(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.
Palin wasn't qualified in '08 and she isn't qualifed now. But, we've elected stupid before....
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.
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 !!!
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.
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.
Bill Clinton may be the first Democrat to "wise up" and take notice! ; )
Sorry Bill, we can't afford 2 more years of this administration!!