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. A GREAT REPUBLICAN

    Sarah Palin could be one of our best Presidents, she is right on the issues and has great management skills, PALIN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012.

    February 16, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Dave

    Reading the liberals comments on this site is so very entertaining. You people sound so frustrated. What's really bothering you? Maybe the lack of accomplishment by your party and their leader? Hmm, could it be the "all or nothing" mentality practiced by the progressives in your party that has resulted in nothing being achieved? Possibly the assured demise of your majority in congress. See you in November.

    February 16, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Rita

    The only good thing about Sarah Palin as President would be more of Tina Fey!!! Tina is alot smarter, is not a quitter nor a loser, and would add wonderful comedy to this insane Republican woman...Sarah of course, is the cruelest joke around and she sure can sling mud and insult the Obamas, but she cries foul whenever anyone questions her!!! Add hypocrite to that list!

    February 16, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Rick

    Palin Derangement Syndrome cracks me up. Trust me, there are more of us who agree with her out here than you think. Most of you lefties are living in a vacuum. The silent majority already spoke in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. We will continue to act in 2010 and all the way through to 2012.

    February 16, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Leonardo

    A Sarah Palin presidency would leave people pining for Dubya.

    February 16, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. talmag

    Think Again: What is worse is the President of Fox was on This Week a few weeks ago and Arianna Huffington asked how he could let Glenn Beck get away with such mis-truths. His reply was he was aware of only one lie and besides he is in first place and making money and that is what counts. So....allowing the lies is o.k. to him. We can do something about it by calling the sponsors and saying we won't buy their products and it would have some effect but most of us are too lazy. I am ready to do this...how about you?

    February 16, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Liz

    It gives me hope for the future that there are only a handful of posts actually supporting a Palin presidency. of course, that hope is tempered by the fact that most of the right wingnuts don't come on CNN.com. the vast majority of her supporters are having their brains rotted on Fox.

    February 16, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. so

    Sure i am for it, she can't do much more damage after Prez Obama gets out of office!

    February 16, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. phneutral

    Ex-Governor Palin asked if we really wanted a law professor as President. My response is: Rather than a self professed soccer mom?Not just yes, but hell yes.

    February 16, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Amen to A Great Republicans comment....finally a sane person comments.

    February 16, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    So Saudi women are now interested in US poltics. Their time and energy might be better spent trying to change theirs!

    February 16, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. talmag

    To Dave: You understand that Obama got elected because the people were disgusted with you so you tell me how it feels. The republicans would rather do nothing to and let their hate keep anything from happening for four years rather then see what they could achieve for the public. You say you are the party for the people but this is not doing what is good for the people. What a selfish group of people...."they are not going to play because they did not win" I wonder what bothers them the most losing or losing to a black man.

    February 16, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. polly

    Hillary wears the pants in the family. She would not immigrate.

    February 16, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Chris W

    "Millions of DemocRats and liberals said then that if George Bush was elected president, they will definitely moved to Canada or Europe. Guess what, Bush was elected twice, none of these crazy people have the gut or courage to move to Canada."

    I moved to England in 2005 because I was disgusted with America and Bush.
    So shove it you Conservative Pigs. I health healthcare.
    Nobodies gona open fire on me with a machine gun while I'm at McDonalds.
    I don't have to hear this sick whining about Sarah Palin or whatever is going on in the USA. Its a joke.
    The Conservatives have fleeced the nation and are dragging it into some kind of glorified Brazil/Mexico style class system where people work themselves to death generation after generation for nothing while they're being ground up by poverty/drugs/violence.
    Obama can't fix the Democrats, they are pretty much as bad as the Republicans.
    I feel sorry for all the people left in America and fear for my family that is still there.
    Luckily one of my cousins has escaped to Tokyo but the U.S. is a prison w/no future for the rest.
    It is literally a circus for the rest of the world and we're increasingly choosing to change the channel on it- it's just America hasn't figured that out yet.

    February 16, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. S Callahan

    It's the question of the year that someone from another country asked...when so many here are thinking the same thing! This is funny!

    February 16, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Tom in Va

    Give her hell Hillary!

    But while you might be leaving thecountry of Palin is elected...I SURE WILL BE. I won't stick around while she declares war on a nation every time she slips in the polls!

    February 16, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Kevin in NoDak

    Leave the country???? That's crazy talk.

    There woud be no safe place anywhere on the planet.

    February 16, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. polly

    Bayh/Clinton 2012

    February 16, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Independent

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a great sense of humor and represents America very well with true intelligence.

    Palin should learn from her how to laugh at oneself more and get a real education beyond the neoconservative nonsense Palin is being inundated with now.

    Without substance, sorry, Palin will not be qualified to be at the same level of presidential consideration, not even close.

    February 16, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Jonathan

    Heres something you can all do.

    Pick up any dictionary and read the definitions for conservative and liberal, then, with your grandchildren in mind, think about which side you'd rather be on.

    February 16, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Red by Choice

    Well-well, how cute is that? What a clever answer from a woman who was also deemed inadequate to be president by the US electorate.

    February 16, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. BrianBkyn

    Don't worry about Palin folks. She has had her 15 minutes of fame and is now just trying to cash in as quickly as she can before she is in the dustbin of history. Every poll has shown that the more people see of her, the less they like her. Even a majority of Republicans don't think she is qualified to be President. Even Cheney all but said that. Enjoy your riches Sarah – you deserve it for entertaining us so much with your nitwiticisms.

    February 16, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. josh

    while i dont like palin. she is more qualified than obama, nobody can deny that.

    February 16, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Chispter

    I don't think it really matters who is president anymore. No one will ever be able to govern in this "gotcha" climate. No one seems interested in reasoned thought processes, constitutional law (Palin even ridiculed the very idea of the Constitution), diplomacy, or future generations. It's all about "what's in it for me."

    Somebody turn out the lights when it's all over.

    February 16, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. J.Williams san diego

    JT from MO-you're an environmental eugenics wacko--quit watching 'avatar'.

    February 16, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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