Sarah Palin: Hillary Clinton ill-suited for president
September 23rd, 2013
09:21 AM ET
11 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 (1,017 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    If it's Monday , it must be Palin !

    Next she will market her own deodorant !

    September 23, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. patw2100

    No woman is suited for the White House.

    September 23, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Andy H.

    Said the flea to the rhino.

    September 23, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP has only to wait for the rest of Obama term and then two Clinton terms and their loss of the house in 2014 to look forward too , the GOP will never be in power again in our lifetime and might as well leave our country, it doesn't belong to GOP idiots and extremist anymore!!!!!

    September 23, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Lee Keeyanis

    LOL >gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!gasp!<

    Ms Palin is hilarious! Who writes for her? Give him a bonus for irony.

    September 23, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Jim970

    But Sarah, the American electorate already elected a questionably qualified person to the office of president, twice. A guy with close ties to terrorists, socialists, and communists. This makes me concerned about out electorate. Really Concerned.

    September 23, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. uhhuh

    Slow day, huh CNN?

    Toss in another story about the irrelevant Pallin to increase your website hits. Works every time.

    September 23, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Seriously...

    Sarah spent 7 years in 4 colleges to earn a degree in journalism and never wrote a thesis (no professor remembers her or her articles)... she also spent "quality time" with the Fab Faux at Michigan " doing research"....hmmm.... but she was qualified after her one year stint as Gov. of Alaska for the WH? ... and Sarah's husband was vying to seceed from the Union while she was running with JMc...

    Exactly why is Palin commenting on anything? and why is it even being reported? She's one degree right of simpleton ...

    September 23, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. TruthandConsequence

    The question of experience is a good one if American voters were sophisticated enough to care. Obama's election in 2008 showed forever that experience is not a priority with the American voter. Racial history, pockets full of promises, youthful, hip, and smooth talking all count more than measurable experience and track records of executive practice against which to make a judgment. I mean if a fellow presents himself as a rock star at hands across the aisle post partisan cooperation, I tend to look at whether he has actually proved himself in that arena and if the office he seeks requires some foreign policy competence, he should have a record of it. Obama had none of these...and Hillary, whose stardom rocketed to First Lady on the back of Bill Clinton, then provided a sinecure Senatorship by the Democratic Party in a State she had never lived in and an appointive position as SecState after being defeated by Obama is not a whole lot better. well, at least with Hillary, we can measure her foreign policy experience by her performance at Benghazi.

    September 23, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Dean

    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.

    Hillary responded "What difference does it make?". Kinda like saying I don't care, get over it.

    September 23, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Mark Causey

    Sarah, please take your medications, put on your helmet and try not to interrupt the adults while they are talking.

    September 23, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. larry

    CNN why are you still quoting her...nobody cares

    September 23, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. james Pfeiffer

    Sarah Palin could be one of the most stupid, shallow, dimwitted human beings on the earth right now. One of the most telling things about this media-hungry moron is that she doesn't have a clue of how dumb she is!

    September 23, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. rc

    Amen
    But at this point in time what does it matter?

    September 23, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. jbird68

    Palin was a head case through an entire campaign.

    September 23, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. old guy in West Virginia

    The contrast in preparedness for high office between Ms. Clinton and Ms. Palin is so starkly in Hillary's favor as to be no contest at all. But I'll give Sarah Palin credit for this: she has chutzpah. No brains, of course, but chutzpah aplenty.

    September 23, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Guy

    Palin talking about the sad state of the American electorate in that they would consider Hillary for president.... wow. That's really something. Really something.

    September 23, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Katie

    Yes, we all just hang on Sarah Palin's word for who is fit to serve and we base all our decisions on whether or not she will be disappointed because she has demonstrated such commitment, responsibility and integrity when it comes to holding and performing in public office.

    September 23, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Kirby Oblachinski

    I cant believe Fox News PAYS Sarah Palin to give an opinion on anything.She is a laughing stock, just ask most GOP leaders and ask the people of Alaska.

    September 23, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Realist

    How the heck is the Republican party going to get their loonies in line...? It's hard to make any progress in your public image when the brainless thugs in your party won't keep their mouths shut, and can't avoid any tick-tick-ticking camera they come upon...

    I bet Sarah Palin's parents believe in abortion after having her...

    September 23, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Mark

    As a long time Republican myself, I speak for the majority of my party when I say, please Ms. Palin, no more comments.

    September 23, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. jbird68

    Palin was a head-case through an entire campaign. What does she know about fortitude?!

    September 23, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Howard

    Hillary's not fit for the White House. So says the Alaskan !d!ot who probably couldn't find her way there unless someone led her by the hand.

    September 23, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. D. Chavez

    A fart has more purpose in life. Who cares what she thinks.

    September 23, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    This from a woman who couldn't even finish her term in office for governor.
    She is unfit to speak for anyone.

    September 23, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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