November 27th, 2009
02:50 PM ET
5 years ago

New group tries to convince Cheney to run in 2012

A new group wants Dick Cheney to challenge President Obama in 2012.
A new group wants Dick Cheney to challenge President Obama in 2012.

Washington (CNN) – A new group wants former Vice President Dick Cheney back in the White House.

The organization - "Draft Dick Cheney 2012" - launched on Friday, and unveiled their new Web site. Their aim: To convince the former vice president to seek the Republican presidential nomination in the next race for the White House. But there may be a major roadblock to the group's pitch - Cheney himself.

"The 2012 race for the Republican nomination for President will be about much more then who will be the party's standard bearer against Barack Obama, the race is about the heart and soul of the GOP," said Christopher Barron, one of the organizers of the Draft Cheney movement. "There is only one person in our party with the experience, political courage and unwavering commitment to the values that made our party strong – and that person is Dick Cheney."

The former vice president has been a frequent outspoken critic of the Obama administration's security policy. He recently suggested that Obama was "dithering" over deciding on adding more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. National polls suggest that the former vice president remains popular among conservatives and Republicans.

Does Cheney want to run for the White House? He was quite blunt earlier this month about whether he had any desire make a bid for the presidency in the next election. At an event in Houston for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who's running for Texas governor, Hutchison was joined by Cheney, who endorsed her bid against fellow Republican incumbent Rick Perry. During the rally, Hutchison yelled out to the crowd "Cheney 2012!" and some one in the audience quickly responded "We need you, Dick!"

Cheney's response: "Not a chance."

Barron says the group hopes to follow up Friday’s Web launch with a more formal structure, which will include building a database and reaching out through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Barron adds that there is no budget set yet, and that the effort is grassroots at this point. He says the group plans on targeting tea party events and plans on building grassroots chapters in key early presidential caucus and primary states including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

–CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @psteinhausercnn


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  1. Fed up Monority

    Robert E. Lee
    You sure had a lot too write.......I only have one line, that is more powerful then ever thing you wrote..........WHERE DID GET US

    November 27, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Scott

    What? This guy represents nothing but Big Business and Corporate kick backs. This goes to show the GOP has lost its moral compass even thinking about nominating him.

    November 27, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Amunaka

    Ugh ...cheney.. palin ..bachman ...dobbs...2012

    Why does this make the hair on my neck stand up...

    November 27, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Mark

    Deferment Dick??

    November 27, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Expat American

    Cheney was the de facto President for 8 years. He believed that his reign of terror instilled fear in the hearts and minds of the enemies of the United States. But he was wrong. The enemies of the United States would welcome a Cheney campaign for President – they were never afraid of Cheney. Because of Cheney and to a certain extent Bush, for reasons of his sheer unintelligence and incompetency, the enemies of the United States only further consolidated their strength, their numbers, and are more powerful today solely because of failed 'Republican Values' than ever before.

    Sad but true.

    November 27, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. My Gawd

    Don't people even think before they go public with such nonsense.

    November 27, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    I hope the group of idiots pick Darth Vader Cheney .. and hope he hasn't been convicted yet of crimes against humanity , that way the democrates are sure to take the office again, and Obama can continue to bring our great nation back from the cheney rove bush debackle :)

    November 27, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. rosher32

    Run Dick ...Run ..

    Something tells me this wont happen – U see. Dick likes to work behind the scenes not as the front man. Its how he works best.

    Come on Dick – Time to walk the walk or SHUT UP.

    November 27, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Artie

    My My, when the libs hate it is frightening to behold! Such vitriolic bile for a no nonsense conservative! The libs would rather have an under qualified minority "word processor" to make them feel good about their all encompassing political correctness! One who would tear down America to remake it into a second rate European clone !! Till next election dunder heads!

    November 27, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. ccblend

    Ahh, anyone click on the link to the Draft Cheney website? Anyone get a 404? And this Christopher Barron? Wasn't there someone with the Log Cabin Republicans with that name? Hmmm?

    November 27, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Joanna

    Cheney for president?
    (wasn't he already?)

    Be afraid; be very afraid.

    I think I'll get started on that backyard bunker.

    November 27, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Surf Dog San Diego

    Please run, Darth Draft Evader. Then we can be sure President Obama has a second term.

    November 27, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    What a nice present from CNN. Instead of serving up two or three Palin stories, the present a Cheney story for its loyal audience of uneducated dunces to deman and degrade. I can see all of the dope smokers have responed with their hatred and and spleen venting vitriol. Are we ever going to hear anything from CNN about the liberal congressmen and Charlie Rangel investigations? Media bias is so disgusting.

    November 27, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Reagan was wrong

    What GOPers want is a return to the glory days of the United States- when were the most powerful nation on Earth and we happily wallowed in excess.

    This will never happen.

    Rome in the second century was much like the US at the end of the twentieth century. Rome today is a city. We are now seeing the rise of other nations onto the global stage, the decline of the US dollar, and an explosion in global telecommunications. Obama understands that America's future depends on how it positions itself into this new global dynamic. A return to a Cheney-based model of foreign policy that seeks American hegemony is incompatible with today's realities.

    November 27, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Rick CT

    Ah, a good story by CNN to get the libs all riled up. Cheney's not going to run – quite frankly, he's not healthy enough and he knows it. His heart would not hold out. Good to see the libs are delighting in Cheney's health problems. Maybe the rest of us should have been as delighted with Teddy's health problems – but we're not mean like the libs.

    November 27, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Emma

    Cheney's prospects of winning the presidency? Even he knows it would not happen. The looneys that want him to lead want another Bush fiasco!

    November 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. will

    SCARY!!!!!! What a bunch of ignorant fools!!!!!

    November 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. republicans hate america

    yah run Cheney that way Obama can win again. Obama will win anyway I will be the first in line to vote for him too

    November 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Steve

    Obama/Biden vs. Cheney/Palin would be the most lopsided loss in United States political history and throw the final shovel of dirt on the GOP

    November 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. john

    Draft Cheney?! LOL. This is life imitates art. Mr Burns for President – I'll vote for him only if Homer is VP. Then we can continue the Bush tradition of having boneheads in power. Doh!

    November 27, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Leo

    Run....Forrest....Run...... You can't fix stupid. Some people will never learn.

    November 27, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Indy

    There is no need to watch TV for comedy anymore. The Republicans provide all the laughter one can handle.

    November 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Ruty

    Please run Dick so we can DEFEAT you. Run Dick, Run.

    November 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Etsil Mason

    A better Idea would be to send him an Sarah Palin to Afghanistan in uniform. Let get an upfront and real picture of a withering war. They then may welcome dithering alternatives.

    November 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Mona

    That's all we need, Cheney as President in the W.H.! OMG! Maybe
    it could be a Cheney/Palin ticket? OMG! Please, please, please,
    perish that thought!!!!!

    November 27, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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