September 2nd, 2009
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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. Davivd Dee

    "show me the money", Dick. All your lies and distortions won't prove you right. You lied then and your lying now.

    September 2, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Brandon

    cheney is either wrong or lying 100% of the time.

    September 2, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Parnell Godfrey

    Yes, that's right democrats: Accuse our own government of being the real terrorists, not the bombers and fighters in the Middle East. This is one of the reasons you are going down next Nov and forward, your allegiance is not to the best interests of the USA.

    September 2, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Farrell in Houston

    Cheney will hire an attorney now but it won't be the same attorneys who supported him as VP and helped him sell his lies to the American people because they are as guilty of crime as he is.

    September 2, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Terry from West Texas

    To America's Conservative leadership, the truth is that which causes voters to vote Republican. Any statement which causes voters to suspect that Conservative leaders are untalented, ungifted, insincere, unintelligent, or incompetent must therefore be a lie.

    It's a different definition than the one taught to us in school, but it seems to work for them.

    September 2, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Thomas

    I honestly can't think of anyone with less credibility than Mr. Cheney. And that is saying something in Washington, DC.

    Mr. Cheney really needs to return to the anonymity he so richly deserves

    September 2, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Paul from Phoenix

    Obama and DNC Playbook:

    "If things are going bad, bring up Bush and Cheney."

    Look, Bush was a bad President. But, that does not give Obama the right to be as bad, if not worse, which is where he is headed remarkably quickly.

    September 2, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. kim

    Dick Cheney, the GodFather. Where was he during the last four year's of George Bush's presidency. The American public has ssen more of Cheney since Obama's been in office then the entire eight years of George Bush. He has never and will never admit that invading Iraq was wrong. That's just plain arrogance! The sad part is that some Americans chose to believe him, despite the overwhelming evidence that Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks of 911. Cheney represents the war machine that former Pres. Eisenhower warned against. It amazes me of how gullible the American public can be at times.

    September 2, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. sharon

    Keep on DNC......there are many,many more mistakes by the ol'Darth that need to be pointed out.

    September 2, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Brett

    DNC people or RNC people dont know what is REAL inside the washington.. so shut up!

    September 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Carroll Day

    Cheney continues to be wrong on many issues of natonal intelligence and national interest. He is a lost man from the anticommunist period who finds himself out of touch in the present age. He should watch old movies and not stress his heart about trying to correct his mistakes in the middle east with his ravings now.

    September 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Jimmy the Greek

    DNC = Party of Wrong

    Prosecute CIA = WRONG
    Government takeover of GM, Banks, etc = WRONG
    Public Option for Healthcare = WRONG
    Obama bowing to Saudis = WRONG
    Obama apologizing to world = WRONG
    Demonizing citizens protesting = WRONG

    It's ok, though, Americans will RIGHT Congress in 2010.

    September 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Felly

    Dick Cheney is a moron. Where is the WMD and of course the oil that he promised us?

    September 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. victim of republican greed

    Dick has really caused a lot of grief for the Bush administration. In the cream puff interviews from Fox entertainment, Dick indicated he had no problem with interrogaters going well beyond the justice department guidelines.

    If he could have just kept his lying mouth shut, this might have gone away. Obama wanted to move forward, but now, it is time for a full investigation.

    September 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Dave in Illinois

    Let's trot out the Bush administration and the Iraq War again to deflect the criticism of President Obama on current events like health care and try to pump up his falling poll numbers.

    It's a lot easier to do that than tout the President's accomplishments in foreign policy; like getting Iran and North Korea to give up their nuclear programs, keeping the Lockerbie bomber in prison, and winding down the war in Afganistan. Or didn't you see those stories in the news this week.

    September 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Tom

    Cheney is on the defensive, because he knows that as "torturer-in-chief", all roads will lead to his own doorstep in any investigation.

    September 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. jeff jackson, alabama

    When our troops pulled down the statue of Hussein
    they were greeted as liberators. You know, misrepresentations
    would go over a lot better if less historical events were
    on film.

    September 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. victim of republican greed

    Maybe there will be room for Dick in Trafficant's cell.

    September 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Mike

    Vice President Chaney has told the truth about the information gained from the terrorists thanks to water boarding. The lame brained liberal bed wetting "news" organizations such as ABC,NBC and MSNBC can only lie about it but offer no substance. Substance is available that supports VP Chaney statements. Truth always hurts the liberal base of the democratic party.

    September 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Alfred E. Neumann

    "DNC takes aim at Cheney"

    Poor choice of words indeed!

    September 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. lysheen

    By simply being himself he discredits any argument that he makes. He doesn't have a shred of credibility with the vast majority of America. When he says IET "saved thousands of lives", people laugh and roll their eyes. I don't get why the GOP won't put this guy on a leash? Whatever, keep talking Darth Cheney. The more you speak, the you drive people away from conservatism.

    September 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Moderate Democrat

    And I'm sure we will shortly see the retard brigade unloading it's deviant and stanic cult members that believe torture is a good thing and that the laws of this land should not be followed. There is no doubt, we will have some moron(s) here commenting how torture is a patriotic duty.

    September 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. melissa

    Why won't this man go away. Bush had enough sense to crawl under a rock in Texas, can't Cheney do the same? Does anyone care what this pacemaker monster thinks?

    September 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    Its a fact that the Obama Era has made this country less safe and people DO NOT WANT the Obama Socialistis Republic of NON-America.

    September 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. "Victim" - Often Used, Rarely True

    Cue regular posters complaining of the "daily story "regarding a Republican for the "far-right wing libs" to kick around, as if they haven't also been waiting for the opportunity to call them the "dems" out.

    Consistant criticism begets constistant apathy. But, by all means keep beating that drum...

    And yes, if Cheney attcaks dems and their policies braodly, he too is subject to broud citicism.

    Don't dish it if you can't take it.

    September 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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