May 13th, 2009
06:01 PM ET
9 years ago

Bill Clinton: Cheney should stick to target practice

HERNDON, Virginia (CNN) - Bill Clinton jokingly laughed off a question Wednesday about former Vice President Dick Cheney and his recent claims that the country is less safe under the Obama administration.

"I wish him well," Clinton told CNN while greeting voters after a campaign stop with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. "It's over," he added, apparently a reference to the Bush administration.

"But I do hope he gets some more target practice before he goes out again," Clinton said with a grin before moving along the ropeline.

The former president was alluding, of course, to Cheney's infamous 2006 hunting accident in which he mistakenly fired birdshot into the face of a campaign contributor during a South Texas quail hunt.

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  1. connie

    I want all you people who think torture is not part of war then you let the gitmo bay detainees come live in your home town. We all forget what they did to our soldiers-beheaded them, drag their bodies thru town, hung up their dead bodies on bridges, you liberals make me sick, but you be the first one crying for help if we were attack again.
    I am so glad i grew up and realized there is only one way to do things and that is the right way. And to all you atheists who don't believe in God or who have a problem with people being Christians-you will be the first one praying for God when one of your loved ones where hurt and almost dead or dying. John Travolta did he pray to God not to take his son.

    May 13, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Reality Counts

    Bill is being Too Kind but there is no reason to kick the Under Dog any more than he's already been kicked by the American People. Anyway what makes anybody feel that Chaney kept America Safe? Bush/Chaney caused more American deaths than 9-11.
    Bush/Chaney caused more America grief than 9-11.
    Bush/Chaney bankrupted the entire world.

    Of course, torture works. But it only works to cause pain and suffering. Rape and sodomy also work. Stealing the election also worked. Political corruption to benefit super rich and oil barrons, well, that also worked.

    Peace and Prosperity they also work.

    Looks like The Republican Party is the only thing not working so well after all that corruption.

    May 13, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. D ka

    The ex-VP reminds of someone who has been asleep for eight years,, just now woke up and his mouth is num and has trouble speaking

    May 13, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. dotmafia





    Nuff said.

    May 13, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. lolong

    We wouldn't have to be quite as worried if our Bill would have taken action against Osama, we probably wouldn't have to worry so much. The fact that he was busy doing his own thing left his term with a "thumbs down" rather than him reaching his potential as a "Great" president.

    May 13, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Dave

    Cheney is a loud mouth, but Biden is dumb. "I'll keep my family from flying and being in enclosed areas". Nice one do realize you could have crippled the airline industry further? Genius..

    May 13, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. gail

    Dick Cheney should go back to his undisclosed location. We didn't miss him then and if he would go away we wouldn't miss him now, but it would be great to never see his face again in the words of Maroon 5.

    May 13, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Mr. Davidson

    Funny its not over at all ,Cheney is still incharge at least all his plans are fully functioning under Obama. The war without end bombing of innocent civilians.Halliburton still in charge name changed to KBR ,gigantic defense appropriations, torture photos and facts hidden against the constitution nothing has changed , absolutely nothing, Bill .

    May 13, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. shocked

    Well Clinton's administration is "over" as well. Funny how everyone forgets that Clinton's administration brought us our last recession, Cllinton refused to take decisive action against terrorists attacks on our embassies and the USS Cole and allowed Bin Laden to operate frre and clear withourt fear of the U.S. setting the stage for 9/11. He failed miserably in bringing us NAFTA, he signed into law the deregulation and free reign for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to create the worse financial crisis since the Great Depression, he went against his military commanders and sent in an inadequate force to Somalia without providing needed backup when it was requested while our troops were slaughtered. He embarrassed the entire country by continually being a lying cheating husband. Its over Bill.

    May 13, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  10. Dale

    When will the Bush bashing end? When all politicians take responsibility for their actions regardless who they are or what they did. They are all guilty of some crime but are to quick to point the finger.

    May 13, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. mark

    well done, Bill. Dick Cheney should crawl back into whatever "undisclosed location" he's been taking cheap shots from. In case he forgot, he and GWB had 8 years, two full terms, to impress the world with their brilliance. Guess what? Nobody was impressed. B-bye Dick.

    May 13, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Dee, NJ

    Bill, Good TV! Cheney is a nut!

    May 13, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. m smith

    Good for you Bill. You where a great president and I wish some one would shut that big mouth Chaney up. In office he hardly said a word to the public now he is everywhere.

    May 13, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. Linda in southern Indiana

    Bill Clinton was a great president. Study the constitution you people. Impreach means to bring charges against. Charges were brought but the impeachment was voted down. Cheney needs to keep quiet and crawl back under his rock. Bill Clinton has done more humanitarian work than anyone I know of. Cheney needs to put his time to better use.

    May 13, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  15. marge

    Cheney and his daughter needs to go somewhere...anywhere...maybe even Wasilla and shut up!!!!
    He's given more interviews after he left office than he did while in office....The nation didn't trust him then,what makes him think we do now???
    He needs to be 'thanking" Obama's DOJ for not trying him for "war crimes" he committed.
    Bill Clinton left this country with a SURPLUS.....High employment...people were owning homes instead of losing them.....
    He was a great President....You will NEVER hear that said about George W or Cheney!

    May 13, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. michaelfury

    Cheney has had more than enough "target practice":

    May 13, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. republicanturneddemocrat

    Now that I think about it, Dick Cheney shouldn't be allowed to own a gun after "accidentally" shooting his partner.

    How in the world does someone shoot another person while hunting quail that have been captured and are being contained with fences and nets?!!!

    That is scary and he should be brought up on charges.

    May 13, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. Melanie

    Bill Clinton? The great idiot who created this financial disaster we are in today by getting rid of the Glass-Steagal Act? The guy who let Bin Laden kill Americans at will without having to run and hide and set us up for 9/11 and the mess we are in today in Afghanistan? Not to mention WHITWATER scandal and the rose law firm.....what is the Clinton Body Count up to these days...I think I should do an interent search on that ...feel free to look it up yourself.

    May 13, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. Dimslie

    He's the funniest rapist in the country.

    May 13, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. Laura

    Shooting his hunting partner in the face sums up Cheney to a T. He thinks he's a hawk on security, but he clearly can't handle a gun as well as he talks about being a tough guy, with that knowing, infallible smirk of his. Cheney is a screw up, pure and simple.

    May 13, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  21. Lori in Illinois

    To LJ:

    At least when Clinton lied, no one died.

    May 13, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  22. SD,Michigan

    Bill Clinton left a big pie when he left, but Bush and Cheney ate it all, and then some more.
    I'd take the 2 men who only hurt their wives -altho I don't condone it-(Clinton and Spitzer) over the two war criminals who hurt an entire nation and brought it to its knees: Bush and Cheney.
    Still love you Bill, and I'm a fan of Hillary as well!

    May 13, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  23. Dennis, Amarillo Texas

    The terrorist planned, organized, directed, and controlled the attack on 9/11 while Clinton was President. The terroist carried out numerous attacks on American Interest, including The Twin Towers in New York while Clinton was President. You liberals bend and twist your limited brain power to beat up on Cheney and Bush who had to deal with the total incompetance of Bill Clinton and his Incredible Hulk Gore by fighting the terrorist who grew from a hole in a mountain while Clinton was President, to a world wide Jihad by the end of his do nothing administration. Bush grew the econmony 10 times over Clinton/Gore but you fools wouldn't know it. The entire mess we are in was due to Clinton & Gore.

    May 13, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. marial

    The Torture Tour with Richard Bruce Cheney – not promoted by ShamedNation.

    May 13, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Melanie

    "Bloody Bill" Clinton .....a modern day Caligula

    May 13, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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