Sarah Palin, in gearing up for the publicity and limelight as Sen. John McCain‘s running mate, wanted to cover up daughter Bristol’s pregnancy last year, the father of Palin’s grandson Tripp, Levi Johnston, wrote in an upcoming Vanity Fair article.
“Sarah told me she had a great idea: we would keep it a secret—nobody would know that Bristol was pregnant,” Johnston wrote.
Johnston wrote that Palin wanted to dupe the public into believing that she and Todd had adopted the child to cool the heat stemming from the pregnancy of her unmarried 17-year-old daughter.
“She told me that once Bristol had the baby she and Todd would adopt him,” he said. “That way, she said, Bristol and I didn’t have to worry about anything. Sarah kept mentioning this plan. She was nagging—she wouldn’t give up. She would say, ‘So, are you gonna let me adopt him?'”
Levi wrote that the decision was ultimately made by the young parents of infant Tripp, who was born in Dec. 2008.
“We both kept telling her we were definitely not going to let her adopt the baby,” he said.