Sarah Palin: Hillary Clinton’s grandchild could “open her eyes” on abortion

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Now that she has a grandchild on the way, former Secretary of State and early 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton might start moving closer to the political center, former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, boldly suggested in an interview with "Extra."

Sitting down with Palin at her home in Wasilla, Alaska, host Mario Lopez asked the conservative firebrand whether news that former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant will help make her mother more electable should she decide to mount a White House bid in 2016. In fact, Palin responded, becoming a grandparent might actually inspire Hillary Clinton to "broaden her worldview."

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

Though astute enough to predict it "controversial," Palin also plowed ahead with the prediction that Hillary Clinton's new status as grandmother could potentially coax her to "open her eyes" to a more pro-life 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," Palin said. "Those who... are in this position now as a parent or grandparent, they 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."

Having endured a somewhat tumultuous fall from grace since her brief stint as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, Palin has since been pretending to entertain a presidential run herself in Donald Trump-style fashion. Asked when she'd decide whether to run in 2016, she said, "oh my goodness - it would be sometime down the road."

"...A lot can happen, especially in the world of politics, in just a matter of days, weeks, months, much less two years," she said.

And lest any topic go untouched by Palin, who's made her post-gubernatorial living waxing polemic on Fox News and at conservative gatherings across the country, Lopez also requested she weigh in on racist comments captured in an audio recording by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Last week, the NBA fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him from any association with the Clippers and the league.

"The fact that he said what he said is atrocious, and it's so passé, man," Palin remarked of Sterling's bigoted comments. "That is so un-American."

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