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. Patrick Henry II

    Hillary R. Clinton is a very wicked and depraved person who is miserable because of her own internal evil, and she lusts for power – to be the "Queen Bee" – because she wants that feeling of importance and she cravs the adoration of others to the point where it seems that she wants to be almost worshiped as a diety – in order ot cover over her misery that is caused by her own internal demons. It's a lot like the first being who ever lusted for power for selfish reasons, who wanted to throw the Most High off his throne so that he Himself could occupy the place of receiving worship. That one was thrown out of the kindgom for his treachery. Now we call him the Devil – and Hillary's behavior has always been just like him.

    September 23, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. stevetall

    Every time CNN wants to shake out the carpet, Sarah Palin falls out (along with all the dim bulbs who think she is actually human). Who cares what this poor excuse for an American thinks about anything? She's the prime example of what is leading to the demise of the Republican Party: Too many loudmouth jerks who don't understand, well, just about anything. If Karma is paying attention to this woman, she should be eaten by a bear anytime now!

    September 23, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. katincal

    And what has Miss Sarah been up to lately that is so good? Please just stop talking because no one care what you have to say.

    September 23, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Tony in Maine

    Yes – Hillary is intelligent, articulate, has a real record of high level public service and has seen first hand the job of POTUS.

    Princess Sarah, OTOH, is the woman sitting at the end of the bar waiting for someone to set up the house.

    September 23, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. John

    Good grief when in God's name will Palin shut her trap and go away? It's common knowlege that she is an idiot and the onlypeople that like her are the Tea Party people who are destroying this country. If Paling says Hillary is "ill-suited" to be president then more than likely Hillary is extremely suited to be president. Do us all a favor Mrs. Palin, shut up, go back to Alaska and stay there.

    September 23, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Bill

    Will Palin please go back to Alaska and crawl into a hole somewhere! Palin is wrong for America, she should walk on over to Russia since they are in her backyard

    September 23, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. mercfan

    How could she even tell? Usually, you have to know something about something before you can have a real opinion. Sarah, what's the Fed? Come on now, you have 5 years to study this one.

    September 23, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Rebecca

    Says the epitome of inappropriateness...

    September 23, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Jim

    Let's see you Palin run against Hillary, what a smashing defeat for you that would be!!!!!

    September 23, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Bruno Cruz

    My first reaction when I read the headline, I burst out laughing. We need an ignorant clown who can't complete the job she was elected for (just as she couldn't stick to one college when she was younger), who can't read a world map and doesn't know history or the countries of the world, to tell us who's qualified for the White House?

    September 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. BlackMe

    As soon as sho testifies UNDER OATH about Beghazi, she can run!

    September 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Will

    can Palin even find Benghazi on a map?

    September 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Jeff Cohee

    Just another intellectually challenged tea party extremist piling on Hillary Clinton because they're so afraid of her. By the time Republican extremists get done undermining the government this year and then get through their bloody battle to find a candidate to run against her, the Republican party will be so damaged it'll be a cakewalk for Hillary.

    September 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. shepdawg

    So let me get this straight, the most unqualified person to hold public office in the history of American politics, says that Hillary is unfit for the presidency? Hillary has forgotten more than Sarah will ever learn. Remember folks this is the same person who didn’t know that there is two Koreas, who thought Africa was a country, who couldn’t name one Supreme Court case she agrees with. This ridiculous woman makes Rick Perry look smart.

    September 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. ChristopherM

    The only people dumber than Sarah "Quitter-in-Chief" Palin are the people in this thread agreeing with her.

    September 23, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. JS

    Hah! This comment coming from the most unfit, incompetent, ignoramus to ever take the public spotlight in the name of Politics. Sarah Palin – please sit down and be quiet. You are doing more harm than good for whatever political party it is you claim affiliation to this week!!

    September 23, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Hum.. that's worst than a third world country thinker...?

    September 23, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Jim Marler

    Go Palin...continue to make your party look like a bunch of fools. If this woman had a brain she would be dangerous.

    September 23, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Eric

    Can't Sarah just go away? Is that to much to ask? Can't she just go on a moose or bear hunt and not come back?

    September 23, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Cinman

    The only thing that should be news is when Palin says something with intelligence. Therefore we'd never her again.

    September 23, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. ddnlj

    Sarah Palin is about as obtuse as a person can get. She suffers from a serious case of illusory superiority that makes her a laughing stock whenever she opens her mouth.

    September 23, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Cinman

    opps. damn typing. Therefore we'd never hear from her again.

    September 23, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Erin

    The irony of this woman saying ANYTHING about being "fit" for the office of the president is astounding. Keep talking Sarah.. it's so much fun to watch.

    September 23, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Ryan

    Sarah Palin is hillarious.

    September 23, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. craigorie

    Did anyone really expect Palin to say that she likes Hillary and that she'd be a great President?

    September 23, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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