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

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."

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