As Bristol Palin's mother, vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, spoke at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, the pregnant teen, 17, and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Levi Johnston, watched from the audience as her mom wowed that crowd.
The parents-to-be sat with Bristol's siblings in the VIP box; they had earlier sat with presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's wife, Cindy. Johnston held Bristol's hand while chatting with her 7-year-old sister Piper. Though Sarah Palin did not mention the pregnancy, Johnston was with the family onstage at the end of the speech and was greeted by Senator McCain.While the campaign has asserted that Bristol's pregnancy is not relevant to the presidential race, McCain did greet Bristol and Johnston when they arrived at the airport on Wednesday morning, embracing both in a photo opportunity on the tarmac at the Minneapolis International Airport.
Asked what their conversation might have been like, McCain's daughter Meghan,
23, told People. "I'm sure he told them he supports them. Our whole family supports them. I just feel for her, because even just two weeks ago, she was completely anonymous. She's a very sweet girl and [Johnston] is very nice. My heart goes out to them."
Johnston apparently has a tattoo that says "Bristol" on his ring finger, according to UsMagazine.com,
and Palin was seen wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring. Earlier this week, when Governor Palin announced her daughter's pregnancy, she said in the statement that the couple planned to wed.
Meanwhile, a representative for 17-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears, whose surprise pregnancy was announced last December, has denied reports that her mother ordered a baby gift for Bristol and sent it to her on Jamie Lynn's behalf, according to E! News. Curt Handling said in a statement, "I just got off the phone with Lynne. I can tell you that she hasn't sent her any gifts, but that she does support Sarah and, of course, can empathize with their situation."Street Team '08 will be on the ground at the Republican National Convention to sort through all the speeches, streamers and ceremony and find the information you need to choose our next president. Head to Choose or Lose for nonstop coverage of the 2008 presidential election.