Sarah Palin: Hillary Clinton ill-suited for president
September 23rd, 2013
09:21 AM ET
10 years ago

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.

[twitter-follow screen_name='politicalticker'] [twitter-follow screen_name='KilloughCNN']

"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. jimatmad

    Ms Palin is getting cranky. She needs to find herself another NBA player to take the edge off.

    September 23, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. acspore

    Amazing, according to her "logic" and "command" of the FACTS, no Americans died under terrorist hands under any President, or Secretary of State, Palin, you're brilliant! She does not know of the 200 marines who were bombed into oblivion under Ronald Reagan, and of course, she never heard of 9/11 when almost 3,000 Americans died under George W. Bush's watch. History, according to Palin, no doubt, hey Ms. IDIOT, I hope you're not teaching your grandkids your rubbish.

    September 23, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. KR

    OMG, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !! Palin is a fine gift to the Democratic Party; in fact she is the gift that keeps on giving!!! Thanks Sarah!

    September 23, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Rob-Texas

    Just shows how delusional Nancy Pelosi really is...

    September 23, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Mark in Seattle

    Looks like Sarah came out from under the bottom of the barrel again.

    September 23, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    You'd think by now she'd know she is an embarrassment, but she's too stupid to understand. A quitter governor who had a 16 y.o. daughter with a child is not anyone to give advice about ANYTHING. Hillary Clinton has more intelligence in her little toe than this ridiculous person could ever wish to have.

    September 23, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Joe S

    Why is this idiot still getting media attention? Hasn't she proven beyond a doubt how stupid and egotistical she is?

    September 23, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I think I know what this is really about. Palin's jealous. Since Palin cannot be the first female POTUS or VeeP, then Hillary cannot have it, either. That's all it is. Simple juevenile jealously.

    September 23, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. dslocum

    As an Alaskan, I can attest to the fact that S Palin has not one qualification to make any comments about other politicians. She's an intellectual wasteland who lacks work ethic and is a quitter. She wreaked havoc on our state in only two years time, even though her staff was doing most of the heavy lifting of running the state.

    Benghazi happened for one reason: Congressional Republicans refused to fund more security for our foreign service workers in Consulates and Embassies. Hillary Clinton's hands were tied. She couldn't pull money for security out of the air.

    Sarah Palin, please just SHUT IT. As usual, you don't know what you are talking about. You just like to see your name in print.

    September 23, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. alpeaston

    Why is this "embarrassment" still flapping her lips about anything? The only person who was truly NEVER qualified for any government position was Sarah Palin! Go away already you annoying POS! Hillary will be our next president and she will make a great president. Sarah, your jealousy is showing....

    September 23, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. derp

    This, coming from the moron who could not even handle being the governor of Alaska.

    September 23, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Hey, Shilary was there when the big decisions were made! But than again so were Secret Service agents

    September 23, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. dZ

    Sarah has a sugar buzz going from those Big Gulps she's been pounding

    September 23, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. MGalleher

    Sarah Palin is a walking, talking experimental proof of the Dunning_Kruger Effect which says that the more incompetent you are, the less likely you are to realize you ARE incompetent. Sarah Palin commenting on anyone else's fitness for high office proves this. Go watch Game Change again and realize the primary source for that movie was John McCain's own campaign manager.

    September 23, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Good grief...are there really people out there that think Palin has the innate qualifications to claim true wisdom on anything, really? Are there people out there that still care what she says about anything? Wow!

    September 23, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Deirdre

    Oh yeah, please give us the benefit of your "wise" counsel. I will never forgive John McCain for allowing you to weasel your way into the spotlight. You couldn't even finish your own gubernatorial term. The one thing you do have...a lot of nerve trying to tell anyone else about everything. You are the definition of a know nothing. Please, stop talking.

    September 23, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Me

    I can't believe Fox News pays that nut Palin hundreds of dollars to talk mambo jumbo to the Americans people. What a clown she is.

    September 23, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |

    What a surprise. Snooki Palin still featured on FoxLies Lite making a fool of herself AGAIN.

    September 23, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. crdc

    And I supposed that Sara Palin IS Fit to be president??? I know NO ONE believes that!

    September 23, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    Andy in paint a heckuva picture!! Spawning salmon rotting on riverbanks that have more intelligence than Alaska's candidate!!

    I absolutely LOVE IT!!

    September 23, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Keep her in the news!

    Palin is a blessing to the Democratic Party, and all you Palin haters need to realize that. This is quite simply the best thing going for the Democrats, having HER ramble and rave for the Right. Everyone knows she's not qualified in any way to speak for the republican party, and yet there she is. Her failure as a governor, failure as a vice-presidential nominee, and failure at reality tv shows the failure of the republican party keeping her as a stooge.
    She's a puppet, and a bad one at that. I hope she's here for the long run.

    September 23, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. PaulCat

    Palin who ????????????????/

    September 23, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. NC

    Palin says it's all about me me me . No one is paying me any attention and I need attention like a 2 year old.

    September 23, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. norma jean

    KEITH...Some of us took the use of "IT" in an entirely different way...and at the time Mrs. Clinton was being verbally hastled by a nasty big mouth!! . .He's still a big mouth and now he's getting into every ones way and doing irreparable damage to the Repub party in the next election....They haven't got a chance with friends like this!!

    September 23, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Brent

    The best endorsement anyone will ever need! GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 23, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41