"Heck, no," said Palin. "Because being a single mom is, oh my goodness, my heart goes out to the single parents. But my enormous admiration for what it is that they're able to accomplish doing double-duty. And I watch Bristol do double-duty all the time, you know, with her little boy, Tripp.
"I can't wait for about 45 more days, and I'm gonna have a little baby granddaughter. And I'm happy about it."
"You're looking at it like a blessing."
"Of course, there are those who say, 'Come on, this goes against everything you stand for.'"
"Well, the cool thing about puttin' your faith in God is, He certainly is a God of second chances, and third, and fourth, and fifth chances. I screw up all the time."
She says she turns to scripture to help her through tough times, and as she writes in a new book, "Sweet Freedom: A Devotional" (Regnery), she's had her share.
"I think that this book hopefully will express some of that because there's a lot of admittance of the mistakes," said Palin. "There's admittance in the book about things that, 'Oh, yeah, I orchestrated that one. I pushed it too far. And I screwed it up.'"
Palin's political future may be cloudy right now, but her opinions are as clear as ever.
Smith said, "There's this feeling that maybe, instead of contributing to making things work, that you're part of the problem of people not being able to find a solution."
"Because some of my comments are probably very candid and perceived as caustic to some. I do that because I know that I speak for a whole lotta people who are thinking the same thing but don't have a microphone or a stage and they want somebody to say it. And I'll say that, and I'll call people out for doing something stupid, and I'll use the word 'stupid.'"
"Do you worry that that's too divisive?"
"I think too many people worry about being too divisive, or they worry about the politically-correct police who will tell them, you know, to, 'Sit down and shut up because you're politically incorrect.' I'm like, 'That's part of the problem in our country right now.'"
Smith asked, "If you had to choose one standout candidate in the GOP field, who would it be?"
"Right now, I would say that fighter is Donald Trump, because he's got nothin' to lose," Palin replied. "He doesn't have to be bought or sold, obviously, especially when it comes to contributions. He is his own man."
But at the moment, there are more important people in Palin's life. Trig, her youngest, is now seven.
Being a full-time mom never slowed her down before, and it doesn't now. "I still usually write something every day for my Facebook page," she said, "because I wanna keep our five million people who we reach informed about issues that I think they need to start talkin' about."