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. Chris Haynes, Winston-Salem, NC

    I always thought this evil, greedy man looked like the Penguin from Batman. I can just see him biting the head off of a live fish. In addition, Laura Bush looks like the Joker with that red lipstick, and her husband adds to the cast as Robin, boy wonder! Unfortunately for the citizens of this country, that group is missing a Batman, the lead hero.

    September 20, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Typical liberal response; instead of debating the issues in a professional manner, let's resort to name calling. At least it's a change from the usual "all Republicans are stupid" (they did it to Dan Quayle, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and of course, the current President Bush).
    With all of the skeletons in Queen Hillary's closet, I'd refrain from personal attacks (it's just a suggestion).

    September 20, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Ames Tiedeman, Austin, TEXAS

    "If Dick Cheney is Darth Vader, then Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of OZ."

    Regards,
    Ames F. Tiedeman

    September 20, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    If Cheney is Darth Vader, then Bush must be ... Jar Jar Binks.

    Well come on, they have the same ear size and language skills.

    Seriously though, this is a stupid comment on Senator Clinton's part, but then this seems to be the week for that kind of thing from a lot of the candidates and Jesse Jackson.

    Maybe next week we can get back to the real issues.

    September 20, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. J Houston, TX

    I wonder what the average IQ of a Hillary supporter is...

    After all that talk about daddy getting W into office, none of the liberals want to talk about Billy gettin Hill into office. Mind you, she's a mindless moron and will get destroyed in a 1 on 1 debate by almost anyone. CERTAINLY by Cheney. Cheney is a self-made man of great intelligence, he just has a different view of the world. I'll take different over a moron like Hillary any day.

    September 20, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Ron Goldberg, Ithaca, NY

    Well, though I may not approve of Mr. Cheney, Hillary's comment does not take into account the full extent of Darth Vader's character. How narrow minded. Darth Vader saved the galaxy by destroying the evil Emperor. He was not evil inside and was forced into his position by love. Perhaps she should do some research before she throws names around.

    September 20, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Susan, Syracuse

    Hillary Clinton can say whatever she wants and draw any comparisons she wants to because when all is said and done she has absolutely no chance of becoming president.

    Too many people hate her and her nomination will only rally the Republican base to come out of the woodwork and support the Republican nominee.

    Bring it on Hillary and enjoy your campaign. It is all you have. Maybe you will go away once you lose.

    September 20, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Ken

    Thats all well and good coming from Jobba The Hutt Clinton!

    September 20, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Anthony Leo, Detroit MI

    Any credit to jon stewart and the daily show? I could have sworn they were the first to draw that analogy about a month or so ago. It's not a major point or anything, I just don't like her and I do like Jon Stewart. So, I vote we give credit where credit is due.. (and strip it from her)... Just a thought.

    -Obama '08

    September 20, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Chris F., Zion, IL

    Respectfully, I must disagree with Ms. Clinton. At the end of the day, Vader turned out to be an honorable being. I doubt that Cheney will share that fate.

    September 20, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. M.G.

    I just think he is bent on becomng the "Great Dictator" of the Eurasian continent and the Republicans "think" he is going the share that power with them.

    September 20, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Ed, Tallahassee

    I always thought of Rove as Vader, Cheney as the Emperor and Bush as Jarjar.

    September 20, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    In other news Hillary farted today, story at 11:00.

    The MSM blows the Jena 6 story and only reports it after race baiter Jesse Jackson says something stupid about Obama.

    This is why, they are so busy reporting childish and needless stories as "journalism" and forgetting the big picture.

    Why did CNN not have on the ticker the 850 Iraq war veterans and their families chanting USA – USA and giving George Bush a standing ovation this week?

    My bad, Hillary burped that day.

    September 20, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Paul, Phoenix, Arizona

    I only WISH that Cheney was a fictional character.

    All I know is that the Force is not with the voters this next election.

    September 20, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Grovin, Darnassus, IL

    Aha! So THAT'S how they keep GOP senators supporting the war!

    JEDI MIND CONTROL!

    September 20, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. J, Euelss, TX

    Some of you people posting comments on this blog need to lighten up! People throw around stuff like this all the time...Cheney even called himself the same thing.

    NavyFamily:

    What does the fact that her husband cheated on her have anything to do with trusting what she says? That was an interesting comment for sure.

    September 20, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. SM, Tampa FL

    As a Republican I think its cool that Cheney is compared to Darth Vader. And to 'Navy Family', she didnt commit adultery, Bill did. She shouldnt have to pay.

    September 20, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. tired

    Tedious, wearying, not even funny to hear people calling H's. comment tasteless, libelous, low-class etc. when the person they're defending dropped an f-bomb on a Senator.

    September 20, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Thom, Orlando, Fl

    So you get upset at Hillary calling Cheny Darth Vade (which he himself did). I don't care for Hillary Clinton but you people need to stop being so hypocritical. You should read about what politicians used to call each other. You know back in the days of Jefferson and Franklin. Real politicians who wanted a decent country. Not the current lot of So called republican and democrats we are stuck with.

    September 20, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Jeff, Rochester

    What does that make Norman Hsu???

    Oh yeah, he's one of Hillary's "Hilltoppers", the group of felons who raise dough for this calculating hypocrite.

    September 20, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Lori Stipe, Danville, KY

    I wish he'd call her Jabba the Hutt.

    September 20, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Thom, Orlando, Fl

    So you get upset at Hillary calling Cheny Darth Vade (which he himself did). But I didn't hear the ourage when Cheny told a Senator to go F*@k himself. I don't care for Hillary Clinton but you people need to stop being so hypocritical. You should read about what politicians used to call each other. You know back in the days of Jefferson and Franklin. Real politicians who wanted a decent country. Not the current lot of So called republican and democrats we are stuck with.

    September 20, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Joel Bloom, Albany NY

    This is truly a fake controversy. Democrats have been calling Cheney "Darth Vader" for six years now. It's a joke and it's funny because the shoe fits.

    September 20, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Pete, Chicago IL

    Not a fair comparison. Dick Cheney has never shown the courage, vision or competence required to command a galactic empire.

    September 20, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Chuck, Pollock Pines, California

    I suppose the Darth Vader movie character symbolizes Satan, so the name fits to some extent. Cheney is certainly evil, like Bush and other CEOs that control the GOP. They are all Satan's minions that take from the poor and give to the rich while using deceit so people hurt most by their policies vote for them. Thus, the term understates the VP.

    Its OK to make fun of evil ones.

    September 20, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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