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. Forrestal

    Sarah Palin doesn't give a tinker's damn about those deaths in Benghazi. It's all just politcs with her.

    September 23, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. James

    A lady who quit her job as Alaska governor, and had nothing else to bring to her own vice presidential campaign than hockey mom stories.....if she mated with Glenn Beck their kids would have hooves

    September 23, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. lolo

    Please el dumbo, close your pie-hole. The only people listening to your nonsense are the other dumbos. You must have ran through those ill-gotten millions your sheep sent to you.

    September 23, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Mike

    Palin is not only one of the dumbest politicians in the world, she may be the dumbest person.

    September 23, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Wow...but Palin thinks SHE was fit for the WH? And she will be disappointed in the electorate? Guess we are all just too dumb for her...

    September 23, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Boo

    I wish this DINGBAT WOULD JUST GO AWAY. She's an embarrassment to this country.

    September 23, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Ryan

    Wow...but Palin thinks SHE was fit for the WH? And she will be disappointed in the electorate? Guess we are all just too dumb for her...

    September 23, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. cdaddy68

    I am more concerned about the significance of the charm that is hanging from her necklace. It is shaped like a key topped with a crown. Is this a symbol of Christian Dominionism? If so, people should educate themselves about the hidden agenda of Sarah Palin and other politicians/public figures who are Christian Dominionists.

    September 23, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. anothermuse

    Trying to think of two people's opinions I could care less about than Palin and Pelosi. Now if BOTH of them thought she was a bad choice, that's who I'd support.

    September 23, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    .Tom1940, President aobama didn't steal any election. You must be thinking of the shrub #43.
    I can see why you think the screecher is worthy of anything. Her followers are as clueless as she is or worse. She's making money off the dumb,

    September 23, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. 2Km N of GZero

    HA! Palin keeps parrotting "Benghazi...Benghazi...Benghazi." Because with "I hate Obamacare" that's all they got, folks, that's all they got.

    September 23, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    This statement coming from the Queen of.... clueless in Alaska! LOL

    September 23, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. CalKar

    So, you think the ability to "kill" someone makes you a good Commander of Chief. And, women pay men to kill for them (source??). How does this make any sense at all? Did you forget Margaret Thatcher? Did she have military experience before being Prime Minister? Condoleeza Rice? Countless women serving in our armed forces and not afraid to shoot; or the women police officers, CIA, FBI, etc, all willing to pull the trigger. But, I would argue that a slight hesitation of pulling that trigger is a good thing and may keep us out of wars like Iraq. A woman might check the facts from many, many angles before putting the nation's sons and daughters at risk. That is not a bad thing! Regarding the budget, very few presidents have financial experience. They surround themselves with great advisors. This is the same for the Presidency. And, although only married to a governor, Hillary was very involved and is a very, very smart lady. I opened this column and was pleased to see that 95% of the comments were negative with respective to Sarah Palin and her ability to make any comments on anything. Amazing that Benghazi is brought up but not the countless attacks on embassies (with many deaths) under George Bush, oh, and what about 9/11? GOP has a double standard...they can have attacks and deaths on their watch but it cannot happen with Dems.

    September 23, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Joemama

    I would love to have Palin for POTUS.

    September 23, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Kevin

    As Bugs Bunny would say.. "Whatta Maroon!"

    September 23, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. JWN in SC

    Palin......unfit. Period

    September 23, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. rconatser1

    ...Said the idiot not fit to be a parking lot attendant.

    September 23, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Roger Huguez

    I'll tell you what's disappointing Sarah, in fact downright disgusting...the fact the any news outlet let's you share an opinion. Talk about the wrong stuff, that"s
    the embarrassment.

    September 23, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. lolo

    The GOP are really shaking in their boots. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 23, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Brian

    The woman who quit her job as Governor of Alaska is commenting on who is fit to hold an office? Really?

    September 23, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. ljslats

    Who cares what SP thinks about ANYTHING?! Assuming she actually thinks before she speaks...

    September 23, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Shame on them."

    Shame on the media for willingly becoming the political mouth piece of America's underbelly. Palin is a good example of America's societal underbelly.

    September 23, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Bill

    An inependent pollster surveyed people in Louisiana recently and asked who they blamed for the incompetence surrounding the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina. One-fourth of those identifying themselves as Republicans blamed the problem on the Democrats and President Obama, even though the hurricane occurred during the administration of Republican George Bush. It is these kind of uninformed people who provide the base for lightweight politicos like Sarah Palin who feed on fears, hate and and ignorance. There is only one reason for the unprovoked attacks by the likes of Sarah Palin on Hillary Clinton. She and the other extremists are afraid, very afraid.

    September 23, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Karen

    LIke Palin's opinion would sway my vote one way or the other.....she's (Palin) a bimbo. I'm not a huge Hillary fan, but I'd take her over Palin any day of the week.

    September 23, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. darthatect

    The real problem is that CNN decided to make a story out of this, continuing to justify Palin's view of her own importance.
    PLEASE...ignore Palin. She is nothing but a Paris Hilton/Kim Kardashian celebrity, who's only remaining capability and task is to do a sex tape....without audio.

    September 23, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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