September 2nd, 2009
06:23 PM ET
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First on the CNN Ticker: DNC takes aim at Cheney

The DNC is taking aim at Dick Cheney in a new ad.
The DNC is taking aim at Dick Cheney in a new ad.

(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is taking aim at Dick Cheney over his string of high-profile media appearances during which the former vice president has been highly critical of President Obama's national security policies.

In a new 30-second television ad set for national cable and local cable in Washington, the DNC asserts many of Cheney's statements have been incorrect - particularly those in which he has argued enhance interrogation techniques conclusively yielded intelligence.

That ad compares those recent statements to ones he made in the leadup to the Iraq war, when he declared Americans would be "greeted as liberators" and that he was sure Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

"Dick Cheney, wrong then, wrong now," the ad states.

The DNC has used Cheney as a punching bag several times already this year, releasing a string of Web videos and press releases last spring questioning whether he was the new leader of the GOP.

Cheney most recently appeared on Fox News, declaring in an interview Sunday that enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, considered by many to be torture, were "absolutely essential in saving thousands of American lives."

Critics contend there is little evidence to support the notion that the techniques themselves were what yielded the information.


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  1. Robert

    Cheny is right, the democrats and the liberal media are wrong. I'm sure the liberal media will have no problem running these partisan ads, but when it comes to advocacy ads on healthcare, they have a different standard.

    MSNBC will be the first to sign up, and will give him special rates. They have contacted the NY Times to figure out how to give special rates without seeming biased.

    September 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Dave

    "Liberals attack a conservative patriot". That is not news, that is what they do every day. Media, go do your job and find some news worth reporting....like maybe you can find an honest liberal....right, good luck doing that!

    September 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. jeff

    That’s so lame and a waste of money for the DNC. Who cares what he says? Did bush cry and yell back at any point when ex presidents criticized him.

    September 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. bb

    Lets say thanks to Mr Chenney, if Oblunder wont help America, maybe Mr Chenney can. Oblunder is trying to destroy great nation. The sooner everyone catches on the better. So far Oblunder has a perfect track record one major screw up after another God have mercy on us cause Oblunder doesnt.

    September 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Petena

    Mr. Cheney: I have no respect for you sir. You are NOT the President or Vice-President. Your administration has been the worst. You are actions are being investigated and that is the reason you are acting like a fool. With all due respect Sir: Shut up and be quiet. It might be the only thing that will help you.

    September 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. lattdaddy

    Cheney is a old creep. I wish that he would just go away.

    September 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Gerald Carter

    When its all said & done & this is all behind us, I predict Dick Cheney will be in custody and will go to prison.

    September 2, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Craig from Pennsylvania

    They should "aim" to put him behind bars where he belongs for the rest of his life. The man is a way too arrogant and a borderline lunatic....

    September 2, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Vickest

    This man is worried that something will be uncovered.

    September 2, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. montag24

    Dick Cheney is a lying war-criminal. Why isn't he being tried for crimes against humanilty?

    September 2, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Kansan

    Cheney knows fully well that if investigated him and many of his croonies are going to have some mega explaining to do...and the house of cards that the GOP is standing on is going to come tumbling down along with him. Their days are numbered.

    September 2, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Bill from CA

    Nice to see the DNC growing some backbone and fighting back against this scumbag. If Cheney was so strong in his beliefs of his torture policies, why didn't he run for President to ensure they would continue?

    September 2, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Robert

    He should be somewhere...moping his house. We got enough of him....crazy guy.

    September 2, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Dale

    Dick Cheney is trying to protect himself from being investigated and jailed! He lied the entire time he was VP and is lying now! He as no respect for the law or the Constitution. The damage he did to our country in 8 years will take twice as long to repair. He should keep his mouth shut and go away and the news media should stop giving him air time.

    September 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Georgia

    Darth needs to be put in a padded room with all of the jibberish he is spewing out. The man is Looney!

    September 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. bee

    I find it ironic that Dick Cheney has so much to say now that we have new president in office,but correct me if im wrong.When Bush was i President for eight LOOOOOOOOONG years,where were you?

    September 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Tom

    The GOP would be so much more effective if it just dropped racist grouches like Cheney. It would seem credible for once.

    September 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Lisa in Shelton

    Dick – wrong then, wrong now, wrong always. This evil man deserves his day in court.

    September 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. kate

    It's called "Freedom of Speech".

    This will backfire on the DNC.

    September 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. No Hillary = No Obama

    What's with Cheney? Leave it to that arrogant administration to keep thinking anyone cares what he has to say. He's either arguing his case before he gets indicted or he's trying to jump start the Republican party by undermining Obama

    September 2, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Stewart

    It's still pretty amazing to me that anyone even gives Cheney a forum to air his ridiculous and demonstrably false ideas. Hasn't he been completely discredited and shown to be a whack job? I mean, if you are a Dick Cheney supporter, I don't think you are a very rationale or reasonable person.

    September 2, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    ENOUGH with this CRIMINAL, when are the Democrats going to get a back bone and charge this thug with WAR CRIMES. Hell, he has admitted to those crime on TV every time he appears. If I sat on Tv and admitted to any crime let alone torturing some one, WAR crimes on my neighbor, giving my buddies thousands of dollars to rob my neighbor and then saying I did it, you can bet your butt, I'll be thrown in prison for yrs. But this thug can admit to his crimes and everyone just says, lets not look back lets look forward. Try telling that to all the thousands of people sitting in prison for less crimes than that. Talk about a double standard.

    September 2, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. leapyear

    Of course it's a problem now to investigate. If there's nothing to hide than why all the uproar. Cheney, you are not above the law; as far as the last administration is concerned, this is obvious how things were done.

    September 2, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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