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

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. Thomas

    Darth Vader , is he real ?

    July 27, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Obama, Darth Vader, what's the difference? One is bringing the USA, and the world, to the dark side just as much as the other would.

    July 27, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. just saying

    leave obama's father out of this!

    July 27, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. ED1

    Better than what we have now or if you get elected.

    July 27, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. anthony78

    But we've already had a Bush/Cheney Imperial Sith Lord administration, but most have forgotten where that got us...
    Obama-Wan had to come in and clean up their mess...
    but wait... another Bush lurks in the shadows!

    July 27, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Smitty

    Reset, Ben Ghazi, failed policies. Why don't you joke about that ??? Could it be because hilabeast is the joke?? Say hello to moinca and bubbas harem for us all. Russia is your fault along with Ben Ghazi .

    July 27, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Smitty

    @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.

    July 27, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. must've missed that

    Obama-Wan had to come in and clean up their mess...

    Exactly what has Obama cleaned up? Where? Who? What the heck planet do you live on?

    July 27, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Please no more Darth Vader impersonations from the Republican Party. Dick Cheney committed enough war crimes during the Bush years.

    July 27, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. tomdavie

    Darth Vader would not get the Alderan vote.

    July 27, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Wes

    obamaVader is a disaster.

    July 27, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. rick

    Yea. Hillary wouldnt like the competition! At least in the end. Darth Vader DID do something good to amend for all the evil before.!! And it should be a serious wake up call to show a non-existant movie person is more popular than her.!! Or is she worried that the persona of a movie actor had more respect than she ever will.???

    July 27, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Ted Cruz isn't as smart as Darth Vader .

    July 27, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. rick

    Cant compare.. One is MUCH WORSE than the other.!! At least one is a fictional person.! The others evil is evident and REAL.! At least in end Darth Vader DID DO A ACT to ammend for the evil done by him..! And was respected..!

    July 27, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    We ALREADY have a leader from the dark side of humanity, in the WH.

    July 27, 2014 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Gunderson

    The Truth,
    Hillary is seeing her refection !!!

    July 27, 2014 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. david saint

    yea thankfully, cheney never ran for President

    July 27, 2014 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. Patriot

    These kinds of polling are essentially meaningless.

    July 27, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. Shane Merrill

    We've already had Darth Cheney calling the shots and none of the idiot American people seemed to mind.

    July 27, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. HenryMiller

    "I think the deeper meaning is that people love fantasies," Clinton said.

    T think the deeper meaning is that people hate politicians.

    July 27, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. KungFuKool

    At this point, is there any doubt that republicans don't even have a basic understanding of out constitutional form of government?

    July 28, 2014 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  22. glennrobert

    Another Bush in the shadows. (?) Anthony 78, you are cruel!

    July 28, 2014 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  23. glennrobert

    The only person in politics that I consider to be EVIL is Cheney! George W. was not smart enough to qualify!

    July 28, 2014 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  24. YoonYoungJo

    And perhaps someone who wouldn't waste the entire countries GDP in building a death star. LoL. Then again maybe that's what Americans want. The US to build a death star to force peace around the globe once and for all lol.

    July 28, 2014 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  25. Marie MD

    The real Darth Vader, NOT the heartless puppeteer friend shooting war criminal vp from 2000.
    @anonymous, dark side? Do you mean because he's white/black or because he has stopped the US and our men and women from dying in lies of wars or in conflicts that we cannot continue to be involved in to save the world?
    @anthony78 – no more bushes in the WH. We've had enough with the father and brother (who I still can't believe was elected in 2000, wait, he was appointed by the SCOTUS, silly me).

    July 28, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
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