February 14th, 2010
05:53 PM ET
5 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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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Palin is not ready! Cheney even "lightly" criticized her on her comment about preemptively attacking Iran.

    February 14, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Denise

    In other words, no.

    February 14, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. kate

    Cheney evaded the question. He knows she isn't presidential material, just couldn't be man enough to admit it.

    February 14, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. difford zucher

    Wow that is the correct question mr cheney has gotten right.

    February 14, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. rfk

    In other words, Chaney is saying NO. This is what irritates me about modern 'Journalism' – no follow up when a question is dodged.

    When McCain campaigns again for his seat I hope at least one interviewer asks him if Palin ran in 2012 would he vote for her. Then when McCain answers with the usual blather about how proud he is of her (and her husband, he always has to mention Todd), the interviewer would refuse to continue until he actually answers the question.

    February 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Seattle Sue

    Cheney is one miserable,evil SOB!

    February 14, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Barry

    who cares what cheyney thinks

    February 14, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. RLS-Ohio

    Cheney? Who cares what that idiot thinks? He did a bang up job messing this country up for his own financial gain.
    Why can't he just fade into the sunset quietly?
    The media needs to stop recording this current diarrhea of his mouth- his opinions are not important at all especially concerning this other non issue- PALIN. Make then go away- and report on people who really matter.

    February 14, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. ED FL

    ABC is hard up for news when they have to interview a murdering cowardly draftdodging[ Ex poor] politician for an interview.I have quit watching ABC since Sawyer took over ,they do not offer real news their main objective is to make Sawyer the news by exploiting her personally in new hot spots. She has become a female Geraldo who wants to be the news not report it.Cheney was/is a loser and the poorest example of leadership this country has ever seen.

    February 14, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Total BS

    Cheney, Please move on in your life !

    February 14, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Indy

    I am pretty certain Cheney is on record previously for saying that Palin was qualified. I am sure there are tens of thousands that wish they had never said she was qualified to be POTUS, now that it is 100% clear that she is in no way, whatsoever, qualified to be in any high office.The more she is out conning people out of $100,000 for a speech, the more we see how little she knows. By now we all know she will never be qualified to be President and for the people that continue to say she is qualified, we know they are not trustworthy and not telling the truth.I would not trust anyone as a decision maker if they try to tell me Sarah palin is qualified for anything other then celebrity status

    February 14, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. timz

    That's a big "No!" What does that say about Palin when this guy thought W was qualified?

    February 14, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Rich

    For Pete's sake – let Sarah Palin have her chance to run her own race! Any one should be allowed to demonstrate their views and then let the voters decide. If she can raise the money and earn the votes, let her go for it! There have been many candidates in the past who were allowed to take their candidacy as far as they could. Mrs. Palin will know when to run or not run – let it be her call!

    February 14, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    "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."
    _______________________________________________________
    World's second toughest job, maybe. The toughest job has got to be that poor schmuck who write Obama's speeches trying to make him look like he cares one bit about the American taxpayer.

    February 14, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Keith in Austin

    Why is this NEWS CNN? My God, we have a complete incompetent of a President and Liberals spending our future away like crackheads with stolen credit cards! No wonder your ratings are in the tank along with MSNBC!

    February 14, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Dean in PA

    Shut up, jerk. No one cares about your opinion on anything, even that female twit with brains that are roughly the consistency of Redi-Whip.

    February 14, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Rose

    Like always, he answered the question he wanted to answer and didn't answer the question that was asked of him. Typical Cheney.

    February 14, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He knows that she isn't. She doesn't have the understanding and the willingness to learn and to compromise. Cheney knows that she is another ideologue that doesn't think; much like Dan Quayle and George W(oman) Bush.

    February 14, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. gloria

    Give credit where credit is due. Even D. Cheney knows S. Palin is not qualified to be anywhere near the Oval Office. Am still wondering if she padded her resume' with a college degree. Has anyone seen it? What was her grade point average?

    February 14, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. jerseylou

    WOW,what an indirect kick in the Butt to palin by cheney,these nuts can't get enough of eating each other.What's the matter cheney she's not smart enough to be in your club ?

    February 14, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. John

    How can Cheney's lack of candor surprise anyone. He likes to snipe from protected vantage points. That was what he did at Abu Ghraib, at Guantanamo, and ever other time except when he shot a guys face off. That he did up close and personal.

    Interesting that he can shoot a guys face off but he can't answer a simple question about Palin's qualifications. Kind of silly to take a sideline opinion on this issue considering that we all know the answer to the question anyway.

    February 14, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. Mitchell from MS

    Again the funny thing here is that you liberals are so afraid of this woman. Why else is she constantly in the news?

    I don't think she will get the nomination in 2012.....I bet you wish she would so your loser messiah could contiue his journey of taking this country down the road of socialism.

    February 14, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Tom

    Chaney should crawl back in to his hole
    he saw his shadow
    had his time
    should have been impeached for the lies that led to the Iraq War and should been charged and thrown in prison for all the brave soldiers that his lies and decisions have cost thier young lives along with iraq dead
    now he just goes on fox news like all the one sided ignorant others do
    and inflames hate like the birthers and tea baggers

    February 14, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. harold

    Well Dick Cheney... a question for you.. Was the USA attacked on 9/11 under the Bush Cheney... WATCH?...Bush and Cheny still like to play politics.. Dick once said the Deficit does not matter.. Now Dick what do you say about the USA debt now?..You still want it all for you Republicans.. just win the elections and care less about anything else huh?.. Try some more Republicans last time you all balanced the USA budget was during your Great Depression.. balanced the budget in 1930....

    February 14, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. GOPBslapper

    After letting 9-11 occur due to his incompetence, does anyone but the really gullible believe he has any credability on anything? He told Richard Clarke (Bush's head of anti-terrorism) that terrorism was a low priority.........then 9-11 happened and he fell all over himself in the role as Chief Chickenhawk. His ineptitude get 1,000's of Americans killed. He should be tried for Treason.

    February 14, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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