September 8th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
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Cheney: McCain-Palin administration will be unlike any other

Vice President Cheney met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshen on Friday.
Vice President Cheney met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshen on Friday.

(CNN)—Vice President Dick Cheney praised his prospective Republican successor Monday, commending John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate.

Cheney told reporters in Rome he “thought her appearance at the convention was superb.”

Cheney, who was noticeably absent from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, said he watched the speech Thursday morning from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. He joked that he “loved,” some of her one liners, particularly, Palin’s reference to the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull.

“It’s lipstick,” Cheney said, laughing.

Addressing questions of the Alaska governor’s qualifications, Cheney said he saw Palin as a “good candidate,” and said that he didn’t “see any reason why she can’t be an effective vice president.”

“Each administration is different,” Cheney said explaining the prospective McCain administration won’t look like the current administration, or the administration of President Bush’s father.

“It’ll be relatively unique to this president and this time that they’re in office,” He said.

Barack Obama’s campaign has been pressing the case that electing John McCain would be giving a third term to the current President Bush.

Cheney was expected to speak last Monday at the Republican convention, but the entire night’s speeches were canceled due to Hurricane Gustav.

Related: Cheney says U.S. wants stability for Georgia Region

The vice president has been traveling since last Tuesday, visiting The Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Italy. Cheney is expected to finish the trip with an address the annual Ambrosetti Forum on Lake Como, giving a speech on challenges facing the trans-Atlantic alliance.


Filed under: Dick Cheney • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. Steve

    It doesn't matter who is President or VP for the Republicans. Those two (any two) are only window dressing for the Republican Machine.
    Have you not noticed how McCain's policies and positions have changed dramatically since he started running? Did you not hear his campaign manager a few weeks ago say, "McCain does not necessarily represent the best interests of the McCain campaign?"

    Palin is in the spot she's in because she'll be easily controlled. Same thing with McCain. Neither person thinks for themselves. They are being fed scripted statements and speeches, and will do exactly as they are told.

    I fear for my country's future if these two are elected.

    September 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Alaska and Arizona POW for Obama/Biden

    Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman VP and was a democrat. You people get inform before who say such thing that this is the greatest history for women since suffrage. No it isn't; I wonder if geraldine ferraro nomination as first woman VP in the history of US was not matter. People are very inform and saying such things makes people want to laugh at your one sided republican guts. Geraldine ferraro first woman nominate VP, Hillary Clinton first woman to run for the presidency as a front runner for quite a long time and these folks are Democrats. No way, no how, No mcCain son of George Bush.
    We were waiting for a savior to save our country we found Bush as Americans personal savior. Now Bush as a god that kill and distroy economy will send McCain his son to finish the job. No way, No how, No McCain.

    September 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. mollygonz

    Wow Cheney, you're the single biggest failure as a Vice President. Palin should be scared that you offer her any praise. Keep talking. It will be good for the Dems because anyone you endorse or support is going to follow right in your footsteps. Enough! I can't wait for the day when you and Bush vacate the Whitehouse. What a complete and utter failure your administration has been. You have hijacked our children's future..no more. We've had enough!

    September 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. marc from Indiana

    Spew, spew, spew your hate you bunch of fools. Let's talk about what exactly is a community organizer in Chicago politics. Oh I know, he makes sure that all of the grave yards are represented and all of the votes are bought and paid for.

    September 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Jeremy

    All i can say is that WHY has McCain been Hiding her and not letting her out of her sight? No media interviews untill now! Palin said it best to let us know she was unqualified. " I dont even know what a vice president does". Well once John has trained you on what to say, and you get in to debates we will all know just how unqualified you are. Its a shame john is just using you to get women votes. THIS IS A DREAM TICKET IF YOU WANT TO SEE AMERICA FAIL, AND LOSE ALL RESPECT IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD!

    September 8, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Observert

    CNN doesn't "report the news" - they CENSOR it.

    Just try to write something they don't want people to know - and you get deleted in a heart beat.

    September 8, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. joe voter

    hey dick, it will be like no other, because it is not going to happen.

    September 8, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Maggie

    Does anyone with live brain cells actually care what Dick Cheney thinks?

    September 8, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. FactOnly

    IT ,,,,,,,,,,,I S,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,A,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,S T A R K,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,C O N T R A S T,,,,,,,,,,,

    Barack Obama: law degree magna cum laude from Harvard
    Joe Biden: law degree from Syracuse
    John McCain: graduated #894 out of 899 from Naval Academy
    Sarah Palin: journalism degree from University of Idaho

    We need the SMARTEST leaders we can find.

    September 8, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. asportsdad

    In the June video reported by CNN today, Gov. Palin said that the war in Iraq is “God’s task” for America and that its "his plan". The cost of the war is catastrophic in terms of human life lost (oh yes, she’s pro-life), damage to the environment (bombs, wreckage, pollution), and our economy (over $2 trillion added to the national debt and our currency devalued). I wonder what war she believes should be next in “God’s plan” for America… Iran? Russia? Clearly, she was a political choice to appease the far right wing of the RNC and does not represent the “Country First” sloganeering of the RNC Convention.

    As for Senator McCain the selection of Gov. Palin is a further demonstration that he is willing to abandon his prior policy positions for those of the religious right in a attempt to win an election. So much integrity. Given the damage that has been done to our country by the Republican administration over the past 8 years, if they truly put “Country First”, they would withdraw in shame.

    Should the Republican ticket win and Sen. McCain’s health fail, we would find ourselves with a President who believes that war is God’s task for America. Cheney is correct that a McCain-Palin administration would be unlike any other... war, war, war! Think about it!

    September 8, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Rob

    thats a lie–its SOS..no change there.its the old man and the bimbo

    September 8, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Ray

    Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were the chief architects of the disastrous war that has plunged this country into economic woes.

    Dick Cheney destroyed this country because of his greed for Iraqi oil.

    He's a Republican who preaches "family values" while he has a lesbian daughter who is "happily" married to her "wife/husband" and they already have a child through that union.

    Is this different from tongue-speaking, pentecostal Sarah Palin's pregnant teen daughter?

    What is family value?
    Family devalued.

    September 8, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Nic

    Dear CNN,

    Why was Jeremiah Wright on a constant loop for weeks, but the videos of Sarah Palin's pastor apparently not news? Holy (so to speak) double standard. I mean, I KNOW why, but shouldn't you at least PRETEND you think a candidate's controversial white pastor is just as newsworthy as a candidate's controversial balck pastor?

    September 8, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    It’s lipstick,” Cheney said, laughing. Maybe Cheney and Bush might have thought about applying some of that lipstick to their policies. And for the record and as pitbull owner,my pitbull found Palin statement very insulting......

    September 8, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    Does anyone care what Cheney has to say? The Bush/Cheney legacy:

    1. Close to $10 TRILLION in national debt. Owed to China, Saudis (yes, the home of the 9/11 terrorists) & Dubai.

    2. $490 BILLION DEFICIT FOR FISCAL 2009!

    3. Lies........lies........lies......... so they could attack Iraq, and the oil companies get in there after Saddam had thrown them out!

    4. 4100 precious soldiers killed for OIL....... and countless of Iraqi civilians.

    5. TORTURE, the Geneva Convention tossed out!

    6. Dismissal of Constitutional Rights.

    7. Spending .......$1.38.......BILLION.......A..........DAY.......IN IRAQ.......SURE THE SURGE WORKED.

    8. 460 THOUSAND JOBS LOST SO FAR THIS YEAR!

    9. NOW THEY ARE BAILING OUT FANNY MAE & FREDDY MAC........WITH TAX PAYER MONEY...........WHILE HARDWORKING AMERICANS FILE BANKRUPTCY BECAUSE OF HIGH MEDICAL BILLS!

    10. The average American was earning $61K when Bush/Cheney took office, now its $60K.

    ARE YOU BETTER OFF TODAY THAN YOU WERE 8 YEARS AGO?
    OUR COUNTRY ISN'T!

    ARE YOU BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE 8 YEARS

    September 8, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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