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. Former Dem voting McCain

    I can't believe how disgusting the dems have gotten over Palin.

    You're all pathetic. So what if she doesn't share every single one of your views? You shouldn't all be such Obama lemmings.

    I'm voting for McCain.

    September 22, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    HE IS SPOT ON ABOUT PALIN.

    ONCE YOU SEE HER GO AROUND THE POLL, IT'S OVER.

    NOT MUCH ELSE YOU CAN SAY ABOUT HER.

    September 22, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. JOHN

    WE SHOULDN'T ATTACK WHO? I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT PALIE. THE BLOOM IS OFF THE ROSE, SHE IS AN AFTERTHOUGHT.

    September 22, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. No Clinton in 2012!

    That's all fine and dandy but seriously, this is a tough election Bill. If Obama loses this we can all look back at Bill's campaign for Hillary starting now – and we wont forget!

    September 22, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. Marisela

    Yeah right, Bill. Why would anyone dare attack the queen of lies, secrecy and mooseburgers? Give me a break.

    This woman deserves no better treatment than Obama, Biden or McCain. It's actually an insult to women to insinuate that she should be treated any better. She's a big girl, and if she can dish out the attacks, she can take 'em.

    BTW, Bill, aren't you supposed to be on the campaign trail for Obama? Get to work.

    September 22, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Andrew

    Wow – I have to admit – Clinton sounds like he's got a bit of dementia here – unless he was terribly misquoted.

    I say "attack." Palin is one scary extremist.

    September 22, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Rose

    the professional bloggers are always out on CNN

    September 22, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. Adam from Michigan

    I have never seen someone with such a safeguard around them because of their gender.

    And this is someone that called Hillary a "whiner"...

    September 22, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. Andrea Hidalgo

    I am sick and tired of people saying Democrats need to stop attacking the Palin family. I read all the left-wing blogs and I have not seen anyone attack the baby or her for having the baby. I have only seen criticism of her hypocrisy regarding sex education as it may impact someone like her daughter, or the hypocrisy of those who would criticize Spears or young black women in the same position. Please remember Palin herself injected her daughter's plight into the national discourse. Mr. Clinton only gives credence to the myth that Democrats are "attacking her family". He is too saavy a politician; he is obviously trying to hurt Obama's chances.

    September 22, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. Annie

    Clinton is right, which is why women will vote for McCain/Palin in droves.

    PS. What a terrible disappointment is was to watch Tina Fey on the Emmy's. She showed herself to be just another mindless, liberal follower. How sad to find out that her portrayal of Sarah Palin is born out of a meanness of spirit.

    Darrell Hammond's take on Bill CLinton was seen on both sides a good natured ribbing.

    So sad Tina to see you lose half your fan base Tina over a few ill chosen words – just to fit in!

    September 22, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Lolita

    Thank you, Mr. President.
    The attacks on Gov. Palin are hurting Obama...

    September 22, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Michael

    Both Obama and Biden have said family is off limits. I have seen anything to the contrary.
    Besides McCain and Palin have given Obama and Biden so much material (lies) they should donate to their campaign.

    September 22, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. H

    HEY CONNIE – OBAMA HAS HAD A FREE RIDE SINCE THE BEGINNING. IF THE MEDIA AND REPORTER WOULD GO TO CHICAGO AND LOOK FOR DIRT ON BARACK I AM SURE THEY WILL FIND IT. BUT THEY WANT BARACK TO WIN.

    September 22, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Obamacan

    Barack Obama did everything to make these Clinton folks happy. they humiliated him and said everything they could say about him. He is so gracious but these Clinton folks are not having straight talk. Who attacked Palin? Palin is copying every sentences of Obama's speech. does she have her own words? so bankrupt. Clintons will never support Obama. they are waiting for 2012. everybody knows it.

    September 22, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Bill is correct. Personal attacks are the mainstay of the g.o.p. and not worthy of Obama/Biden
    Policy is another story:
    Did you hear that Palin is in favor of outlawing abortions, even when the woman is a rape victim?

    September 22, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. Al

    It is absolutely great that Obama selected Biden as his VP. Hillary has too many scandals and very inconsistent. Bill's talks has been to shaky.

    Joe Biden is loved for his very human and politically unreserved speeches. His occasional gaffes just add charm and trust. People trust him, see he is not a lair, and he has good life path and work experience.

    As for Palin, she lies so much and shows so much extremism that anybody with sense should have seen through. Really, it does nto worth to talk about her. Whoever wants more Bush – that's for them.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 22, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. Ryan in Minneapolis

    Come on Bill at let us laugh at her!

    September 22, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. S. Boatman

    I Think The Democrats Should Attack Her Everyday In Every Way! Hit Her Above The Belt, Them Hit Her Below The Belt, Them Hit Her With The Belt! Then Maybe She Will Get The Message! Hillary Was Hit Ten Times As Much As Palin But Do You See Her Crying?

    September 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Francisco Cardenas

    I like Bill Clinton ... but I will like Hillary Clinton even more in 2012!!!

    September 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Georgian

    Why can she dish it but cant take it, she is trying to get sympathy. Yeah they should leave the family out of it, but this is politics she is fair game. Most of the things that have been said about her so far are true. I guess its true what thy say.....THE TRUTH HURTS!!!

    September 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Joseph

    Bill and Hillary Clinton just got done running a nasty campaign against Obama.. and now all of a sudden they think we shouldn't attack Palin's resume!?? If you can't challenge Palin's resume then WHAT CAN you challenge her on??!!

    Bill is an expert politician and a sell out to his democratic party at the same time. They both run around the country doing the bare minimum to support Obama to show their party that they're not sell outs and yet they are quietly running a subtle campain to support Obama's opponent.. all just to give Hillary a shot at the presidency in 2012.

    Disgraceful. Someone in the party needs to speak up about this trojan horse.

    September 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. Tennisguypitt

    You're right Bill.

    However, I think the lying will catch up to her.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. John McPalin

    President Clinton is CORRECT. Let her spew her nonsense about President-Elect Obama. Let's focus on McLame, I mean McShame, oops McBlame, dammit, McPalin. This is their plan, get us worked up over her (look at THIS hand), while McPOW runs free (the other hand). She runs the SAME tired lines OVER and OVER and OVER again. Notice that:

    1. Re-thugs are tiring of her.
    2. Her numbers have fallen now that we ignore her.
    3. She really has nothing to say other than roads and bridges to nowhere.

    Focus on McBush people, ignore his attack dog, her bark is worse than her bite.

    September 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. Andrea

    I am sick and tired of people saying Democrats need to stop attacking the Palin family. I read all the left-wing blogs and I have not seen anyone attack the baby or her for having the baby. I have only seen criticism of her hypocrisy regarding sex education as it may impact someone like her daughter, or the hypocrisy of those who would criticize Spears or young black women in the same position. Please remember Palin herself injected her daughter's plight into the national discourse. Mr. Clinton only gives credence to the myth that Democrats are "attacking her family". He is too saavy a politician; he is obviously trying to hurt Obama's chances.

    September 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. Frustrated Female Texan

    I agree that the Dems should not 'attack' Sarah Palin. No politicians should be attacking each other for that matter. What people need to realize is that Sarah Palin is not being 'attacked' she is being questioned or investigated, which in my opinion is appropriate giving the office she's running for! All of the candidates have been investigated, Sarah Palin should not be given any special treatment, after all that would be SEXIST!

    September 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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