Palin to Cheney: Careful where you aim
August 1st, 2012
08:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin to Cheney: Careful where you aim

(CNN) – Don't expect to see Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney on an elk hunt anytime soon.

The former Alaska governor slammed Cheney Tuesday for his assertion that it was a mistake to put her on the 2008 GOP ticket, saying the former vice president was being influenced by the "lamestream media."

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Appearing to reference a now-infamous incident from 2006 when Cheney accidentally shot a campaign contributor on a quail hunt, Palin said sarcastically that Cheney was not known for his "misfires."

"Seeing as how Dick – excuse me, Vice President Cheney – never misfires, then evidently he's quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media, having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years, evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff and that's a shame," Palin said in an appearance on Fox News.

On Sunday, Cheney said in an interview he felt it was a "mistake" for then-GOP nominee John McCain to choose Palin as his running mate.

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.

McCain himself pushed back on Monday, saying he was proud of Palin and what the pair accomplished four years ago.

"I'm always glad to get comments four years later," McCain added sarcastically.

Palin said Tuesday the real mistake would have been turning down McCain's invitation to join the GOP ticket.

"Here's where the mistake would have been, I believe. If I had not answered the call," Palin said. "I was honored to run for the vice president of the United States alongside Sen. John McCain. I was honored to accept the nomination from the GOP."

Citing her approval ratings as governor, Palin said it would have been easier for her to "have hunkered down, live that luxurious live, if you will, in Alaska."

Quoting lyrics from Dire Straits, Palin said she was being targeted by members of her own party.

"Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger, baby, and sometimes you're the ball," Palin said. "Evidently, in these last months, per many many comments from those within the GOP establishment, I'm the ball."

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soundoff (587 Responses)
  1. claudeinalbany

    Would someone please sign the right papers and just commit this woman to an institution?

    In her heart she must know she was not right to be on the ticket with McCain (a la Goldwater's famous quote.) When reason fails there's always the MEDIA to blame for one's mistakes...it works well with other Republicans and Tea Partiers. Of course they rarely blame FOX for anything.

    Hey, maybe Mitt will sign Palin up for his VP...now THAT would be a good idea as he's blundered everything else.

    August 1, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. James

    Reality 'stars' are not cut out to be good politicians. They are too reactionary, allowing the media to guide their thoughts and actions.

    August 1, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Brownie2

    Ha! Republican in-fighting. Gotta love it. And these two are both narcissists which means the battle will be "down and dirty." Hopefully, both will be out off the political stage soon.

    August 1, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. ReaganDem

    I cannot believe what I am witnessing. Cheney being political correct and trying to be nice in his critic of Palin on the ticket in 2008. He could have gone for the jugular but he did not. If you are going to break the cardinal rule or the 11th commandment, then go all the way. Palin who does not know when to keep quiet of course took the bait. She still does not understand national politics and the cycles. He sent her a nice message in his statement, which was stay out of this Presidential election. But once again she put her self interests first, just like in 2008. He may be bad news, but she is really bad news. He has been at this game and better at then she is. Palin may compare herself to a mama grizzley, but Cheney is the real deal, this is no figment of your imagination. KNowing Cheney he will give a smirk and wink, and deal with her without saying another word. This is one fight she better back away from and not start.

    August 1, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Madtown

    former vice president was being influenced by the "lamestream media."
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    Hey! More Palin comedy for us to enjoy. The irony with the above statement, is that $arah Palin is a member of the "lamestream" media. Of course, she is likely unable to spell the word irony, much less understand what it means.

    August 1, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Chipster

    After one interview, most of us knew Palin was uneducated when she blamed Couric for asking 'trick questions' like "What newspapers do you read?" Really Sarah, Couric is the Queen of softball interviews. (Paul Revere ringin' them bells and shootin' – say what?!) When we dug deeper, we learned that she left Wasilla in a financial hole, which isn't easy to do in oil-rich Alaska. McCain picked Palin because he thought she was attractive – leading with his &%*#. So, scary to think of them making critical national decisions! Yikes!

    August 1, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Salero21

    Funny if it was not a phony!

    August 1, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. lies from the right but mostly hate

    The tin man and the scarecrow, how quaint

    August 1, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. d

    Is she 15? How many times is she going to use that moronic "lamestream media" comment? It wasn't funny the first time, and it's certainly not funny now. No narrative needed to be written. Sarah Palin is quite good at making herself look like a fool.

    August 1, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Robert R Meeks

    Dick Cheney has some gall to be saying Romney needs to pick a VP who is "ready to take over" the presidency. Cheney picked himself for the job, knowing his health history was terrible, and he was in and out of hospitals many times throughout his tenure as VP. So, how ready was he to "take over" as POTUS?? In reality, Sarah Palin was a helluva lot better prepared to be POTUS in 2008 than Barack Obama was then–or is now. Sarah has every right to tell the GOP establishment, including Dick Cheney, to go take a flying leap. I join her in doing so!

    August 1, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. grahame rhodes

    Never forget that McCain said Romney was worse than Palin

    August 1, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. EnlightenMe

    That's right. Keep showing us the face of Sarah Palin and Dick Chaney – and please, please don't forget about Donald Rumsfeld and GWBush. Please continue the reminder of what a disgrace and waste of time that 8 year period of time with Dick Chaney was. Let's go back to that. Hopefully, 4,000+ more American troops won't die based on a Chaney/Bush lie...

    August 1, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. luxie

    Can you please please please please please please please stop covering Palin and if you must must must absolutely must can you leave out the pictures ?????? PULLEEEZZE

    August 1, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Steve R

    I think they both represent the very soul and present condition of their Party. Let the buffoonery continue.

    August 1, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. cigarman

    Cheney is a war criminal and needs to be locked up. Palin is a full blown nutcase, and needs to be locked up.

    August 1, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. sparky

    I love palin she loves to rip people then she acts like a big baby when anyone says anything bad about her so typical of the republicans

    August 1, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Mike

    It's fun to watch these 2 go after each other. Outside of their own party they are the most polarizing figures and disliked republicans. I can't take sides because both are bad for this country. It's qa fight that you hope neither wins.

    August 1, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. dog1

    She's just jealous because she didn't make the money he did from the no contest contracts Halliburton and KBR had in Iraq and Afganistan. And he's just testy because he couldn't find a way to keep those highly profitable wars going. Don't worry Dick, Mitt's got plans to start some more of those money makers!

    August 1, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Bob

    "In reality, Sarah Palin was a helluva lot better prepared to be POTUS in 2008 than Barack Obama was then–or is now."

    Absolute absurdity.

    Put the dunce cap on and go sit in the corner for the rest of class.

    August 1, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. Mary Ann

    Choosing Palin as a VP candidate was definitely a big mistake. She needs to go away and stay there! Yuk!

    August 1, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Patriot Awesome

    This is a bit like watching 2 super villains fight in a comic book.

    August 1, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Alaskatrailrunner

    Way to be classy, Palin. And as for this: "Citing her approval ratings as governor, Palin said it would have been easier for her to "have hunkered down, live that luxurious live, if you will, in Alaska." You might have had high approval ratings BEFORE we found out how stupid you really are, but in the latest poll (2011), you were down to 36% approval in the state of Alaska. You remember us – the state you abandoned? You remember – halfway through your term... so you could go make the BIG $$$ on the teevee? Loser.

    August 1, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Brett in MN

    "Lamestream"? Attention extremists on both sides (but especially the right): Third Grade insults make you look like you belong in third grade.

    I know this is her favorite term, but when she already has an issue with how stupid people think she is, she does herself no favors with this.

    August 1, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. alfredo gozales

    napolitano is ten times better than palin palin never will be ready if palin run one day,i will fill sorry for this country huntsman is better

    August 1, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. drkent3

    Too many egos in politics and in the media these days. America lacks leaders (business, political, media, religious) with humility, and this is one of our major problems.

    August 1, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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