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. w_roos

    Yeah, Palin would know more than anyone about being unfit for high political office.

    September 23, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Matt

    Sarah for your parties sake..........Shut up. You sound so dumb when your mouth opens.

    September 23, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Dmitry

    This is to easy to make fun of, Palin saying that Clinton is unfit for office.
    I don't know what really happened in Bengazi but I am glad that Congress drilled Clinton about it. I don't know if it was a mistake on Clinton's part or what is the whole story

    September 23, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Pandamonius

    MILITARY and MONEY are the two prime and critical issues the coming President(s) will have to deal with.
    Men are the stronger sex and are generally more comfortable with the use of physical force than women. That is not sexist. It is reality, it is history. It is for good reasons that virtually all the great military leaders in history have been men, why women rarely commit murder (but hire men to do so), why the 9/11 hijackers were all male, why all but one of the terrorists holding the mall in Kenya are male. Hillary Clinton is not male.

    Your misogyny is showing.

    First, virtually all the great military leaders in history have been men because only recently have women been afforded equal rights in military service. Since that time, there have been no conflicts great enough to have created a "great military leader".

    Second, women can commit murder just as well as a man can. Men happen to be more prone to violent outbursts. Wouldn't that be an argument FOR a women instead of against her?

    Third, Terrorists seldom use women because of their particular views on women. The fact that you don't realize how poorly the radicallized variant of the Islam religion treats and views women pretty much shows that you have no business posting.

    THIS is reality. Have a nice day!

    September 23, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Sarah Who?

    Why do we even have to listen/read about her anymore?

    September 23, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. RockInD

    Being considered unfit by Sarah Palin should be considered the first basic requirement for any Democratic candidate.

    September 23, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. SDL

    Who gives two shakes about what Sarah Palin says. The woman is ignorant. GOP you want to ensure a Hillary run, let this bimbo keep running her mouth.

    September 23, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Swedge70

    There does not exist an eye roll large enough for this article.

    September 23, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Dave H

    Pot, meet Kettle

    September 23, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Brandolini

    This is coming from the woman when all else failed said "I can see Russia from my house" when being interviewed about foreign policy by one of the most popular journalists on nation t.v. Sarah, please go back to Alaska and shoot moose and pretend like you know what is happening in the world up there where people actually might believe anything that comes out of your mouth has a shred of credibility.

    September 23, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Gunderson

    SARAH !,
    Shuuh! You are making all the peasants posting here nervious ! They are afraid you will get elected! Then they will all lose their Rubber Ducky and have to go out and look for job!

    September 23, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Cindy

    I read the article, didn't finish reading it and went straight to the comments. It looks to me as if most of the readers here have a good grasp on Palin and her " abilities". Sara is in the media for her pocket book only.

    September 23, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. FBueller

    Why does CNN consider this news worthy?

    September 23, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Susan

    I am sure Palin doesn't even know where Benghazi is. I think it is interesting when an illiterate that tried to run for VP calls someone else unfit to run.

    September 23, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. aCriticalEye

    The GOp/Tea Clowns are scared to death of Hillary. They have nothing to offer, except obstructionism and they know it.
    Fortunately fo the american people the 2014 midterm elections should wipe out most of the GOP and Tea clowns.

    September 23, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Ralph

    Palin is unfit to speak publicly.

    September 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. M

    She is correct regarding Benghazi. That one extreme failure by Clinton makes her unfit for office. She lied to all of us and Americans were killed.

    September 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Jorge

    What comes out of this woman's mouth is appalling!

    But really, I question the wisdom of the people at Fox and, in general, on the Republican side of the aisle, who keep offering a speaking forum to this woman. She might have represented some ideal when she was initially chosen as McCain's running mate, but it has long been obvious that that was one of American history's worst political blunders. When will Republicans and their allies recognize that while they do have some ideas that are worthy of running behind of, having mouthpieces like Palin erode any value, real or perceived, on anything they say.

    September 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Justice_America

    Look who is talking....

    September 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Angy

    sarah palin needs to shut her stupid mouth. she is not qualified to run for dog catcher. she is still dumb as a tree stump.

    September 23, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. tanthonyS

    I just cannot understand why the media considers Palin on source on ANYTHING!

    September 23, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. GrumpyMel

    I'd vote for Benito Mussolini's rotting corpse before I voted for Hillary.

    September 23, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |

    America listen up!

    If anyone is an authority on "unfit" to be commander on chief, then we have the world's foremost authority.

    Lets recall for a moment.... Troopergate...can see Russia from her house...ethics violations as Gov...not so well read (even newspapers.. (oops I forgot she reads them all)... etc. etc. etc.

    Her major accomplishment... has been unqualified VP candidate... best source material for comedians...a quitter (resigned as Gov of Alaska)... now a wealthy woman thanks to John McCain and her stellar performance in 2008...

    Who says ignorance doesn't pay?

    I's sorry Hillary... your in BIG trouble now... you have been Palinized!

    Get real Sara... go out and shoot some moose or go fishing... just leave we the people alone!

    September 23, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. coderjones

    palin and bachman are the banger sisters of washington

    September 23, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Chris

    Where exactly is Benhazi, Mrs. Palin?

    And no, you can't see it from your house.

    September 23, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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