Sarah Palin – In her own words
This comes from Ben Smith’s Blog over at Poltico. Part of the Sarah Palin/Katie Couric Transcript.
COURIC: What other Supreme Court decisions [than Roe v. Wade] do you disagree with?
PALIN: Well, let’s see. There’s –of course –in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, that’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are–those issues, again, like Roe v Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know–going through the history of America, there would be others but–
COURIC: Can you think of any?
PALIN: Well, I could think of–of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a Vice President, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.
Ben breaks down another section of the interview that I had to go over a few times before I understood why Gov. Palin’s response is a bit off.
(Ben) But legally-minded readers point something that really is a truer gaffe.
COURIC (to Palin): Do you think there’s an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?
PALIN: I do. Yeah, I do.
COURIC: The cornerstone of Roe v Wade.
PALIN: I do. And I believe that –individual states can handle what the people within the different constituencies in the 50 states would like to see their will ushered in in an issue like that.
As Couric notes in the exchange, Palin appears actually to support Roe. Or, rather, to be a results-oriented conservative — she’s against abortion rights — rather than having even the ability to pretend to base it on Constitutional law.