Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) suggested -- perhaps unwittingly -- on Thursday that neither she nor any Republican weighing a 2016 presidential campaign is eligible for the position.
"It's said that old men declare wars, and then they send the young ones to fight 'em," Palin said during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "So it's the duty of he who sends them to actually make sure that we can win those wars. And it's our duty to elect an honorable commander-in-chief who is willing to make the same sacrifices he sends others away to make."
One of Palin's sons, Track, served in Iraq for a year for the Army. Going by her remark, however, her son is more qualified than any of the GOP's most visible prospective candidates: Governors Jeb Bush of Florida, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, and Scott Walker of Wisconsin have not served, nor have Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.
Palin also questioned the country's military rules of engagement, saying troops should be given "the political will to win."
"How many Americans are harmed today because politically correct rules of engagement are imposed by those who are just too uncomfortable to give troops the trust and the tools that they need to win," she said.
She also claimed that undocumented immigrants are "cutting in line" ahead of veterans in order to receive federal benefits. The former vice-presidential candidate did not mention that immigrants are eligible for Medicare and Social Security under President Barack Obama's immigration order late last year only if they meet a set of requirements that includes paying taxes, having a child who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and passing a criminal background check.
Watch Palin's remarks, as posted online, below.