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. Russ H

    To: Allicsansay. Let them come in our area, we love to hunt. Cheney, Pelosi and Bush would be perfect targets. Called fragging.

    May 13, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Liam

    Bill & Dick are both owned by the shadow and, like cunning pederasts, steer you around until the Fed enslaves you. The Argentina model began here under Bill and we are one third the way to their finish line...

    May 13, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Yeah, we remember that "hunting" trip. And the fact that they tried to cover up what really happened.

    Cheney can tote a gun into a penned up hunting "range" but never carried a rifle in Vietnam.

    May 13, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Jimmy

    Bill should also practice his aim so he doesn't fire semen all over his next intern's dress.

    May 13, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Andi

    I thought it was pretty funny. I don't care what Cheney says any more than any on the Right care about what Clinton says. Quit with the 'oh, yeah, well YOUR guy was worse' crap. Clinton was showing he supports OUR President. At least he isn't making outrageous claims. Will you guys relax. We are no more or less safe than we have ever been, and that's a fact. No one has the ability to predict the future. 9/11 happened, the WTC bombing attempt in 1993 happened. Could something else happen? Yes. Is it possible to be struck by lightning? Yes. We don't know if either scenario has better odds of happening, do we? Has our government over the past few decades been unable find two magnets in their pockets – I don't have much confidence we can know for certain we are safe. Cheney's knowledge isn't all that, plus, I think he's been losing it for a while. Seriously. I'm not being hateful. I'm serious.

    May 13, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Connie, you either support the Constitution or you don't. It doesn't matter if the lie is about sex or war. A lie is a lie is a lie and Clinton is the only one who has lied under oath, committing perjury, a crime.

    May 13, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. mark

    Project for the New American Century! – "It's Over!" – God, I love that line!

    I can't wait to see that pompas ass in an orange jump suit!

    May 13, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. Carl Justus

    Cheney and Rush Limbaugh are the two biggest liars in the republican party and when they get more like them the republican party will be like the Whig party–no more.

    May 13, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. Anne Squires-Henry

    Cheney is an evil person! He hates America unless he is personally benefiting in a monetary way!

    May 13, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  10. chris

    bill, it is also over for you. you need to go back home a practice being faithful to your wife.

    May 13, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. Otto

    Can I add a statement? The whole Dick cheney thing is a big joke. I think it's a plan to ruin the Republican party even more than it is.

    As long as the current major players continue to open theiur mouth, the more the ship sink.

    I'd like more of Dick, Rush, Steele...you know the lot. Sinking faster than a rusty ship.

    May 13, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. Renel C

    To Robin,

    Bill might be a first class swine, but Cheney is a world class liar and deceiver. By the way, when clinton lied, only his sperms died. When Cheney/bush lied, thousands of people died. it's funny that the Bush/Cheney supporters value sexual morality than thousands of lives being lost due to a LIE. Typical neocon idiot for you, lol

    May 13, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. DaBird

    Bill should stick to Monica Lewinsky.

    May 13, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. Keith

    Yes, thank you Bill Clinton for the U.S.S. Cole attack, the first attack on the World Trade Center, The embasy bombings in Africa, Somalia...yes your forgein policy and national security record speaks for itself...

    May 13, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Steve

    Cheney is putting American lives in danger by constanty saying America is unsafe now–that is an invitation for some country to shoot of a nuke or the Taliban that hates us to do try to do something terrible. He is a threat to national security.

    Cheney is no longer in office to have any clue what is going on and is not privy to secret intelligence. He was not the president–he was VP and he is out of place. The terror and fear and torture Cheney caused was to the American people and those he really tortured and all the other countries "hated" him they did not fear him. He had Americans fearing him and the republicans and democrats of the senate and congress and is trying to regain that.

    May 13, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. Denise

    If Cheney sticks to target practice, he won't have any friends left!

    May 13, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. JOE

    After Cheney is in a federal prison for 30 days and if they let him play with the big boys....He will need a box of Kotex..

    They cant wait to get him in the shower and play drop the soap....

    May 13, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. dc

    If Bill Clinton would have done his job, instead of fooling around with that woman, we would have not had issues like torture, He had no less two chances to kill bin laden.....

    May 13, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Lynn

    Tulsa: Unless Cheney speaks under oath, as he repeatedly refused to do and doesn't appear willing to do should a comission or whatever is formed, he can say whatever he pleases but it is just so much hot air. We do know that videoes and who knows what else was destroyed that chronicled the torture.

    Do you really think that they gained information from torture that saved TENS OF THOUSANDS of lives as he claims we wouldn't have heard about it??

    Bill Clinton was asked to respond while at an event that had nothing to do with the whole Cheney blabber; Cheney has chosen to go about blithering in softball interviews.

    May 13, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. F.L. Kennedy

    Cheney The Shameless is such an insult to the American character, proudly considered to include the courage to try things the right way and, likewise, to admit the wrongs when apparently so.

    May 13, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Ellie

    Someone needs to get the shells from Cheney's duck hunting rifle. Don't let the man have a loaded rifle now.

    May 13, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    Bill Clinton .is right

    tricky Dick Cheney couldn't hold a candle to Mr.Clintons ability to lead our country . and what Clinton did for our debt was great and Bush Cheney squandered it away in 8 years . I personally miss Bill Clinton and wish him well and hope he keeps up the great work he is doing world wide .
    Cheney and Rush the druggie can keep right on squaking and threatening all they want too most americans by now know he and his little group of hench men are idiots and need to just go away.. but with all the lip service going on it would apear they are trying to draw attention away from all the crap they pulled (Rove) over the last eight years .. justice will prevale and might put their fonney little ass's in prison . good place for all of them. but just keep right on mouthing off .. makes you look dumb real dumb and un American

    May 13, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. Mike

    Honestly, I haven't heard this much from Cheny in eight years. What the hell??? This scum bag, torturing, scam artist is trying to upset the balance, says the drug addict is better than Colin Powell???

    Nice Party ya got there Repubs.........with leaders like that, shoud be an exciting, bright future.....

    May 13, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. tom

    How can you people support Clinton? I suppose you also think Ted Kennedy is a great guy; maybe you'll send your daughters out with these men? I dont support Chenny, but you Liberal extremists idiots are as stupid as the ultra conservative.

    And how can you possibly credit Clinton with the luck America had in the 90s; which were set up by two Republican presidents before and lead to Enron, WorldCom, NAFTA, Mark Rich and many more Clintonisms...

    I wish all of you would get out of my country and let us sane people live our lives.

    May 13, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. andrea

    Dick, go find your BUNKER. Way to go, Bill.

    May 13, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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