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. OldUncleTom

    But seriously, folks... Mr Cheney is a highly toxic presence in almost any public venue. Conservatives may still love him, but how many of those are there?
    As an Obama Republican, I kinda hope he does speak at the Convention, but the smart play would be for him to skip this one.

    August 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. Samual Adams

    Cheney has improved his crooked smile in the photo above. Maybe he is very happy that he excaped blame for all that went on during his tenure as VP.

    August 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. TangoDancer

    It's somewhat silly to try to hide GW and Cheney away from the convention. Everyone that pays attention to politics already knows who these guys are and what party they represent. No point in trying to fool the public at this point. And sorry Mr. McCain, but there is no turning the page yet on the Bush-Cheney years. There is much work to be done in examing the Bush administration in great detail. Does Cheney get the right to at least show up and socialize with his friends? I find it odd that Cheney, the man that really started the Iraq war that is now so embrazed by the McCain and the GOP hardcore – can't even go to the GOP convention to see his buddies and get pat on the back for such fine work.

    August 4, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  4. NLS

    Why not? He's the best president we've ever had.

    August 4, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  5. James, Dover, DE

    Good! The less we see of Darth Vadar the better!

    August 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. Sherry

    BLAH BLAH BLAH WHO CARES.........

    MCCAIN WONT WIN ANYWAY

    August 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. Chappy in Jacksonville, Fla

    Now why would "Big Dick" Cheney not be going to the convention?
    He's such a nice man and had NOTHING to do with outing a CIA
    agent. In fact, he was a good Vietnam War dodger by getting deferments, while others died in his place. He is the "Darling"
    of the right wing that McCain needs to win this election. If he doesn't show and speek life most former Veeps, it will only indicate his
    "good" pooling numbers of the American people.
    So why is McShame letting him off the hook? Might it hurt him if his
    old pal if he were not seen. At least Former President Carter is
    planning on attending the Democratic convention.
    Draft dodger's like Cheney need to show up or just shut up.
    Just an opinion of a Vietnam Vet. But who cares about us in this
    administration. Would things have really changes at a place I spent 7 months called Walter Reed Hospital. I think Not

    August 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    Why is it necessary to have Cheney there when McCain will carry on in his footsteps without missing a beat.

    August 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. Tyler in Raleigh

    Come on McCain, take pride in your friends Cheney, Bush and Rove. Aren't you going to invite them to your party?

    I thought you were so in love with their policies and plans that you would want them there for the photo op.

    August 4, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. LOL @ Conservatives

    Cheney = Anti-Christ

    August 4, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. Rickymo

    I hope he shows up. Moderate GOP'ers will be disgusted with this criminal.

    August 4, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. April

    Ed dont you have anything to talk about. Would you allow your grand father who have a heart condition to go out there and excite himself? Think, Ed think. Just dont sit there, think before you post stuff Well, Cheney shEould stay home because he is not a hundred percent. Common Ed, kick it up a notch. Something intelligent that challenge the mind. Like, why is Obama always in CNN and McCain is only shown when he misspoke? You know, be political motivating.

    MCCAIN FOR PRESIDENT 2008 and HILLARY 2012!!! NO Obama, THE MUSLIM, ELITIST INTERN.

    August 4, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. M.S. Indiana

    WOW, Sounds like the GOP is moving away from their Bush clone.

    Maybe we will see him at the Ron Paul RNC convention

    August 4, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Crush Rush

    Now that he owns Dubai,he may be busy getting his retirement ranch there in order.

    August 4, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. Moe, NY

    Let's face it...nobody wants to attend the GOP convention, and Cheney is certainly no loss. The last thing most Americans want to see are the Republican faces of the last 8 years, and I'm not sure if most Americans even want to see McCain's face. The Republicans have done great harm to our country. Now that I think about it, how can any of them have the nerve to show up?

    August 4, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. Copperfield

    Big suprise. McCain would give a lot of money to distance himself from the Bush administration despite all their similarities. I mean, he's spent so much more money on dumber goals: ridiculous adds, a useless staff, and best of all, tire-pressure gauges.

    August 4, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. wake up

    awwww i know John will b e heart broken...will Chaney be visiting a prison?

    August 4, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  18. JHal

    Bring him on.
    Why turn your back on him now? What's to be ashamed of?

    August 4, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. Obama 4 ever

    I can see McCain winking his eye at Cheney while he denounces him at the convention. So far, McCain threw Charles Black, George Bush, His pastor, and Cheney under the bus.

    August 4, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  20. JEAN

    WHO CARES . . THE REPUBLICANS OF 2008 ARE SO DIVIDED, ANGRY, DISAPPOINTED, DEPRESSED ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN AND HIS BID FOR THE PRESIDENCY. THERE WILL BE LOTS OF NOISE, LIES, ACCUSATIONS,PUFFING AND MEANNESS, SO THE SPECIALITIES OF DICK CHENEY WILL BE COVERED.

    REPUBLICANS NEED TO REINVENT THEMSELVES FOR THIS COMING CENTURY.

    August 4, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  21. ELLINGTON7

    JUST LOOKING AT THIS JERKS EVIL FACE MAKES ME WANT TO SMASH SOMETHING.

    THANKS ALOT MCCAIN AND CHENEY FOR OVER 4,000 DEATHS IN IRAQ...THANKS

    August 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  22. bill for barack

    Why doesn't he want to go ?
    No one there to shoot and call it a 'hunting accident' ?
    No one to declare an illegal and immoral war on ?
    No opportunity to commit treason by 'outing a c.i.a. operative ?

    August 4, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. ari

    If I were Mcbush, I wouldn't want him there as a reminder to the corruption of the last 8 years

    August 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. Bob

    Dick should be at the convention if only to remind Americans why any party, the Libertarians, the Greens and even the Democrats are a better choice than a party that allows a criminal in its ranks, responsible for deaths of over a 1,000 Americans, and honors him.

    August 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. David from Ohio

    Please show up at the convention to remind people we can't have four more years of a Republican in the White House.

    August 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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