Levi Johnston dishes about fatherhood, marriage, and Barack Obama

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Bristol Palin Levi JohnstonLevi Johnston wants to set the record straight about a few things: he's not being forced to marry Bristol Palin, he's not being bossed around by the McCain campaign, and he thinks Barack Obama "seems like a good guy."

But he'll be pulling for John McCain and Sarah Palin in November. "I just hope she wins," he said. "She's my future mother-in-law. She better win."

Smart kid.

Johnston admits that he was surprised by girlfriend Bristol Palin's pregnancy, but says that there's nothing shotgun about their upcoming wedding. "We were planning on getting married a long time ago with or without the kid," he told the Associated Press. "That was the plan from the start." The much-publicized MySpace page announcing that Johnston didn't want kids was a joke, he said, set up by some buddies. His own feelings are the exact opposite. "I'm excited to have my first kid."

Johnston hinted that he and Palin are expecting a boy, saying, "I'm looking forward to having him. I'm going to take him hunting and fishing. He'll be everywhere with me." The baby is due December 18.

He also explained the "Bristol" tattoo on his ring finger, which replaced a "promise" ring, given to him by Palin, that he lost on a hunting trip. He figured the tattoo was just easier than a ring, which he would lose anyway.

Other than dropping out of high school to go to work as an oil field electrician, Johnston claims that none of the events of the past few weeks have changed him. "I'm still the same old boy," said Johnston. "I'm just a workin' man."

Levi, Bristol, and the Palin Family(click thumbnails to view gallery)

What do you think Senator McCain is saying to Levi?Welcome to the family, son. Now smile at the media!Getting in some practice before the baby comes.Tattoo for him, diamond for her.  Of course.Levi looks uncomfortable -- then again, who wouldn't?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.