February 16th, 2010
07:20 PM ET
5 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. Gil Oberdas

    sarah pathetic gve up the mayor job, gave up the governors job. Mayb she will give up her citizenship too?

    February 16, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. buckwheat

    As for Palin being elected president she could not be elected dog catcher in this country. Quit worrying about it. Women have to vote for her and it will never happen. You got to run a lighting gapper if you want a women president. Ever watch the reality shows where women are competing for the attention of one of those greasy stringy haired handsome men and want to strangle their competitors for his attention?

    February 16, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Independent

    Dave,
    Are you kidding? Senate Republicans have in fact voted against their own co-sponsored legislation, voted against tort reform, voted against tax cuts for Americans, voted against purchasing insurance over state lines, etc. for partisan nonsense.

    The Dems certainly have not highlighted the inconsistencies enough, but the GOP has been included in the process.

    And although not perfect, bipartisanship has to be a two-way street to have credibility.

    February 16, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin unfortunately is not bright, if she were she would have learned a lot from Hillary during her campaign. I bet if Hillary runs again, she wouldn't repeat the same mistake that Palin hasn't learned.

    February 16, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Chtei

    Palin shouldn't be allowed to speak....ever.

    February 16, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. hello!

    Poor, poor Jack Cafferty.....Hillary is out of the limelight, now uses Palin to Bash.....

    February 16, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    You read it here first.

    February 16, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. TM

    There is just no way Palin could end up being the most qualified person to run in 2012. Forget "she's just AS qualified as...." that argumet has no value regardless of whose name you insert. If you like Obama, you will not accept the argument, and if you DON'T like Obama you accept more of the same by accepting the argument. The point, regardless of where you stand, is to always try to get something BETTER than what you have. Palin just can not meet that requirement. There must be SOMEONE better for the Republicans to follow in three years.

    February 16, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Hillary has taken on one of the toughest jobs in the country now. I'm not talking about Secretary of State. I mean continuing to support Barack Obama. ( Where are all those jobs again?!?! Oh yeah, they're coming..they're on the way... )

    February 16, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Reggie

    Palin could do a better job than Obama, that's for certain,

    February 16, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Mario

    Its bizarre to think that anyone would want someone like Sarah Palin as the first female President of the United States. She's incompetent, smug, arrogant, homophobic, uninformed, and a liar. She reminds me of the trashy people on tacky day time tv shows that talk as loud as they can but have nothing of real value to say.

    February 16, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Sarah Palin has already accomplished so much more than Hillary Clinton can ever hope to. Everything Sarah has accomplished, she has done on her own. If Hillary had not married Bill, she would never had been a senator or secretary of state. She would be NOTHING!!

    February 16, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. rosanne cohn

    ah yes, Palin - every time she opens her mouth, she proves once again that not only is she not qualified to run for the presidency, she wasn't even qualified to run Alaska. Those who think otherwise obviously haven't done their homework. What goes around comes around -- I can only hope that Palin keeps going in the direction of anonymity....we do not need people as unqualified as her leading our country - lord knows there are enough of them already -- in the senate, that is.

    February 16, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Leah

    Palin won't be Prez. But Clinton, go away already !

    February 16, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Terry from West Texas

    Let us imagine that someone who is totally ruthless and very intelligent got Palin's confidence and became a 21st century Svenvali. Don't laugh! It could happen. Palin doesn't care about policy, politics, or the nation's future. She cares about her own prestige and importance. If someone could feed her the words and train her to respond to predictable questions, they could really go places.

    America might decide it needs its own Eva Peron. WIth unlimited corporate money behind her – courtesy of the five conservative party hacks on the Supreme Court – it could be the beginning of the end for our democracy. Hitler was elected – only once to be sure, but once was enough.

    February 16, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Debby

    Hillary dignified as always. No snarky and childish remarks like Obama and Gibbs give. To bad she isn't leading our country.

    February 16, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. notfooledbydistractions

    Hillary doesn't have to worry – there's no way palin would ever be elected president. Oh wait, there is one way – if they repealed the womans right to vote.

    February 16, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    You can make fun of Biden all you want: he gaffes because he speaks his mind.

    You can bash on Hillary all you want: she raises peoples' hackles because she speaks her mind.

    You can hate on Obama all you want: he consistently mesmerizes and inspires when he speaks his mind.

    But Palin? That's the whole problem: if she spoke her mind, she'd be silent.

    February 16, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. laura from Ontario

    If America votes for Palin even those of us in Canada will not feel safe.
    After all she might have to play the war card at sometime to refresh her image after she screws something up.

    ps someone tell her the President cannot declare war and while you are at it let her know what the duties of the VP are. This woman needs civics for dummies

    February 16, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It would be very much like the U.S. to elect Sarah Palin as President, even though she is the least qualified person on the scene today. We are a nation that votes on feelings more than accurate facts and history.

    February 16, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. Eric-31m

    Clinton/Dobbs 2012

    February 16, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. EC

    Are you serious? Sarah Palin vs. Hilary Clinton? WHAT idiot would even bet on this match. Palin is NOT match to Clinton. Let's not be stupid.

    February 16, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. JS007

    It's not the rich like Clinton who should worry about a Palin presidency – it is ironically the uneducated regular Joes that support Palin whose Medicare and Social Security would be taken away, and whose children would be sent into needless wars.

    February 16, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Robert/KC

    Everyone here is missing the point. She said she wouldn't be emigrating but that she would be visiting often. "I will be visiting as often as I can." To me that can be taken two ways. One she will be living abroad visiting the USA maintaining her citizenship or she will stay here but spend most of her time vacationing in other places. Either way it's a knock against the USA but I'm sure no one here is smart enough to realize that on the Communist News Network.

    February 16, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. C.K.

    Just cracks me up that she probably couldn't be honest up there. Unkind words would've come out of my mouth, but that's okay, Hillary has class and won't ever truly say what she wants to say, which is...."Sarah Palin is a dummy"!

    February 16, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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