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

    The only thing that ever comes out of her mouth is santorum
    What a bimbo this broad is,.........Sit Down,.,.,..Shut Up, and Hang On,.......Hillary will show you how to run a country

    September 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Tom1940

    For Nancy Pelosi to say: "Hillary Clinton is the best prepared candidate for President in a long time!" Reminds us all that it is Nancy Pelosi that said on the eve of the passage of Obama Health Care: "First we must pass it, then read what is in the bill to understand it!" Perhaps one of the most "pregnant" political utterances of all time.
    Speaking of Hillary: Who will be the next Democrat from nowhere to come out of the blue and steal the Nomination For President from her again, as Barach did in '08. I guess we can surmise that all Democrats are not close to having a "special moment", when the name "Hillary" is mentioned, as is the Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is.

    September 23, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Thomas

    And here I thought there was nothing funny about Mondays.

    September 23, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It rankles the heck out of this walking-failure that her poltical career on the national level is over, kaput, finito, DONE.
    She will NEVER be VP, and much less our first woman President.
    That honor is going to HIllary Rodham Clinton in 2016.
    And when Hillary becomes Madame President in 2016 it is my fervent hope that the media will be shamed into not publishing the drooling, factless, diatribes of trashy women like Palin.

    September 23, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. columbus

    This is coming from someone with absolute experience in foreign affairs, she hears about them on Fox News everyday.

    September 23, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. ironman59

    1 – This woman is not qualified to give any opinion at this point
    2 – What experience did she have when nominated as VP?
    3 – Benghazi is a non issue & in great part caused because the gop cut embassy security funding

    This is just another lame attempt to keep an irrelevant & toxic personality in the news and get ready for her next book to tell the world how superior she is to everyone else on the planet (dripping sarcasm).

    September 23, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Anonymous

    This is coming from a woman who has set the women back a few steps in politics. She has quit her job as an elected official, and we are to trust what she says. She needs to go where ever she has been since she lost to Obama and cost her camp the election.

    September 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. ezduzit757

    The headline made me laugh so hard, I had to open the page to just to say SHUT UP Sarah! Just go away! Nobody cares what you think! Maybe for one flicker of one second people were interested, then they heard you and realized there was nothing worth listening to here.

    September 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Louis Merriken

    Palin is a 1/2 term Governor who QUIT! But she is a full time IDIOT!!!!

    September 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Dori

    And she should know who isn't fit to be president – look where she is now... I'll vote for Hillary a hundred times before I'd even consider Palin. Palin is a joke and I'm surprised anyone takes her seriously any more,

    September 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Skeptacular

    Hillary Clinton unfit to be president...says Sarah Palin. EL OH EL. I just shot coffee out my nose.

    September 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. raynewman0025

    Conjecture begins about Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016.

    MILITARY and MONEY are the two prime and critical issues the coming President(s) will have to deal with.

    MILITARY is physical and men and women deal with it from different perspectives. We are faced with worldwide deadly terrorists...both outside and inside our country. We need a`commander-in-chief who knows how to use the threat of force to deter aggression, and how to use force when the deterrence fails.

    Men are the stronger sex and are generally more comfortable with the use of physical force than women. That is not sexist. It is reality, it is history. It is for good reasons that virtually all the great military leaders in history have been men, why women rarely commit murder (but hire men to do so), why the 9/11 hijackers were all male, why all but one of the terrorists holding the mall in Kenya are male. Hillary Clinton is not male.

    MONEY issues can be equally efficiently dealt with by both sexes. The money issues we will be facing in the foreseeable future are in the stratospheric trillion dollar range. Again, we ought learn from history...we need someone in the White House with extensive successful experience managing finances at that level. Bush 43 did not have it, Obama does not have it, and we see the resulting disastrous state of our nation's economy. Hillary Clinton does not have one day of such experience.

    Are we gonna be stupid again, or are we gonna be stupid again?

    September 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. sqeptiq

    If it weren't for crazy women, Faux News wouldn't have any women at all.

    September 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. jnpa

    Sarah were unfit to be governor of Alaska. That is why you only completed 2 years in that job. You were totally and completely unfit and out of your league to be vice president of the United States. You also have no qualifications to say that Hillary Clinton would be ill-suited as president. You are not speaking from any sort of are speaking from pure jealousy!

    September 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. HJA

    (Yawn)......Sarah who?????

    September 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Steve

    Barbie Palin is hilarious. Go back to Alaska and try not to breed again.

    September 23, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Greg in Arkansas

    Just clicked this story for the comments.......comments are getting lame, just like S/Palin stories....time to move on...

    September 23, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Ron

    Hillary..LOL.. About the only person WORSE than Hillary would be Pelosi.. Hillary does not have the intelect, nor the integrity for the Job of president.. if she runs, she will be laughed off the stage.

    September 23, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. FG

    Why is it newsworthy when this person speaks?

    Sarah, please go away and spend all the money you made from foolish republicans.

    September 23, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. sonny chapman

    Ronald Reagen got 230 Marines killed in Beirut in 1983 by his DIRECT ORDERS. Hilary's got a long ways to go to catch

    September 23, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Jim

    Palin is an expert on being unqualified!

    September 23, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. OrangePekoe

    The American people have already spoken on who is not fit to be near the White House and it was YOU Sarah Palin. Palin is an idiot and no one cares what she has to say at all.

    September 23, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Palin is unfit to judge ANYONE!!

    September 23, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. CW

    ...Said the half-term, half-wit with zero track record to lend any credibility to any statements she makes about whether anybody else is 'fit for office'...

    September 23, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Max

    quite possibly the most ironic statement i've ever heard. if clinton is ill-suited for president, then what does that make palin?

    September 23, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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