May 26th, 2010
04:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Cheney picks a side in South Carolina governor's race

Dick Cheney has weighed in on another 2010 primary.
Dick Cheney has weighed in on another 2010 primary.

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney is picking a side in yet another contested Republican primary, this time endorsing Rep. Gresham Barrett in his bid for South Carolina governor.

Cheney weighed in to defend Barrett's biggest liability in the four-way GOP primary - his vote in favor of the 2008 Wall Street bailout.

"I'm certain Gresham knew his vote in support of President Bush and our plan wouldn't be popular, but he did something far too novel in American politics today: He put the interests of his country ahead of his own," Cheney said. "That's why voters should not believe the false attacks from his opponents.

The TARP vote has dogged Barrett from the early days of the race: He was booed mercilessly for his vote at a Greenville Tea Party rally last summer and video of the event quickly went viral.

Cheney added: "When it was time to make decisions and show leadership, Gresham stepped up while they all stayed silent and ducked for cover. That may make for good politics today, but it certainly isn't leadership."

For the third time this election season, the former Vice President has found himself opposite Sarah Palin, who is supporting state Rep. Nikki Haley in the primary.

Cheney's record of picking winners is hardly stellar. In the Texas gubernatorial primary earlier this year, Cheney backed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison while Palin sided with Gov. Rick Perry, who cruised to an easy win. More recently, in Kentucky's GOP Senate primary, Cheney endorsed Secretary of State Trey Grayson while Palin picked the eventual winner, Rand Paul.

Cheney also backed Utah Sen. Bob Bennett's unsuccessful re-election effort. Bennett also voted for TARP.

Each of Barrett's opponents in the South Carolina race have support from national GOP figures. Barrett has already been endorsed by former Sens. Rick Santorum and Fred Thompson. Haley has the backing of Palin and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Attorney General Henry McMaster is supported by Sen. John McCain. And Mike Huckabee is backing Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

At least one of Barrett's rivals said the Cheney endorsement proves that Barrett is simply a creature of Washington.

"This is nothing more than political payback for Congressman Barrett's flip-flop to support the trillion dollar bank bailout," said McMaster spokesman Rob Godfrey. "That's how they do things in Washington, D.C., and that's how we got into this mess to start with."


Filed under: 2010 • Dick Cheney • Gresham Barrett • South Carolina
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. go away!

    why hasn't this devil croaked yet?! go away! america does not need your evil input anymore DICK!

    May 26, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. David

    Dick Cheney has never put the best interest for our country first. It was his agenda to enter Iraq way before we went into Afgan and that was not safe guarding our country, but his own interest.

    May 26, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Mike

    So Dick isn't a Tea Party kinda guy. Interesting.

    May 26, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. hayden zeke

    "Stayed silent and ducked for cover" That was Cheney during Viet Nam.

    May 26, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Sandy Carey

    Again, I ask the question - Who gives a rat's behind what this fool thinks or who he supports?

    May 26, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Spuds

    Maybe Chaney and Palin should go hunting together .... :)

    May 26, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Arrest him for war crimes and oil company bribes before he sneaks back into his dingy little saddam hussein-like hiding hole.

    May 26, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Larry

    Why isn't this psychopath in prison?

    May 26, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Pragmatic

    Now who are the republicans, tea-party people & conservatives going to believe??? Bet they go with Palin: better looking: Always wondered what the GOP would do if Palin's ideas & words came from someone who looks like Cheney ... would the same words have the same resonance?

    May 26, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Ben in Texas

    Cheney has been low-profile since his beloved, corrupt Halliburton got involved in the largest oil spill catastrophe in U.S. history. I wish he'd go back under his rock, like the snake he is.

    May 26, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Charles

    Who cares what Dick Cheney has to say about anything.

    May 26, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Susan

    Voting for Bush's bailout is patriotic while its treason to vote for Obama's bailout package.

    May 26, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    I Never thought I would say this but I agree with Cheney! When the country was going off a cliff it was time for leadership, not ducking and playing politics. Barrett stood tall and did what was good for the country. I guess the Tea Baggers would preferred a depression which what would have happened. However, the Tea Baggers and their so called leaders don't enough between them to understand that nor do they have enough honesty between them to tell the truth. This is the big problem that the American people have with the GOP.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    May 26, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    I want to know why Cheney's buddies can't fix the leak since they are the oil industry. The oil industry owns the govenment, so putting the government in charge wouldn't change a thing.

    May 26, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Sgt. USMC

    Thanks you Lord, these two morons is what SC needs to ensure a Dem victory.

    Charge cheney with war crimes against the people of the United States of America!!!

    Convict and sentence him to die for treason!

    May 26, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    The first TARP (under Bush) was a-okay because it served the interest of the country (i.e. bailed out all of Dick's bank buddies) but the second (under Obama) is government going too far because all it does is fix infra-structure, support medical research and helps small businesses.

    May 26, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. jj

    Cheney added: "When it was time to make decisions and show leadership, Gresham stepped up while they all stayed silent and ducked for cover. That may make for good politics today, but it certainly isn't leadership."

    Huh, that sounds like plagiarism from Obama's campaign!

    May 26, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Too bad that Bush/Cheney never made a decision that showed leadership.

    May 26, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. ConsiderThis - FL

    The republican party is schizo.

    May 26, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. disabled04

    dick cheney who's that. O. One of the oil men that should be in jail.

    May 26, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Susan

    Funny how Cheney can defend this man for voting for the Bush B2004 Wall Street bail out but he and all the rest of the republicans trash those Democrats and few Republicans who voted with Obama when he bails out the Car Industry or any others.......Republicans should change the name of their Party from the GOP to the TFH party (Two Face Hypocrits)

    May 26, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Ken in NC

    DANG. Who let the dog out? Will someone please put this fool back in his undisclosed location and give him "Half Gov. Palin" to keep him and Liz company.

    May 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Shucks

    So Mr. Cheney if that is the case then all the republicans and democrats included made a big mistake by not voting for the bailout, but now all the republicans are running with the catch phrase that they "didn't vote for the bailout so they should be elected over those that did" Funny how the republicans run both ways on a one way street. Remember America, Democrats always see the glass half full. Republicans see it as theirs.

    May 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Chris

    Cheney and Palin are like the Gulf oil spill–you just can't shut 'em up.

    May 26, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Laverne

    He is sure to lose now!

    May 26, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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