Bristol_levi_2  Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin were planning on getting hitched before all this vice president and baby nonsense.

"We were planning on getting married a long time ago with or without the kid," he tells Associated Press. "That was the plan from the start."

The baby, which he hints will be a boy, is due Dec. 18. "I’m looking forward to having him," he said. "I’m going to take him hunting and fishing. He’ll be everywhere with me."

He may not have that much free time since he’s dropped out of high school to take a job on the North Slope oil fields as an apprentice electrician.

Johnston says that MySpace page was made by his pals as a joke a few years ago. He also says he’s dated Palin since his freshman year in high school. Their wedding will be next summer, and two of his hockey buddies will be his groomsmen.

This guy loves to hunt and has bagged bears, sheep, elk and caribou. According to AP, some antlers are scattered about his yard. He even lost a promise ring Palin gave him on a caribou hunt last July. So he decided to tattoo her name on the finger and not bother with more rings because he’d just lose the darn things anyway.

That wasn’t a command performance at the RNC; Bristol invited him, and he was thrilled to attend.

"At first, I was nervous," he said. "Then I was like, ‘Whatever.’ "

Asked about Barack Obama, Bristol’s babydaddy says: "I don’t know anything about him. He seems like a good guy. I like him."

But Levi won’t be voting for Barack. Or Sarah Palin for that matter. He didn’t register in time.

You gotta love it.

Photo: Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin at the Republican National Convention in September. Credit: Paul Sancya / Associated Press

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead