In an interview with Extra‘s Mario Lopez, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin said that she believed Hillary Clinton becoming a grandmother could “open her eyes” on the issue of abortion.
“I think that it will kind of broaden her world view,” Palin began. “You know, I think anyone who’s a grandparent begins looking at — even further down the road, you know? We start thinking about things like $17 trillion debt that our nation is under. We’re going to hand that to our grandkids?”
“Hopefully she’ll start thinking along those terms,” she continued.
“Also,” she added, excitedly, “her daughter Chelsea is pregnant with the baby — it’s a real baby, not just some disposable something.”
“Now, I know that’s going to be controversial, but those who are, perhaps, in the position now to be a parent or a grandparent, they realize about the sanctity of life. How innocent, precious it is,” she said.
“And of all places, it should be in the womb that these babies are protected — so maybe even on a social issue like that, she’ll open her eyes.”
Mario Lopez then asked her about her recent remarks at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Indianapolis, in which she declared that “waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”
“The fact that they’re trying to take this comment and relate it to a sacrament,” Lopez asked, “what are your thoughts on that?”
“Yeah, well, someone needs to get to Webster’s Dictionary and look up what it means ‘to baptize,’” she replied.
“That means ‘to submerge.’ It means ‘to dunk,’” she said, denying any connection between the word and the sacrament.
“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 the freezing cold water, at a lake just ten miles up the road.”
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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