McCain's little-known running mate, provided an unwelcome convention distraction with the announcement that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

Palin's family has said the daughter will keep the baby and marry the child's father.

The baby is due in late December.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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