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. JonathanL

    Anyone who lived right next door to the Russians should not be allowed to criticize a full blooded American.

    September 23, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. jamie

    No Hillary or Sarah fans here

    September 23, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. American

    Palin who????

    September 23, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. ray

    cnn, please. please stop covering this moron for the love of this beautiful country, please. please.

    September 23, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Wake up People!

    Dumb as dirt.....
    No offense to dirt.....

    September 23, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Krispy

    Why Palin thinks she is still relevant is beyond most I am sure. Maybe Hilary isn't the right person for the job, maybe she is. That is for the people to decide. Does Palin really think the "people" care if she is diapointed in them or not? It is time for her to go away. Her 15 minutes of fame are over. She failed to keep her committment to her own state and stepped down as Govenor for her own self promotion. She lost me and many others when that happened. She has no credibility at this point.

    September 23, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Judy from AZ

    How would Palin know if Clinton was presidential material?? What would a box of rocks know about an intelligent person?

    September 23, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. sergo Jean

    I think she will be angry and mad in the American electorate because Hillary Clinton is going to be the first female president of United Estates. I do believe If Sarah Palin do not wants that to happen she needs to run for president, and we will see, which one the American people will choose. Talk always talk but action is another thing. Hillary Clinton, is an action to be come the next president.

    September 23, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. pauleky

    If that isn't a ringing endorsement for Hillary, I don't know what is. Palin is lucky she's not frying burgers somewhere (not to insult burger friers, but you get my drift). The fact that this woman was ever considered a serious candidate for ANYthing, much less Vice President, is scarier to me than any terrorist could ever be.

    September 23, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. hey

    Palin isn't qualified for a elementary history lesson. Sarah, what was Paul Revere doing again...?

    September 23, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. DWileyOne

    I just snorted milk through my nose reading this. CLINTON: stayed in and didn't quit, even when no one would have blamed her (i.e. hubby's infidelity, Benghazi, the post of Secretary of State – one of the most difficult jobs, ever). PALIN: walked out on her job mid-term, hypocritically courts the media while bashing them at the same time, and has WHINED about everything ever since her stunning defeat. Clinton would uphold the office of President with dignity and grace. Palin would be an absolute disaster, costing us whatever respect we have achieved on the world stage.

    September 23, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. hey

    If Sarah would run I would donate money just to see her crash and burn.

    September 23, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. viagra1rush

    palin saying this is kinda like a 400 pound man at a buffet giving weight loss advice.

    September 23, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. joe800

    Sarah better hurry up and do the Playboy layout – she's gonna lose her only redeeming quality pretty soon & Fox certainly doesnt keep her around for her brains.....

    September 23, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Michael

    Who's Sarah Palin?

    September 23, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. rick

    How rich is that? The most unqualified candidate for either President or Vice President we have ever seen, having the audacity to call someone like Hillary Clinton unfit to be President. I would call Palin a hypocrite, but she would neither know what it means nor how to spell it.

    September 23, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Joe The Plumber

    More sour grapes from the Queen of Mean.

    September 23, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Jackie Rawlings

    Americans and the lawmakers like to forget in 2011 Ambassador Stevens went directly to Congress for extra security several times but was denied by Speaker Boehner as the House did not want to raise the debt ceiling. Stevens interview was on PBS but it seems Rep. Issa ignores that and people just like bashing Hillary. Palin is a joke and failure in her own right but she does have followers as stupid as she is so that is were she gets her donations. I have noticed that many women are leaders as Sarah Palin is the bread winner in her family and Todd does the woman's work. As Hillary is a partner to former President Clinton as each have careers and raised a daughter. The World know Hillary as a respected leader and know Sarah Palin for his stupidity and how she can see Russia from her window and gets her news off a starbucks cups as she said.

    September 23, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Tim

    Let's see: Looking a the comments that are published, the commentors giving mild support to the Quitta from Wasilla account for about 1 in 10, while the 9 of 10 think she's a dingbat.

    September 23, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. McSame

    Hilarious. As if Palin herself is fit to cast judgement.

    CNN, why do you continue to give that godawful hack Palin an outlet?

    September 23, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Judy Wood

    The one person most unfit to judge whether anyone else is unfit for the WH is Sarah Palin.

    September 23, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Tinkerbell from SF

    Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.......dumb and dumber.

    September 23, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Ron -IN

    CNN I wish you would quit paying attention to what this woman says. SO WHAT, in a moment of desperation John McCain selected her as his running mate. This does not mean you have to print her quotes for the rest of her life. She has clearly shown her lack of character and an inability to deal with REAL conflict when she QUIT as Governor of Alaska 18 months before her term was completed. WHY DOESN'T THAT MATTER to the Republicans who still support her I will never understand. She is a QUITTER!!! A LOUDMOUTH!! and really needs to be forgotten!!

    September 23, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Daniel

    Says the quitter...

    September 23, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Igoforpogo

    Listening to Palin shows me another reason that we need to strengthen background checks on gun purchases by the mentally ill.

    September 23, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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