August 5th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Cheney not expected to attend GOP convention

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.

soundoff (392 Responses)
  1. Independent White Man

    Cheney is like that creepy uncle we all have. Creepy actually doesn't begin to descibe him. Ugh!!!

    August 5, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    John C at 10:50,
    Can't arrest the guy when the justice dept is full of idealogues hired by President Bush crony Al Gonzalez. But, good idea if, after the inauguration, there's evidence of crimes committed. Until then, we can only go on speculation based on all of the bad outcomes from his help in decision making.

    August 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Cheryl Wilson

    Yeah, but Bush and McCain (Bush/Cheney's lap dog) will be there, as all of the ususal Republican suspects – Romney, Lieberman, Pawlenty, Portman and the Indian guy from Louisiana. The McCain campaign really, really does believe it when Bush/Cheney tells them that the American people are really "stupid." Give me a break. So the Republicans are going to put one of their star players on the "injured" list and send Cheney to his "undisclosed location" to watch the convention on tv. They are all Republicans. They are all on the same team. They all embrace the same failed Bush policies. They all court big oil companies, million-dollar-a-year CEO's and CFO's and bank presidents. They all share the same attitude, "take more from the poor and give more to the rich." They didn't fool me in 2000. They didn't fool me in 2004. And, they certainly won't fool me this year. OBAMA '08

    August 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. DC Insider

    Now, if we can just get Barack O blah-blah to stay home, the country will have a chance to get back on track.

    August 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    Well ...........DUH. Even his own party realizes what a creep Cheney is. And they recognize the damage Bush/Cheney have done to the GOP.

    In 2000, I voted for Bush/Cheney, I have lived to regret it! In all my life that is my biggest regret!

    I can NOT believe that anyone would vote for the GOP again! Are people insane????????

    LET'S SEE, THANKS TO BUSH/CHENEY:

    WE HAVE CLOSE TO $10 TRILLION IN DEBT

    OVER 360 THOUSAND AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS

    WE HAVE LOST 4100 PRECIOUS LIVES IN IRAQ! NOT TO MENTION THE CIVILIAN DEATHS! AND THOSE TROOPS OVER 30 THOUSAND MAIMED OR SUICIDAL!

    WE HAVE A DEFICIT OF $490 BILLION FOR 2009........ AND ANOTHER $80 BILLION IS NEEDED FOR IRAQ!

    OUR PEOPLE, THE AVERAGE AMERICAN, CAN BARELY MAKE ENDS MEET........BUT MCCAIN DOES NOT WANT TO TAX BIG OIL!

    HAVEN'T WE HAD ENOUGH???????????????????? DO WE REALLY WANT MORE OF THE SAME........IF SO VOTE MCCAIN!

    SAD.

    August 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Proud to be American

    Of course Cheney will not show up.... I can not blame him though.... he should be shamed. He would like to take the money and run.... and if he stays out of sight he will be out of mind.... as he thinks Americans have a small attention span.... NOT McCain = Bush... hiding Bush and Cheney does not change the fact that he (McCain) supported them 95% of the time via his voting record.... these out of touch rich boys do not know the plight of the average American... they couldn't phantom....

    August 5, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Pamela

    Who would want him there anyway?
    He is a crook!

    August 5, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Louise

    Chicken Hawk Cheney to scaaaaared to attend the gop convention, or to fight in Viet Nam.

    August 5, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Larry of Boston

    Last night in Boston Senator Kerry told a crowd of Obamabot supporters that McCain was "dangerous" to the country for his voting record on North Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq. What Kerry failed to tell the crowd was that McCain's voting record and that of Kerry, Kennedy, and Barach O blah-blah are all indential -- IN the past we the american public has been afraid of tax and spend liberals like Kerry Kennedy and Obama. Now have have to add "honesty" as a shortcoming to the Dems. If this country wants some one experienced and who is "in the middle" and works both sides of the aisle – then McCain is the only candidate that can be trusted to lead this country at this time.

    August 5, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Oh! I will so miss him!

    August 5, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Watcher

    Cheney, one of the greatest heroes of American history, must laugh hearing about the numbskull cowards who write homosexualist attacks on his good character from the web site of one of the premier communist smear outfits in history, run by China to help cover up for the mafia enterprise called the "Democratic" National Committee, even though a majority of its convention delegates are not elected at all, and over 60% are illegal and unconstitutional government employee union members from the NEA and AFT.

    While Clinton-Gore, genocidal homosexualist traitors against the United States, got away with literally murdering several hundred Americans to take the heat off the most unpopular unelected president in American history whose vote fraud set a world record in 1996, but whose record was exceeded in 2000 by Gore but he STILL couldn't steal the election he was so unpopular with Americans, the time will come when their crimes are met with the justice they are due. As will their fluffer followers.

    August 5, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Robert

    If there were any justice in this world both Cheney and Bush would watch the GOP convention on television - in prison, serving sentences for crimes against humanity.

    August 5, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Mad

    Obama=Chenney
    who cares if they are from different parties

    they both share empty minded policies

    August 5, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Obama = Kerry = Kennedy

    A vote for Obama is a vote for john Kerry and Ted kennedy as they will conbtrol O'blah blah in office. Be afraid. Be very afraid of electing Obama as he represents the most liberal candidate and Dem this country will ever see .... and add to that scary thought the fact that he is totally inexperienced and will be "managed" by the Dem leadership.

    August 5, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Mad

    When Obama comes in the Quran will be the years best seller...

    August 5, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Ken Pittsburgh

    dick Cheney
    Can attended if the convention can be held at a undisclosed location with a shot gun giftshop next door

    August 5, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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