Sarah Palin applauds Clinton's 'boldness' in memoir
July 7th, 2014
04:10 PM ET
3 months ago

Sarah Palin applauds Clinton's 'boldness' in memoir

(CNN) - Sarah Palin praised Hillary Clinton for recounting in her memoir her decision not to attack Palin in 2008 when Republican Sen. John McCain chose the conservative firebrand as his running mate.

Once then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama bested Clinton in the Democratic primary, his campaign focused on their Republican opponents - including Palin, the first GOP female vice presidential nominee.

Palin said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter published Monday that she "appreciated (Clinton's) boldness" in detailing in her book "Hard Choices" her refusal to follow the Obama campaign's playbook on slamming Palin on the Republican ticket.

Asked if she'd read Clinton's new memoir, which mostly focused on her time as secretary of state, the former Alaska governor said: "So far just the passage about me because an attorney sent the passage to me."

In the book, Clinton wrote that when Palin was announced, the Obama campaign issued a "dismissive statement" and urged Clinton to do the same. The then-senator from New York said she declined.

"I wouldn't. I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women," Clinton wrote in the memoir. "I didn't think it made political sense, and it didn't feel right. So I said no."

Palin commended Clinton's refusal to engage.

The Obama campaign, Palin said "...couldn't attack my record as an executive, a Mayor, a Governor, an energy resources commissioner, nor a wife and mother, so ratcheting it all down she surmised the attacks would be based on gender! How passé. How mighty hypocritical."

Palin continued: "Hillary refused to engage. I appreciated her boldness in explaining that behind-the-scenes campaign tactic of Obama's."

As this particular portion of Clinton's book gain traction in news reports, the Obama campaign pushed back on the idea that they attacked Palin for being a woman.

Palin's comments come as the Sportsman Channel announced Monday it would renew its show "Amazing America with Sarah Palin" for a second season.

The show, which features the tea party favorite and highlights American outdoor culture, spurred the network "to triple-digit year-over-year growth in households and key male demographics," according to the Sportsman Channel.

In the interview, Palin also suggested that she could fill an upcoming gap in popular daytime television.

"I hear everyone recently got canned from The View," she said.

"Maybe a show like that needs a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America's heartland to knock some humble sense into their scripts. You know, someone willing to go rogue."

CNN's Dana Davidsen, Wade Payson-Denney and Sara Fischer contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Sarah Palin
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, hey ... another Sarah Palin look at me .... Look. At. Me. article of Sarah-importance.

    "Asked if she'd read Clinton's new memoir, which mostly focused on her time as secretary of state, the former Alaska governor said: "So far just the passage about me because an attorney sent the passage to me."

    July 7, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Is like to go ROUGE with you Sara ,IF you ditch your GOP BS and join the DEMOCRATIC PARTY and give up your guns and get rid of your dink husband and DITCH the GOP shutdown teaparty and----

    July 7, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Asked if she'd read Clinton's new memoir, which mostly focused on her time as secretary of state, the former Alaska governor said: "So far just the passage about me because an attorney sent the passage to me."
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    Isn't she really admitting that someone told her what to come out to say?

    July 7, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Norma jean

    i was right.....wasn't I??????????????????

    July 7, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Sergeant

    Attacking palin would be like a big chp beating down on a 51 year old grandma.

    July 7, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Sergeant

    "Asked if she'd read Clinton's new memoir, which mostly focused on her time as secretary of state, the former Alaska governor said: "ALL OF THEM, ALL OF THE ONES IN FRONT OF ME."

    July 7, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. freedom

    You're overstating Palin – she knows what Hilary is.

    July 7, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Gunderson

    Wow,
    Now you know Mammy Yokum be your next VP. You know her as Sarah Palin. Gernomo!

    July 7, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. drake mallard

    If you want comedy, there is always Sarah Palin and she says amazing things, like "We've Gotta Stand With Our North Korean Allies' and, it's incredible, too. She said "polar bears are not endangered. They're just unlucky." Oh, really? And who knew Katie Couric was the cutting edge of journalism, with ambush questions like "what do you read?"

    July 7, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. rs

    Wow. First McCain, and now Palin lauding Ms. Clinton. What is this world coming to?

    July 7, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Again this lady....lord, bless you!!!

    July 7, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Hillary would have if she had the nomination !

    July 7, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Steve, New York City

    I am not a fan of Clinton or Sarah Palin - but unfair to put the two of them in the same sentence. Clinton actually is accomplished and extremely bright. Sarah Palin is a blithering idiot. Maybe Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Joe the Plumber can all go hunting with Dick Cheney.

    July 7, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Ol' Yeller

    1. just asking
    you want to improve the situation 1000% in a second? get rid of the teachers unions that makes it impossible to get rid of bad teachers, even if they commit crimes, let alone just stink at teaching. but the teacher unions own the demorcat party lock, stock and barrel so the demorcats will never jeopardize that massive cash flow into their coffers. and the kids will continue to pay the price.
    1. Donna
    Just gotta love this.... liberals, Demorcats and their rotten union owners have been screwing up the schools and screwing over the kids for decades now. The LAST people we can trust to fix them are the very same people that have made them a disaster.

    Hey... Look! Isn't it amazing that Donna and just asking spell Democrat wit hthe exact same misspelling in all their posts? I mena, if it were a play on the word like DemocRat like some do, I might be able to understand, but this is just silly. I would say a good 1/2 of the regualr rwnj morons who post on here are the same rwnj moron trying to fluff up their numbers like they do in the polls.
    What a bunch of rubes...

    July 7, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Donna
    Just gotta love this.... liberals, Demorcats and their rotten union owners have been screwing up the schools and screwing over the kids for decades now. The LAST people we can trust to fix them are the very same people that have made them a disaster.
    ---
    Red state governors have attacked unions for years. How is the republican non union leadership doing in education in Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina? It appears you have incorrectly placed the blame.

    July 7, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. bassman

    This is pretty self-serving from CNN. Our media has Clinton's back. Gov. Palin often deals with currant events via Facebook. CNN ignores them. But the moment she says something nice about Hillary, CNN is all over it. CNN did the same when John McCain had kind words for Mrs. Clinton.

    July 7, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |