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. MPeter

    Cheney is a coward. He is screaming because he knows DOJ is coming after him. He lied and broke the law. He authorized torture. He was the worst VP ever.

    September 2, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Bill in California

    PERHAPS THE NEXT 9/11 EVENT WILL GIVE THE bleeding heart liberals their chance to show how its done. Maybe the EMPEROR can apologize and bow his way out of any future attacks.

    September 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Kel

    It's nice to see the Dems spending their money this way. Last time I heard, Cheney wasn't running for any office. You can say "he's wrong again" all you want. There's a CIA intelligence report and Justice Department investigation that shows "conclusively" that Cheney is correct. Enhanced interrogation yielded positive results to thwart terrorist activities. It's undeniable; no matter how much the pre-911 mentality-Dems try to spin it.

    September 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. noname

    to all those who think it is ok for CIA and rest of people doing horrendous things to others in our name and creating more and more nations who hate us and distrust us, and use 911 as an excuse for it being all right to torture....question....what will you all do , if in the end of the investigation,it leads right up to the top,the shrub and all his connections,cheney, ......and other people did not do 911 ...anyone who is so callous to stick up for torture, would not think twice about killing 3000 innocent americans so they could get their own way, .....go down in history,etc.....even on lies....just so they could get who tried to kill their day.....common sense......like you all feel.....he stopped at nothing, and has cost thousands of innocent lives, just so he could get the man who tried to kill his dad,.......and i believe this investigation will prove that it was not others who attacked 911, it was done and orchestrated within, i bet......and that is one of the reasons they are saying let the past alone......it will be proven in the long run.

    September 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Joe

    This guy can't wait for another terrorist attack !

    September 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. A. Goodwin

    Awesome. We need this scumbag prosecuted and put behind bars. This ad is not enough!

    September 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Redcat

    Dick Just needs to sit down and shut up!

    September 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Bobby G.

    The Democrats attacked him FIRST. I don't see anything wrong with the man just defending himself.

    September 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Go to bed DICK!

    September 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Amy

    It boggles my mind that Cheney and his crew had the worst terrorist attack in the history of the country occur ON THEIR WATCH, yet somehow assert with straight faces that they are better able to protect the country than anyone else because....nothing's happened since then????

    It further boggles my mind that the Dems clearly have no clue how to throw the attacks of 9/11 right back into their faces as the most glaringly obvious evidence that in fact the Bush/Cheney regime sucked at homeland security, with all kinds of documentation to back up that claim.

    On the other hand, I guess that really shouldn't boggle the mind because Dems suck at that sort of thing.

    September 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Torture is against the law. End of story. If Dick wanted to torture people, he should have had congress pass a law to do so and back out of the geneva convention. Therefore, the Department if Justice is obligated to investigate these potential crimes. Any other talk (like we did or didn't get information) is completely irrelevant and discussion otherwise is completely irrational.

    September 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Rob Johnson

    Cheney's ridiculous comment that the President is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the country is a good example of just how wrong he can be.

    Remember, Cheney worked for Nixon, and apparently he is still devoted to Nixon's philosophy that the President is above the law, or as Nixon famously put it in the Frost interview, "When the President does it, it is not illegal."

    Cheney is still upset about Nixon being forced out of office by the Watergate scandal, still thinks Nixon did nothing wrong, and looked at the Bush administration as an opportunity to "restore" some kind of imaginary Presidential powers that only exist in his head, because they sure aren't in the Constitution.

    Scary to think this man was a heartbeat away from the Presidency....

    September 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Chut Pata

    Cheney is just mad that his company Halliburton is not making the windfall profits that it was making during his tenure. National security for George W meant profits for his oil company and for Cheney it meant defence contracts for his Halliburton.

    The war, based on a lie of WMD, costed over 5,000 American lives, but made tons of profits for oil companies and defence contracting companies owned by the president and vice president.

    September 2, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Bill from Baltimore

    Dick Ceney is wrong on so many fronts is tough to find a starting point...Torture is Un American and Insults the memory of our Military who have fought oppression to rid the world of torture. We have signed the Geneva Conventions Treaties and so as a nation of laws, we must investigate these allegations and let those investigations go where the truth lies. Cheney's foreign policies have alienated our allies and emboldened our adversaries for the past 8 years. The attacks of 9-11 occured on their watch, so more Americans have died nder their watch than any other Administration in our history. The Bush Tax cuts which Cheney has supported drove our Government to new levels of debt. This especially bad when it occured during "Those Good Years" of the Bush Administration. The Bush Cheney Years will come to be known as the "Lost Decade"...

    September 2, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. James

    I trust Dick before I trust the DNC to know what is best for the security of the country, thats for sure. I hands down trust Mr. Cheney over Mr. Obama on security matters.

    September 2, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Cool Cat

    Dick Cheney should enjoy his retirement! A man who can mistake another man and shoot him in the face and who has tagged along Bush, responsible primarily for the fallen image of United States, should just shut up and enjoy retirement. He was in the news for the wrong reasons when he was vice president and its no different now!

    September 2, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Fred L. Fraud

    The Dickster needs to go away. He is VERY IRRELAVANT! Dick can you hear me? YOU ARE NO LONGER WANTED OR NEEDED – GO AWAY!!!!

    September 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Paul Abeln

    I thought the Republicans were the law and order party. Torturing enemy combatants is against the law. Oh, I forgot, Dick Cheney can break the law anytime he wants with no repercussions. And Dick can crow about breaking the law. And fellow Republicans applaud his crimes. Jeez Louise.

    September 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. T Mckinley

    On Septemter 11, of Cheney's 1st year in office, we experienced the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil.

    What is Darth Haliburton going to be saying when September 11 of Barack Obama's 1st year in office comes and goes WITHOUT a terrorist attack?

    September 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Phil

    He is the type of low life that has cost this country thousands of men and woman and billions of dollars. Why should we as a country listen to anything that comes from his or any of the other members of Pres Bush's administration. I am sure if a poll was taken asking should our goverment prosecute him and others from that administration it would be a hands down yes.

    September 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. terry, va

    Dick Cheney has been wrong in the past. There is no doubt about that. Was it bad intelligence? Maybe, maybe not. Was it a case of Bush and Cheney wanting to do something about us being attacked, whether it was the right target or not? My believe is that Bush and Cheney did what they thought was right to PROTECT this nation. Everything that I have seen from Obama is that he is doing everything he can to lay down like a little punk. God help us, because the agencies that have in the past will not be able to.

    September 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. PLUTO

    Cheney lies a lot. Let's waterboard him and find out what he REALLY knows.

    September 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Claire

    Sorry, but this is just a distraction from the point that Cheney (rightly) is making, that the Obama administration is making a mistake about investigating the CIA. More of the same, tired, 'Oh, it's all Bush/Cheney's fault' tactic. Grow up, Dems- it's all on your shoulders now.

    September 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Susan

    I think the ad says it all...he's only come up out of his bunker because he's seeing the empire crumble, and he's afraid he will be found to have no clothes. At last, justice for the innocent Iraqis and innocent Americans and all the people we tortured may be served. Let freedom ring!

    September 2, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. dz in Austin

    Good!!!!! I know he feels guilty because they let the 9/11 happen on their watch, but that's no excuse for going overboard in the other direction. Stopping a plot by a bunch of guys who were going to get into CIA headquarters by posing as pizza boys, isn't brain science.
    How can anyone believe anything he says? Finally someone is calling this man on his lies!

    September 2, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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