(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.
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.
(CNN) - Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin are out with a new television ad Monday, declaring themselves the "original mavericks."
The 30-second spot, set to air in key states, says McCain and Palin will "make history" and "change Washington."
"He fights pork barrel spending," the ad's narrator states. "She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. He took on the drug industry. She took on big oil."
Palin's statement claiming to have opposed the now-infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" has been disputed by opponents who note she supported the major earmark when she campaigned for governor of Alaska in 2006. According to the non-partisan factcheck.org, Palin didn't oppose the project until Congress had already nixed it.
KALISPELL, Montana (CNN) – Joe Biden joked Sunday that GOP nominee Sarah Palin should be held to the same standard as other candidates for the White House—except in one area where she’s clearly got the edge. “It's not whether Sarah Palin can aim an assault rifle and hit dead target - which she probably can, and I hope it's not me,” he joked at a campaign event in Montana.
Palin’s speech to the Republican National Convention was peppered with references to her rural Alaskan upbringing, including time spent fishing and snowmobiling.
But Biden said she needed to talk more about issues. At a media availability, Biden cited Palin’s noticeable absence from the Sunday morning talk shows earlier that day. Biden, Barack Obama and John McCain all gave sit-down interviews.
Biden said Palin should do the same.
“Somewhere along the line…she will start to stand before the nation and the public and you know, determine whether or not her views, her breadth of knowledge, her record, is one that people say ‘yeah I want that person as vice president, a heartbeat away from being president,’” Biden said.
(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton will share a private lunch together on Thursday, September 11, CNN has confirmed.
Clinton issued the invite to Obama after learning he would be in Manhattan for a joint appearance with Sen. John McCain on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to Clinton Foundation spokesman Matt McKenna.
The luncheon is another sign that the Clinton and Obama camps are moving forward in the spirit of unity. Major steps toward healing the party came during the Democratic National Convention where Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton, individually addressed convention-goers, appealing to them to support Obama come November. Sen. Clinton made the motion for Obama to be formally nominated as the Democratic presidential nominee.
Hillary Clinton is set to campaign for Obama in Florida Monday, and the former president has said he will campaign on Obama’s behalf but does not have any campaign events scheduled yet.
USA TODAY: Poll: Convention lifts McCain over Obama
The Republican National Convention has given John McCain and his party a significant boost, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken over the weekend shows, as running mate Sarah Palin helps close an "enthusiasm gap" that has dogged the GOP all year.
CNN: McCain vows to have Democrats in Cabinet
Promising a "very bipartisan approach" to how he'll run his administration, Sen. John McCain said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he would appoint Democrats to his Cabinet.
WSJ: Alaska Officials Weigh Subpoenas For Palin Staff Over Firing
An Alaska state investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner is turning into a power struggle between the state's executive and legislative branches.
NYT: MSNBC Takes Incendiary Hosts From Anchor Seat
MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two politically incendiary hosts, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel’s coverage of the election. That experiment appears to be over.
CNN: Kennedy plans to return to Capitol Hill in January
Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who underwent surgery in June for a brain tumor, will not return to Capitol Hill this week when Congress returns from its August recess.
CNN: Palin to give first television interview to national media
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s surprise pick for the VP spot on the Republican ticket, has agreed to her first television interview with a national media outlet since being named as McCain’s running mate.
CNN Radio: Red (and blue) alert!
Battleground Stations! Battleground Stations! That's the call for the major party candidates now, eight weeks before the election. Bob Costantini has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.
CNN: Obama, Bill Clinton to sit down for a private lunch
Sen. Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton will share a private lunch together on Thursday, September 11, CNN has confirmed.
* Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin are in Lee’s Summit, MO for an afternoon rally.
* Sen. Barack Obama holds an afternoon economic town hall in Flint, MI before going to an evening town hall in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills.
* Sen. Joe Biden visits two states leaning blue at this point, holding town halls in Green Bay, WI and Des Moines, IA.