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. IvaPinion

    If Obama wins the election, the Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. They can't even get along with each other ... trusting their leadership abilities would be like taking marriage advice from Kim Kardashian!

    August 1, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Right Sarah, it's the media that made you look foolish. Sheesh, you've gotta be the most narcissistic person I've ever had the displeasure of being aware of.

    August 1, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    anagram_kid

    Ancient Texan wrote, “ She's 100 times smarter than the current VP.” Can you show your math for that calculation? I think you forgot that any number times zero (Palin’s qualifications) equals zero.
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    if he is, as his name states "ancient" then his abacus is broken

    August 1, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. What?

    No matter what you think of Palin she was, by far, a better choice for freedom in this country. Precisely why the mainstream, liberal media went after her throat. Too bad we've allowed the elitists to control public education and entertainment.

    August 1, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. agragr

    Romney isn't doing much better than Palin. He recently praised the Israeli health care system, which is 100% socialized. How clueless is that? His handlers are keeping him away from the press, just like Palin's did. At least Palin had charisma!

    August 1, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Ann

    Sorry but all of the criticism should be leveled ad John McCain for choosing Sarah Palin to be his running mate. The world could see that she was not ready for prime time so just what was his problem? John McCain is always on every Sunday morning political talk show pretending to be an elder statesman while he puts his out dated opinons on blast. The truth of the matter is that John McCain is another Mitt Romney type who will force anything on the American people or say anything to win an election like in 2010 where he flipped on every issue that he previously stood for. John McCain should be getting the contempt for picking that ding bat in the first place but instead he gets protected while she is left hanging out there like a piñata in the wind – not that she does not deserve it mind you, but still John McCain is accountable for the mess.

    August 1, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Ken

    "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,"

    What the heck did she just say??? Can anyone translate this for me? And this one studied jounalism and communication??????

    August 1, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. MPeters

    Without even reading the article, and on the basis of just reading the headline, my response is: "THATS WHAT SHE SAID!"

    August 1, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. ClarasBeau

    There's clearly a word for this woman, but I just can't come up with it... It's on the tip of my tongue... Oh, WHAT could that word be?...

    August 1, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. GwynniesPapa

    sorry palin is a joke. Vice president Chaney may have been a very dangerous man in that he helpped us enter two useless and devistating wars but could you imagine this ding bat had Sen. McCain had won and something tragic happened leaving this wac job incharge of the free world??? My Lord are we lucky she is no where near the white house. I will say again I supported John McCain for years as an elder statesman and negotiator sorry palin cost him 8 years as POTUS. Chaney will grind his bones to make his bread as long as we are using quotes from entertainment.

    August 1, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Roger

    McCain said he was proud of what he and Palin accomplished 4 years ago? Was that loosing the election? Perfect!

    August 1, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. marjee123

    ODD>>>>>I googled Palin for comments while Bush and Cheney ruled the USA and I can't find any where she panned them. In fact all she ever did before this was praise the best President and VP she said we ever had ....tsk tsk tsk how opinions change drasctically.

    August 1, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. What?

    @ Al-NY,NY If you add a one to zero and do it one hundred times – she is still smarter than the current V.P.
    At least she isn't on board with the Marxists.

    August 1, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Joe

    Way to go Cheney, realizing what we all knew 4 years ago. It is the same with Iraq, he's always behind in his knowledge.

    August 1, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    That was the only thing Cheney ever said that I agreed with.

    August 1, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. tffl

    "What?" said: "Too bad we've allowed the elitists to control public education and entertainment." By elitists I assume you mean "people with some education"?

    August 1, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Dilip Samuels

    Thank God Cheney did not have a chance to become President....in case....

    He would have sold America for a few dollars more and uhmmm!!! and pimped more for OIL companies

    August 1, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Quit The Hate

    I think it hilarious that the GOPers like Sarah Palin always finds someone to blame. It's the medias fault, it's Obama's fault, its anyone's fault but mine. And lets not forget the name calling, like a bunch of 3rd graders. No wonder this country is in such bad shape. How can you possible work with a group of people whose only goal is to be uncooperative and who's mantra is "Don't blame me!"

    August 1, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Paul

    It seems the GOP isn't aware this isn't a high school sandbox. Omugoddiduherewhuthesaidtoher? Like, omygid!

    Barry Goldwater rolled over in his grave so much, he's left.

    August 1, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Paragraph #4 above: Evidently, the Quitta had the word "evidently" on her word-a-day calendar because evidently she thought she was being sophisticated to evidently use the word "evidently" three times in one long run-on sentence which evidently shows that she still can't speak correct English – evidently.

    August 1, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    ThinkAgain

    Paragraph #4 above: Evidently, the Quitta had the word "evidently" on her word-a-day calendar because evidently she thought she was being sophisticated to evidently use the word "evidently" three times in one long run-on sentence which evidently shows that she still can't speak correct English – evidently.
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    didn't professors or teachers put "awk" in the margins of a paper in instances like this?

    August 1, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Twit Robmoney

    The lamestream media is always making Sarah Palin look bad by quoting her verbatim

    August 1, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Dick and Karl and Grover and the Koch brothers all want Mittens because he'll be a good little lap dog, do as he says and support failed trickle-down economic policy which facilitates funneling the wealth upwards to the top .05%.

    Regarding being a Mormon, which the majority of the GOP base considers a cult: Mormons share evangelicals' beliefs about Israel and the location of Jerusalem being necessary to ensure the second coming of Christ, so the GOP figures that should be enough to dupe the GOP base into voting for Mittens and against their own self-interest again.

    And that, folks, is the explanation of why a pathetic wimp like Mittens is the GOP nominee.

    August 1, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Ben

    It was not a mistake to put her on the ticket in 2008. Obama, because of the media being in the can, because of race, because of Bush, etc. was going to win. Palin was a hail Mary in a year in which the odds were against any Republican. The excitement she generated was I think good for McCain. Putting her on a ticket now, even if you like her (and I do not) is a huge mistake as so many, especially independents, do not like her.

    August 1, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    AL-NY,NY: "didn't professors or teachers put "awk" in the margins of a paper in instances like this?"

    In the case of the Quitta, along with a note "Change your major – PRONTO!"

    August 1, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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