(CNN) – Sen. John McCain made a mistake in 2008 by picking then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview that aired Sunday.
Cheney led the vice presidential search for Gerald Ford in 1976, and again for George W. Bush in 2000. That last search resulted in Cheney himself being selected, and he served as Bush's number two for eight years.
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On Sunday, Cheney said Palin failed to meet the number one requirement for a vice president: a readiness to step into the top job if needed.
"Based on her background, she was only governor for two years, I don't think she passed that test of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake," Cheney said in an interview with ABC News.
Cheney, who said he knows and likes Palin, argued that considerations about which demographic a potential candidate could help pull in clouded the 2008 decision to put Palin on the ticket.
"Those are important issues but they should never be allowed to override that first proposition and I think that's one of the problems that McCain had," Cheney said.
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Wow.. look who is talking? Did anyone ever felt that Mr. Checey was the right choice? Lucky USA, he did not get any chance to be the "acting" president. That would have been a major disaster. Sarah Palin.. hmmm.. I rest my case..
Embarrassing?? I guess Mr Gibbs has forgotten most of his press briefings.
Say what you will about Chaney, he certainly has a gift for stating the obvious. That probably won't endear him to his fellow Republicans, however.
Dick now is expressing buyer's remorse? Iincredible.
Dick Cheyney – master of the obvious. He probably just figured it out.
Did Cheney finally figure that out? Duh.
deficits don,t matter the next guy can take care it–cheney and haliburton
palin always reminded me of a slick smiling woman in corporate america who achieved greatness because of anything else other than her ability..... i am not saying all women in executive roles are morons .... but there are many who got there becuase of something else other than talent
Dick Cheney has a remarkable ability to state the obvious. Never mind that he goes down in history as America's worst Vice President ever.
Cheney has been number two far longer than eight years
Palin would have put her hat in the ring if the economy and jobs weren't on the table remember she always disappeared when those subjects came up and reappear when she could just use simple street talk, the kind you can talk about on any corner, trailor park, or bus stop.
Palin, did not even finish her term in alaska..She was not quailfied to do anything but make educated qualified women tear their hair out that they were not given the chance to run for VP.
Mccain made the best choice he could. He was so far behind, he needed a game changer. When he picked her, the public stopped thinking and talking about what a doofus W was and started talking about Sarah. Mccain got rid of some of the bush baggage, but not enough. Chaney thinking that he met the number one qualification is also truly frightening.
she may have been the worst, but Cheney is truly an evil man, so he would be the 2nd, maybe the first, I 'll take stupid and calculating over evil any day.
Yeah, Biden has sure been a prize pick hasn't he?
Pot calling the kettle black.....Cheney....bad choice.....Paling.... Bad choice.....Romney ......Bad choice
Huh.....the mistake you knuckel draggers made was in 2000,2004,2008 and 2012.
Watch for someone just as unqualified to be chosen for the Romney ticket. The Republicans didn't want to win in 2008 and they don't want to win now. Why? They have no solutions to the problems facing 98% of Americans and would rather follow the Gingrich policy of making things worse to advance partisan political goals. Their goal: the White House in 2016, when things will have slowly crawled to getting better and the Democrats will not have anyone with name recognition to oppose Jeb Bush.
THEY are just NOW figuring this out?????????
Between Cheney and Palin it's hard to say who would be the worst VP. Cheney's track record shows him to be an extremely dangerous and evil person who will stop at nothing to achieve his aims. Palin is completely lacking in intellectual background and job experience. On top of that, she is extremely stupid. But on the plus side I think she is not an evil person. I just don't know. I think it would end up a tie for worst VP in American history, behind Aaron Burr.
For once in my lifetime....I agree with Cheney!!
Boy, Cheney's hindsight is 20/20 and he is the master of the understatement.
Cheney: "Based on her background, she was only governor for two years, I don't think she passed that test of being ready to take over."
Can't believe I agree with Cheney (full disclosure: I also agree with his support of gay marriage) .... Sounds like the GOP is trying to keep her from disrupting the convention ...
Caribou Barbie was a horrible pick. If McCain had chosen Lieberman, he would actually have had a chance to win the election. Then we wouldnt have the last four years of the Republican Congress saying NO to everything just in order to get rid of Obama and flushing the country down the toilet. This small revelation from President Cheney, because we ALL know he ran the country not Skippy, is the only thing I agree with he has ever said or done. And why did they NOT close Gitmo? Because Halliburton was "awarded" 1 billion dollars to build ANOTHER compound there for more prisoners. Interesting the Reps would vote against closing it,... not.
He should know because he was the worst pick for Vice President in the history of America.