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. John

    Palin is stupid.

    I was going to write more, but no more need be said.

    Clinton / Bayh 2016

    February 16, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. AMEND THE CONSTITUTION: " *BRAIN* REQUIRED TO RUN FOR OFFICE"

    PALIN / LIMBAUGH in 2012! Please! That would assure a Democratic government for years to come.

    February 16, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Lucy, Texas

    Does that mean that educated women in Saudia Arabia also see Sarah Palin as a big joke? What is their take on the Republican Congress?

    February 16, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. conniesz

    The Dems are pretty smart – if they can keep the spotlight on Sarah, no other Republican candidate can emerge. And Sarah can't win against Obama (or anyone else, for that matter). Republicans will get their act together and nominate someone who can actually challenge Obama – perhaps Romney, or even Huckabee – there are viable candidates out there, but Sarah isn't one of them no matter how much the Dems want her to be.

    February 16, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Shaun

    If Palin wins I will leave the country until she is out of office... if there is still one left. That woman should not be in ANY position of power let alone the highest. If she wins the presidency I fear it will be the end of America, and possibly start world war 3. I've seen a video of her calling the Iraq war a holy war for god, made me sick. I would not be suprised if she is the Antichrist, even though I don't believe in that stuff.

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

    it is amusing to say the lease that Sarah Palin could even come close
    to kissing Hillary Clinton shoes let only fill them but for the uneducated
    republicans she is the best they got another bush in drag

    February 16, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. ib

    Sure as heck couldn't be no worse than King Obama. Anything would have to be better than Obama.

    February 16, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Wont-vote-gop-if-my-life-depended-on-it

    And this is news how? Clinton didn't even say anything I would not have expected her to say....

    February 16, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Scott

    Honestly, be honest. She is not a dumb as you say. Its all about hate. So she is not a rocket scientist or super brain. To say she is an idiot is to say most women in america are idiots. She above average based on her being a govenor, mayor and having a bachelors degree. Again that does not make her a super brain, just above average. Quit bashing this woman. Be real, she is.

    February 16, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Maggie in Canada

    For God's sake. Obama was elected by the majority of Americans who voted and it would appear that all the negativity surrounding this fact inicates that you have not accepted that FACT. Get over it. Now, turn off Fox and go find a job. Stop this awful hatemongering. Freedom of speach is one thing but some of you go waaayy beyond common civility to a fellow human being. Moron seems to be the name of choice. President Obama is doing an excellent job and you will have to wait until it all comes together. Name calling and hatred is not going to make things happen sooner, it just makes you sound very stupid,uneducated and hateful.
    By the way, the Democrats are NOT afraid of Palin, they have real things to worry about. so smarten up.

    February 16, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. katie

    Why are you so so worried about someone that YOU say can not succeed,WELL if you Dem fools put the great messiah Obamie in office,Palin is much much more qualified,AT LEAST SHE HAS HAD A JOB,all Obamie is a BAG OF HOT AIR AND EMPTY PROMISES and you follow like the piped piper to the sewer.If Obamie has anything Palin has more.a real job.

    February 16, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. John in Arizona

    When you take the "L" out of "PALIN" you have PAIN! That is a lot to consider.

    People would do well to stop complaining about President Obama apparently not moving fast enough on job creation. After the deep, deep mess Bush/Cheney and the Republicans left, it is a miracle President Obama has done as much as he has. He needs our support and our thanks!

    February 16, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Conservatism equals illiterate ignorance

    ANYONE who considers Palin capable of being President should be evicted from the country or forced to have a lobotomy, our choice!

    February 16, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Stephanie

    How many city colleges did she attend? Call her smart or call her an imbecile. Ms. Clinton is intelligent, smart, brilliant, well – spoken, & educated to represent this country. Ms. Clinton, knows the global countries before she ever became Sec. of State. How many foreign countries can Palin NAME?

    February 16, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Light Blue

    Another non-story about Gov. Sarah Palin, another opportunity for the Palin-hating morons to come out and spill their venom, and CNN to attract some traffic to their sinking ship.

    February 16, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. Conservatism equals illiterate ignorance

    If Palin is the Republican candidate for President then it is guaranteed, 4 more years Obama Biden!

    February 16, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. job

    we wouldn't want her here in Canada anyway. We're full up with socialists.

    February 16, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Shibumi

    Hillary visiting Canada more often? Isn't that where Bill's girlfriend (the one we know about) lives?

    February 16, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. DC Observer

    It is good to see that the Secretary of no bid Obama donor contracts has a sense of humor. BY the mid term elections, Obama will be a lame duck looking at a GOP controlled House and senate, and Thank God for that,

    The national experiement with the Chicago community organizer has been a disaster for the country.

    February 16, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Justen in Florida

    Hillery is the most worthless secretary of state ever.

    Obama don't even let her do her own job, that's how worthless she is.

    The only reason the is Sec. of State is to try to appise the PUMA crowd.

    February 16, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Conservatism equals illiterate ignorance

    Sarah Palin has one foreign backer, Ahmandinejad of Iran, he loves the thought of Sarah Being President!

    February 16, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Drew

    You Dems can line up agaist Palin or anybody else,BUT,the real decision is with the voter,and the last poll says you Obama/Dems have had the course.So belt your ignorance/spew your hate,BUT,come Nov.you are gone and good riddance.Good bye to a group of idiots and morons.Follow your leader to the end,bye bye morons.

    February 16, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. Ralph in ALASKA

    Sarah won't run for elected office cause she is in it for the MONEY.
    Can't make the big bucks if she is in the white house.
    That is why she quit the Gov job in Alaska, So she could make more money. Its all about the MONEY. Im glad she has stopped calling herself a Barracuda, as she has lowered the value of my 1969 Hemi Barracuda.
    Sarah is a empty vessel.

    February 16, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. The GOP

    read that if Palin is elected,you Dems would leave the country,the IQ would jump,you,the Dems,are the reason Bush started the no child left behind because of you uneducated idiots.I hope Palin is elected and rid the country of the ignorance of you,the Dem. and Repub haters

    February 16, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Joe

    Palin is more qualified than Obama and her record proves it. One full year of Obama and we have trillons in debt. Feel free to blame Bush, he is at fault as well.

    February 16, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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