September 20th, 2007
11:24 AM ET
3 years ago

Clinton calls Cheney 'Darth Vader'

Clinton referred to Cheney as 'Darth Vader' Wednesday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – She has been sharply critical of Vice President Dick Cheney in the past, but Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton took it up a notch Wednesday night, calling the president's No. 2 "Darth Vader."

The New York Democrat referred to Cheney as the infamous Star Wars villain at a New York fundraiser when she described his efforts to keep Republican senators behind the Iraq war.

"Vice President Cheney came up to see the Republicans yesterday," Clinton said at the fundraiser. "You can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the Vice President’s motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges."

The crowd erupted in laughter.

"I’m not invited to their meetings and I don’t know what he says or does," she added. "But all the brave talk about bringing our troops home, and setting deadlines, and getting out by a certain date just dissipated."

The comments came during an informal talk on stage with former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and retired Gen. Wesley Clark, both supporters of Clinton.

But this isn't the first time the vice president has been likened to Darth Vader. Cheney actually made the comparison himself in an interview with CNN's John King in June of 2006.

"I suppose people sometimes look at my demeanor and say, well, he's the Darth Vader of the administration," he said then.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Dick Cheney • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. A Jedi Knight, Columbus, OH

    Darth Vader was the one who brought balance to the Force. In the end it was he who brought about the beginning of peace and justice in the universe and the return of the jedi. Cheney is no Darth Vader, the emperor yes.

    September 20, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Ron, TX

    I'm no fan of Dick Cheney just as much as the next guy, but I have to say it's pretty funny that a potential "future president" is name-calling her adversaries...

    September 20, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Mike in Newport, Kentucky

    I find it interesting that I have now posted twice to this page, and have subsequently had both posts removed. Isn't it interesting that Sen Clinton is allowed to called Vice President Cheney Darth Vader, but when I make the comparison to her as Two-Face it is removed. Some sort of copyright problem with Marvel Comics that I am not aware of? Or could it be CNN attempting to provide a certain slant to the responses. Who knows, but I most certainly have my suspicions.....

    September 20, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Indianapolis, IN

    Nerds? Hello? you are showing your age and how out of touch you are with this generation by calling people who know what darth vader is all about "nerds". you are writing on a blog from a computer! Isnt the conservative definition of a nerd is someone who spends a lot of time on the computer? Dont throw stones if you live in a glass house.

    September 20, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Robert Austin, Texas

    Not only is Hillary incredibly smart and committed to make this a better country, but she is very funny too. The description was right on and everyone knows exactly what she means.

    September 20, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Bob, Long Beach, CA

    And Hillary is the Ice Queen... She must be going after the immature name calling vote now

    September 20, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Rob Ocala, Fl.

    Does not matter , They are all Illuminati.

    September 20, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Chris S.

    Wow! I can only imagine the flak the Republicans would get if Giuliani or Thompson likened Hillary to the "Ice Queen" from "The Chronicles of Narnia."

    September 20, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. roger, conway sc

    Way to go Hillary...your are right on...don't pay any attention to those that critique your every move....

    September 20, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. demwit

    Yes Hillary(heavy breathing), I am your father..

    September 20, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. C. Mass, Washington D.C.

    Given the expansion of Hillary's waistline over the past few years, she could fill the role of Jabba the Hut.

    Barack Obama as Lando Calrisian, Pretty Boy John Edwards as Luke Skywalker, Rudy Guiliani as an Ewok, Mitt Romney as Han Solo, and John McCain as Emporer Palpatine...this would be a pretty darn good cast for Star Wars Episode VII: The Race for Galactic Power???

    September 20, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Don, Halifax

    How can any person with a name like Clinton say anything disparaging about anyone else. Here's a person who has had more scadals than Bayer has aspirins with a husband who turned the White House into a Who– House.
    She's a beaut!

    September 20, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Robert Wooller, Bradford England

    He is worse than Darth Vader, at least he was only evil in a fictional sense, Cheney is evil in real life.

    September 20, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. A Patriot, Kansas, USA

    A bunch of weak willed, no backbone, dorks would come up with such a comparison. A very good example of why conservatives find you pansies, out of touch with reality. Thats exactly what Hi'liar'y Clintons campaign boils down to; a head in the clouds childish fantasy.

    September 20, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Dan S., Elmhurst, IL

    Can any of you criticizing Hillary for making a little joke say that you yourselves have never made such a comment about a friend, relative or co-worker? A little 'ribbing' here & there shouldn't bother us this much – we even promote the likes of Leno & Letterman who make careers doing it!

    September 20, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Hey gang, even Cheney joked about being compared to Darth Vader:

    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/politics/news-article.aspx?storyid=67650

    September 20, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Jody, Washington, DC

    How dare Hillary insult Darth Vader like that! He ended up somewhat redeeming himself in the end. All nerds will know that it's more appropriate to call Cheney the Emperor, who was and remained an evil Sith Lord, until his very timely demise.

    It was just a joke people, relax!

    September 20, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Terrible Comparison...Fatally Flawed Hillary still doesn't really KNOW what she's talking about; she's just talking to hear herself 'talk.' A comedian, she is NOT. Wake up, Democrats...Is it REALLY your Heart's Desire to see Fatally Flawed Hillary in the White House? What a joke! 'Qualified?'....Hillary is NOT!

    September 20, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Marco, Lexington, MA

    Lighten up people, she was making a light hearted joke, nothing more. Have you all forgotten how the right wing went after her daughter Chelsea. Now that was disgraceful, perhaps an all time low in US politics. I'm sure you were all far more outraged by that, right?, This is just a bit of light humor, I bet even Cheney had a chuckle.

    September 20, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Anonymous

    she may feel like he is darth vader but around here we think of Hillary as one of Satan's Demon Leader's

    September 20, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. kenny atl, ga

    hey, hillary. i spoke to dick. he said ; i know you are what am i?

    September 20, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Sam, Kansas City, MO

    Who's Chewbacca?

    September 20, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Veronica, Stamford, CT

    If the helmet fits ...

    Why, I do believe that Hillary is spot-on. There is no question in my mind that Cheney is evil incarnate.

    September 20, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. David, Arlington, VA

    This is mildly amusing, since people have been calling Cheney Darth Vader for years (including Cheney himself, so calm down, Hillary bashers). But, seriously, is this really important? No, it's not. A candidate's proposals for healthcare, education, tax policy, immigration, foreign policy, Iraq, etc., THOSE are important issues. But a candidate calling someone else Darth Vader, besides the fact that he resembles the Emperor more than Vader? I don't see why it warrants the attention, except to give dorks like me a chance to expound on our Star Wars knowledge (go Pat from Tattooine!).

    September 20, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Herb, New Jersey

    She knows what she needs to do. Such comments are essential for her to make if she wishes to win the nomination of the party of hate. Republicans cannot make comments like this since that party is about tolerance, respect, and honesty. Liberals will disagree with this because it is the truth and at the center of their ideology is dishonesty. Not all of the left will hear it though, they are busy marching for thier support of the idea that white kids need to be beat up and that minorities who beat the crap out of them should be rewarded and given hero status in Jena today.

    September 20, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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