Clinton jokes: Darth Vader would not be my choice for president
July 27th, 2014
04:44 PM ET
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Clinton jokes: Darth Vader would not be my choice for president

Washington (CNN) - Attention potential presidential candidates: Beware of the dark side.

A recent tongue-in-cheek analysis shows Americans prefer Darth Vader more than any potential 2016 presidential candidate. Never mind that Darth Vader has done some pretty evil things across the “Star Wars” films, including blowing up planets and torturing his own son, Luke Skywalker.

What does former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton think?

Clinton chuckled when asked during a taped interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that aired Sunday on "CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS."

"Darth would not be my choice," she joked.

Instead, Clinton would prefer someone with a not-so-dark disposition. "Somebody of perhaps a slightly more positive attitude in his presentation," she said.

A poll from earlier this week, from, showed results of who was most – and least – popular among "Star Wars" characters.  A Washington Post blog then took those numbers and compared them to favorability numbers of potential 2016 presidential candidates.

In the Post's analysis, Clinton was the front-runner of any politician on this planet, though she still trailed Vader. Republicans Mike Huckabee and Sen. Rand Paul trailed her.

Amid her laughter, Clinton offered a somewhat serious answer.

"I think the deeper meaning is that people love fantasies," she said, highlighting Americans' frustration "with the gridlock in Washington."

Clinton remains undecided about a possible 2016 presidential run.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Darth vaders are BushW, Cheney. They are supposed to be in Gittmo.

    July 28, 2014 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  2. mr. obvious

    You rwnj crack me up, you blame the instability in Iraq on Obama, really, just ignore the fact that bush signed an agreement to be out, Obama had to follow, or our troops would be bait, blame him for the border crisis, again, the problem, or our inability to appease it,, again a law signed by none other than bush, but, let's ignore that, and convince ourselves how clever we are by blaming Obama, the intelligence of your voting base can't figure out the difference. Nothing like dredging the bottom of the barrel for people naive, or dumb enough to buy it.

    July 28, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    In other news, the Hamas/Israeli "12 hour truce" was apparently broken. I use the term "truce" just as loosely as the parties involved. Hamas stopped firing rockets, and Israel stopped return fire. However, the ground conflict continued on unabated. Israel continued its' search and destroy operation on tunnels, and people resisted those efforts. So, was it ever an actual truce?

    July 28, 2014 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. belle

    Darth Vader = Dick Cheney, no?

    That has been his national nick name for over 10 years now.

    July 28, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. MaryM

    Does Hillary know that Cheney is considered Darth Cheney now? So yea, No Darths for President

    July 28, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. Lizzie

    Obama-Wan had to come in and clean up their mess.
    -or made a bigger mess

    July 28, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Ol' Yeller


    "Darth Vader , is he real ?"

    Yes... and we just barely dodged having him as President when bush got drunk and choked on that pretzel.
    Still gives me shivers just thinking about it today.

    July 28, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Rudy NYC


    @tony 78 the only thing Obammy has cleaned up on is your childs future, 1st blame busch, than rush, than fox than the repubs, its clear obammy doesn't know how to lead.
    Everything is purring along just fine until the raucous caucus came to D.C. No one can lead that band. Not Boehner, not Cantor, not anyone. They can't even lead themselves.

    July 28, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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