February 14th, 2010
05:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Cheney dodges Palin question

Asked about former Gov. Palin, pictured here with Sen. John McCain, the former Vice President Cheney said Sunday that he hasn't made a decision yet about who he will support in 2012.
Asked about former Gov. Palin, pictured here with Sen. John McCain, the former Vice President Cheney said Sunday that he hasn't made a decision yet about who he will support in 2012.

Washington (CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney sidestepped a question Sunday about whether former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is qualified for the presidency.

Speaking to ABC's "This Week," Cheney was asked about the woman who ran to replace him - and whom some see as a possible future presidential candidate.

"Is she qualified to be president?" Cheney was asked.

"I haven't made a decision yet on who I'm going to support for president the next time around," Cheney responded.

"Whoever it is is going to have to prove themselves capable of being president of the United States. And those tests will come during the course of campaigns, obviously."

He added, "I think all the prospective candidates out there have got a lot of work to do if, in fact, they're going to persuade a majority of Americans that they're ready to take on the world's toughest job."


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Greg in Atlanta

    Why are we still talking about this lady? She wants to be the President of the United States, the toughest job in the world. Please explain to me how people think that she is ready? Can you imagine her alone in the room with Vladimir Putin, formerly the Russian version of James Bond's BOSS... He will eat her alive, and then think us idiots for putting her there in the first place. In this situation, cute ain't gonna cut it. Hell, even Bush didn't write on his hand.
    Please, STOP getting hung up on the fact that the "liberal media" keep unfairly attacking her. People are attacking her because she is dangerous to American interests. She is not ready to lead the world. C'mon, a Republican who had to write on her hand to remember that she wants to cut taxes? Really? Really?

    February 14, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Madeline

    Cheney is right that whoever will replace this president needs to do his or her best ability to know about America's exceptionalism so that we will not apologize for our good intentions. Obama was not scrutinized very well on the primary and presential debate. All the questions that were asked were all the same and rehearsed. Now, we are seeing his empty rhetoric. After his election I know that he is the EXTENSION of BUSH. OBAMA always blame Bush and so as BUSH blame his predecessor. I remembered when president CLINTON became president he never blame BUSH the father. He worked his way TO A PROSPEROUS NATION. I really missed BILL CLINTON how I wish they are the one in the white house today.

    February 14, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. stwebb

    So that's a NO from former VP Dick Cheney!

    February 14, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. stwebb

    Why are my questions never ever allowed?

    February 14, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. stwebb

    Please answer these questions!

    February 14, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    Just imagine the nuclear launch codes written on the palm of her hand and her not even being able to remember to not hold them up for the whole to see. Just look at the photo of this posting. Sarah the hockey mom is a complex mixed bag of the sarcastic smugness of Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” character plus “Chance the gardener” played by Peter Sellers in, “Being There,” who also walked on water for those ignoring the obvious under the surface, and a wacky Vaudeville illogical logic about foreign policy credentials and Limbaugh’s use of “retard,” thus making her and McCain the George Burns and Gracie Allen of the real Surprise Party Ticket.

    February 14, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Greg K., PA

    I think that answer speaks as much, if not more, for what was not said as what was said, and I can certainly appreciate why he would want to sidestep the question – it's not really worth the trouble. What a rare occasion that I find myself sympathizing/rationalizing something that Mr. Cheney has done.

    February 14, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. tom

    What is Wrong with you people? Have we really fallen this far as a country. For the continued talk of her being anything but a playboy center fold. she is so empty headed, CNN and others think its funny to to give her air time. STOP already.

    February 14, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. Keith

    Cheney is nothing but a buffoon who needs to keep his mouth shut cause everytime he speaks it's nothing but negativity with no solutions.

    February 14, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    Who he is going to vote for has nothing to do with the question of weather he thinks she is qualified, so he answer is “No!” Just imagine the nuclear launch codes written on the palm of her hand and her not even being able to remember to not hold them up for the whole world to see. Just look at the photo of this posting. Sarah the hockey mom is a complex mixed bag of the sarcastic smugness of Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” character plus “Chance the gardener” played by Peter Sellers in, “Being There,” who also walked on water for those ignoring the obvious under the surface, and a wacky Vaudeville illogical logic about foreign policy credentials and Limbaugh’s use of “retard,” thus making her and McCain the George Burns and Gracie Allen of politics.

    February 14, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Fooled Again

    Ron Paul is the only qualified honest politician left

    February 14, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. Nero

    Okay, Dick isn't as dumb as I thought. Still, he has a long way to go before I declare him even a little bit smart.

    February 14, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. Francisco Cardenas

    In other words, not Palin.

    February 14, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Mel Mesick

    Cheney and Palin are two individuals who the dems should feel confident that if the GOP keeps playing them, they are assured of another 4 year term. Its my hope that neither of these individuals every play a major roll in the governing body. They have made a debacle of their own party, have tarnished the image of America, and now are making themselves a laughing stock.

    February 14, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Will Work for Health Care

    What a sad and disgraceful commentary.
    I don't believe there are any cojones among them. When is one of these "leaders" going to become a man, stand up and call her for what she truly is... an ankle biting chiuaua sent by the GOP to tweek the intelligent among us. A idiotic money hungry parrot, as well.

    February 14, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Hot-n-Arizona

    He needs to be nice, so he can be her VP.

    February 14, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Richard

    Well, is it not something that we seek the opinion of an abuser of power about another abuser of power.

    February 14, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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