Sarah Palin: Hillary Clinton ill-suited for president
September 23rd, 2013
09:21 AM ET
7 months ago

Sarah Palin: Hillary Clinton ill-suited for president

Washington (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she would be "disappointed" in the American electorate if Hillary Clinton becomes a serious candidate for president in 2016.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee argued Clinton would not be right for the role as commander in chief after four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, died last year in a terrorist attack against a U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

"If (Benghazi) doesn't have an impact on the 2016 presidential election, if she is a candidate, then America, I am very disappointed in our electorate," Palin said Sunday on Fox News, where she's a contributor.

She said "anyone who would just throw away 200 years of military ethos and leave our men behind to be murdered" should "never be considered as a commander in chief."

The lack of security at the consulate and the September 11, 2012 attack are poised to be a major point of contention by Republicans if Clinton decides to run for president. Clinton ultimately took responsibility for diplomats' safety, and was grilled before two congressional committees in January.

At one point she lost her temper while responding to questions from Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin. He was asking her about the erroneous, initial talking points that claimed the attack stemmed from a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam video, though the administration later defined it as a terrorist attack and said a protest never happened.

"What difference at this point does it make?" Clinton responded. "It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator."

The attack on Benghazi is still a matter of congressional investigation by House Republicans.

"That's why I'm so grateful for Congress to be pursuing what happened in Benghazi," Palin said. "Because at this point, it still makes a difference what happens in Benghazi."

"Anyone who doesn't understand that and dismisses it as being indifferent, they should not be our commander in chief," she continued.

For her part, Clinton said in a recent interview with New York Magazine that she is in no hurry to decide about a potential 2016 bid for the White House, saying it is a decision "not to be made lightly."

Asked how she plans to combat any conflicts she may face related to her political legacy, she said the best course is to "find common ground."

"I have a lot of reason to believe, as we saw in the 2012 election, most Americans don't agree with the extremists on any side of an issue," Clinton said in the interview. "But there needs to continue to be an effort to find common ground, or even take it to higher ground on behalf of the future."

Palin's comments mark a stark contrast to high praise Clinton received Sunday from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said if Clinton decides to run, "she will win."

"And when she becomes president, she'll be one of the best-equipped, best-prepared people to enter the White House in a very long time," Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Noting Clinton's experience as secretary of state, as a U.S. senator from New York and as a first lady, Pelosi said Clinton would be "more prepared than President Obama; certainly more prepared than President Bush; certainly more prepared than President Clinton I might admit."


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Libya • Sarah Palin
soundoff (1,018 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    She WILL run and you are in for a big "disappointment" Caribou Barbie. All the drivel that flows from your mouth doens't make any difference to anyone except for the mindless sheep that think you matter

    September 23, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, dear. Sarah Palin speaks. Or something.

    September 23, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. ghostwriter

    The title of this article is the funniest part of this article. Well, maybe that and the fact that she learned a new word for the interview. If she used ethos 2 more times, she'll own it forever.

    September 23, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. O'drama ya Mama

    Why does Sarah Palins opinion matter? If she thinks Hillary is "ill suited" then what does that make her? Sarah, you gave up your role in politics when you quit being governor.

    September 23, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    Well if that ain't the pot calling the kettle jet black??? Sarah, please go sit down and play Barbie goes hunting and leave the politics to the adults. I'm still astounded that ANYONE could take this shrieking, loud mouth seriously in politics. And it scares the bejeezus out of me that she COULD have been a heart attack away from the Presidency.

    At least she provides hours and hours of endless amusement for myself and millions of others.

    September 23, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Tony

    Republicans cannot be trusted on embassy security because they cut funding for embassy security before the Benghazi attack. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) admitted that Republicans had consciously voted to cut funding for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010.

    September 23, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Bessy

    Just shut up and go away. I'm so tired of this idiot. She just has to crawl out of the woodwork every couple of weeks. As though anything she ever has to say is relevant and it's not. I hope that John McCain feels the same way as I do since he is responsible for unleashing her on our country.

    September 23, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Warren

    "The attack on Benghazi is still a matter of congressional investigation by House Republicans." The same House Republicans that voted for the budget sequestration?? And again she has no idea what she is talking about.

    September 23, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Sarah, please remind us what your foreign policy bonafides are................Oh!! Binoculars, back porch, Putin.

    September 23, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. S.B. Stein

    Palin is one to talk. She would be a real disappointment to the country is she is considered a credible presidential candidate. Palin never finished a full term as governor; no mention of what she did during her term as mayor.

    September 23, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Anonymous

    If there was ever anyone not suited for the presidency, it would be Sarah Palin. She is unbelievable. She cost John McCain the presidency. I don't know whwat his campaign was thinking when they picked her, when they had all of the more experienced Republican Women they could have picked from. Palin quit her job as governer to chase after $$$$$$$, so she is in no position to mock anyone. One thing is for sure, SHE will never be president, Thank God.

    September 23, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. katlyn Jenkins

    Sarah Palin is in no position to mock Hillary Clinton. Thank God she did not become vice-oresident. She cost John McCain the presidency. Palin is all about $$$$. She is unbelievable,

    September 23, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. kkummen

    this is coming from a woman that has cheat notes on the palm of her hand, winks in a national debate -i can just see her winking at Putin and believes dinasours lived a c oouple of thousand years ago along with so many stupid things she has said and done......

    September 23, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Data Driven

    Still awaiting the devastating revelations about criminal wrongdoing by State and/or other officials in the Administration. Hm, perhaps we need a third hearing. If they can afford to have one, that is - government being shut down, and all.

    September 23, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Paul

    Well plenty of time for you to prepare for your disappointment.

    September 23, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    --I am the one well suited..... All laugh, please, out -loud.

    September 23, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she would be "disappointed" in the American electorate if Hillary Clinton becomes a serious candidate for president in 2016.

    "That's why I'm so grateful for Congress to be pursuing what happened in Benghazi," Palin said. "Because at this point, it still makes a difference what happens in Benghazi."
    -----------------------
    Let the 2016 Benghazi bashing begin. What Palin fails to mention something, so I will. Because of Sarah Palin, we, as a nation, are exremely grateful that then Sen. Barack "Who's Sane" Obama won the 2008 election. In fact, the world was so grateful that America elected Barack Obama, that they gave him a Nobel Peace Prixe.

    September 23, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Brian

    Look whose talking!!

    September 23, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Bill

    Seriously? The one person on earth least qualified to comment on someone's eligibility for President.

    September 23, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Ron

    You Go Sarah! Hillary is about the biggest joke I have ever seen in office, actually surpassing Bush . She speaks in circles, she is worthless, a non-threat .

    September 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Andrew

    I so want to "disappoint" former-mayor sarah palin.

    September 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Ken

    The Quitter ought to know who is qualified because she was almost there! Dunce!

    September 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. Joi Gibson

    Now this is rich – coming from a half-term governor – although, SP should know about being ill-suited for any position. If it was not for her, John McCain probably would have been president (heaven help us). This woman does not have enough self reflection to realize that she, of all people, should not be calling a woman of Hillary Clinton's stature ill-suited for the presidency.

    September 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. Mark

    Look who's talking !

    September 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Thankyou, dear for your comments. Now go to your room and read a book. Try to get beyond "See Spot Run"/
    Maybe your can work your way up to "Where's Waldo?".

    September 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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