April 22nd, 2010
12:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Cheney endorses Rubio for Senate

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday endorsed Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday endorsed Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio.

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney became the latest prominent Republican to line up behind Marco Rubio's Senate campaign in Florida, issuing a strongly-wording statement Thursday casting Rubio's GOP primary rival, Gov. Charlie Crist, as an unprincipled opportunist who can't be "trusted" to stand up to President Obama.

"Washington is broken and Congress is already overflowing with politicians who need pollsters to tell them what to think," Cheney said of Crist. "It certainly doesn't need another one. Now more than ever America needs leaders with the strength of conviction."

Cheney called Rubio "a strong conservative leader." He urged Crist to either remain in the Republican primary, which he would almost certainly lose, or drop out of the race completely.

"The only winners from an independent bid by Crist would be Barack Obama and Harry Reid," Cheney said of the president and Senate Democratic Leader from Nevada.

Along with being an outspoken critic of Obama, Cheney hasn't shied away from picking sides in contested Republican primaries. His record so far in 2010, however, is a losing one. Last November, Cheney endorsed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in her ultimately unsuccessful primary fight for the Texas gubernatorial nomination. She was soundly defeated by Gov. Rick Perry.

In March, he endorsed Secretary of State Trey Grayson over Rand Paul in Kentucky's GOP Senate primary, scheduled for May 18.

The endorsement could nab Rubio some positive headlines after it was reported Tuesday that the former House speaker and other Florida GOP players are being investigated by the IRS over their use of state party-issued credit cards.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist reacted to the Cheney endorsement on Thursday, downplaying the effect it will have on the primary race.

"Just another Washington politician telling Florida what to do," Crist said. "I don't think Floridians appreciate it."

And when asked by local reporters if he was upset by the endorsement, Crist retorted, "Do I look upset?"

- CNN's Charles Riley contributed to this report


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soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. JimS

    What else would Cheney say?
    Rubio would bring more polarized politics to Washington, and Crist represents a more middle ground. Is anyone surprised Cheney votes for more Republican partisanship? Looks to me like Cheney knows Crist could win.

    April 22, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Willow

    The Kiss of Death!!!!

    April 22, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Bill of Florida

    Governor Crist,

    This is your call to action. Abandon the Republican party without remorse. They have totally abandoned you, and they did it a long time ago. They, not you, are the traitors. Run as an Independent, and you have a far better chance of winning. We need moderates in Florida, not extremists.

    April 22, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Realist

    Dick calling someone else a unprincipled opportunist , really Cheney, now thats funny.

    April 22, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Flavio M.

    Darth Cheney needs to crawl back under the rock he came out of. He needs to be reminded that he is very unpopular and Americans have a very good memory. Americans haven't forgotten what happend from 2000 to 2008. The puppet master is no longer in charge!!

    April 22, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Bob (Illinois)

    He should reject the endorsement. But if he accepts it, he should get *zero* votes!

    April 22, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. josephine

    Hey look a here!!! A crook endorsing another crook. Next thing maybe if we're lucky, Palin/Rubio 2012. I wonder what these losers talk about when they're together.

    April 22, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Michael

    Thank you, thank you and thank you Dick Cheney. You have made my selection so much easier. We have seen your idea of governance and how you and Bush left this nation in complete shambles. If Rbuio shares your vision, he has no place in any position of power.

    April 22, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Tom from Mas

    Actually what we need more in Washington are people who base decisions based on facts, logic, knowledge, compassion, and forward thinking.

    Bush/Cheney/GOP ruled based on principles and convictions – and look at the end result.

    April 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Fascist Cheney just cannot conceal his anger and bitterness because GOP lost big in 2008. OH WELL.....

    April 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Charls

    Darn, I thaught it was to announce he had some terminal illness and we were finally getting rid of him.

    April 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Just what I need to hear, more blubbering from Cheney. Any reasonable person with a sense of understanding would take this for what it is worth, NOTHING!

    April 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Bob in Florida

    Oh no, the kiss of death for Rubio.

    April 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Kris

    Oh Wow! I would not want Dick Chaney to be in my Corner. Shouldn’t he be under some jail by now? He is only the biggest crook in American History!

    April 22, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. oy vey az

    If Cheney is supporting Rubio's Senate campaign then we really don't want this guy in the US Senate.

    April 22, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. MLH

    Only in Florida could that be an endorsement someone wanted....

    April 22, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. A keen observer

    Who really cares who Cheney the draft dodger endorses?

    Cheney is only concerned with lining his pockets with corporate and taxpayers cash and cares little for the country that allows him to rape and pilage taxpayers.

    April 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. waltinAZ

    This endorsement to me is like box office poison. (I wouldn't want Cheney to endorse me if I was a candidate!) Although I know some of you see as a good thing for Rubio. After all, this is the state with the shady politics that hijacked the 2000 election.

    April 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Steve

    With Cheneys' track record, I would be worried if I was Rubio.

    April 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Mike

    Exactly, time to kick the liberals and RINO's out of DC and replace them with fiscal conservatives no matter which party they belong to. The Tea Party is supporting conservative candidates, not one political party.

    April 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. JOHN ADAMS

    Now that Cheney has endorsed Rubio, look for the polls to start moving in Crist's favor. Cheney is bad news. Remember how he sank McCains campaign?

    April 22, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. lanray

    For once I agree with Mr. Cheney –

    April 22, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. R.B.

    Yes, elect more conservatives! This country needs more "chickens for checkups." Angry gun toters. Racial and social divides. More religious zealots. Wingnuts. Empty pockets. And intellectual dishonesty. Why don't we just down our togas and enter the colosseum. The GOP is so bankrupt and its ideas so lame and devoid of reason that all they can do is carp us into submission. Their backward thinking will seal our fate as the newest third world country by ensuring we lag BEHIND the rest of the world. They hope to lead the world by walking backwards, and hoping the the rest of the world will stop, turn around, and follow us!

    April 22, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Bubba

    Ho hum, more Republicans talking. Let me know when you find those WMDs and Osama bin Laden, fellas.

    April 22, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Martin

    With friends like Dick Cheney, who needs enemies?

    April 22, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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