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. Ed

    Republicans, if you want to be taken seriously when I vote you have to get rid of Palin as she just can't be taken seriously.

    September 23, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Quiet Profi

    Ha HA ha HA ha HA OMG I think I peed a little,

    "Sara the Tea Party Traitor Palin" says anything and it is humor.

    Next Benedict Allen West will pipe in and Moo about Ben Ghazi.

    how embarrassing that much of the world thinks these fools are Americans.

    September 23, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY


    Palin is far more qualified than Obama or Clinton. But the Palin haters simply cannot let her go, can they? From confusing Tina Fey with Sarah Palin, to the BS about her "quitting" (she was forced out by dozens of fraudulent lawsuits that were all dismissed), to the fake Alaskans always telling us how unpopular she is (she was one of the highest rated governors in American history), to the outright mockery about her "lies" and how "dumb" she is... the American Left is obviously afraid of her. They simply will not let her go, and use every opportunity to harass her and make sure all of us know every little bit of their anti-Palin propaganda. Palin Derrangement Syndrome is alive and well – and that's EXACTLY why I want to vote for her; to shove it in these people's faces.

    OK brainiac. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let her run in 2016 and we'll see who comes out on top. If there was ever going to be an electoral landslide it would be HRC over Caribou Barbie Honey Boo Boo. If we're SOOOOO afraid of this nitwit, then why would 95% of the posters here hope to have the Quitta from Wasilla as the GOP candidate?

    September 23, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Donna W

    Sarah Palin making this comment in the funniest thing I have heard in my life, bar none.

    September 23, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Rlg

    Look who is, my, my! This woman is ridiculous. All she ever does is run her mouth!

    September 23, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Zach

    Do not feed the trolls..... and by trolls I mean Palins

    September 23, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Eric J. Beck

    Yes, and Palin no doubt voted for the man who allowed 3,000 Americans to die on their own soil.

    September 23, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Bob

    Well, nobody knows what it takes to be ill-suited for the presidency better than Sarah Palin.

    September 23, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. dave

    If this country is dumb enough to elect Barry twice is dumb enough to elect Killary

    September 23, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. ts

    I wonder if she would say the same about GWB who was in charge when 3,000 civilians to be murdered on his watch. I don't blame him for the attach on 9/11 anymore than I blame Clinton for the attack on Benghazi which killed 4.

    September 23, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. StevenR

    A RINGING ENDORSEMENT. Anyone PALIN thinks is unqualified must be the BEST person for the job. Come on Sarah, run again. We need more comic relief.

    September 23, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. tex

    why does this strange women get any space in the news. give her a piece of moose fat to chew on and maybe she'll go away.

    September 23, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Annia

    I'm actually laughing at this ridiculous woman, but I actually think Nancy Pelosi is more ridiculous than Sarah Palin to say the least. Funny how she was quick to back Barack Obama & pretty much dissed Hillary Clinton. Now that Hillary's star is on the rise, Nancy Pelosi is shamelessly brown-nosing her. Tsk...tsk...tsk...

    September 23, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. JR

    Just when you don't think she can get any worse...she does.....and what does this say about McCain's credibility that he actually thought she was suitable to be one heart beat away from the Presidency.....

    September 23, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Brett

    like much of our country, at least economically, will be around come 2016. WHAT POSSIBLE DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??!!!!! LOL. only dems could elect a short circuit like clinton.

    September 23, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Spidey-Man

    Not a huge Hillary fan anymore. But... Talk about the Pot calling the Kettle Black. Why does this self rightious and self important dingbat think we care what she thinks anyway? Jealous much Pal? Time to cut the cord.

    September 23, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Mark

    And NO Republican should ever be considered for the presidency because of over 4000 dead Americans in Iraq, a war started with lies and deception. They have ruined this country!

    September 23, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Chris

    Please folks, you all have to agree that she is uniquely qualified to be able to say who does and who is and who is not ill-prepared for the white house. After all, she only has to compare people to herself to identify those who are unfit for the job. Of course, in her view, no one else is qualified better than her.....oh....wait, i guess everyone is not qualified besides her.

    September 23, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Tom

    Sarah Palin is Hot!!!

    September 23, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. chelle52370

    And if anybody knows about being unfit for the White House, it's Sarah Palin.

    September 23, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. skarphace

    The irony in Palin's comment is almost overwhelming.

    September 23, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Jake

    WHY is the Alaskan Air Head still in the news?

    September 23, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Hogan's Goat

    "As Bugs Bunny would say.. "Whatta Maroon!"" Whatta ULTRA-Maroon! Nyuk nyuk nyuk.

    " (she was forced out by dozens of fraudulent lawsuits that were all dismissed)" Right, and without the brain-dead ethics law she herself pushed against advice from both sides, she'd have just waited for the dismissals. She shot her foot over, and over, and over. Please, tell me more about how afraid we are of this incredibly weak candidate, who dropped out of college over and over and thinks Paul Revere rode out to warn the British that the Americans were coming. Please say you'll run her for president, pretty please? With santorum as her VP?

    September 23, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Bill Ball

    When will this irrelevant hag go away?

    September 23, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    Palin is so dumb she couldn't open the door to the White House,She has already proved that

    September 23, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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