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Bill Clinton on The Palin Factor

Updated: Apr 15

Bill Clinton weighs in on the appeal of GOP VP pick Sarah Palin in this AP story, suggesting that many voters respond to the Alaska governor’s “just folks” persona:

Speaking to reporters before his Clinton Global Initiative meeting, the former president described Palin’s appeal by adding, “People look at her, and they say, ‘All those kids. Something that happens in everybody’s family. I’m glad she loves her daughter and she’s not ashamed of her. Glad that girl’s going around with her boyfriend. Glad they’re going to get married.'”Clinton said voters would think, “I like that little Down syndrome kid. One of them lives down the street. They’re wonderful children. They’re wonderful people. And I like the idea that this guy does those long-distance races. Stayed in the race for 500 miles with a broken arm. My kind of guy.” […..]“I get this,” Clinton said. “My view is … why say, ever, anything bad about a person? Why don’t we like them and celebrate them and be happy for her elevation to the ticket? And just say that she was a good choice for him and we disagree with them?”

Here’s the big guy chatting it up with the wearisome hen party over at “The View” on Monday. He weighs in on presidential politics, Palin, John McCain and more (it’s an edited version, via the Weekly Standard blog):


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