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."

Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Libya • Sarah Palin
soundoff (1,017 Responses)
  1. CLT

    There were 13 embassy attacks during the Bush administration, including deaths, no one mentions them.........

    September 23, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Vince

    Hilary wasn't Sec of Defense Daniel. She was Sec of State. Another example of an "informed" GOP voter.

    September 23, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!! This coming from the same person who used HIllary as a reference to the "glass ceiling," she wishes she were as relevant or had even close to the chance of getting into the WH that HIllary would. Remember Ms Palin, you are no longer in politics – you are a celebrity – if even that.

    September 23, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Ralph_in_FL

    An idiot spouting on Faux Noise. What a surprise.

    September 23, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. EffortPA

    Sarah Palin, the gift that keeps on giving the Democratic party. I seriously doubt we'll ever see a republican president as long as this woman is involved in politics. For every one Obama hater, anti-government supporter she excites, there are 3 moderate republicans that run the other way. I sure hopes she is actively involved in the 2016 elections.

    September 23, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. kondordisqus

    Sarah Palin judging whether or not HIllary Clinton can be President?

    This charlatan Palin actually being given a media platform is laughable at best.

    September 23, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. MrAnonymous

    If there is anyone that knows a thing or two about being unfit for the White House, it's Sarah Palin...

    September 23, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. jackson

    Sarah who?

    September 23, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Chaz

    Who asked her? Were they asking for directions and she volunteered this? Go away!

    September 23, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Ronna

    If anyone is unit, it is YOU Sarah. Let the electorate b the judge

    September 23, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. youdontknowjacque

    Shouldn't Palin have to tell us where Benghazi is, before she can talk about it?

    September 23, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. alex

    LOL – Its always good to read a idiotic comment by the mother of all idiots, on crazy monday mornings. Yes she is definitely the one to question someone else qualifications.. This buffoon needs serious help!!!!

    September 23, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Mike

    Too funny. Just too funny.

    September 23, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. akwildflower

    This is a wonderful Monday mornin' chuckle! ADORE my fellow-Alaskan, personally.
    But would be TERRIFIED, if she was as close to the WH as a VP spot would have made her. This view is shared by MANY republicans who know her, in Alaska.
    Sarah does NOT have the intellectual curiosity necessary, to obtain the wisdom needed for thoughtful comprehension of things on this earth – let alone, thoughtful decisions regarding those topics.
    So her opinion of who is, or is not, fit to be in the WH is very funny, from that standpoint. BUT Sarah has her own PR firm now, pushing her out there in the public eye. Granted, she does not hire the best staff for that – so she is being sued as we speak, because her PR staff doesn't know the very basic of copyright laws. NO – while she is an enlivening talking head, and people in the Lower 48 seem to be thrilled with those of us who hunt, fish & look good, at the same time – she is NOT even close to those I would want to sit down with & have a serious discussion about who should, or should not, be in the WH. And again – zero disrespect to her. She's a great Alaskan. Just utterly unqualified to speak to national & international topics.

    September 23, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Michael Hobart

    The last 15 minutes have gone by awfully quick for Sarah to come out of her hole and make another inane remark. Remember that this is the governor who found it too difficult to last out of her full term as governor of the state with the best finances in the country. (Because of the state taxes on their oil production). Can Sarah find Benghazi on the map or even Libya?

    September 23, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. vinster76

    the world would never have heard of Hillary if her husband had not entered politics in Arkansas. Her only, repeat, only claim to fame is her furious refusal to toss her husband overboard for his philanderings.....Not out of love, but for power. I remember Travelgate, Vince Foster, her investment tip-off, et al. She was a diplomat in name only, most of her offerings around the world have turned to nothing....Remember the reset button thing with Russia, how's that working out....??? Her feigned sorrow while testifying about Benghazi before Congress – crocodile tears! It's a video, no, its terrorism, no, it's a video???!!! Ad nauseum........She is no more fit to be president than a secretary of a local school board....You who cheer her, and think she is the best thing on the planet are doing nothing more than idol worship of an epic failure........sorry...

    September 23, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Wade Hampton

    To Daniel D. Janson: Your rambling and unintelligible comment lost all credibility when you suggested that Hillary Clinton was Secretary of Defense.

    September 23, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Larry

    Let's see...why vote for Hillary:
    Her elected service record:
    1. Elected to the Senate by the State of New York, even though she was from Arkansas.
    2. Appointed Secretary of State by Obama, left office in a "Taking a bullet" moment to cover Benghazi.

    And people said Sarah Palin didn't have any experience.

    September 23, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Imagine that

    But it was OK to send thousands of soldiers to their graves in two unconscionable wars that further fired up the terrorists who eventually participated in said attack. I guess she can't see that logic from her porch in Wasila...

    September 23, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. KrjMc

    Leave it to someone who has limited knowledge of history to make another ignorant statement. The last several administrations have had embassies attacked and yet somehow this one is different. This woman needs to get off the stage as she does nothing but embarrass the female gender everytime she opens her mouth.

    September 23, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. RA

    Palin saying someone is unfit for leadership is the pot calling the kettle black. I am so glad she was never in a position to assume the Office Of President. The voters spoke. Go home Palin.

    September 23, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. JH

    Can she even find Benghazi on a map???

    September 23, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. LR

    Liberal progressives and their paid trolls can say nasty stupid irrelevant things about Sarah Palin all day long, but the fact remains that she is one strong informed conservative voice who speaks for millions of conservative Americans who want limited government, balanced federal budget, strong effective military, and so much more!!!!

    September 23, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. J.R.Roberts

    1/2 term as governor, served as mayor of Bugtussle, council member in Bugtussle. Sarah Palin – why does ANYONE pay attention to what this woman thinks. You like her? Watch "Game Change" and if you don't re-think your position – then I guess you'll be supporting the Cruz-Palin ticket...aka Dumb and Dumber !

    September 23, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Mark Causey

    Wow, I thought Palin disappeared... forever! Too bad I was only dreaming. Does anybody with an IQ of over 60 actually listen to her or care about what she thinks?

    September 23, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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