November 16th, 2009
11:56 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton would 'look forward' to Palin sit down

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton would 'look forward' to meeting with Palin."](CNN) - While their fictional personas have teamed up on Saturday Night Live, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton have actually never met.

But the secretary of state said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press she'd "look forward" to talking politics with Palin over coffee sometime soon.

Clinton was responding to an excerpt in Palin's forthcoming memoir in which the Alaska governor praises the then senator Clinton's 2008 presidential primary campaign effort.

"Should Secretary Clinton and I ever sit down over a cup of coffee, I know that we will fundamentally disagree on many issues," Palin writes in the new book called "Going Rogue: An American Life. "But my hat is off to her hard work on the 2008 campaign trail. A lot of her supporters think she proved what Margaret Thatcher proclaimed. 'If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.'"

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Sarah Palin
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Secretary Clinton is a class act – and if she and Palin ever had a debate over real issues that demanded a thorough and nuanced understanding – she'd eat Palin for lunch!

    November 16, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Tommy

    Is she serious? Now that's a conversation I don't see going anywhere. Imagine a conversation between Mohatmas Ghandi and Creflo Dollar on religion...

    November 16, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Conti_59

    Sec'y of State Hillary Clinton sitting down to talk with Sarah Palin is akin to a seasoned parent (Clinton) talking to a retentive preteen (Palin). Would love to be proven wrong on this one.

    November 16, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Ken

    Apparently, the ex-Governor feels that Mrs. Clinnton worked hard during the 2008 campaign but her hard work as Secretary of State deserves no recognition. Equally apparent is Mrs. Palin's inability to see an opportunity to sit down with our current Secretary of State to offer suggestions and opinions on our current policies in the Middle East, China, and on domestic issues. I should think that if she was interested in being President she would act like one and help formulate policy. I guess that is telling of her leadership potential. Well, maybe she feels that hawking her book and going on TV shows is more important. She should take lessons from her fellow Republican party members who are meeting with Mrs. Clinton.

    November 16, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. sg in sd

    Hillary would tear Sarah apart! Bring it on!!!

    November 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. KJL

    After about five minutes of idle chatter, Secretary Clinton would spend the meeting glancing at her watch.

    November 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Antonio in Phx

    Yeah, like Health Care...oh no, Clinton failed. I forgot

    November 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. sara have a Brain.....Palin doesn't have a BRAIN......but I can't blame you to want to confirm this. You're like me...I'll talk with anybody.

    November 16, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Sam

    Finally Palin said something positive about a democrat (and something intelligent)

    November 16, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. LIP

    They both got the short end of the stick and they both deserved more

    November 16, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hillary Clinton sitting down with Palin to talk politics is like Einstein having a conversation with a first grader.

    November 16, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Anupam

    Why would Hillary want to waste her time meeting Palin? In fact why would CNN want to waste time covering Palin?

    November 16, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Jim in Ozark, MO

    And if you want something incomprehensible said, and said, and said, and said, ask Mrs. Palin.

    November 16, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Abe

    This will be a life time meeting if it ever happens. I am pretty sure it will be civil and an eye opener for Palin. it will definitely be a discussion between a seasoned politician and a new comer. So my advice to Palin is to intently listen and gain experience in worldly / internal politics. It absolutely gracious of the secretary of sate to be open to the offer. I can not wait to see it if it happens.

    November 16, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Republican'ts are so YESTERDAY

    How diplomatic of Secretary Clinton; and how typically narcissitic of Palin.

    November 16, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. historian

    Why would Hilliary who has a brilliant mind and fantastic work record want to meet with someone who could'n t finish her first term as governor and wrote a fictious book?

    November 16, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Marry

    CNN, please put Palin into the entertainment section! These “Palin Stories” are just too much. If Hilary would meet with Palin, then to have a good laugh, but surely not to lean anything from her.

    November 16, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Maybe Palin could tell her what she reads.

    ha ha ha ha ha

    November 16, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Francis

    You are not running for any office anymore, Hilary, and you don't need to stoop to talk about Sarah's non-issues. You have better things to do with your time. I am sure there are more pressing problems around the world.

    November 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Dennis

    Then Palin must be a guy, because all she does is talk and says nothing, let alone do or finish anything.

    November 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It would be great Hill, if you were the one to sit down with this pretender to the throne and gave her a dose of reality. No one will take off the kid gloves when they encounter this eejit face to face. I don't know if they feel sorry for her, or if they're afraid that due to her obvious inability to speak intelligently on ANY current event subject they're afraid of coming across as a schoolyard bully.

    November 16, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. James

    Why would Hilary Clinton ever give an audience to Sarah Palin? She nothing but a talking head now...That's like Obama meeting with Rush Limbaugh..what a joke she doesn't deserve a meeting with Hilary.

    November 16, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Malcolm

    Palin probably never ever heard of Margaret Thacher. This is a quote written by her "ghost' writer.

    November 16, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. Otto

    This will be an event I'd love to see and I hope they will discuss at length, the major issues of our time. Taking into consideration the so called gotcha Sarah had on SNL, she has come a long way and have done more travel than she had all her life.

    This makes me wonder if Sarah will try to give Hillary pointers on how to be a deplomat and ho she should deal with foreign leaders. A fun show by any other name will be an understatement.

    November 16, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Emma

    The contrast between the two is remarkable. One is highly intelligent, uses language very effectively and is grounded in principles of government. The other, not so much.

    November 16, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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