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. CTYank

    Why is anyone giving column-inches to this idiotic, mean-spirited ankle-biter? Maybe if we ignore her, she'll take her loot and leave.

    Same goes for the coverage of Rand Paul, CNN. Another empty vessel.

    September 23, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Greg

    Get used to it! We're going to elect her and nothing will stop it.

    September 23, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. RomneyWho

    Sara Palin, is obviously, oblivious to her own ignorance, which is mind boggling. 🙁

    September 23, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. Oregon Native

    Who cares what Palin has to say about anything? Didn't she quit her job as Governor of Alaska midway through the term? She is an airhead.

    September 23, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. Gerry Daley

    So says possibly the least qualified person in US history to run for higher public office.

    September 23, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  6. Diane

    She is an ignorant twit! The fact that anyone allows her to have a forum to spew her moronic views is laughable! Hillary would be an excellent president!

    September 23, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. mim

    hahaha she should talk

    September 23, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. labman57

    That's okay. By this point in her pathetic political career, the Whining Wannabe from Wasilla most certainly has become accustomed to being disappointed.

    September 23, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  9. Scottsdale Man

    Sarah Who???? She is not relevant...

    September 23, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. As if anyone listens to stupid Palin

    Why is this lady even speaking, as if anyone is listening to this idiot. Remember she can see Rusia from Alaska!

    September 23, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. Peter

    How tiring, hearing this Benghazi topic come up again. How many times does it have to be explained? Its nearly as bad as Obama's country of birth... Seems the Republicans dont have much new to say, so they just keep agitating and stirring up garbage from the past. Seems they have no solutions or no ideas... Just the party of no....

    September 23, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. Colo001

    It is hysterical how Palin still scares the crap out of the left.

    September 23, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  13. Jakinak

    Can't wait to see the response when Hilary's opponent for the Democratic nomination says these vey same things..

    September 23, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  14. Earl from Texas

    Poor broken-hearted Sarah. Everyone is still mocking and ridiculing her. She couldn't even get a job as a cheap "stand-up comic" at a trailer-trash Bar n Grill. But meanwhile: keep the laughs coming: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha !

    September 23, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  15. SuZieCoyote

    So, Palin doesn't think Hillary is suited for preseidency. So what?

    September 23, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  16. TJeff1776

    There is no way EVERY U.S. Embassy on earth can be rendered attack proof anymore than U. S. Commanders should have been held accountable for the Battle of the Bulge. Front lines don't exist anymore. The Republicans feel they have a political gimmick and Sarah is simply towing the line without a clue as to modern wartime tactics.
    Her degree rests solely in collectively " Pointing the Accusing Finger."

    September 23, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  17. eprobono

    "Sarah Palin has admitted she tried marijuana several years ago, but she did not like it. She said it distorted her perceptions, impaired her thinking and she's hoping that the effects will eventually wear off." – Jay Leno

    September 24, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. Kate65

    John McCain blew his chance to pick an intelligent Republican woman as his running mate, he picked this idiot.

    After Ms Palin became the mayor of her small Alaskan town, funding for rape tests was cancelled. If someone was raped, the victim had to pay for their own rape testing. That speaks volumes to me. Please, this woman is irrelevant, kick her to the curb for garbage pickup.

    September 24, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  19. nuclear mike

    Just remember what happened when we had a Father & Son as Presidents...we do not need a Husband & Wife as Presidents as the results would be even more devastating for the Country.
    ...and she would be 70+years old and she is already very ill from the many episodes she has already experienced of her failing health.
    ...not counting her many mistakes that resulted in death among the Diplomatic Corp abroad...
    So who wants to see Hillary & Bill fighting in the White HOuse again? Not me!!!

    September 24, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  20. Jeff

    If there is one thing Mrs. Plain knows, it's the qualities required not to be a presidential candidate.

    September 24, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  21. George

    She needs to shut her pie hole. Every time she opens her mouth, it just makes Americans look stupid to the rest of the world. What an embarrassment she is to our country.

    September 24, 2013 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  22. mgbirish

    Sarah, half term quitter who?

    September 24, 2013 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  23. Paul4548

    Beauty is skin deep. Ugly goes all the way to the bone. This creature proves that old saying.

    September 24, 2013 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  24. User-301

    Lets hope the Republicans bring up Benghazi because if they do that, then we know for sure Hillary will win. I think America is tired of that story. We can only take so much. Even if Hillary was responsible for getting the 4 killed, just think about how many Bush is responsible for. Who is Sarah Palin anyway.

    September 24, 2013 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  25. Who Knows...?

    Even Kelly Bundy is smarter than her!

    September 24, 2013 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
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