Sarah Palin: Hillary Clinton ill-suited for president
September 23rd, 2013
09:21 AM ET
9 years 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.

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"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
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  1. M

    Note to Sarah Palin: If Henry Kissinger said something like this, I may or may not agree with him, but I would at least give his opinion some consideration. Your opinion, on the other hand, carries about as much weight as that of any random person I could stop on the street. Less, actually, since I might happen to stop someone who, unlike you, actually has some idea of what they're talking about.

    September 23, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. nuclear mike

    Just remember what happened when we had a Father & Son as Presidents...we do not need a Husband & Wife as Presidents as the results would be even more devastating for the Country.

    ...and she would be 70+years old and she is already very ill from the many episodes she has already experienced of her failing health.

    ...not counting her many mistakes that resulted in death among the Diplomatic Corp abroad...

    So who wants to see Hillary & Bill fighting in the White HOuse again? Not me!!!

    September 23, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. kim

    palin calling someone unfit for a political position....really? LMAO

    September 23, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Cwhat'sNew

    CNN: Stay away from commentator that are "ill-suited" for CNN and stay away from being a tabloid outlet.

    September 23, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Seth Hill

    What was that old saying my track coach used to recite? Oh, I remember! "Winners never quit, and quitters never win."

    September 23, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. cronewinter

    Let her keep talking, the nation needs some comic relief.

    September 23, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Francisco

    Is Palin credible?

    September 23, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Mehul Shah

    If Palin's Opinion even matters I am moving to Canada.

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

    I am so not a Sarah Palin fan, but finally, she has something valid to say.

    September 23, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. scott in ga

    what is it about falin that intrigues the media? This is the woman who ruined the presidential bid of a qualified popular candidate, and then quit her governorship in Alaska mid-term, politicizes the attempted murder of a congresswoman, and is now the mouthpiece for a tabloid. Everything she does and says is a catastrophe and embarrassment for her followers. Yet we watch her hot air belching lips move like deer in headlights. Is this really the spokesperson for the Tea-party and is she really somebody who the American people should look to for opinions about the best future of America? I don't think so.

    September 23, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Tony Torres

    Once again CNN waste space by writing what Palin "The Genius" wrote or said something she is not qualified to even comment on. Even though I am not a great fan of Ms Clinton, she by far not only has the credentials but the brains to be POTUS. Palin is nothing but a brainless,lazy,misinformed and just plain dumb and in no way is qualified to judge someone of Ms Clintons stature. Okay! some dumb people out there were captivated by Palin's looks I guess because it was not her intelligence, just the dumb crap that she spews. The less we hear from this women the better!

    September 23, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY


    Hillary is unfit for the HW no matter who says it. She hasn't answered the piper on Benghazi, but that is the Liberal way, commit the crime, then deny deny deny everything.

    firstly....what is "HW?" Secondly, she HAS answered the questions. Your problem is that no matter what she says, you dont think it's enough. You and your sheep friends will never be satisfied with anything she says. Face it, simple sarah and her flock of drones are only doing the democrats a favor when she blathers on about anything. Keep it going.

    September 23, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. bobby frank

    They know if Hillary runs she will win. The first female President of the United State will win in a landslide cause we get two in one. Bill Clinton will be back and straighten out the economy like he did before and we will finally have jobs and a surplus. Can't wait for 2016!

    September 23, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Austin

    Sarah Palin President, Sylvester Stallone Vice-President, Arnold Schwarzenegger Secretary of Defense, Miley Cirrus Press Secretary, Justin Bieber Department of the Treasury.

    September 23, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Pat in IL

    Palin is just about as delusional as they come! Calling anyone unfit for office would always be a case of the pot calling the kettle black. I just can't get over her gall.

    September 23, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. DeeDee

    Why is she still talking? And what idiot keeps giving her a mic?

    September 23, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Strategic Bob

    Sarah Palin's judgment that Hillary is unfit for the office of President is all the proof that we need that Hillary is, indeed, fit for the office of President. I doubt that Sarah Palin could find her way off a beach or out of a parking lot. At least, not without 2 or 3 people to help her.

    September 23, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Joe Rockbottom


    Go away Palin. no one gives a @$#%^##&* what you think about ANYTHING!!!!

    September 23, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Grego

    Neither one of those dingbats are fit to be President.

    September 23, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. RayJacksonMS

    No one cares what this cow thinks. She had to bl ow all the old men at Fox News to get back on the air. Even they are over stupidity.

    September 23, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. felimarie

    Bwahahaha! How is she even still relevant?

    September 23, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. scooter

    The Democrats rejoice every time Palin enters the conversation. She is the gift that just keeps on giving. I wonder if she is actually on the DNC payroll. It would make sense. Have a mole in there to come out from time to time and make the average American remember why they do not trust the GOP.

    September 23, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Sergio

    Let's be candid. Sarah Palin calling anyone a bad candidate is like Pinocchio calling someone else a liar.

    I am hoping to vote Republican on the next election but that will depend on if the party can put someone out there that isn't an idiot.

    September 23, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. Data Driven


    "commit the crime, then deny deny deny everything"

    What crime did Clinton commit?

    September 23, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -liberal disease

    Palin is the only one talking the truth about Clinton Obama Pelosi and the rest of the left wing incompetents...And clearlt they do not like, they are not used to being hammered..Keep going Sarah!!
    What truth can be gleaned from the babbling word salads she utters? If there are any thinking conservatives left in this country, do yourselves a favor and desounce her for the disease she is. There is nothing heroic or wonderful in what she says, just the sort of garbage I see at PTSA meetings that vacuous former beauty queens utter when theya re desperate for attention. Buckley must be spinning in his grave.

    September 23, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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