Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin said in a recent radio appearance that Mike Huckabee made a "horrible decision" nine years ago to commute the prison sentence of the man suspected of killing four police officers in Washington, but she added that her "heart goes out" to the former Arkansas governor.
In an interview last week with conservative radio host Lars Larson, Palin called the murders "tragic" and "unfathomable."
"It was a bad decision obviously, but my heart goes out to Huckabee," the former Alaska governor said. "I love him, and I feel bad for him to be in this position. But I feel even worse for the victim's families in this situation. I do feel bad for Huckabee, but it was a horrible decision he made."
Huckabee has said he regrets the decision to commute the sentence of the suspected shooter, Maurice Clemmons, but said he thinks he made the right assessment at the time. Palin said she had never pardoned or granted clemency to prisoners when she served in Juneau.
"I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys," she said. "I'm on the good guys' side."
Pressed on her political ambitions, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee would not rule out a third party run at the White House in 2012.
"That depends on how things go in the next couple of years," she said. "It really does depend. There are enough Republicans who are realizing, 'Oh whoops, some of us liberal republicans have screwed up.' And I'm not including myself in that group, but some liberal Republicans have screwed up."
Palin said her decision rests on whether or not the GOP does a better job of appealing to its conservative base.
"If the Republican Party gets back to that base, I think our party is going to be stronger and there's not going to be a need for a third party, but I'll play that by ear in these coming months, coming years," she said.
Guess what, Palin, You are a nut case
Why do we care what Former Temporary Governor Sarah Palin thinks about Fox News shill Huckabee's old mistake?
Let the mudslinging continue, she hasn't changed a bit, divisive as ever. Tsk Tsk. This is disgustingly low and her 'empathy' doesn't fool anyone. Hopefully not even Republicans.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, all of you Republicans, PLEASE listen to Sarah Palin.
I want them wandering "lost in the desert" for decades, and Sarah Palin is the PERFECT guide.
Hindsight is 20/20.
She can certainly sympathize with someone on making horrible decisions.
I love the way she says her heart goes out to Hucakabee for the horrible decision he made. She belittles him and cloaks it with phony sympathy.
My heart goes out to Sarah Palin, though obviously she's feeble minded and an awful person.
This woman is a total moron.
Palin wants to "Get back to the GOP base"?? What an airhead!! LOL!!! The "base" was hijacked years ago by the current cabal of republican extremists pretending to be "conservatives".....This IS NOT the party of Teddy Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower.....However IT IS the party of Dick Nixon, Spiro Agnew, G W Bush, Dick Cheney, ad naseum.....
Is there any other politician who made a comment today that we'd prefer reading about, other than something Sarah Palin said?
Please, for the benefit of the nation, stop covering every sneeze and wink by this self-proclaimed diva. She represents nothing but ignorance, and self-promotion.
Is CNN online married to Palin? Is there a pact that when she coughs, even when the cough is nonsense, it becomes headline news? What is wrong with CNN online? I have followed your head story for the past month and I am tired with Palin ontop every now and then, even when she is making no news. What about the actual VP-Biden? Get your acts together and publish her when she make news.
Seriously Palin? Your opinion has NO credibility because you have NO credibility!
Where do I sign up to be on the bad guys side?
Good third party run good for democrat she will take vote from the GOP. Go Sarah good idea it is the best you have ever come up with. Sure your followers will surly vote for you those disfranchise republicans.
Tomatoes anyone? What about the story about the guy who threw tomatoes at her? A+ for trying but, unfortunately, an F for missing!
This woman is dangerous and CNN continues to give her a platform. She is not sorry about huckabee. This is the perfect opportunity for her to have her idiots followers think she has a heart.
She is NOT one of the good guys either. This woman is evil to the bone.
How hillbilly of her . . . . "whoops"? If anyone should know about screw ups it's her and mccain.
She is already throwing other possible candidates under the boss. She's a black widow spider except that the spider doesn't know any better.
I'm sorry, but Palin seems so disingenuous. She says she feels bad, but she can't resist taking a shot at Huckabee her potential competition for the presidency in 2012. I wouldn't trust Sarah Palin with a nickle of my tax dollars!
I am sure Huckabee feels all better now that you've said that, Sarah!
What a carton character Sarah Palin is.
Palinesque at its best... Her "heart goes out to Huck," while at the same time pointing out what a horrible mistake he made; one that she would never have made. What a political babe. She is on "the good guys side;" guess which side that leaves old Huck on! But, her heart goes out for him. What a gal!
All PALIN does is BABBLE!!! She's sorry for him in one breath and then chastising him in another!!!
AND, of course she never PARDONED anyone while she was in office – she wasn't there long enough!!! She's a QUITTER!
Go ahead and form a THIRD PARTY – you still won't have enough votes to become PRESIDENT!!
Isn't Sarah sweet? She's gonna make a great First Mom.
Media why do you keep talking about this woman! Other important issues
to be reported in this country!
It is but one of thousand of bad decisions made by every state's judicial system who seem to care more about relieving overcrowded prisons or their politicians who just want to make a pesky problem go away than keeping innocent people safe as they go about living their lives. Almost all of the most heinous crimes recently have been committed by someone who shouldn't even have been walking out in the streets again. I guess it will be up to us voters to show our displeasure with this trend every time we go to the ballot box. Do Not Forget The Victims!
What heart? The one that makes you shoot helpless animals from airplanes? You are the new definition of witless insincerity.
Hindsight is always 20/20. At least he is not a quitter.