July 29th, 2012
10:38 AM ET
2 years ago

Cheney: Picking Palin in 2008 was a 'mistake'

(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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soundoff (591 Responses)
  1. NFLD thought

    He should have spoken about earlier mistakes like Bush and Cheney himself. They started two illegal wars; tripled the national debt and almost bankrupted the country.
    Now, that is a mistake

    July 30, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. pacchardon

    Gee, Dick, thanks for telling us something we didn't know!!!!!

    July 30, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. weezer

    Cheney: "Yes, Sarah Palin was a mistake. And WMD in Iraq...yep that was wrong too. Ruining the economy....yeah, sorry about that (even though we've been able to blame it on the black guy). Oh, and shooting my friend in the face....yeah...feel pretty bad about that too..."

    July 30, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. REPUBLICAN ARE THE GREATEST

    Palin was not a mistake. Voting for the worst Prsident in history was a huge mistake. Vote 100% for Republicans this November, Vote for Mitt Romney for President and get this Country back to Capitalism. Socialism does not work.

    July 30, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  5. Ol' Lefty

    Just figure that out, Dick? When are you going to figure out W was one of the worst presidents ever put into office?

    July 30, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  6. Fed Up

    The real mistake was 8 years of Bush and Cheney. This country will never be the great country it was, before 8 years of these two. How could Palin have done any worse?

    July 30, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. snowdogg

    Once again I disagree with D.C. Palin was the best choice – insure that Obama wold be elected. LOL

    July 30, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  8. EddyL

    One mistake recognizing another mistake.

    July 30, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  9. Dave

    Wow, you can always count on Dick Cheney for up to the minute political news.

    July 30, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  10. Ancient Texan

    Carl- I agree ! McCain would have gotten fewer votes without her. She was the ONLY exciting thing about his campaign. He was as boring as Bob Dole had been before him.

    July 30, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  11. Boo

    Well, duh......in my view Cheney was a BIGGER MISTAKE along with that cretin George Bush.

    July 30, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  12. Tony

    Sure, it was a mistake for McCain to pick Palin without vetting. But McCain did vet Romney in 2008. Perhaps McCain realized he had no good choice and went for broke.

    July 30, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. glades2

    She would have been good as Interior Secretary – just a guess, but JM would win if he ran this year since many realize their error in not voting for him the first time – he would have been a very good President...

    July 30, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. glades2

    JM would win if he ran this year since many now realize their error in not voting for him 4 years ago...

    July 30, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  15. malibu123

    ....and Biden is the greatest VP ever. LOL.

    July 30, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. Tom

    Willard Romney is even a bigger mistake.

    July 30, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  17. glades2

    ...even the secular media realize that JM is VERY knowledgable when it comes to foreign affairs – some forget that he was a POW for 5 years and knows too well what that's like and how other cultures treat Americans...

    July 30, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Mark

    It takes one to know one.

    July 30, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. teacher

    What a marvelous observation from the lunatic who thinks he is a political mastermind. Keep these comments coming Mr. Cheney. Every one you make gives all Democrats more votes. Thank you.

    July 30, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  20. Seattle11

    Cheney is wrong again. Picking Palin was a gigantic mistake.

    July 30, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  21. richwood7

    Palin was a mistake??? This coming from the wosrt VP in USA history? The idiot who said deficits don't matter , that moran? The one that wants to kill the inisured, that anti American, anti-Christian? The loser who can't shot straight? That Cheney??? A baboon has vastly more intellegence than Cheney.

    July 30, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. ClarasBeau

    A mistake?... Ya THINK?!... What I hear nobody saying is that the selection of Palin for the VP spot was nothing more than a STUNT: a desperate attempt at "ginning up" the ticket. I doubt that McCain selected her. The Republican "machine" did, and then handed her over to him. He towed the line (and still does) by keeping his mouth shut. Putting her on the ticket was nothing more than an attempt to combat one who, at the time, was appearing to be an unstoppable rock star.

    July 30, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  23. Me IN HOUSTON

    "Cheney: Picking Palin in 2008 was a 'mistake"
    yes it was
    the SCOTUS selection of Bush was a mistake
    the election of Bush was a mistake
    the Iraq war was a mistake
    Cheney's defacto presidency was a mistake
    not arresting you for torture was a mistake
    the fact that you haven't been brought to justice for war crimes was a mistake
    this is old news
    what's new?

    July 30, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  24. Engineer in Raleigh

    It wasn't a mistake for Palin. She's made a killing off the window-licking Republican base since then.

    July 30, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. Rosslaw

    Now more breaking news, water runs downhill!

    July 30, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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