Sarah Palin: Hillary Clinton ill-suited for president
September 23rd, 2013
09:21 AM ET
9 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.

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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. Kaitlin

    If Palin becomes president, I will move far far away. I'm almost to that point now with the way this country is going. Hillary would be a better president, however if Palin is going to start looking for mess ups she needs to look at her own family.

    September 23, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Folks, you just have to read (takes forever to get through all these oh so nice, NOT, comments about this screeching witch) @Daves comment about how Hillary made a deal with our President that after his 8 year term he is going to run as her VP.
    This is the perfect example as to how incredibly bat $ hit crazy the right and tea tards are. Where do they come up with these insane ideas. Are fat radio boy and insanity that powerful? Not that I believe they are but these fools would believe anything from them. Then again, isn't haselbeck part do he faux news morning show? Another crazy bi m bo'

    September 23, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Charley T

    I find this very interesting that these comments, almost 100% in agreement that Palin has no qualifications, for anything, and yet continues to get press, but it is surprising that all these comment come from a story on CNN, which is almost as "conservative" as FOX. I think that what Palin is doing is trying to squeeze out every possible last drop of her potential to make dough off of morons, while the opportunity lasts. "Ah, but ain't that America......" Amazing, isn't it?

    September 23, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Jamie Salisbury

    And she would make a better President? Palin needs to shut her pie-hole and go back to whatever it is she does in Alaska – out of the public eye.
    PS: Thanks for endorsing Hillary, Sarah!

    September 23, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    amen to all of the above comments plus anything else someone wants to write about her. she is a hopeless twit and i am still scratching my head as to why john mccain chose her as his veep candidate. she definitely did not do anything good for him. she only hurt any chance he might have had.

    September 23, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Larry L

    She's jeolous because Ms. Clinton knows something about geography, world affairs, our government, finishing a job, newspapers, math, just about any subject...

    September 23, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Hogan's Goat

    " The facts have become incontrovertible" and again, so what? Was it a planned attack, or a spontaneous one? Either way, they shouldn't have been able to get past our guards. The ambassador asked for more, and a committee chaired by Paul Ryan turned him down for two more guards, which might not have helped anyway. 'Why were we not better armed' is the question, and the answer seems to be "trying to starve the beast."

    September 23, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Vegas Ty

    If Sarah Palin had a any portion of a brain, she would go into a room, close the door and be very quiet for 60 years at least.

    September 23, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. T.J. MacKenzie

    If anyone would know about being "ill suited" for something...

    September 23, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. patNY

    Is it Palin's goal in life to always try and one up her own prior idiotic statements with even more idiotic ones? I mean does she just sit around all day trying to figure out the most stupid stuff she can possible say? Geesh! McCain, you really should have let this crazy cow along in Alaska.

    September 23, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    AMEN Sarah!

    September 23, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Linda Baker

    Mud slinging and crying Benghazi is counterproductive....I am truly saddened by whats going on in the United States.The Liberals want to "help" everyone without realizing the consequences in cost and laziness . The conservatives are so narrow minded as to see only one way.....their way no matter who it hurts. Point made in Congress this week with the threat of shutting down the Government. If we all did the same and "decided" not to pay our taxes maybe both parties would finally listen to the solid middle class....we are the majority in the country and also we are carrying so much on our backs now, they are breaking them...I am ready for a "NEW" political party. One that actually represents ME.

    September 23, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Sean

    This bimbo is the equivalent of a mentally ill homeless person ranting about nonsense in the streets. Stop covering her, CNN.

    September 23, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. chiz3914

    Sarah calling anyone unfit for any job is hystreical

    September 23, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Can someone please, make this piece of white trash go away. We did not care what you had to say 6 years ago and we still feel the same way.

    September 23, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Gramma91

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to deduce that Hillary is intelligent, knowledgeable, empathetic, etc., etc.; whereas, Palin's attributes are more difficult to discern. I guess we can "blame" McCann (what was he thinking) for giving Palin a national spotlight when all she should have received was her 15 minutes of fame. Frankly, the news media doesn't have to keep reporting her un-newsworthy yammering. Aren't there more important things with which to fill our minds and hearts. Enough already. In addition, the last two Republican presidential candidates, in my opinion, picked poor running mates, making me wonder if they really wanted to win.

    September 23, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Dean


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

    Maybe there is someting to having a poll tax.

    September 23, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Hogan's Goat

    "If Palin becomes president" How? She could run as a regular Republican, and get less than one-third of the vote. She could run as a Libertarian and get one-tenth of the vote. Or she could run as the Tea Party candidate and get less than a third of the vote. Face it, Conservatism is dead, killed and robbed with a chuckle by Dick Cheney. You guys run along now and let us get back to fixing your disasters.

    September 23, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Dean


    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to deduce that Hillary is intelligent, knowledgeable, empathetic, etc., etc

    What difference does it make?

    September 23, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Delilah2

    at least Hillary would finish out the term and not quit half way through. she has more experience in government than Palin. Palin just knows how to run her mouth (which sounds like finger nails on a blackboard to me - EEK). oh yea, Chelsea is married and did not have a child out of wedlock.

    September 23, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Hogan's Goat

    " she is a hopeless twit and i am still scratching my head as to why john mccain chose her as his veep candidate" There was an extremely convincing rumor at the time that McCain mispronounced 'Pawlenty' as "Pallin' in front of reporters and just covered well by saying "Pawlen, pollen, whatever, the governor," without realizing he'd just dumped Pawlenty and hired the gov of Alaska. Whatever; it was solid proof that McCain wasn't fit to lead. Pawlenty made a speech to announce that McCain had NOT chosen him, and seemed shocked.

    September 23, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Gramma91

    Well, Dean, I was trying not to be unkind by saying when you compare Hillary and Palin, Hillary has a lot to offer as a political candidate whereas Palin is sorely lacking. As I read some of the other comments, perhaps I was too kind. Frankly, I agree with some of the posters here who indicate Palin is an idiot and not only unqualified to be a presidential candidate but unqualified to make rational judgments as to the qualifications of Clinton who is intelligent, knows a lot about politics, diplomacy, and how the government works, and finally, has compassion for others, not just some elitists who, by their comments, appear never to have walked in the shoes of the common man and, in spite of the religious zealots do-good ramblings, who don't seem to give a darn about people who often times face bad times, poor health, etc., through no fault of their own.

    September 23, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. TheThinker

    Wow, a whole lot of internet hate on this story. One word of caution for all you keyboard warriors: staying on the message is thoughtful, attacking the messenger is disingenuous and the result of a poor upbringing.
    It is awful, ugly elitism which causes one to dismiss everyone in Alaska, presumably dismissing everyone who doesn't live in a big city, as not deserving a political opinion. I can't fathom how someone could state that Americans have a fundamental right to free speech, and then rudely protest when someone actually does speak.
    The message was "Hillary is unfit for office". My take: Governor Palin, please give us the instances which you think exhibit bad decisions. I've seasoned enough to recognize that real-time decision making isn't perfect, and on the other hand that the Clinton's are legendary deceivers.
    Is Hillary unfit for office? No. (Look who HAS been doing the job.) 😉

    September 23, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Ozstickman

    Hillary is a sad piece of work whose record in public office is dismal. Her tenure as Sec of State is marked as an era when US foreign policy and influence has declined to where it is laughed at by it's enemies and despised by it's friends. Never hear it in the media here, but spend time around the globe and Clinton's dismal failure is apparent. To cut her some slack the guy in charge made her task very difficult, apologizing, dithering, afraid to make a decision that might affect his popularity, or using foreign issues to take attention off his dismal failures at home. Compare Hillary's record to Palin's .... Palin boasts 20 years of outstanding public service and leadership. Her accomplishments as Mayor, as oil and gas bureaucrat, and Governor left a legacy of taking on corruption and winning (oil and gas) reducing public debt (governor) and city assets (sports center) in Wasilla to be enjoyed for generations. Palin created her career with powerful political instincts, daring and lots of hard work. Hillary clung to the coattails of a womanizing corrupt politician without principle. She has never played an executive/administrative role, and messed up the jobs she has held. Palin is correct that given her Benghazi performance she should never be Commander in Chief.

    September 23, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Gilbert Rocha

    Is that Ding Bat Sarah Palin still trying to be relevant ? My, even Archie Bunker would have turned Democrat !!!!

    September 23, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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