Sarah Palin Discusses Bristol Palin Wedding Plans

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Now that Bristol Palin is officially 18 (as of October 18), Republican V.P. candidate Sarah Palin says she's hoping Bristol and fiancé Levi Johnston – who are expecting a baby in December – will tie the knot before next summer.

"Hopefully before that," Sarah Palin told People.

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"That's what we wanted her to wait for: to turn 18, and a decision on her own about how she's going to go forward, her and Levi, at this point."

Taking a break between campaign speeches in New Hampshire, Sarah and husband, Todd Palin, both 44, spoke about Bristol, Tina Fey and sex ed.

They also answered questions about politics, life with five kids – ages 6 months to 19 years – and what's next for the Alaska governor, win or lose:

Q: Do you two ever look at each other and just go, This is insane?

Sarah Palin: I haven't had time to yet.

Q: With the kids traveling, how do they keep up with school?

Sarah Palin: They've been going back and forth and bringing schoolwork with them. Yeah. It's workin'. With our help and Grandma's and Grandpa's help.

Q: Your crowds are adoring but the criticism is sometimes tough. Todd, Elizabeth in Nashville asks, Is it hard not to stick up for Sarah?

Todd Palin: When you get into this business, it's expected. I do [feel protective] but it's just entertainment.

Sarah Palin: They take their shots; that's some people's entertainment.

Q: We've seen her as the Supermom and Power Chick, if you'll pardon the expression. You've seen her softer side.

Todd Palin: When she's working for me out there in my fishing boat, she's pretty vulnerable. It's my element.

Sarah Palin: He's the boss out there on the boat while we commercial fish. Yeah. That's a different story then.

Q: You're not one of those I-broke-a-fingernail outdoorswomen?

Sarah Palin: No time for that, no. You have to be tough out there. You don't come back on the boat if you're going to whine and complain about being cold or tired. You do what you have to do to get the job done.

Q: Tina Fey's got you locked up. Who would play Todd?

Sarah Palin: Tim McGraw. That's what they say back home, anyway. Some of the kids tell our kids, "Your dad, when he wears his hat, he looks like Tim McGraw." It's good.

Q: What types of things do you argue or bicker about back home?

Sarah Palin: We don't have a whole lot of time to argue and bicker. It's a team effort how we get from point A to point B every day with everything that needs to get done.

Todd Palin: The normal challenges, it's the kids' schedules, where they go and who's coming over.

Q: Tina Fey plays you sort of bubble-headed. You obviously –

Sarah Palin: That's funny, I play her bubble-headed, too, when I imitate her.

Q: – but you don't get to be governor without being smart, so how would you describe your smarts?

Sarah Palin: How would I describe my smarts?

Q: Do you think you're intellectual?

Sarah Palin: Yessss. And you have to be up on not only current events, but you have to understand the foundation of the issues that you're working on as a governor. I had to do the same thing as a mayor. So it is not just current events but it's much more in-depth than that to understand how, in the case of me being governor, how did our state get to the position that we are in order for a decision to have to be made. You can't just go on what is presented you. You have to know the background, you have to know the players involved before you make a policy call. So, um, it's uh, it's a good job, it's a tough job and it's a very, very serious job. And no. You don't get to be a governor by being –

Todd Palin: – going with the wind.

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Sarah Palin is the former Governor of Alaska, and was the 2008 Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, running on... More »
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Sarah Louise Heath Palin

Sarah Palin Quotes

What I've had to do, though, is in the middle of the night, put down the Blackberries and pick up the breast pump. Do a couple of things different and still get it all done.

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I am thankful to be married to a man who loves being a dad as much as I love being a mom so he is my strength. And practically speaking, we have a great network of help with lots of grandparents and aunties and uncles all around us. We have a lot of help.

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