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. EddyL

    Stop reporting everything this nitwit says.... ENOUGH!

    September 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Greg Clapton

    Palin: Unfit to open her mouth!

    September 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Roscoe Chait

    If Palin says she's unfit, then that must mean that Clinton is the IDEAL candidate for President of the USA.

    September 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Puddin

    I have only five words for Palin: "PUT A SOCK IN IT."

    September 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Mike Mazzla

    LOL Palin commenting on anything like this is hilarious.

    September 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |

    I AGREE.

    September 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Don Jones

    If Palin doesn't like Hillary, I will double my donation to the Hillary for President campaign.

    September 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. LastOne Standing

    Sarah Palin represents the best the Republican Party has to offer .... an over-the-hill, out of work, uneducated ex-stripper with a big mouth. Like the party she represents, her mantra is "open your mouth first, think second".

    September 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. John David Crawford

    Palin claims Hillary is unfit…? Clearly the pot calling the kettle black.

    September 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. A traveler

    Sarah - no rational, thinking adult wants to hear another word from you.

    September 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. blakenaustin

    You may not like Palin, but she is absolutely right. Hillary is unfit for any kind of public service. The woman is a compulsive liar and lacks a moral compass. She has no meaningful accomplishments as a senator or as secretary state. It boggles the mind that she is the far left media's darling for president in 2016.

    September 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Reality Check

    Palin says she would be disappointed in the American people for exercising their right to choose? What, she doe not think Americans are intelligent enough to pick their own leader?I know, I know, it was the evil MSM taking her out of context.

    September 23, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. The Tom

    Palin quit being governor so she would not get indicted, please stop talking and go away. Try reading one of those, you know news papers you "read" everyday. Once you can complete any crossword puzzle, then learn grammar, then learn some ethics, then you can go shopping, but never never talk in public. You embarrass America.

    September 23, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Hogan's Goat

    How about we dump her in a hole somewhere and have Tina Fey just take her place? It could make the world a better place. Seriously, Hillary has real-world accomplishments. Palin once ran for president and was forced from her job as governor by ethics charges(stop saying she quit, she was fired). She's no brighter than a teletubby.

    September 23, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. ritmocojo

    OK, Snow Snooki, Hillary isn't fit for the White House but you are. Uh-huh! Yeah right! Tomorrow, ok? We thought the same thing about the GOtP electorate when you were chosen to run for VP with an old man halfway to senility. Yeah right Snooki Palin!

    September 23, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Smarter than ewe

    She cracks me up. Are they sure it wasn't Tina Fey spewing this?

    September 23, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. rs

    So does this mean any Republican is unsuitable because of the 60 State Department employees that dies in 12 embassy attacks under Bush. What a flaming idiot. Doesn't she know most of her GOP created talking points have long been rejected as fiction? Oh, yeah, the GOP "isn't meant to be factual" (to quote Gov. Romney's staff) anymore.

    September 23, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. auditna

    No one cares what Sarah thinks.

    September 23, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. ruizdjo

    Palin, go shoot a deer or something!

    September 23, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Malory Archer

    sore liver

    You people are all simpletons, just like Sarah Palin, if you believe "Hitlery"....


    I stopped reading your post at that point. When you resort to n a z i references you've proven yourself clueless and lacking anything even remotely resembling credibility.

    September 23, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Smarter than ewe

    Hmmm why am I always unable to post anything political?

    September 23, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Whitefish

    How is Palin still news? Frankly, I was disappointed someone as naive and ignorant as Palin could be elected governor anywhere.

    September 23, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Pandamonius

    Sorry, but America just isn't ready for a chubby old cross-eyed lesbian to be president. Hillary has more skeletons in her closet than Arlington National Cemetery.
    You're right about that. Last I checked, Arlington didn't have closets.

    September 23, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Another good reason to vote for Hillary if she runs.

    September 23, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Joan Wheeler

    I wonder how much Palin got paid to say that. Slime in, slime out!

    September 23, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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