September 21st, 2010
11:14 AM ET
8 years ago

Clinton cautions Democrats on Palin: 'always a mistake to underestimate your opponent'

Bill Clinton has some advice for congressional Democrats and for President Obama.

Bill Clinton has some advice for congressional Democrats and for President Obama.

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that Sarah Palin is "somebody to be reckoned with" and cautioned Democrats that "it's always a mistake to underestimate your opponent."

"We may be entering a sort of period in politics that's sort of fact free, where the experience in government is a negative," Clinton told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

The former president wouldn't say whether Palin is qualified to hold the highest office.

He also had some advice for President Obama ahead of what's likely to be a Republican resurgence in November's midterm elections.

Clinton said Obama should ask the American people for two more years to right the economy and put his job and those of his Democratic allies in Congress on the line.

"[He should say:] If we don't do better, you can vote against us all and I'll be on the ballot too. Vote against us all if it's not better," Clinton said.

Clinton will sit down with Wolf Blitzer Tuesday afternoon in The Situation Room, starting at 5 p.m. ET on CNN.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. ex-sarge

    Palin wasn't qualified in '08 and she isn't qualifed now. But, we've elected stupid before....

    September 21, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. ST

    Unfortunately we all know where the former President's weakness always lies. Palin is not an opponent. She is trying to be. She is not qualified to be a President. You know it Mr. Pres. why not say it as Gen. Powell did.

    September 21, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. G.I. blow

    I hope Clinton never gets near Palin.
    She does not need a scandal like that.
    I think what he is saying is that Palin
    will probably be our next President.
    It will be nice having one with guts for
    a CHANGE !!!

    September 21, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Panterazero

    Thank you, Mr. former President!! "All that is required for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing", and if Democrats sit on their hands in 2010 and still more 2012, we will have only ourselves to blame when we wake up to a government whose principles and practices we barely recognize.

    September 21, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Larry

    Clinton is stupid enough to think we'd turn this country over to the teabaggers.

    He and Hillary are two of the most corrupt individuals in Washington.

    September 21, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Clifford in New York

    Bill Clinton may be the first Democrat to "wise up" and take notice! ; )

    September 21, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. sick and tired

    Sorry Bill, we can't afford 2 more years of this administration!!

    September 21, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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