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
soundoff (1,017 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Hillary is nothing but a political ladder climbing egotistical power Hungary hag that is well past her prime where she was caught cheating, lying, and theft from others. If she was smart she would quit while she was ahead, but a deal was made with BO that at the end of his 8 year term he would help her and he would be her VP. She would have reached "HER" goal, reusing in 4 to 6 months for health reasons, and BO would again be POTUS again to continue his socialist agenda.

    September 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Gunderson

    Oldd Gunderson see some you no like Red States take from Blue States? So why you vote for it time after time? Liberal's want do great things just with other people's money. So you say Red States Liberal? You want fix? Just repeal ammendent to constutition allowing federal government to collect tax no? Hey have happy day.

    September 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Logic N LA

    Poor Sarah. So irrelevant and yet they still let her talk. Benghazi isn't even in the same league as what happened with us and Iraq and Afghanistan and yet GWB got reelected. The Republicans have yet to find a real reasonto stop Obama or Clinton, so they keep beating dead horses.

    September 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Steve, New York City

    Sarah Palin simply lives in her own reality, no?
    I am not a huge Hillary fan myself, but unlike Palin, Hillary is extremely smart. In fact, unlike Palin, Hillary actually has a brain.

    September 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. MaryAngeline

    Listen to the wind blow! The Queen of Low IQ has spoken, and we are supposed to listen. Really? The GOP leaders didn't even invite her to their convention. Deep down even they think she is an embarrassment,

    September 23, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Marie MD

    I watched an interview of Chelsea Clinton on the Daily Show last week. She has grown to be an educated, caring and extremely smart woman.
    I think Hillary can be a very good president for our Nation. Not only did Hillary step up after being defeated in the primaries but she WORKED (a non existent word in this, whatever she is, vocabulary) very hard and served our country as an extremely capable Secretary of State. She didn't go home to become one of the most hated women in the world who CNN still thinks anyone cares about!!!
    What does this screeching mutant, who McCain and his minions dragged from under the slimiest rock in wasilla not because of her smarts, have to show for herself and family? How to quit a job half way?
    Besides her being too stupid to understand that she is that clueless, two grandchildren out of wedlock, "reality TV", a daughter who posted rants against gays, a smaller daughter who is a brat just like her mother, a son who had two choices the Army or jail, hatred, a lying tea bagger, and what I think what is the worst is parading her youngest son around to get sympathy votes (like sanatorium and his darughter Bella) and now we don't see hide or hair of him.
    Did I miss anything?

    September 23, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. MLL

    Oh, and Palin was because she could see Russia from Alaska.

    September 23, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. shesanidiot

    People that actually support this airhead need help, shes got two pebbles clanging around in that head of hers. Women like her make me ashamed to be a female.

    September 23, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Wow, the pot calling the kettle black!

    September 23, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. RSH

    If anyone knows about being unqualified for anything it's Sarah Palin.

    September 23, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Mack

    I'd support Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton if they ran... I'd never support Sarah Palin because she's not very bright... Although I do agree with her assessment of the Benghazi attack and the lapse of judgment on the admnistrations part most notably former Sec. of State Clinton. I don't think that takes away from her experience or her ability. I think it was a mistake and a fallibility that we are all capable of making. Unfortunately it will always be a blemish on her resume and might hold her back from running for office in the future...

    September 23, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Boater39

    That's just plain hilarious! Coming from Miss Unfit, herself, Palin....

    September 23, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. steve mallinson

    Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be dog catcher. let alone make comments on who's fit for white house.

    September 23, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Qotsa

    Sarah Palin, stop throwing stones in glass houses. The end.

    September 23, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Ken in MD

    Palin doesn't think Hillary is qualified to be in the WH, but she thought SHE was? Oh, keep it coming, Sarah. You're better than Kimmel or Fallon for a laugh any day!

    September 23, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Victor

    And Palin "wrote" this piece on a call to the Queen of England while staring out her window to Russia... If anything, Palin is unfit to be writing here or anywhere...

    September 23, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. bczu

    What has this woman ever done to become a voice in our political system? Quit her job as Governor half way through her term to start a reality TV show? I mean, thats all she has ever accomplished!

    September 23, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Wake up People!

    I wonder when she learned the word ethos?
    I'm going to have to check my granddaughters, Your baby can read, to see if that was one of the words......

    September 23, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Sparky

    I think when Hillary gets elected she should offer Sarah a fitting position in the new Clinton administration...Assistant to the White House Dog Catcher sounds about right.

    September 23, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Jackie Whitt

    The one women who has read every newspaper and sees Russia from her window. Oh, and she can send the air force up in Alaska to protect the USA. Yeah right, here we go again no message she sends out makes any sense. Remember the death panels, Paul Revere. The one women I know who is so uneducated how many schools did she attend before she graduated. She really is a sorry person to be in the Media giving her comments. John McCain a can of worms when he let her run for VP.

    September 23, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Mike

    Of course Hillary is not qualified to be president based on Palin's standards. Hillary is intelligent, articulate, compassionate, knowledgeable, respected, well-respected and can read.

    September 23, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. YoungandRestless_BoldandBeautiful

    Sarah Palin is not fit to be considered a human being. She needs to take her ignorance back to jungle from she came.

    September 23, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. EffortPA

    Thanks for your valuable input Sarah. I think I am almost ready to vote now, I just need to hear what Kim Kardashian and Linsay Lohan think first.

    September 23, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. D

    Oh that's precious! The half-term quitter thinks she knows about the qualifications to be President! Thanks! I needed a good laugh today!

    September 23, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Sid Patico

    Palin: "If (Hilary) is a candidate, then America, I am very disappointed in our electorate."

    So many jokes, so little space.

    September 23, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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