May 7th, 2014
08:35 AM ET
7 months ago

Palin on Clinton: Being grandmother will 'open her eyes' on abortion

(CNN) – With Hillary Clinton becoming a grandmother, Sarah Palin argued the former secretary of state will likely reconsider her position on abortion rights.

"Just knowing that her daughter Chelsea is pregnant, with a baby–It's a real baby!–It's not some disposable something, and I know that's going to be controversial," Palin said in an interview set to air Wednesday on "Extra."

Clinton, who's thinking about running for president again in 2016, has said she supports efforts to prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions, but she also defends a woman's right to choose.

Chelsea Clinton, 34, announced last month she was pregnant with her first child. She's due this fall.

A grandmother herself, Palin said parents and grandparents "realize that sanctity of life, how innocent, how precious it is."

"And of all places, it should be in the womb that these babies are protected," the former Alaska governor said. "So maybe even on a social issue like that, she'll open her eyes."

Palin was responding to a question about whether being a grandmother will make Clinton more electable. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee said holding the title of grandma will also help "broaden (Clinton's) world view" on other issues.

"I think anyone who is a grandparent really starts looking even further down the road," she continued. "We start thinking about things like $17 trillion debt that our nation is under, we're going to hand that to our grandkids for them to pay off? For our short-sighted thinking and spending today? That's not right. That's not fair to our grandkids. Hopefully she'll start thinking along those terms too."

Palin also defended her recent controversial remarks in which she said "waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

In the "Extra" interview, which took place at her home in Wasilla, Alaska, she argued her comments were not meant to be sacrilegious.

"Someone needs to get a Webster's Dictionary and look up what it means to 'baptize.' That means to submerge. It means to dunk," she said. "As for the sacredness of the term 'baptism,' I have such great respect for it as a born-again Christian. I was baptized in the water in a freezing cold lake, just about 10 miles up the road."

CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Sarah Palin
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. secular integrity

    She is so painful to listen to, looks much better with her mouth shut.

    May 7, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Boo

    CNN – would you please cease and desist coverage on this cretin?

    May 7, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "I think anyone who is a grandparent really starts looking even further down the road," she continued. "We start thinking about things like $17 trillion debt that our nation is under, we're going to hand that to our grand kids for them to pay off? For our short-sighted thinking and spending today? That's not right. That's not fair to our grand kids. Hopefully she'll start thinking along those terms too."
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    Why is it that Republicans do not show anyconcern for the future generations when it comes to the environment? Greed.

    May 7, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. MaryM

    When will the media stop covering that Harpie, palin. She, along with the teaparty have destroyed the once great republican party

    May 7, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I do not think that the soon-to-be Madame President is in need of any advice whatsoever from a term-quitting, handicapped-child-parading, hate-teaching, my-teenaged-daughter-got-pregnant-when-I moved-her-boyfriend-into-our-home- barely functional illiterate screecher from Wassilla also, too, and in additon.

    May 7, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    --just shut-up, know it is 21st century, not stone-age.

    May 7, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Chris-E...al

    Palin is right but Hilly is to old and it is a lost cause to think this worldly woman will ever change she'd rather kill our kids and let illegals take the spot come on .

    May 7, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    It's really quite simple, CNN.

    Just. Say. No. To. $arah Palin. Coverage.

    May 7, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Why does this cretin believe anyone pays any attention to her, anyway. She's absolutely bat guano, and is apparently proud of this fact.

    May 7, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    I wish you were a "disposable thing" Sarah.

    May 7, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    One would have thought that losing a general election in a landslide would have "opened her eyes" to the fact the her views are too extreme, far outside of the mainstream, for most people. Do they think "right wing" means "we're correct wing"?

    May 7, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. rs

    Ahhhh, Palin Day at CNN. Only Palin can report with a straight face that somehow getting past reproductive age changes attitudes women have on abortion. Gee, if men could have babies, you could bet their tune would change as well.
    More fantasy from the "rape babies are a gift from God" party.

    May 7, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "barely functional illiterate screecher from Wassilla also, too, and in additon."

    Also too you betcha being a grandmother doesn't give one women (let alone this woman) the right to demand other women follow through with telling one another what you (or I) think they need to do with their God given body. We save that talk for the menfolk who rightly so understand these issues more than we (or God) has given us the right to understand also too.

    May 7, 2014 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Malory Archer

    Yeah, except no. I'm the parent of two daughters, and a grandparent. I'm also pro choice, and my opinion hasn't changed at all. I've never heard a female person state that if she got pregnant she would have an abortion, and neither has dim bulb barbie. Or is she implying that she became pro-choice after her daughter gave birth to an out-of-wedlock child? Nobody wants to have to make such a choice, but sometimes there is no other choice. That being said, considering the horror stories we hear every day of post-born children being brutalized and murdered by those who are supposed to care for them, you have to wonder if evacuating a clump of cells would have been more humane.

    May 7, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I do not think that the soon-to-be Madame President is in need of any advice whatsoever from a term-quitting, handicapped-child-parading, hate-teaching, my-teenaged-daughter-got-pregnant-when-I moved-her-boyfriend-into-our-home- barely functional illiterate screecher from Wassilla also, too, and in addition.
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    "I do not think that the soon-to-be Madame President is in need of any advice whatsoever from a BIG OLE term-quitting, handicapped-child-parading, hate-teaching, .... ...."

    FIFY

    May 7, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Peace

    Hello Sarah, you are a grandmother too. Are you behaving like one?

    May 7, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. Dead Bear

    I love these ignorant people who argue that every child deserves to be born and then want to throw them to the wolves as soon as they get here. Do they not understand how their stance would confound not only the welfare problem in this country but over-population as well?... Born-again Christian? More like cafeteria-style Christian, since she picks and chooses the parts of the Bible she likes to believe in.

    May 7, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Malory Archer

    As a grandparent thinking "further down the road", I think about the state of the planet we're leaving our grandchildren. I want them to be able to breathe clean air, drink clean water, grow healthy food in healthy soil and have access to medical care when they need it without worrying about dying bankrupt. I also want them to live on a planet that isn't overpopulated by morons with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement, who feel that they have the right to dictate to the rest of us how to live.

    May 7, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. Dallas

    Will this woman ever shut up! It is difficult to listen to hear inane ramblings as she is so far removed from reality. Please, please just go away!

    May 7, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |