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.

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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. Tony

    raynewman0025, do you know that Republicans were for airstrike against Syria, but after Obama threatened to do just that, they have turned against the idea? What credibility do Republicans have on the use of force? As for the money issue, do you know that Republicans have control of the House– which writes the actual budget for the government, not the president– since winning the majority in 2010, and we still have trillion dollars deficits?

    September 23, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    @HillCimber: "Why is it that when we soundly trounce idiots that they don't just go away, why do they end up at Fox ..."

    That's easy: the GOP relies on uninformed, scared, incapable of critical thinking schmucks to continue going to the polls to vote against their own self-interest.

    Who better to represent these folks than the Quitta from Wasilla?

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    September 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Robert

    I'm no Hillary fan but personally, I would love to see a debate between Hillary and Palin. That would be funny and painful at the same time. Anyway Palins worst enemy is her own mouth.

    September 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Laverne

    This woman proves she is CRAZY every time she opens up her mouth! Umm, let me guess who isn't ill suited to be president, maybe Sarah Palin?? The woman who uses facebook more than my 15 year old, the woman who speaks like a 15 year old, the woman who barely was able to complete college after 5 years and still sounds like a ignoramus! I will take Hillary Clinton on drugs as president any day before I would even think about supporting this nut case. All I have to say is run Hillary run,please run!

    September 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Mark

    If Sarah Palin is against her, then I will DEFINITELY vote for Hillary, campaign for Hillary and donate to Hillary. Everytime Palin mentions Hillary's name, I will donate another $100 to Hillary for President!!!

    September 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Sudi N.

    "Of course I know everything there is to know about foreign affairs- I can see Russia from my house!"

    September 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Malory Archer


    Sarah: You are so smart! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE run for President! You are right, Benghazi is SO MUCH different than the 13 attacks on Consulates under George Bush:

    1. Jan. 22, 2002: Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami Attacks Indian U.S. Consulate
    2. June 14, 2002: Suicide Car-Bomb Outside U.S. Consulate in Karachi
    3. Oct. 12, 2002: String Of Bali Bombings Included U.S. Consulate
    4. Feb. 28, 2003: Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, Attacked For the Second Time in One Year
    5. May 12, 2003: 36 People Including 9 Americans Die After Terrorists Storm U.S. Compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    6. July 30, 2004: Islamist Attacks U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    7. Dec. 6, 2004: Five Staff and Four Security Guards Die in U.S. consulate attack in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    8. March 2, 2006: Third Attack on Karachi U.S. Consulate Killed U.S. Diplomat
    9. Sept. 12, 2006: Four Gunmen Stormed the U.S. compound in Damascus, Syria
    10. Jan. 12, 2007: Greek Terrorists Fired a Rocket-Propelled Grenade at the U.S. Embassy
    11. March 18, 2008: A Mortar is Fired at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
    12. July 9, 2008: Three Turkish Policemen were Killed When Gunman Fired on the U.S. Consulate Istanbul, Turkey
    13. Sept. 17, 2008: 16 People Including 2 Americans Die in an Orchestrated Attack on the U.S. Embassy Sana’a, Yemen


    Silly goose – don't you realize that everything that happened on the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's watch was Clinton's fault?! Because we all know, if it wasn't for that stained blue dress none of the above mentioned events would have transpired. ;D

    September 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. churchstate

    Stupid is what stupid does.... so how ya doing palin

    September 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Lance Pearson

    Sarah Palin's opinion is worth less than one pile of rocks. Cheap, Alaskan Trash. It is laughable, her comments. First of all the blame for Benghazi on Obama, et al but silence on Bush earlier is because it is a manufactured controversy. who manufactured it? Why, old Roger Ailes of Fox News to cover the incredibly stupid faux pas of Mitt Romney's 47% comments to divert attention. The controversy is 100% made up by Roger Aile's Faux News. Sarah, if you believe this, come on over to the house. I'll pay you for one lap dance. Bout all you are good for and we aren't sure about that. Talk about jokes unfit for power...I give you Sarah Wailing Palin.

    September 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. columbus

    Even though her political legitimacy is on par with the likes of Rush Limbaugh, as an American, Palin is entitled to broadcast her opinion just as with anyone else reading this post. For those who would deny her of her right as a citizen of this country, would you like to be denied the right to challenge her views? Didn't think so. We may have lost many of the liberties of our forefathers, don't let free speech become another casualty.

    September 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Dan

    HIllcimber – People cant resist watching a trainwreck.

    September 23, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. KawiMan

    Get lost, Palin!
    You are a loser!

    September 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Texas Anne

    Why does anyone give any attention to the brainless has-been Palin? This woman costs the Republicans the election when she was the VP candidate. God, can you seriously imagine her a heartbeat from the Presidency!! That is one scary thought! So why would anyone even give her the time of day now? She is nothing but a self centered self absorbed fruitcake.

    September 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. JesusSecondComing

    I suppose she thinks she can see Benghazi from Alaska. Every time Palin opens her mouth she inserts her foot.

    September 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. BC

    This is said by the same woman that quit midterm in her 2nd year as governor of Alaska and has performed the poorest among Vice Presidential candidates in U.S. history! have not creditability to claim someone is unfit to serve in any capacity.

    September 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Sick Rantorum

    Did the pot just call the porcelain china "black"?

    September 23, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Data Driven

    @sore liver,

    You compare Hillary Clinton to Hitler from the safe anonymity of a chat board. Now show us what a big girl you are by saying the same thing, face to face, to a survivor, or a survivor's descendant, of Hitler's death camps.

    September 23, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. John

    Someone is projecting...

    September 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Tony

    Sadly, I clicked this link knowing it would be totally bereft of valid reasoning and relevance. I hate Palin so much that I was compelled to see how she'd insert her foot into her mouth this time. Congrats, CNN, your link snare worked.

    September 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Sour Grapes

    Coming from one who sorely lost the bid for vice president herself and for all time as there are no more chances for her, it sure appears that failin' Palin is now exhibiting Sour Grapes. But to be expected, after all, consider the source.

    September 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Brian

    I was laughing so hard at that headline I couldn't read the article. PALIN calling Hilary unfit??? Too funny. I am sure Hilary doesn't see Russia out her back door. Sure Hilary has knowledge about foreign issues and positive Hilary would provide more grace, manners and intelligence than Palin can ever expect know.

    September 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Josh

    Why do we give this idiot a forum....since when have facts become opinion....since when do we print the opinions of fools as if they meant something...I am disappointed that with all the intelligent conservative voices to choose from Palin gets to talk without challenge ...once again.....

    September 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Mellow

    When I saw this headline, I thought "That is the best endorsement for Hilary to make a run for president."

    Honestly, who takes Palin seriously anymore?

    September 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Bud

    Shouldn't this be under "somebody's monkey got loose" with accompanying video?

    September 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Palin Power

    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin!

    September 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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