February 16th, 2010
07:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Clinton ponders Palin presidency

(CNN) – While the thought of a Sarah Palin presidency may leave some Democrats running for the hills, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joked Tuesday she will "not be emigrating" should the former Alaska governor win a White House bid.

Clinton was asked during a town-hall meeting at an all-women college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, if she would consider moving to Canada or Russia instead of living in the United States under a President Palin.

Clinton was amused.

"Well, the short answer is no. I will not be emigrating," she said to laughter. "I will be visiting as often as I can."

Clinton, who is on a tour of the Gulf Region, also took aim at the never-ending nature of the American political process.

"It is part of the American political environment that people are always speculating on who will run for president and who will become president," she said. "And I have gone through that experience personally so I am very well acquainted with it."

"But I am not going to speculate on who might or might not be nominated by the Republicans," Clinton added. "I am very proud to support Barack Obama and I will continue to support Barack Obama."

Clinton battled Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008, nearly bcoming the first woman to capture a major party's presidential nomination.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Illinoistom

    The mere fact we are talking about 2012 and Democrat challengers to Dear Leader speaks volumes about his failure as President. Jimmy Carter all over again.

    February 16, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. mjm

    You libs crack me up. Palin isn't going to run for anything. Only libs bring up the possibility just so they have a chance to bash her. It's like some kind of think therapy session or something.

    She doesn't have to run. She can influence the vote by supporting one candidate over another.......all your liberal belly aching isn't going to stop that.

    February 16, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. ja

    i pray that that America and the GOP be spared such a divisive person, she would do good as Ms Auto Show Queen, or something similar, how short can memories be

    February 16, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Edwin

    Palin is unelectable. If she runs, the independents won't vote for her because they do not think she is capable of being president. That alone means she will lose.

    But more than that, she is divisive, even in the republican party. The fact that democrats hate her is important, too - if she runs, dems will come out of the woodwork to vote against her, meaning large turnouts and large support for the other dems on the ballot.

    So... if she actually runs, I suspect she will get a quiet call from the RNC, "asking" her to drop out. They will probably not be nice about it.

    February 16, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. cub62

    I really hope that Palin becomes president to send Hillary and the rest of the Limo Communists friends running for the hills.

    February 16, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Luanne

    Good riddance JJOrlando and please do not come back.

    February 16, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Brad

    Hey Rick in La (assuming Louisianna) How's the idea of building a city below sea level been working out for ya? As an engineer, I can tell you that it's a bad idea. But then, according to you, I must be uneducated (seriously).

    February 16, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Josh

    Palin getting the Republican nod for President would be the Republican Party basically saying "go ahead and stay for 4 more years" to President Obama (not that I would disagree with that). It's just not gonna happen.

    February 16, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. mfhpr

    For the sSarah lovers:

    I sure hope you get an education some time soon. She's inept at anything that requires intelligent response outside the great state of Alaska. WHY do you support someone SO uneducated and opportunistic as this bimbo?! I could pick out thousands and thousands of attractive mothers in this country that could run circles around this lady. Couldn't you??? I mean, her looks are all she's good for, correct? And for those REP out there that keep whining about the teleprompter, here's a little info for you: Ronald Reagan was the KING of teleprompters!!! Betcha didn't know that one, did ya? DUBYA may have been able to prevent some of his idiotic gaffs had he used one to keep in on point...think about it...

    February 16, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. bobby

    i love the Clintons..a great sense of humor

    February 16, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Edwin

    What amazes me most about Palin is that she inspires such deep feelings.

    Her fans believe she is amazing, that she represents the best and most honest about America. They will rant against non-believers without end.

    Her detractors are equally passionate. They believe she is dishonest and an idiot, and they will go to great lengths to explain how much they despise her.

    Neither side particularly cares that the other side is not listening - the emotions she rouses are so strong that reason is discarded.

    I do have an opinion about her, but what I find most fascinating is how divisive she is.

    February 16, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Elin/Block Island RI

    Hillary was my first choice in the last presidential election. When it became clearly apparent that she would not be the Democratic nominee, I actually looked at John McCain as a second choice. Then he chose his running mate and opened up a whole Pandora's box of crazy into the presidential race. Not just Sarah Palin, but also the people who considered her a viable candidate to fill the position that would put her a brain wave away from the presidency.

    I will never forgive John Mcain for unleashing this woman upon my and the rest of the country's counsciosness.

    February 16, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. Becky

    I do not think Palin could be elected;however,those Dems that bash her need to look at what they elected.Obama is NOTHING but a slick mouth and empty promises.He needs to be in Hollywood,he is a very good actor and you fools have bought the farm.

    February 16, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Stop the Nonsense

    How could a silly question with a lighthearted answer spark such anger and frustration?
    Lighten up people! The question was a joke and Hillary responded in kind.

    February 16, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Andie

    apparently since Palin got things under control in Alaska..such as oil revenues going to the citizens, which sounds to me like a form of socialism (i bet she didnt even realize that). And she complains about Obama being socialist....geez why is it when the republicans do the same thing, they claim credit for it but otherwise everyone is socialist, communist..bla bla... i hope she runs so we can have more sketches on SNL

    February 16, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. yesIam

    Either you support or oppose Sarah palin, I would like to ask everyone, how would you react if she become the President of the United States? I believe everyone should be ready to answer this question ahead of time.

    February 16, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Pelosi is a see-you-en-tea

    More insults on Palin blogs involving people calling her stupid with misspelled words….

    February 16, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Barbaric

    PALIN-POLITICS: Her political equation has three factors: Adherence, Intellect and Integrity. For any combination, It works like this YES + YES = NOT. One should fit you.

    February 16, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. Shel in GA

    Sarah Palin is a mile wide and tissue paper thin. She talks a great game but what does she have to show for it? The most significant thing she did in Alaska resulted from being in the right place at the right time – a huge spike in oil prices. She instituted a windfall profits tax by another name. She is a celebrity of the most high which according to the Right disqualifies someone from being president – at least, that is what they said about Obama.

    February 16, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. D

    Too bad our Sec of State finds it amusing that this man is insulting Sarah Palin... or any other woman. American... or not.

    February 16, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Mike

    Good leave and take baldwin with you. The loss of the clintons, baldwin and nobama also would make this country alot better.

    February 16, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. ch

    palin is one weird character i dont get her at all

    February 16, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Mike

    If Palin becomes President, we're all doomed. She's the only person who could do a worse job than Bush did.

    February 16, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. yesIam

    Here is a suggestion for Sarah Palin." The daily show by Jon stewart would be the great place to announce your Presidency for 2012.

    February 16, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Gerry NH

    Sarah will not need to be reading from her palm. The government will buy her 2 tele prompter just like Obama got, because he can't function with out them either

    February 16, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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