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. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    So...she's back? God help us. Cheney, too. It took her an entire paragraph, using a lot of "evidently", to say something that ultimately was not understandable. Go away, Sarah. Take Dick with you.

    August 2, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. Brother Man from the 5th Floor

    Palin ought to honestly just be very quiet. She is incompetent and everyone knows it. She got rich with her 15 minutes of fame and now she is trying to remain relevant. She hasn't figured out she is not because of the dumb people who keep thinking that she has something to say.

    August 2, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. PAW

    I don't even think Palin qualifies to be a FOX News commentator.

    August 2, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. Wake up people

    @John Spurlock, the worst President in history was Bush and everyone knows that. Say what you will but President Obama will go down in history as one of the BEST. I bet he won't be ashamed to show his face.

    And anyone that believes Snooki Palin is a viable candidate for the White House needs their head examined. She can barely string two sentences together. The strip club maybe, but she might get cheated out of her money, seeing she probably can't even count.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 2, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. DJ

    Palin is not relevant? Ask Ted Cruz or any of the other winning primary candidates if Sarah is not relevant.
    She took lemons – the media, and whipped them into lemonade, which she is making them drink.
    Suck it up, suckers! Aahhh.

    August 2, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. Montana Gal

    Puh-leeese ... will the entire Palin Klan go deep deep into remote Alaska and never be heard from again? Oh, and take Cheney with them!

    August 2, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. dave oldread

    again the republicans blame the media, the press reports, thats what they do, so how can you blame the media ? because they don;t report a one sided view like fox ? if there was a lame media it would be fox !

    August 2, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. ALKP

    Dick should bring her on a hunting trip

    August 2, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    Ugh CNN give it a rest! While the date of the article may have changed, the fact is that this ridiculous "story" has been at the top of the ticker FOR THE LAST TWO DAYS!!! Both of these lunatics are far past relevant and should be treated as such.

    August 2, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. KTYBOFF

    What a bunch of blind empty-headed people! You been watchin the primarys???

    August 2, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Jersey George

    The valley girl from Alaska having another one of her patented hissy fits when someone speaks the truth about her is no surprise. She is so self-absorbed, I wouldn't be surprised to learn she sits at home with a hand counter tabulating how many times her name is spoken through media outlets. She can't intelligently respond to important, worthy news items requiring thoughtful analysis because she's dense upstairs, but like an adolescent teenybopper, counter punches anyone rightfully pointing out her many cerebral deficiencies. However, her sheeple latch onto her because they're as dumb down as she is.

    August 2, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Toby McDooogan

    Nothing like a good 'ol Palin article to keep everyone's attention from the economy.

    August 2, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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