May 13th, 2009
06:01 PM ET
5 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. pomawg

    Clinton great? He signed the bill that overrode Glass-Steagall making himself a major player in the mess we are in today! He was a very good president, great ones don't make major mistakes like that.

    May 13, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Rick

    I think he's right! It is over and the sooner Cheney figures it out the better. I like how Bill Clinton approached this. Perhaps Cheney should shut up and sing...a different tune, or not at all.

    May 13, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Allicansay

    God bless the current President of the United States, Barack Obama.

    P.S. God, please don't let Mr. Cheney hunt in my neighborhood.

    May 13, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Gail

    What a perfect comment, that maybe even Cheney, his daughter and entire crew might get....IT"S OVER!!!! Your time is up!

    May 13, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. rob10001

    Cheney is a joke.

    May 13, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Robin

    Did Bill get his law license back yet? Since it was suspended because he is a first class swine.

    May 13, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Mike

    Prison inmates are waiting for Dick and Condi.

    May 13, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. U.S.A.

    If the republican party is to survive, the voices of Limbaugh, Cheney, O'Reily, and fox news have to die out. It's turning off the American people in large droves. Look at the numbers. Fewer and fewer people are identifying as republican in national polls.

    May 13, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. raj

    I think he is not getting many speaking opportunities like most ex-Presidents and VPs do. He sounds like a frustrated person who is hell bent on further ruining his party. He does not realize the damage he (covertly) has done to the country and the Republican party which has some very nice individuals. Unfortunately I cant say the same for Dick.

    May 13, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. me

    C should take Ru.sh and what remains of the repugnants, one and all, on his next hunting trip – the nice guy that he is!

    May 13, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Good zinger Bill! At least Bush knows enough to keep his big mouth shut. too bad that Cheney didn't get the same memo!

    May 13, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Gerda Edwards

    Pat Smith May 13th, 2009 5:40 pm ET, "When he was in the White House he never said a word. Now he won't shut up. If anything happens to Obama and he does not ge elected does that mean Biden can come back..."
    ===============================
    Pat, I think VP Cheney took advice from Pres Carter's and VP Gore's playbooks, which Pres Clinton also seems to endorse (but not to the same degree). Once Pres Carter and VP Gore violated the unwritten "don't comment on subsequent Administrations" rule, all bets were off. Don't blame the Repubs on this one.

    May 13, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. arithmetic is liberal

    With all that Clinton did when he was in office for the economy, he deserved that **** job.

    May 13, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Rick

    Good 'ole Bill Clinton!!!

    May 13, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. truth is liberal sort of

    waterboard the moderator.

    May 13, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Peter

    Mr. Cheney should go to his house, and stay there until he dies.

    May 13, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Greg Davis

    Gotta love Bill Clinton. I wouldn't go duck hunting with Dick Cheney if you paid me.

    May 13, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. csh

    Thanks President Clinton:

    For the best economy of my lifetime
    For the 22 million jobs you created
    For the successful end to ethnic cleansing in Bosnia
    For the balanced budget
    For the budgest surplus

    etc....

    etc.....

    May 13, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Independent Dem

    Wow, I guess CNN only likes the shrill comments, like casting for a "reality" show. I won't bother with any other comments. (Just pointed out to fellow liberals that Bill was indeed, like it or not, outrageous or not, abuse of power or not, impeached.)

    May 13, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. arithmetic is liberal

    pomawg May 13th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

    Clinton great? He signed the bill that overrode Glass-Steagall making himself a major player in the mess we are in today! He was a very good president, great ones don't make major mistakes like that.

    Agreed on that point. He signed off on so many Republican Revolution measures it wasn't even funny. But he was still more fiscally conservative than 40, 41 and especially 43!

    If you look at it in terms of accomplishments and not partisan party lines, then Bill Clinton is the best Republican president we ever had.

    May 13, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Rosy

    I love Cheney and that fat daughter of his talking too much about torture. It is the most ignorant response ever to assess that you can perform a crime by redefining the definition of the crime by getting a sleek attorney to rewrite the definition. Sad state of affairs for a party that already lied to the American people, the military, our allies, and, the world.

    May 13, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. AB

    FDR lied, millions died. Ike should've prosecuted Truman for war crimes. Hahahahahaha. Idiot libs.

    May 13, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Tulsa

    Robin May 13th, 2009 5:49 pm ET
    Did Bill get his law license back yet? Since it was suspended because he is a first class swine.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Funny you don't hold Newt Gingrich in the same contempt.... He was cheating on his wife WHILE he was going after Bill!
    You are a class 1 hypocrite.

    May 13, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. csh

    Ken, hate to rain on your parade… but…. Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998. Perhaps YOU should check your facts. Midwest Guy.................................................................................................

    Midwest Guy – Hate to rain on your hate parade but Bill Clinton was ACQUITTED by the US Senate in January 1999.

    And he left office with the highest approval rating of any President in 60 years.

    May 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Steve Tucker

    I firmly believe that it is good for the Democrats and Independents to keep Cheney, Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter out in the limelight. Even some of my Republican acquaintances arae getting fed up with the way they are operating. To be sure they are Moderates.

    May 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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