Hillary Clinton wouldn’t flee to Canada if Sarah Palin was president
What did students in Saudi Arabia want to ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about? Republican Sarah Palin.
One young man asked Clinton: “Does the prospect of Sarah Palin one day becoming president, maybe, terrify you?” and whether the Secretary of State might consider moving to Canada — or even Russia — in response.
“Well, the short answer is no. I will not be emigrating,” Clinton replied with a smile. “I will be visiting as often as I can.”
Clinton, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, is no stranger to politics, but said she would not speculate on who Republicans might nominate in 2012 to run for president. Palin was John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 election.
“You know our political seasons never end. It is part of the American political environment that people are always speculating on who will run for president, and who will become president, and I’ve gone through that experience personally,” she said.
Wrapping up a three-day Gulf trip, Clinton spoke at a college in Jeddah where she faced questions about Palin and the U.S. healthcare system, but relatively little discussion of one of her signature issues — promoting women’s rights.
A young woman asked about the U.S. healthcare system. Clinton had unsuccessfully tried to implement healthcare reforms in the early 1990s when she was first lady. Now President Barack Obama’s efforts have stalled amid opposition by Republicans and some Democrats.
“I tried to do what President Obama is trying to do,” Clinton said. “And I often say I have the scars to show for it.”
Clinton ended her trip by catching a ride home with General David Petraeus after her plane had some mechanical problems. Most of her traveling party had to return on commercial flights.
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Photo Credit: Reuters/Susan Baaghil (Clinton during a visit to a college in Jeddah)