Personal life, Religion and family

Personal life and family
Palin is a self-described “hockey mom” and mother of five. She hunts, goes ice fishing, eats mooseburgers, rides snowmobiles, has run a marathon, and owns a floatplane.

Palin obtained a passport in 2007 to visit with Alaskan National Guard soldiers in Kuwait and traveled to Germany to meet with wounded soldiers. Palin has also visited Canada.

Palin was originally baptized as a Roman Catholic, but her parents switched to the Wasilla Assembly of God, a Pentecostal church, where she was rebaptized at age 12 or 13. When she is in the capital, she attends Juneau Christian Center, another Assemblies of God church. Her current home church in Wasilla is The Wasilla Bible Church, an independent congregation. Initial reports described her as the first Pentecostal ever named to a major party’s presidential ticket; Palin has described herself as a “Bible-believing Christian” who attends a non-denominational church. The National Catholic Reporter described her as a “post-denominational” Christian.


Palin family members at the announcement of Palin’s vice presidential selection, August 29, 2008. From left: Todd, Piper, Willow, Bristol, and Trig.Palin eloped with her high-school boyfriend, Todd Palin, on August 29, 1988, when she was 24 years old. According to her mother, “It was a shock but she did it because she knew we couldn’t afford a big white wedding.” Their first son, Track, was born eight months after their wedding. Todd works for BP as an oil-field production operator and owns a commercial fishing business. The family lives in Wasilla.

The couple have five children: sons Track (born 1989) and Trig (4 months) and daughters Bristol (born 1991), Willow (born 1995), and Piper (born 2001). Todd and Track Palin are registered to vote as independents (“undeclared”). Track Palin enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 11, 2007, subsequently joining an infantry brigade. Palin’s youngest child, Trig, has Down syndrome, diagnosed prenatally.

Palin’s announcement in March 2008 that she was seven months pregnant generated publicity and surprise, as did the circumstances of Trig’s birth. More than a month before the baby was due, she was in Texas to deliver the keynote address at a conference. At about 4:00 a.m. local time, she began leaking amniotic fluid. She remained in Texas to deliver the speech before taking the eight-hour flight back to Alaska. She landed in Anchorage at 10:30 p.m. and arrived at the Mat-Su Valley Regional Medical Center an hour later. She gave birth at 6:30 a.m. the next day after her physician induced labor.[133][134] Palin returned to work three days later.

Governor Palin announced on September 1, 2008, that her daughter Bristol was five months pregnant and intended to keep the baby and marry the father of her child, 17-year-old Levi Johnston. Bristol Palin is a senior at Wasilla High School. According to Wasilla High School Principal Dwight Probasco, Levi Johnston plays on the school’s hockey team but does not attend the school. Johnston is home-schooled through the Mat-Su Correspondence Study School in Wasilla, Alaska.

The McCain-Palin campaign stated that John McCain was aware of her daughter’s pregnancy, but that it did not affect his choice. Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama and his campaign staff declared the subject “off limits” in the coming campaign.

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~ by Leonidas on September 3, 2008.

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