November 27th, 2009
02:50 PM ET
4 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

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  1. Tim from Tampa

    Cheney & Palin in 2012!!!!!! More war & a pistol in every pot!

    November 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. You've got the wrong Cheney.....

    It's Liz Cheney that we want.....listen to her if you get a chance.....smart as a whip AND experienced......

    It's all women in 2012'.....Liz Cheney, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman....

    The men have had their chance and don't have a clue......

    November 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Thomas

    Oh for gods sake....He already was our president for the better part of 8 years....if ya know what I mean! America can't stand another round.

    November 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Tim

    i read the article again in complete disbelief....you maniacs are completely out of your minds (although i would challenge both the size and credibilty of those supposed minds).. this country has far too many tunnel visioned and uneducated politicians and citizens....grab your history books asap– stop watching reality tv– and begin to think about your potential actions!

    November 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Dave

    The guy has avoidd 5 attempts to draft him in the '60s. What makes this group think they can manage to do it? Oh, wait. This isn't to serve the country, it's to serve himself. It'll probably work then.

    November 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. W Spivey

    I think the American people will have a lot to say about this Richard Cranium running for President.

    November 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Don

    If you think electing Obama was historic, wait'll Cheney takes office: it would be the first time that a war criminal became President. Oh no, wait, there was Bush...

    November 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Michael

    God help us all...

    November 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Piobair

    As he's already served two terms as de facto President, that should constitute a violation of the 22nd Amendment (not that he's ever paid even the slightest attention to the Constitution in the past).

    November 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Stephen

    The more the GOP keeps thrashing around in the political mud pit of their own party the chances of the democrats retaining control gets better and better.

    November 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. John

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Thanks for the laugh CNN.com.

    Watching the GOP destroy itself is almost daily entertainment for me.

    Keep this stuff coming.

    November 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    N0! N0! NO!, but it will insure another democrat victory. If the republicans want to recapture the White House they need someone who is'nt a war pig and is totaly seperated from GWB.

    November 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Bob

    Cheney for president... what a great idea... and Palin fir vp...

    November 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Brad

    Oh that headline gave me the biggest laugh I've had in a long time. If the GOP wants guaranteed defeat in 2012, please, put forth a Cheney/Palin ticket.

    November 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Robert

    That's what we need, a Dick in the white house.

    November 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. PK California

    Like he did such a GREAT job as VP!!!!! DUH!!!!! The GOP STILL hasn't learned! CHENEY/PALIN..........guarenteed a loss in 2012!

    November 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Lisa

    O My God !!

    This is really Unimaginable and Unbelievable.

    I am Thinking.....

    Could there be Group, ever, that would want Hitler to be the Leader again, had Hitler survived the 2nd World War?

    These Guys are Probably from the same ideology, of any such Group that would have supported Hitler.

    Well !!!, It also makes me to think, could there be a Group that would support Child Molester, Serial Killers, Rapists, Mass Killers, Terrorists?

    Yes, there could be such Groups, quite possible.....

    Everything is possible in this world !!!!

    November 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Victor

    Why would you target Tea Party events? Bush/Cheney did NOTHING to reduce the deficit and massively INCREASED government spending without figuring out how to pay for it.

    If Dick Cheney wants to run, let him. If people want to encourage Dick Cheney to run, let them. But let's not be delusional about what that administration represented.

    November 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. babs reinard

    Oh yes run Dick run. You haven't done enough to ruin our nation let's give you a few more years to finish the job. You and the religious right need to go away far away.

    November 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. David Ahmanson

    Okay, I remain a conditional supporter of President Bush, but CHENEY?

    I am prepared to believe many of the left's complaints about him, such as the whole torture thing. While waterboarding is rather milder than some would have you believe, terrorists are people, too, and nothing they do violates their right to be treated as such.

    His approach to government just seems too dictatorial for my taste. Our country above all else, without regard to WHY said country is valuable.

    November 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. imnotamoron

    YEAH RIGHHHT!!! with the approval rating of 21 % when he left the office. That's a good idea. Antagonizing republican when they are voted for office will mark the end of the world as we know it.

    November 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Randi L.

    He doesn't have the heart for it.

    November 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Tom Baker

    It would give me great satisfaction to vote against this war criminal, who by all rights should be in jail. But the risk of him hypnotizing enough of the weak-minded is simply too great.

    November 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Steve in Kentucky

    Oh go ahead and run, Dick!

    With any luck we may see the dream ticket - Cheney- Palin or maybe Palin-Cheney. It wouldn't matter since you'll be the defacto president anyway.

    November 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. stevetall

    Who are these pinheads and what makes this a news story?

    Just when you thought Americans couldn't act any stupider, these uneducated doofuses come along. I suppose they'd be charged up for a Cheney-Palin ticket!

    Dick Cheney should be trying to stay out of the lime light, lest we remember what a criminal he is and the need to investigate, prosecute, and if necessary, incarcerate him.

    November 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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