Sarah Palin says she appreciated Hillary Clinton’s ‘boldness’


Sarah Palin speaking in New Orleans on May 29. (Bill Haber/AP)

Sarah Palin said she was pleased to see former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton write in her new book about her decision not to attack her in 2008, despite the urging of then-candidate Barack Obama's campaign.

"How passé. How mighty hypocritical. Hillary refused to engage. I appreciated her boldness in explaining that behind-the-scenes campaign tactic of Obama's," Palin said in an e-mail interview with the Hollywood Reporter published Monday.

In her newly released book "Hard Choices," Clinton writes that she was encouraged by the Obama campaign to go after Palin right after she was tapped as Republican presidential nominee John McCain's running mate, but opted against it.

"I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women. I didn't think it made political sense, and it didn't feel right," Clinton writes.

Palin argued the incident exposed the hypocrisy of Democrats' claiming Republicans are waging a "war on women."

"I've since pointed out there's no 'war on women' if one doesn't react to that immature shot across the bow from the Liberal Left like America saw during that entire campaign Don't retreat from such a shot. Just reload, like I've been blessed to have the opportunity to do," Palin told the Hollywood Reporter in her e-mail.

Sportsman Channel has renewed Palin's show "Amazing America with Sarah Palin." The former Alaska governor says she might be open to doing a political show, but it would need to be one that also involved nonpolitical topics.

"I hear everyone recently got canned from The View, maybe a show like that needs a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America's heartland to knock some humble sense into their scripts. You know, someone willing to go rogue," she said.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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