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
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  1. Sharyn B

    Reading this coming from one of the handful of Repubican/Tea Party obstructionists who REALLY are unqualified to ever hold political office just made me laugh my head off. Of all the people, Sarah Palin is perhaps the most uneducated, unintelligent, moronic woman to ever appear on a stage as a potential leader of this nation. I don't know if Hillary Clinton will run, or whether if she runs she will be the Democratic candidate for President of the United States but I can assure you that if she is, she almost certainly will win. That is a good thing in my book. There is no question she is highly qualified except you don't like her or her philosophy (bet you can't even discuss it intelligently), just like you hate President Obama. I wouldn't waste a chad voting for the likes of someone like Sarah Palin. Karl from AZ, go continue digging your hole, stocking it with supplies and guns and bury your head, living in fear of reason. People like you will not prevail in this country PERIOD. Your notion of what this nation is is essentially flawed at the core. Thankfully, I have more faith in people who can think straight and you and Sarah and others like you deserve each other. I heard there is going to be a flight to Mars in the future. Maybe you should book the flight and then people like Sarah can call Venus the moon.

    September 23, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Greg

    Once upon a time I might have voted for a Republican Presidential Candidate but the clowns getting nominated these days are a joke. They pander to the base and alienate those of us in the middle, making it easy for Obama in 08' and 12'... and now Clinton in 16'. To be honest Clinton would have been a better pick in 2008 since she’s more of an establishment figure and less divisive than Obama… Congress Republicans may have actually been able to compromise with her on a few things instead of the grid lock going on now. It really is a shame that the country got swept up with Obama… he overpromised and under delivered. That being said, the Republican party doesn’t get the next turn just because Obama was a disappointment. If they want a real shot at the White House in 2016 they’re going to have to find someone willing to shut down the lunatic fringe and get back to center where most of us reside.

    September 23, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. david95008

    Breaking News: Clinton a possible Democratic presidential contender in three years is declared ineligible by former half governor, failed VP candidate and Fux News pundit.

    September 23, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Biggest laugh

    This coming from Palin....mediocre intellect at best? LMAO!

    September 23, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Steven Samuels Comic

    Sarah Palin calling Hilary Clinton ill-suited, is like Ted Bundy calling Bill Clinton a womanizer.

    September 23, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. byronleger

    Can someone shut this stupid woman up??? She's so unqualified to make ANY kind of political statement!

    September 23, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. EJ

    Palin owes everything she is today to Mccain, she could not even remember any newspaper she ever read in her entire life even as a Governor until Mccain threw her into the limelight. Now she has the nerves to insult Mrs. Clinton who is known around the world as a heavy weight in American politics. Palin is seeing Russia from her backyard again !

    September 23, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. ML

    Sarah Palin never ceases to amaze me – she has no intelligence which she proved during her failed VP run with Senator McCain. She also shows her jealously at a time when she is a forgotten person in the Republican Party. I happen to think Hillary is very intelligent, savvy and would do this Nation proud as our next President. I for one will vote for her if she decides to run – no one really knows. But to listen to Sarah Palin make remarks that are senseless is a waste of the news channels time and certainly mine.

    September 23, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. J

    Do people really still listen to what Sarah Palin says? How is she even still relevant? If anything, the electorate should be ashamed for ever giving her a voice and allowing her to think that her opinion matters.

    September 23, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. ritmocojo

    This coming from someone who when running as VP running mate couldn't even explain what the VP's job is to a group of 2nd graders....Go figure.

    September 23, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. sean

    There will always be dumb, uneducated lemmings who will latch on to a morsel of what they think a candidate is all about. Facts, figures, common sense?. Why bother!. Obama is Muslim, Affordable health care has death panels! America is becoming communist ( they're not sure what the distinction is ) country! It's not 8 years of republican rule that has our country in the state it's in, it's odumba!...Unfortunately, in our world of video games and crapty schools, the ignorant will grow in number.

    September 23, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Tim

    Based on Sarah's opinions, I might consider voting for Hillary now.

    September 23, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. SamB19

    What a clown SP is! What a fool... How embarrassing.

    September 23, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. ObamaCares!

    As usual, Palin is saying incredibly stupid things..

    September 23, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. glennrobert

    Who was the politician who said " I don't care what they say about me in the press as long as they spell my name right". The Republicans are giving Hillory years of free publicity and she has to say nothing!

    September 23, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. RickP

    I suppose she's emminently qualify to discuss unfitness for public office

    September 23, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Ace

    Pot, meet kettle. well they are both terrible people and horrible lying politicans

    September 23, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Houstonian

    If I need a recipe for moose stew I'll consult Sarah Palin, other than that I really don't need to hear anything that woman has to say, despite the fact that she seems to have a lot to say.

    September 23, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. zachmarsh

    Frankly, I live my life hoping to disappoint Sarah Palin with every single decision that I make. As soon as she agrees with me on one single political issue, I know that I've strayed from my good moral path in life. Clinton messed up in Libya, no doubt, but every political figure with a long career has messed up at least once. Mrs. Clinton has proven her intelligence, good faith, ability to lead, and good standing in the world. I would be disappointed with the electorate if Palin were ever a serious contender for the ticket. I would fear for our country if she were ever elected.

    September 23, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Bill Davis

    The idiot from Wasilla is claiming someone isn't fit for the White House. Baaaaaaahahaha. Funny his the phony outrage from the GOP focuses on Benghazi. Yet, none of them will call Bush a liar for the deaths of 4500 Americans and 1M iraqi's over WMD's

    September 23, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. lawyerprof

    What? Sarah Palin is not qualified to judge anybody! Perhaps someone should tell Palin that Hilary was president of her college class at Wellesley, graduated from Yale Law School, practiced law, was first lady at both the state and federal level, then was a US Senator from NY, then a very successful Secretary of State, especially gifted in opening up opportunities for women and girls in some of the world's most closed societies. Plain quit as governess of Alaska. That about sums it up.

    September 23, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Hogan's Goat

    "Indeed Libs love to hate on Sarah...." Hate? You gotta be kidding me. Hate's unChristian, and you have to actually care about someone in order to hate them. Sarah Palin could never mean enough to me to be actually hated. She's a mild annoyance at worst, like a horsefly or skeeter, and I wouldn't cry if she were swatted down, but HATE? Talk to John McCain about hating Sarah Palin, not me. Talk to Mitt, or Chris Christie.

    September 23, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Tinkerbell from SF

    sarah palin and michelle bachman.......dumb and dumber.


    FIFY. You're welcome.

    September 23, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Truth2012

    Good Bye to the GOP and the Tea Party Taliban...

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

    Uh, attorney. US Senator praised by both parties. Sec of State during one of the most tumultuous times ever. That vs. a couple years bankrupting the major metropolis of Wasilla, AK – then two brief years as governor of the state that gets more federal money than any other.

    The only positive about Palin is that if she was elected President, I'd be one of many who would call her by a new acronym – PILF Figure it out. LOL.

    September 23, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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