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. kabila 2000

    Chaney is same ignorant politician as Romney!!!

    August 1, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Ambrose Smith

    Yeah Dick Cheney also trashed Obama but Cheney is a Republican, he is supposed to. On the other hand Cheney is trashing a fellow Republican in Palin. That's gotta hurt!

    August 1, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. oldoc

    Haven't we figured out that Palin has nothing to offer on most every topic? This isn't even newsworthy!

    August 1, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Marian

    Why does anyone listen to this woman at all? SHE QUIT. If you can't even finish out one term just be quiet.

    August 1, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. kabila 2000

    Sarah is much better than Mitt. At least she can talk to reporters.

    August 1, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. ZorakLives

    Dueling with Karl Rove was one thing. Now this woman has picked a fight with the lord and master of the GOP. Cheney won't let this go. It won't be long before Palin is found in bed with several dead prostitutes and dozens of children step forward accusing her of child molestation. The GOP is done with her antics.

    August 1, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Michael

    She'll rip his heart out.

    August 1, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Russ

    Is Palin still in politics? I can see why Romney doesn't want her at the Republican convention. She is an embarrassment to anyone in politics that is half way competent and intelligent. Bring her in and watch the independents flee.

    August 1, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. ZorakLives

    Dueling with Karl Rove was one thing. Now this woman has picked a fight with the lord and master of the GOP. Cheney won't let this go. It won't be long before Palin is found in bed with several dead call girls and dozens of children step forward accusing her of child molestation. The GOP is done with her antics.

    August 1, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Violet

    I never agreed with Chaney but I agree with him on Palin. She was not capable then and she is not capable now except to the phony news channel.....Fox News. Surely the other newscasters on Fox laugh at her behind her back.

    August 1, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Ambrose Smith

    By the way, Cheney is a QUITTER too. He had a chance to run for president once Bush's 2 terms were up! Both are quitters. Both are evil.

    August 1, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. bch

    That dog don't hunt.....

    August 1, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Squigman

    If both were to fall off the face of the earth, the earth would be a better place.

    August 1, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    First time I've ever agreed w/ Cheney!

    August 1, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Nebsco

    SHE QUIT HER JOB . Can you imagine what happens to the average Joe Six Pack when He quits his Job??? He cant even get unemployment. Palin quit out of Greed. Her Lfe is financially betteroff. she had no place in public service. And she is just STUPID. Her sentences dont even make sene. GOS> GO AWAY SARAH

    August 1, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Who cares?

    August 1, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Ah, if only we could see ourselves as others see us, seems to apply here.

    August 1, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Jean Sartre

    So, Palin thinks she's the "Ball?"

    I don't think she deserves that much credit... she did, however, hurt the entire women's movement, especially in politics, by driving it back to the Bronze Age...

    August 1, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Cool

    I agree on Cheney on that. She is quitter who couldnt handle job for more two years.

    August 1, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. ritmocojo

    Sarah Palin": Irrelevance at its best.

    August 1, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Old Guy

    There are 2 and only 2 things that Cheney has gotten right. 1st after the Gulf war he stated that it would be a total disaster it Bush senior had decided to go to Bagdad. Unfortunately he did not stick with his first statement. The second thing is that Palin was a mistake. Dick, stick with your present opinion on Palin. Personally, It was the words coming out of Palin's mouth that convinced me that she was a nut and totally unprepared to hold any position of authority. P.S. She propably could compete with Bachman and Romney when it comes down to telling the truth. No regard for telling the truth even when it is pointed out numerous times.

    August 1, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. bee

    What opportunist the Palins are..If it wasn't for her being mistakenly chosen for GOP VP in 2008. (Game Change/HBO), the money train would have never occured for her and Bristol. What great examples they are, ignorant,ignoramous, and just plan stupid.

    August 1, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Hunter

    Where can I buy the 2 person hunting trip for those 2 clowns?

    August 1, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. S Johnson

    I am not a Sarah Palin fan, but for Dick Cheney, the worst VP ever in the history of the US, to criticize her as a VP choice is laughable.

    August 1, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Jo

    Even after four years she did not understand she is not qualified to be VP.

    Sorry Palin you are not qualified.

    The good quality of you you are not ashamed of your selves running for VP.

    August 1, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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