August 4th, 2008
10:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Cheney not expected to attend GOP convention

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A Cheney spokesperson said no decision has been made on the convention.
A Cheney spokesperson said no decision has been made on the convention.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Will Vice President Cheney be a no-show at the Republican convention in Minnesota?

Republican officials say yes, citing a desire by Sen. John McCain's campaign to turn the page on the Bush-Cheney years. One GOP official told CNN there's a "mutual understanding" between Cheney's office and the McCain camp that he is "unlikely" to attend the convention.

A second Republican official said there are still "talks going on" between Cheney's office and the McCain camp and both sides are "still trying to work it out."

The conservative American Spectator first reported Monday Cheney, who has low national approval ratings but is still popular among conservatives, is not expected to attend the convention.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers side-stepped a question about whether the Senator has invited Cheney, saying the campaign has "not announced the speakers or any details" about the convention at this point.

Cheney spokeswoman Megan Mitchell also told CNN the details for the convention are still in flux. "His schedule for next week has not even been set-up," Mitchell said, suggesting there has been no final decision on the convention.


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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Penguin Lover

    We will all miss the bumping uglies with stealth pupet master.

    August 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. CB

    He's trying to get out of the GOP convention to attend his cousin convention. LOL.

    August 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. Jenny

    Smoke & mirrors.....he's still McSame.

    August 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. sue

    good move, cheney should not attend

    August 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. Mr C

    It ain't gonna change crap. McCain + Bush = McBush!!

    August 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. JB

    The Obama Campaign needs to highlight how McCain is trying to distance himself from Bush and Cheney but the American people know that a McCain election would continue most of Bush policies.

    If this was the reverse McNasty would be on Obama in a minute.

    McCain has demeaned his campaign by these recent juvenile ads. They may work in the short run, but they show more of his character than Obama's. McCain has really nothing to say but how bad Obama is. He has sold his soul to the Bush/Rove/Cheney negative machine.

    If McCain really wanted to distance himself from Cheney he would try to run a positive, issue-oriented campaign. Not one based in the Bush/Cheney/Rove dirt.

    August 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. Danh

    who cares about whether or not Dick would be at the that lousy , messy republican party. Vote for the Democrat if you want to be rich. Vote for Republican if you want to become a homeless begger

    August 4, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. April

    The polls are showing that McCON is the CON ARTIST of the month. He has successfully pulled the wool over the eyes of many great Americans. Congratulations on your success McCON, this is just another of your CONs to get some media attention.

    August 4, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. Susan

    One Dick more or less will not make a difference at the GOP convention.

    August 4, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Pedeen

    THE OIL MEM ARE AVOIDING EACH OTHER! THEY CAN'T LET PEOPLE SEE THEM TOGETHER!

    The McCain Donations from Big Oil
    Oil and Gas Campaign Contributions: McCain has Taken At Least $1,069,854 from the Oil & Gas Industry. According to a Campaign Money Watch analysis of campaign finance data provided by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics Center, John McCain has accepted at least $1,069,854 from the oil and gas industry since 1989. [Center for Responsive Politics via Campaign Money Watch]

    At Least 22 Top McCain Advisers & Fundraisers Have Lobbied For Big OilOil men are afraid to be seen together!

    August 4, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. S. Boatman

    Too Late Mccain! You Are Forever Tied To Bush And His Corrupt Clan! You Cant Get Away From The Fact That You Represent A Third Bush Term And Everyone Knows It! People Are Not As Stupid And Forgetful As You Mccain!

    August 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. Myron

    They says a lot about the GOP. Bill Clinton and Al Gore are welcome anywhere Democrats meet, b/c they have a record that the party can be proud of - however individual Democrats may feel about the men.

    I guess I should take heart that at least Republicans have the decency to be ashamed of what Cheney has done to this great nation.

    August 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Myron

    Correction: "This" says a lot about the GOP.

    August 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. California Gold

    It's the behind closed door alliance that more important than McCain and Cheney together in public.

    Nevertheless someone in McCain's camp understands Cheney and McCain together would be the kiss of death. Not that McCain seems to need any help. He is his campaign's own worst enemy.

    August 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. Dave

    Does this mean that McCain does not want to look like McBush? Turns his back on his friend, that is just so nice, Like we are going to believe he will not meet with him after his elected. Think we are stupid?

    August 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. TN FOR OBAMA

    Who is Dick Cheney?

    August 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. Tammy - KCMO

    "Republican officials say yes, citing a desire by Sen. John McCain's campaign to turn the page on the Bush-Cheney years. "

    I don't understand this statement considering McCain's policies and bad judgement are the same as theirs.

    August 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. Andrew

    Wow...

    So essentially, McCains willing to tell the current VP to stay away from the convention, to distance him from Bush comments.

    ...

    Is he really that desperate?

    August 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  19. tigerakabj

    Gee I wonder why? This party knows it's in trouble. I gather when Barack starts the war tribunal as well as other trials on this current administration, the popularity of the rethugs will continue to fall.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 4, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. francis

    We are very delighted that he would not be there. Cheney represents the worst in any category. He is the persona non grata to all americans.

    August 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  21. Sick of Bush

    I'd recommend barring Bush, make the Independents think the last 8 years are from Clinton, then McCain might have a fighting chance ,lol.

    August 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Jim

    AHH come on let him speak everyone would love to hear what he has to say. No shot guns allowed. QUACK,QUACK,I MEAN DUCK,DUCK.

    August 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  23. Shannon

    The meanest man in America has other plans that day!

    August 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  24. texas DEM

    This guy is a cruel, gutless, yet very fat, moron.

    August 4, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  25. Chris

    It's probably better that Cheney not commit to appearing, or put dates in stone for the convention. He needs those "floater" days available for the extra heart attacks he likes to squeeze in each month.

    August 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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