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

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  1. Alan

    Sara Palin says Hillary is not fit for the White House???? Let me repeat that, Sara Palin says Hillary isn't fit for the White House? This, coming from the woman who almost singlehandedly cost the Republicans the election in 2008. McCain/Palin, the worst choice the Republicans have ever presented to the voters at election day. We should offer up a prayer of thanks every day, that McCain/Palin weren't elected.

    I'm still thinking about that. Sara Palin says Hillary isn't fit for the White House??????????

    September 23, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Michael

    I'm not even going to bother stating the obvious.

    September 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Evelyn Connaway

    As Mr. Fibble above commentator said, that makes you laugh at Palins remarks. And the remarks about Hillary's moral compass. If Palin had a moral compass, she would take it out and play with it on FOX News! At the moment I don't know a republican politician that has a moral compass – period! The only thing Hillary ever did wrong was vote for the Iraq war – but hey, the GOP had a lot of good salesmen of their false information, and many democrats voted for that war. We haven't won a war since WWII! Seems like people would learn – war is not the answer! Diplomacy is the answer if everyone would work at it. But how is the CONGRESSIONAL MILITARY COMPLEX and the BIG CORPORATION CONTRACTORS LIKE HALLIBURTON going to make a lot of money on no-bid contracts from the Congress – as they brag – they hold the purse strings and they gave the Bushes access to them!

    September 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Mr. Digusted

    I think it's disgusting that CNN still gives Palin the slightest amount of attention. CNN is sensationalizing stupidity in its purest form... Sarah Palin.

    September 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. littljohnny

    HAHAHA Sarah Palin thinks we take her seriously?!!

    September 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Morrell

    I thought this person had gone away. Hey she will never be qualified for anything except a CLOWN. Go back in your hole Sara

    September 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Flgeeman

    Obviously this is a Joke posting. Palin....Really???? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    September 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. bob baden

    Sarah Palin is clearly a dim bulb. Her own party questions her level of comprehension. When I read people on this blog who seem to view her an a refreshing and honest politician I worry. She seems to cherry pick facts as they suit her needs. My biggest question is why is anyone, myself included, still concerning ourselves with one word from her mouth?

    September 23, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. vinster76

    the amount of absolute hatred flung at Mrs. Palin says more, much more about her haters, than it does about the views of Mrs. Palin. You who hate her, should get have some analysis done to find out the cause.....

    September 23, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. MB

    There had never been someone more unfit for office than Sarah Palin.

    September 23, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    TiredofBush wrote:

    ... ... Remember she can see Russia from her house. I was station at Shemya, 1440 miles west of Anchorage and I couldn't see Russia and it was only a 100 miles or so await. So this woman either doesn't know where Russia is or has the best eyes of any human in the world. ... ...
    To be fair, though, Sarah Palin never actually said that. It was Tina Fey, mocking Palin's remark about being an expert on Russia because of Alaska's proximity to it, who had said that line. But, most people remember Palin as having said it.

    September 23, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. tom l

    The only real value in Sarah Palin is in how much she drives the left crazy. For that she is fantastic.

    September 23, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Dave

    Sarah Palin isn't fit to breath. Faux news, where failed Republican politicians can still find work.

    September 23, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Anonymous

    LOL...looks who talking about qualifications! I agree wih other comments....foreign policy or for that fact, any policy is way above Palin's GPA.

    September 23, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Steve

    Isn't that the pot calling the kettle a pot?

    September 23, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Gordyb102

    Caribou Barby speaks, no one listens.

    September 23, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. texasnotea

    What a joke! Sara Palin doesn't even know where the US is on a world map. Hillary is more qualified for President than any 10 republicans put together.

    September 23, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. rikstah

    Sounds like Sarah Palin didn't bother to watch any of the hearings on the Benghazi attacks, led by the GOP's own Issa and Chaffetz. If she had, she wouldn't be making a fool of herself. After 9 hearings and 3 closed hearings on the attacks, every single GOP conspiracy theory concerning the attacks have been debunked! Come on Sarah, read the freakin' news! Oh wait, she gets her news from Faux News, right???

    September 23, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Mladen Sudarevic

    Although I would hate nothing more than to see another political dynasty in the White House (Democratic or Republican) I can’t believe that Sarah Palin would publicly say something like this. I’m sure that Mrs. Palin means well and has America’s best interests at heart; unfortunately she has a mind of a teenager. She thinks she knows everything but in reality knows very little.
    How this woman became to dominate political scene in the United States is a testament to collective intelligence of this nation. Some truly believe in what she has to say, while others are entertained by the stupid things that come out of her mouth.

    September 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Chris Anderson

    Does anyone really care what Sarah Palin thinks? Palin has done nothing but continue to make herself look like an idiot and she's going to give her opinion on Clintons possible bid for president? This really isn't news worthy.

    September 23, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. oh please

    More people died in embassies under Bush than they did under Obama

    September 23, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. magicpanties

    PKB anyone?
    Too funny.

    September 23, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. vinster76

    WOW! The spelling errors rampant in the blubbering comments some of you made reflect badly on your education level. So, my advice to you is before you refer to the intellectual depth of Mrs. Palin, some of you dust off your reading and spelling primers.....see, in this way, your blubbering might then be seen as emanating from an intelligent source.........

    September 23, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. freewillie

    LOL. I agree with others....foreign policy, in fact any US policy is above her GPA. I can not believe this woman's grammar. A second grader could put sentences together better!

    September 23, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Jackson

    Sarah's resume: Two years as Mayor, then quit. Two years as Governor, then quit.

    Hillary's resume: 8 years as first lady. 8 years as Senator. 4 years as Secretary of State.

    Caribou Barbie strikes again.

    September 23, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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