September 22nd, 2008
10:36 PM ET
6 years ago

Bill Clinton says Dems shouldn't attack Palin

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Bill Clinton said Dems shouldn't attack Palin.
Bill Clinton said Dems shouldn't attack Palin.

(CNN) - Bill Clinton said Monday the Democratic ticket should steer clear of launching personal attacks on Sarah Palin over her relatively thin resume, and instead acknowledge she was a "good choice" for the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket.

"Why say, ever, anything bad about a person? Why don't we like them and celebrate them and be happy for her elevation to the ticket? And just say that she was a good choice for him and we disagree with them?" said Clinton, who faced repeated charges during the primary season he was overly negative toward Obama on the campaign trail.

Clinton's comments appear to echo advice Karl Rove gave to Barack Obama in his regular Wall Street Journal column last week, when the former Bush strategist noted attacking the VP candidate has rarely proven to be an effective strategy.

In one of the former president's few extended comments to date on Palin's surprise VP candidacy, Clinton also told reporters in New York Monday he knows why the Alaska governor is attracting massive crowds on the campaign trail.

"I come from Arkansas, I get why she's hot out there," Clinton told reporters in New York, according to the Associated Press. "Why she's doing well."

"People look at her, and they say, 'All those kids. Something that happens in everybody's family I'm glad she loves her daughter and she's not ashamed of her. Glad that girl's going around with her boyfriend. Glad they're going to get married,'" he said.

Referencing Palin's 5-month old child who has Down Syndrome, Clinton also said voters will think, "I like that little Down syndrome kid - one of them lives down the street, they're wonderful children.”

Earlier Monday, Clinton suggested his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, would have been a better political choice for the Democratic VP spot than Joe Biden.

“She would have been the best politically, at least in the short run, because of her enormous support of the country,“ he said on the daytime talk show The View.

soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Pam

    Maybe he should have given his wife that same advice about Obama during the primaries.

    September 22, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. California Gold

    Can I still laugh at her?

    September 22, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Lee from FL

    but its ok for palin to attack DEMS?

    September 22, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. JJ

    Well said Bill! You are still the leader of the party.

    September 22, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Connie

    If no one should attack Ms.Palin, how is that she has free reign on attack
    Obama and Biden. If you can't take it don't dish it out. Obama/Biden 08
    Connie from Indiana

    September 22, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Chris

    and so the hillary 2012 campaign begins . . . .

    September 22, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Susan

    I agree.

    September 22, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    I agree, she is good, good-for-nothing. She sure has a big mouth on her and every time I hear her talk I send Obama more money. She is good for Obama and the way she is going she is starting to help him get elected.

    September 22, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Griff

    You should not attack Women, Period! I still have wonder what you are about??? Your a Democrat! But Hillary is a Republican... Your own Daughter, will run for Office; as a Republican. I know this! You???

    September 22, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Swing Voter Sick of Palin

    With his history of flip flops, I'd still accept McCain dumping Palin and bringing on Romney!

    September 22, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Brock Landers

    ?????????

    WERENT WE NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT HER ANYMORE BILL???

    September 22, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Susan

    I agree.......don't be harsh on Palin. And I really agree that Hillary would have been a better choice than Biden.

    September 22, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Larry-Minn.

    Very nicely said...i applaud that but my vote because they choice Obama over Hiliary is why i am voting for McCain/Palin this time around.. Maybe by 2012 they may have the DNC straightened out to listen to all not just who they choose.

    September 22, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. E.C.Coleman

    Bill Clinton is Correct. There is no justification for the smut and unkind words and accusations on Governor Palin. Saturday Night Live sunk to a whole new LOW on Saturday with the skit on Palin and her family, sick humor that has no place in American Family Life. Also, SNL was so disgusting, it cannot be repeated. Shame on the Democrats, for Obama will not win anyway. Nasty words and thoughts don't win a presidency.

    September 22, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Yes they should!!!!!! she's a liar, and no telling what else.

    September 22, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. McCain lost another one

    you are right Bill, Palin will kill her own chances if she keeps lying and refuses to cooperate with trooper gate

    September 22, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. Sean

    Why didn't they include the other comment that Bill made about Hillary? You know, the one where he said Hillary didn't want the VP spot?

    September 22, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. sneaky pete

    I'm tired of seeing people say she is more qualified than Obama since she has executive experience and he doesnt. They fail to mention that SHE ALSO HAS MORE EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE THAN MCCAIN AS WELL. Also, Bush was governor of one of the 3 largest states (Texas) and she was governor of one of the 10 smallest (i dont know the exact number it is but my hometown of San Jose has more people 980,000 than all of Alaska 660,000) and look how well being a governor prepared Bush. State saying she has more experience than Obama because it just makes you look like a complete moron.

    September 22, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. JWR

    Wild Bill should have used the same advice when he was making his comments about his wife's opponent. Hindsight is 20/20 and he should be making it his business not to offend any women, sounds like a thinly veiled endorsement of Sara Palin for VP.

    September 22, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    oh give me a break! Clinton take a good look in the mirror

    September 22, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Chris

    there is no doubt this is an appeal to clinton supporters upset at the biden pick to vote palin

    monday am: hillary would have been best pick

    monday pm: i get the palin pick

    mmmmh . . . .

    September 22, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. David

    I wish both sides would listen to Bill Clinton. I am sick of the negativity. Of course, I am sure there will be 200 negative comments in response to this article.

    September 22, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. sneaky pete

    Stop saying, not State saying is what i meant

    September 22, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. will

    Why not call a lie a lie when the lie is a lier?
    Sarah Palin in not but a lie!

    McCain = no change

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 22, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. Anne

    And whose side is he supposed to be on. He is as 2 faced as the rest of them out there. He attacks Obama then says Palin is a good choice for McOld and stupid. Gee with friends like Bill we dont need enemies do we.

    September 22, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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