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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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. W l Jones

    Leave ms. Mrs. Sarah alone she durn the country a great service by keep the Republican at bay while the Democratic do the country business. Bless.

    February 14, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. harold

    Now Cheny don't make Sarah Palin cry by withholding support for her as Presidential material...She is in good health as far as we can see...

    February 14, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. William Rumpf

    Very few people were qualified to be President when sworn in-Including our present one.

    February 14, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Gop

    I like his answer because it made a lot of sense. If he were to come out and say yes she is qualified to be president then the liberal press would have a ball running this story.

    In fact I believe it was a no win for him no matter if he believed she is or is not qualified to be president.

    It would not help her chances one bit by him saying so. But I like to point out to all you Palin bashers that cant wait to write down the nasty comments in this forum that she is just as qualified to be president as your lord Obama was last year.

    And to tell you the truth I don’t see how she could be any worst then Obama has been this past year!

    February 14, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    I don't think Palin would make a very good president, though I do think she would be better than Obama.

    February 14, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Babs

    I don't think Cheney is qualified to answer that question.

    February 14, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. James C

    Dick – was the LAST president qualified ????

    February 14, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. mike

    Cheney is still trying to join the army....I hope he makes it, since he got cheated out of it when he was younger....

    February 14, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. mk

    Remeber when Cheney was in charge of finding W's Vice President and he picked himself? He has an ego the size of the US, no one would be capable in his eyes. He must be a MISERABLE human to be around.

    All the same, it would be totally amusing to see Sarah run. She would run out of hands to write on so her speeches would be all folksy and you betcha's, oh and she could wink a lot too. Just what we need, a good long laugh.

    February 14, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. K in Miami

    It's interesting how the worst of the worst of the Republicans refuse to Answer the simple question "Is Sarah Palin" Presidential material....?

    They, like the rest of the Normal World knows that this lady is nothing but fodder for late night comedians and nothing more......

    She is the most pathetic example of professionalism I have ever seen, each time she show's the country how truly stupid and childish she is, reflects on the Judgement of John McCain......!

    February 14, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Cheney/Palin in 2012

    would ENSURE Democratic rule for GENERATIONS to come.

    February 14, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. KW

    guest: re waterboarding: You believe the account given by the CIA about the number of people who were waterboarded??
    The CIA has admitted in the past that they do not feel the need to be disclose "all" to the American public.

    February 14, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Whoever Cheney supports for president their campaign will be short lived because Cheney's support is like the kiss of death. But it's one thing for sure, even Cheney knows Palin isn't qualified and to dodge the question is proof enough.

    February 14, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. Tristan

    Come on Dick, George Bush did it for 8 years. Clearly it doesn't take intelligence or hard work.

    February 14, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Sam

    Cheney and Palin in one sentence made me think of another common sentence. Dumb and Dumber.

    February 14, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Zion

    Look, let me satisfy the Palin obsession. I will give the same response that Dr. Rice gives. "There are different types of experience. Perhaps she fills a void for some that other voices do not fill." The end.

    February 14, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. MJM

    Cheney, your just scared that she will blow you out of the water doing a whole lot better job than you ever thought about doing. By the way, she has already said that it depends if she will run or not by if it is the best thing for her and her faimly and for the country. For those of you that bad mouth her, I'd watch it if I were you. You will probably have to eat those words one day soon.

    February 14, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. W. Hicks

    Please, please get Sarah Palin out of any plan to run on the Republican ticket in 2012. She is damaging the party and will insure the election of the Democratic Party to the Presidency again.

    February 14, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    Short answer: NO!!!!

    February 14, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. RMS

    Why are people encouraging Palin and still talking to Cheney like he matters?

    February 14, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. marcus (seattle)

    nothing would guarantee obama's re-election more than sarah palin being the republican presidential nominee.. please, sarah, run for president.. the thought of you as president scares all but the most fringe lunatics of the right wing..

    February 14, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. shakin the dust off of my shoes

    huh.... I don't think he really did dodge the question.

    I think it is pretty clear.

    February 14, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. From the south

    I think Dick Cheney is out there on every tv station, he can get on because he's wanting his daughter to run for President. He's wanting to keep the Cheney name out there. I bet he can't stand Palin. That's the reason he didn't answer.–They are two of a kind. Liars.

    February 14, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. annie against biased news

    The Reupublican party needs to stand stronger than ever before in the history of our country.

    Not just the party of No but the party of "HELL NO".

    February 14, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. Slamer

    As usual...the master of the non-answer. Go away Dick.

    February 14, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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