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. Terry Miller

    Wow Sarah such blatant sour grapes on your part. Get outside and enjoy yourself and leave the opinions to each of us. TM

    September 23, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. yogi

    This woman has never made a positive comment, and not contributed anything to the political world. What a sad human being.

    September 23, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. kwhisperer

    God, I love Sarah – the gift that keeps on giving. Pleeeeze run, Sarah 🙂

    September 23, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. ronnie flax

    Daniel Janson: Your post is gibberish. Your ideas are confused. you will not be taken seriously if you continue to write such nonsense. do yourself a favor. Withdraw your post, regroup, edit what you have written and republish. It's perfectly OK to have right wing, anti Hillary views but you need to articulate them coherently if you want to be taken seriously.

    September 23, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Jerome

    Misery loves company !!!!

    September 23, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Ngau Hu Phart

    Somehow the source of the commentary lacks any semblance of viability. If the same words came from someone else – maybe... But this is the dunce that made a mockery of a presidential election, stammered and stuttered through issues that a middle school civics student could have handled, then QUIT her elected post as Governor. Let's hear from someone else. This woman continues to inflict damage to GOP credibility.

    September 23, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Bob

    Pot calling kettle, pot calling kettle..

    September 23, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Chris

    Oh please, Sarah. Run for office again. Bring Rush with you on your bus. Have dinners with the press and speak that flakey mind of yours. You help hasten the demise of the Republican party every time you open your mouth I am reminded that mostly idiots strive for the kind of position you seek in th epublic eye. Your IQ must be that of a HS droput cheerleader, at best. We can expect great things from your children, beign that they have the genes of you and you hen-pecked husband. You go, girl!

    September 23, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Douglas

    Right, Sarah. And this from the world's second biggest narcissist (Trump is still solidly in control of first place).

    September 23, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Micky Striker

    HRH said "what difference does it make?" after inane repetition of questions concerning the composition of talking points, not about the event itself. The GOP will make this an issue, but like many of its arguments, it doesn't even meet a minimum threshold for honesty.

    September 23, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Evelyn Connaway

    In answer to Daniel D. Janson – Gee a comment from a good republican or something. Nice of you to have someone like Fox News to give you all their information to repeat in your comment. So Hillary really associated with the people in the countries she visited – danced with them – ate with them -drank with them! She has always considered herself a part of the people – not just the politicians and leaders of other countries.

    September 23, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. TheObserver

    Man. I usually just look for the dumbest few quotes and just paste them into my post and add my opinion. Whenever its Sarah Palin writing or speaking I just have have to many options. I could just repaste the whole article.

    Anyway. Would a news network have any other reason at this point to publicize anything Sarah Palin says aside from sheer shock value and stupidity? No. This article is here for entertainment, and to generate mouse-clicks on the advertisements that CNN gets rich from.

    Sarah Palin waffled around several junior colleges and finally completed her undergrad in journalism from Northern Idaho. Her grammar is worse than a 9 yr old immigrant. This makes her more than qualified to manage a Sizzler. The entire U.S.? Not so much.

    Count your blessings and be thankful she has no federal responsibilities.

    September 23, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. garciafamily

    No wonder Republicans want to keep the masses uneducated. This was a consulate, not an embassy. if the embassy at Tripoli was overrun, we'd have a serious problem. look up the nearest consulate to where you are, it's probably a single office space. The death while tragic, questions why was the Ambassador at a consulate instead of the Embassy.

    September 23, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. jean

    I couldnt believe this article by one of the most uninformed and ignorant women who ever had the ridiculous idea that she could be elected to be vice president! She must have gigantic ones !

    September 23, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. A True Conservative

    Mrs. Palin has the right to voice her opinion about anything she damn well pleases. But she is a political dilettante who burns with a narcissist's keen ambition fueled by a fourth rate intellect.

    September 23, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. JHC

    Thanks backwards Sarah for endorsing Hillary Clinton!

    September 23, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Jacky

    This is the reason the USA continue to fall, bad leadership. You don't vote for anything as it is all arranged by the power that's control the Presidency. Voting is pretend, it's all arranged as is the case of Hilary as she will become the next President and the first woman in the White House. It will be the same thing, just a different face. Look at Obama, he is not an American citizen, he is muslim, not christian, yet people accept him. There should be protests in the streets against the damage that Obama has created, but there is nothing. America will continue to go into the toilet and get flushed by the powers behind controlling Washington. Wake-up, find another country to live before the gates go up and you won't be able to get out. Freedom? Now, that's a joke in America today.

    September 23, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. ny88

    Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to women the world over. It would be funny except there are people who actually take this woman seriously.

    September 23, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. C. Smith

    Oh Sarah much as I would like to go on a rant about you, I've determined that you're not even worthy of my contempt.

    September 23, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. About time

    No Sarah, you've got it aren't fit for the WH...which the American people decided when you tanked McCain's run with your unmatched lack of intellect and common knowledge...such as the names of a newspaper.

    September 23, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Phillip

    Hillary unfit for White House: NEWS FLASH; So is Palin.

    September 23, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. RM

    This coming from the single most "ill-suited" person who was ever on the presidential ticket in the history of the United States.

    September 23, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. tom c

    when you try to listen to what failin says the you know why McCain lost.

    September 23, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Hogan's Goat

    "So what was she so hailed for and esteemed as to her success and praised and hailed as a queen. "
    1. That hardly makes sense. Hailed for? Esteemed as to her success? Where in India are you exactly?
    2. Hillary was ok as Sec of State and did well as a Senator. I don't recall anyone pleading with her to accept a crown.
    3. Sarah Palin was a horrible governor who didn't finish her term, a bad mother who let her daughters ball men under her roof, and a perfect example to voters of why McCain's judgment had fled with age and left him unfit. Her opinion's nonsense, like yours.

    September 23, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. rob

    Palin commenting on who's fit for office!? ROFL!!!!

    September 23, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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