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. mickels

    and sometimes you are just a nut case

    August 1, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. pprty

    Sarah, the only thing you're good at is selling glasses!

    August 1, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. fekt

    Mistake is what the people of Alaska did when they voted for her. Thankfully she corrected it for them and stepped down. Because it's easier to serve your state by giving 100,000 dollar appearance speeches out of state. Glad to see you all got such a fine leader.

    August 1, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Bob

    "Seeing as how Dick – excuse me, Vice President Cheney – never misfires, . . ."

    And she is supposed to be the highbrow conservative voice of America?? Crass and tacky is all she is!

    August 1, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. dal;jkdg

    "Seeing as how Dick – excuse me, Vice President Cheney.."

    Wow...What an idiot...

    August 1, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. cindy

    Why do people even listen to Palin or Dick Cheney? .We are a sad Nation and it is people like these two clowns that make a bad situation worse.I wish the media would just stop reporting on these two.Dick Cheney should just shut up,he had his time and what did we get for it ? Our children back from a war that we should not have started in the first place. The sad part is that some of our children came back in body bags.How can he live with that.As far as palin is concerned...we want go there with this idiot,it is a total waste of time .

    August 1, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. cathstar

    Palin would have been a nightmare as VP and cost McCain the presidency. Cheney was a nightmare as VP and is responsible for the war in Iraq. The Bush/Cheney duo spent eight years slowly destroying our country and its good worldwide reputation. Obama is slowing digging us out of various messes and deserves another term to finish the job. Romney will return us to the days of George W. Bush, a very scary place to be.

    August 1, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Andy TX

    Without Sarah Palin, politics would've been so boring!

    August 1, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. james - St. Paul, MN

    Hmmmm. Hard to choose sides between the completely ignorant self-serving narcissist and the man whose policies serve only himself and his buddies in the no-bid military contractor world. Could we simply have our wish that they both go away?

    August 1, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Al

    We must give her this, without her presence we would have had a boring 2008 election.

    August 1, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. JamesBenson

    It's not every day I find a reason to root for Dick Cheney.

    August 1, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Jeff

    I know this is nothing more than anecdotal, so it doesn't "prove" Cheney's point, but McCain lost my vote to a Libertarian candidate because of his decision to add Palin to his ticket.

    August 1, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. ritmocojo

    "And evidently, the word of the day is 'Evidently'! Now clap real loud!" Peewee Hermann, 'Peewee's Play House'

    August 1, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. snoozie

    Will she ever get off that lamestream media stuff? It's like a one-note fiddle. I can't recall this woman taking personal responsibility for anything, ever.

    August 1, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. founders1791

    Two if By Tea
    Cruz beats thee

    Palin come through
    Cheney is blue

    Democrats are diseased
    Socialism does not please

    The game is over
    Tea Party FOREVER!

    August 1, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. boyamidumb

    Can nothing shut this yapping things mouth.

    The media she pretends to hate, she has joined and loves and makes a ton of money from. Stupid is as stupid does.........

    August 1, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    I have been resisting commenting on this, but its indicative of Palin's arrogance for her to think that she can beat someone who, unlike her, managed to stay in a position of real influence for more than 30 months at a time without quitting and complaining of conspiracies and the " lamestream media": my God, that phrase reminds me of the sort of things we used to say to each other in Middle School.

    August 1, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. babooph

    Cheney could step in for Bush,but so could a monkey...

    August 1, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. firebird9999

    Sarah Palin needs to learn how to speak coherent English.

    August 1, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    All of this is a diversion to hide the fact that Mitt the twit is Palin 2012. He proved that overseas. Where are the tax returns Mitt?

    August 1, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. zach

    she answered the call, because she could see making millions of dollars. Which she couldn't do sitting in Alaska as a governor that no one knew about.

    August 1, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Bob

    What a worthless parent both her and her money grubbing husband are. It's already becoming evident with the antics her kids and grandchild are providing the viewing public with. How could she possibly be providing a family environment for her children, notably the youngest. That poor child will never know what it's like to have a loving set of parents tend to his needs. He will never know his siblings as they have ventured off to fill their own pockets with gold. It is monkey see, monkey do for them. The lot of them would sell their soul for a dollar. It's just horrible.

    August 1, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Ramon F. Herrera

    We need to understand that Mrs. Palin is NOT in politics. Her field is sexipolitainment. She perfected it.

    August 1, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Tina

    @ all due respect to you kabila 2000, but since when can she talk to reporters? :) She can't even complete a sentence that actually makes sense much less anything else.

    August 1, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. The Truth

    I don't care for Mr. Cheney but this time he is correct. Palin was not qualified to be a VP candidate.

    August 1, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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