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. matsci2

    Well, Palin ought to know about being ill-suited for the presidency.

    September 23, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. AtheistsareMorons

    Who is this Palin chick? Isn't she some failed model or something? She sounds pretty stupid to me.

    September 23, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Jeff6187

    That's like the Coyote saying the Road Runner isn't fit for desert life.

    September 23, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Lulu

    You must be out of your mind. Sarah Falin . Hillary is Brilliant . Go shoot something.

    September 23, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    When will the news agencies stop reporting the drivel spouted by Caribou Barnie?

    September 23, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. DC

    Palin and Clinton should be shipped out of our Solar System

    September 23, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. jearls

    Would Palin feel the same way about Reagan after 250 Marines were blown up in Lebanon. Why is she still around?????

    September 23, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. catfish

    so nacy said clinton would be the most qualified person in the white house in a long time. even more than obama so the democratic house leader admits .that obama was not as qualified as hillary.well thats sad .but still that about the way they roll

    September 23, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Dick Delson

    The BIMBO speaks. She is the reason McCain lost the election. The idiot who knew all about foreign policy because she could see Russia from her back yard. Never mind the small body of water called the Baring sea. Never mind that it took er 6 years to make it through 4 colleges. Never mind that she quit as governor of Alaska after 2 years. Never mind her. She is a dummy.

    September 23, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Darshan

    CNN please stop posting articles with this idiot's opinion... Stop giving her any sort of legitimacy...

    September 23, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Sivick

    Palin disapproves. Must be the right decision...

    September 23, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Lenny Pincus

    Palin has the mental acuity and emotional stability of a six month old baby with a loaded diaper.

    September 23, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. taxman bullhead city

    Why is she constantly given a public platform? US does not ask for her opinion nor do we need her opinion. Has she any higher education at all since we all know she doesn't read regularly? She seems to know and have an opinion about everything...seems to me the books and materials that have exposed her before should come out and be quoted in reply to her each and every time and ask her for her comment on those subjects right after she opens her mouth about whatever she thinks is newsworthy. At this point I hope Hilary gets mad and makes the decision to run just to spite Palin and her stupid mouth.

    September 23, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Mara Tam

    This is the humor portion of CNN. Failin' Palin just keeps digging herself deeper and deeper – as if we cared. What else will she come up with!? can't wait.

    September 23, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Michael in Houston

    Sarah Palin....we should never EVER forget 2008. The decision by McCain to put in line, this abhorent and blatantly unqualified candidate for VP and have her one step away from the most powerful position on the planet, is proof alone that McCain has lost all common sense and should have retired years ago, There is something twisted, sick, and repulsive about that decision as well as the candidate herself.
    As the years tick by and her value and the publics interest has plummeted like a rock, she is now caged by Fox and the few remaining supporters she has and thankfully will just grow old. Thats her fate...growing old and being laughed at.

    September 23, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. IrishPgh

    She who could not finish a term of governor has no business deciding who is ill-suited for anything!

    September 23, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. William

    I think that's the pot calling the kettle black.

    September 23, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Harisht Tekchandani

    Palin is an insult to us all
    Stop interviewing he
    Do no publish any news about her

    September 23, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. taxman bullhead city

    Sarah Palin isn't qualified to say anything about anything... let alone qualified for any political office herself.

    September 23, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    That stupid lamebrain should know all about being "ill suited." What a hoot!

    September 23, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    PALIN is to routy she jumps out like she;s about to rap or something.She needs to stop snowbawling Hillary and be a mother to her children..And stop tryn to be dirty if you want to run for an office do it decent and in a clean manner ,people will have more respect for you doing the right thing.Palin you"re acting like you are running for home coming queen or captain of a cheerleading squad.You dont have to throw daggers at Hillary if you feel you"re more woman than she is,just play the game.

    September 23, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Bobby Plazans

    Not only is Palin not suited for public office, I thinks she's also ill.

    September 23, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Joe

    I guess I would have to ask the question... Do we care what Sarah Palin thinks...???!!!
    She need to go back to AK, and hiberate. Or better yet, stand on her tippy toes so that she can see Russia.

    September 23, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Bobby Plazans

    Not only is Palin not suited for public office, I think she's also ill.

    September 23, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. ILikeIkeV2

    I usually get rather disappointed whenever Ms Palin opens her mouth. So there ...

    September 23, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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