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. Larry White

    Damn! That idiot should know everything there is to know about being "ill suited." If the Republican or Tea Party could be embarrassed, someone would shut her up. Obviously, that isn't the case. She is a perfect spokeswoman for FOX News (Faux Spews).

    September 23, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Hogan's Goat

    "a person who QUIT on her state because she wanted to pursue a FOX News career" Actually, she helped pass a law in Alaska which allowed anyone to sue the governor on an ethics case and obliged the governor to pay for the entire trial with personal funds. She was immediately sued six times and forced from office by her own law. Well done! Good thinking! What a smart lady she is.

    September 23, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Dude

    the pot calling the kettle black

    September 23, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Ryan

    Sarah Palin, everybody already sympathizes for your idiocy. Nobody cares about your worthless and insulting comments. Go back to Alaska, grab a coloring book and a pair of nice binoculars so you can relax and watch Russia from your porch. Quit while you're ahead.

    September 23, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Jeff Jones

    Just when you think this moron can embarrass herself any further, she proves you wrong. Perhaps the most ill equipped woman to run for high office, Palin single handedly cost McCain the presidency. I assure you that Ms. Clinton can name the publications that she reads, but then again, she can actually read. Palin is an embarrassment to herself, her state and her party

    September 23, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. TexaSam

    I like her key necklace in the picture. Notice how the top is a crown? How appropriate.

    Well, that's about all I have to say about this little person with the big mouth.

    September 23, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Evangenital

    What could I say that it hasn't been said before. What a good case for abortion!

    September 23, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Pam

    She is an embarrassment but unfortunately she won't go away quietly.

    September 23, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Jim

    And this comes from the person that put 19 members of congress on the internet with bull eyes on them, then when the bullets flew and 6 were dead and 13 wounded, she and John McCain said it was there 1st ammend. right. John Issackson's only comment when ask about having her come in and campaign was gee I don't know about that but she sure electfrafies a campaign – guess what Johnny – so did Adolph and Eva.

    September 23, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. catfish

    kd all those chemical weapons bush said were in iraq were moved into syria .yes our good friends were taking our u.s.a.dollars and stabbing us in the back at the same . yes they worked with sadam

    September 23, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Ben Ghazi

    Pailin: ill suited to lead a girl scout troop.

    September 23, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. John Mann

    "Palin: Hillary Clinton ill-suited for president"

    So Palin is a comedian now. Palin knows nothing about anything and shehas the nerve to criticize someone like Hillary's qualifications? Like I said, she must be a comedian now.

    September 23, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. JDinHouston

    Well, there we have it, Sarah "Quitter in Chief" Palin just made the first political endorsement of the 2016 campaign season.

    September 23, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Jonus Grumby

    Not that I'm a Hillary fan, but Palin ought to know. After all, she's unfit as well.

    September 23, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. SSampson

    Is she still around?? – I thought she got sucked up in the Beck vortex forever....

    Maybe that was just wishful....

    Palin gives a bad name to 'soccer moms' everywhere – please remember ladies – when Men insult female politicians, it isn't because they are female, but because they are like Palin or Bachmann – of course perhaps men should offer more praise to the good ones as balance....

    Palin and Cruz notes – BOTH of these people benefited from Canadian healthcare and yet they are against similar systems – Cruz was BORN in a Canadian Hospital (and I don't think he repaid for those services) – and Palin defrauded our northern neighbors with intent when she crossed the border to obtain said services.

    But – again – I ramble

    September 23, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Cindy I get it; I can really be thick sometimes! I'd been wondering all this time why the republicans were making such an issue about Benghazi and why they weren't letting the matter drop even after all the hearings answered their questions. It's part of their preemptive strike against Hillary! I don't know how these people live with themselves knowing they are playing such foolish games when our country has been in such dire straits for all these years. Silly me figured they would be stopping their nonsense and take the work of the people seriously as a result of our economy going down the tubes. The founding fathers must be turning in their graves at the mockery they have made out of our government. Shame on them.

    September 23, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Carly

    She IS envious and so are all the repugs who would love to be relevant but are not. Envious whiners the whole bunch of them. I will never forget McCain's stupidity selecting her as his running mate. He has to apologize to all of us for that and make it clear he was WRONG. I would never have voted for him but it is irritating he will not say she was a huge mistake. Come on McCain, fess up and admit you were WRONG.

    September 23, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. wgf

    It's just so easy to be a contrarian, which is why Sarah, and the rest of the GOP, do it. But it would be nice if every once in a while they offered up a truly worthwhile idea.

    Saying "everything the Democrats do is awful, unpatriotic, socialist or criminal" is not only tiresome and a waste of time, but it says way more about the person saying it than it does about the person(s) it is directed towards. For once in your life, Sarah - and your GOP brethren - propose something useful.

    September 23, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Trey

    Well, if ANYONE would know what it means to be unqualified for the White House, it's Palin!

    September 23, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Big Daddy

    This skank let di=own the people of Alaska, now she wants to tell everybody else what to do-- File and Run ,you want to run the show , get elected. If all you had to do was go on tv or run your mouth, Rush, Karl and Hannity would be president, oh wait a minute they are'nt

    September 23, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Joemama

    I don't think that Hillary would be a suitable POTUS.

    September 23, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. megbe

    Pot, meet kettle.

    September 23, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. blakenaustin

    Palin is absolutely correct. It boggles the mind that the far left media so blindly promotes this compulsive liar and someone lacking a moral compass. What has she accomplished as a senator or as secretary of state? Hillary would make an awful president. Perhaps as bad as Obama.

    September 23, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Ron

    Interesting that NOW, when its the Democrats turn to run things, the Republicans have decided the Benghazi affair is worth endless debate. This unfortunate incident took place in a nation still reeling from its own war. A very dangerous place for any diplomat to be in.

    BUT, it was far from the only attack on American consular offices.
    In fact, compare this 'incident' to U.S. Embassy and Consulate Attacks under
    REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT George W. Bush as follows:

    January 22, 2002: US consulate at Kolkata, FIVE Killed
    June 14, 2002: US Consulate at Karachi, TWELVE Killed
    February 28, 2003: US Embassy at Islamabad, TWO Killed
    June 30, 2004: US Embassy at Tashkent, TWO Killed
    December 6, 2004: US Compound at Saudi Arabia, NINE Killed
    March 2, 2006: US Consulate in Karachi, TWO Killed
    September 12, 2006: US Embassy at Syria, FOUR Killed
    March 18, 2008 US Embassy at Yemen, TWO Killed
    July 9, 2008: US Consulate at Istanbul, SIX Killed
    September 17, 2008 US Embassy at Yemen, SIXTEEN Killed


    Yes, that's right, ZERO!

    September 23, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. cdaddy68

    I am more interested in the significance of the key shaped charm topped by a crown that is hanging from the necklace she is wearing. Is this a symbol of Christian Dominionism? If so, people should be aware of the motives of any politician or public figure who proclaims to be a Christian Dominionist.

    September 23, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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