December 8th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
7 years ago

Palin: 'My heart goes out to Huckabee'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke about Mike Huckabee's clemency decision and a potential third party run in 2012."]Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin said in a recent radio appearance that Mike Huckabee made a "horrible decision" nine years ago to commute the prison sentence of the man suspected of killing four police officers in Washington, but she added that her "heart goes out" to the former Arkansas governor.

In an interview last week with conservative radio host Lars Larson, Palin called the murders "tragic" and "unfathomable."

"It was a bad decision obviously, but my heart goes out to Huckabee," the former Alaska governor said. "I love him, and I feel bad for him to be in this position. But I feel even worse for the victim's families in this situation. I do feel bad for Huckabee, but it was a horrible decision he made."

Huckabee has said he regrets the decision to commute the sentence of the suspected shooter, Maurice Clemmons, but said he thinks he made the right assessment at the time. Palin said she had never pardoned or granted clemency to prisoners when she served in Juneau.

"I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys," she said. "I'm on the good guys' side."

Pressed on her political ambitions, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee would not rule out a third party run at the White House in 2012.

"That depends on how things go in the next couple of years," she said. "It really does depend. There are enough Republicans who are realizing, 'Oh whoops, some of us liberal republicans have screwed up.' And I'm not including myself in that group, but some liberal Republicans have screwed up."

Palin said her decision rests on whether or not the GOP does a better job of appealing to its conservative base.

"If the Republican Party gets back to that base, I think our party is going to be stronger and there's not going to be a need for a third party, but I'll play that by ear in these coming months, coming years," she said.

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  1. LA

    Palin doesn't seem to get it. Her extreme right with all its crazies, racists, and uneducated will never win an election.

    December 8, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. hongli

    Sarah Palin" My heart goes out to Mike Huckabee" while her mouth goes against his decisions he made in the past. Sarah Palin likes Politics but has no idea what's the meaning of politics.

    December 8, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. oldsoldierboy

    Democrats need to stop focusing on Palin and start asking ourselves why have we let the republican party rebrand themselves as fiscal conservatives without protest. Their brand of governing is about war and nothing else. History has proven that war and fiscal conservatism do not go hand-in-hand. We will get more of the same if they become the majority party again. The time has come to fight back.

    December 8, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. CBR

    Governor Huckabee made a decision based on the best information he had. Every so often this happens but I do not believe it is anyone's fault.

    Sarah Palin's opinion does not impress me. I would stick with Huckabee on this one and don't need her to tell me how her heart goes out to him.

    December 8, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Matt

    She has no experience in pardons because SHE QUIT HER JOB!

    December 8, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Dustin

    It's unfortunate that Palin, someone who could have been such a strong force in American politics, is talking about a sure way of helping the Republicans fail in the future.

    What Republicans need to be doing now is reaching out to Independents, not blocking them out and saying that hard core conservatism is the best answer.


    December 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Carol

    But Sarah, you ARE one of the bad guys!

    December 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. david, CA

    After initially dodging ANY responsibility, Huckster has somehow been able to get away so far with repeatedly suggesting that Clemmons was just 16 years old when his sentence was commuted. WRONG! Clemmons was 28 years old when Huck let him out of jail.

    Huckabee's previous statement: "Now if you think that a 108 year sentence is an appropriate sentence for a 16 year-old for the crimes he committed, then you should run for governor of Arkansas."

    December 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Ha – she let people starve and freeze to death when she was gov (1-1/2 year QUITTER).

    Oh – she doesn't have a heart – only a super-sized ego.

    December 8, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Robin

    Very tragic indeed for the victims and their families. The laws of our land are too loose. Huckabee could not of known his decision would result into this tragic event he will however, have to live with this the rest of his life. But, how this guy escaped all the other loop holes is amazing.

    December 8, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Lucy

    She’s such a back stabber. "I love him, and I feel bad for him to be in this position.” She only loves him because he is getting such bad press and perhaps won’t be viable candidate in the next presidential election. I don’t care for either one of them but she should be prepared for those who “love” her to turn on her as well.

    it was a terrible thing that happened. I don't have a good understanding as to why this man was released. There must be more to that story. Most things boil down to $ and not what is best for society.

    December 8, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. La Chatte

    Dare we hope she means she's LITERALLY giving him her heart???

    December 8, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Scott F

    Sarah Palin is an idiot. How the hell does she know who the 'good guys' and 'bad guys' are? There are many people out there committing crimes and not getting caught, and many who are deemed guilty for crimes they did not commit. Many times shorter sentence means both money saved and a rehabilitated individual going back into society and giving so much more than they had before. She really needs to think before opening her big mouth.

    December 8, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Jack in Florida

    She is a bumbling fool.................the reason she "feels sorry" for Mike Huckabee is to rub it in his face and keep it in the is for her political gain/game. Anyone with half a brain can read between the lines....who is she trying to kid???

    December 8, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Kevin

    That Sarah, what a class act, how she's tossing her friend, Huckabee (a person she "loves") under the bus. What a hag.

    December 8, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. VON BISMARK -Vienna

    Sarah,you will ruin this good man's campaign.

    December 8, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. political junkie

    This coming from the voice of reason????

    Way to state the obvious and get your name in the news....again!

    December 8, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. GOP Orange Curtain, CA

    Wow...that's deep Sarah. Yeah those liberal Republicans sure are on the bad guy's side.

    December 8, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. aware

    Bravo Sarah! You are correct. 🙁

    December 8, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. mac

    OMG...she just dissed mainstream Republicans and Huckabee in one single conversation. I was under the impression that Huckabee was one of the right's best candidates. The GOP would do itself a great favor by throwing this woman under the bus right now. No need to wait till election time. But then again, I just love Sarah...she once again proves she's God's gift to the Democratic Party.

    December 8, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. MUFFY7

    Ain't she sweet and so compassionate?? HYPOCRITE.

    December 8, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. DeFacto

    OH! She's on the good guys' side! hahaha.. Don't people realize that jail is really what damages a person. You go away for something silly like marijuana possession and come out so dysfunctional that your a bigger burden on America than you were smoking weed before you went in. Clemmons went to jail for about 11 years for burglary? In that time, he went from salvageable to well, look what happened. Since jails are privately owned, they want to make money, there is no thought to what people will become once they are released after they serve their time.

    December 8, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. MM

    oh I hope she runs!!!!! Definite win then for the democrats!

    December 8, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. DianeR PCFL

    What does she mean by: If the Republican Party gets back to that base'; and, isn't a liberal republican an oxymoron – like her with the emphasis on moron. Shecould also mean that a "liberal repubilcan" is a rational republican – of which SHE has absolutely no understanding. This I do know about Palin: she is a demogogue as defined by H. L. Mencken: "One who will preach doctrines he knows to be untrue to those he knows to idiots."

    December 8, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Thinking Person

    Soooo, the Republican's best bet for headlines and the future presidency is Sarah Palin? Painful.

    So she feels sorry for Huckabee. Hmmm. Anyone remember Dukakis? No? Right. We are Americans. Memory only good for Michael Jackson and non-news news.

    Huckabee did do what he thought was right at the time. He probably did not spend a day reviewing Clemmons' record, only minutes, perhaps it was an aide who suggested it. Makes him look more caring, human.

    Sarah is on the side of the good guys? Uh, yeah, I can tell by her history. The idea of prison is punishment and, hopefully, reform. That is why there are reviews. But then, she doesn't concern herself with silly stuff like that. Oh, where's the new red blazer and scarf?

    December 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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