WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Sarah Palin said that Hillary Clinton’s stance on abortion may change now that she is becoming a grandmother, noting that her daughter Chelsea is pregnant with a “real baby” and not a “disposable something.”
Speaking with Extra’s Mario Lopez from her Alaska home, the former Republican vice presidential candidate said that grandparents develop a more broad “world view” regarding the future, and realize the precious “sanctity of life.” Chelsea Clinton, 34, announced earlier this year that she is pregnant with her first child with an expected due date this fall.
“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 the “Extra” interview set to air Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton, who is considering a second presidential run in 2016, has long stated her support for the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and abortions. She has also defended a woman’s right to choose such decisions about their own body and health.
Extra’s Lopez asked the former Alaska governor if being a grandmother would make Clinton a better prospective candidate for the 2016 election. Palin responded that it would “broaden” her views, especially in regards to the future of her grandchild.
“I think anyone who is a grandparent really starts looking even further down the road,” said Palin.
“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, a pro-life supporter, said that Clinton’s new role as a grandparent may change her sentiments to “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,” said Palin. “So maybe even on a social issue like that, she’ll open her eyes.”