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Sarah Palin Says She's Happy About Daughter Bristol's 2nd Pregnancy

The 25-year-old single mom is just weeks away from giving birth to her second child.
Former vice presidential contender Sarah Palin spoke to CBS about her oldest daughter's second pregnancy.
Former vice presidential contender Sarah Palin spoke to CBS about her oldest daughter's second pregnancy.

Sarah Palin is speaking out about her growing family, saying she "can't wait" to welcome her granddaughter into the world but adding that her "heart goes out to the single parents." 

The former vice presidential contender and conservative firebrand broke her silence about her daughter Bristol's second unwed pregnancy, telling CBS News on Sunday that she’s happy about the baby news.

"I can't wait until about 45 days and I'm going to have a little baby granddaughter," Palin gushed. 

Bristol Palin, 25, announced her pregnancy one month after abruptly calling off her engagement to Marine Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer in May. The couple had been engaged for roughly two months.

Palin preached abstinence after giving birth to her first son, Tripp, while dating her high school sweetheart, Levi Johnston, in 2008.

In a blog post in June, she called her second pregnancy “a huge disappointment to my family.”

Bristol Palin with her son, Tripp, at their Wasilla, Alaska, home. She's expecting her second child.
Bristol Palin with her son, Tripp, at their Wasilla, Alaska, home. She's expecting her second child.

Her mother emphatically nodded her head when CBS reporter Tracy Smith asked about that description.

"That can't be how you saw this playing out -- unmarried and pregnant again?" Smith asked.

"Heck, no!" Palin replied. "Being a single mom is, oh my goodness. My heart goes out to the single parents, but my enormous admiration for what they’re able to accomplish doing double duty. And I watch Bristol do double duty all the time with her little boy, Tripp."

Bristol Palin was briefly engaged to former Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011.
Bristol Palin was briefly engaged to former Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011.

The 51-year-old mother of five acknowledged her critics, but said the only one she needs to worry about is the man upstairs.

"Well, the cool thing about putting your faith in God," Palin said, "is he certainly is a God of second chances and third and fourth and fifth chances."

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