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politics lead

November 12th, 2013
01:28 PM ET

Palin on ‘sexism’ and Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie's 'extreme' appearance

If Hillary Clinton ran for president, former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin would obviously not vote for her.

But she did sympathize with the former Secretary of State, and has some advice for any woman seeking the White House.

"She can expect that sexism, but you overcome it. You ignore it. You thicken your skin, you march forward with your agenda, your priorities, what you think is right," Palin said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"Hillary Clinton was mistreated when it came to appearances, when it came to wardrobe – petty, superficial things that the men don't ever seem to hear much about, but a woman candidate will," she said.

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s weight often fuels comments about his appearance.

"That's because it's been extreme. So it's hard for some people not to comment on it," said Palin.

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November 12th, 2013
01:14 PM ET

Sarah Palin 'taken aback' by Pope Francis's 'liberal' statements

Sarah Palin said she is trying to follow Pope Francis, but is wary of what she called the media's interpretation of his message.

"He's had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me," Palin said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." But "unless I really dig deep into what his messaging is, and do my own homework, I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media."

The former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate is out with a new book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” which is one part love letter to Christmas, and one part a treatise on what is going wrong with the holiday, with atheists and others declaring war on it.

Palin is a person of faith and describes herself as “born again." She attends a non-denominational church in Alaska.

"When I was a young girl, I remember looking around the beauty of Alaska ... and knowing even as a kid, wow, there is something greater than self," said Palin.

"I put my life in God's hands at that moment," said Palin, who added she was 12 at the time. "I remember calling out to God and saying, 'I believe you.'"

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November 12th, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Sarah Palin: Bill Clinton was right about Obama, he wasn't ready

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin doesn't agree with former President Bill Clinton too often - unless it comes to criticizing President Barack Obama.

In an interview with CNN's “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Palin recalled statements Clinton made during the Democratic primary, when he was stumping for his wife, Hillary, in the 2008 campaign.

"I'll never forget Bill Clinton saying about Barack Obama and his story, his agenda, that it was the biggest fairy tale he'd ever seen," recalled Palin.

"And he was right, because Barack Obama was not qualified, he was not prepared, and the manifestation of that today is the problem that we see left and right in our economy," she said.

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