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. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Don't retreat, reload! You go girl! I'm with you Sarah! I have a suggestion...why don't you paint some crosshairs on a map of Cheyney's district?

    August 1, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. DIna

    We are fortunate that we never had to see Palin become as failed a vice president as Cheney was. These two deserve each other.

    August 1, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Laura

    If she was such a great pick then why'd they lose?

    As for hunkering down in a life of luxury in Alaska, I wish she would. But how would she ever parlay that into making millions injecting herself into every news stroy out there in her desperate attempt to be relevent?

    August 1, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Hillcrester

    "Lamestream media"? That is SO 2008ish. Palin is anomaly of the past whose expiration date arrived long ago. The more she talks, the worse she looks!

    August 1, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. DJ in TX

    As hard as it is for me to say this...... I have to agree with VP Cheney on this one....,,, I wholeheartedly disagree with Ms. Palin oneverything. The one thing that bothered me the most.....she QUIT on her state. Most of the ethics violations levied against were proven false, but she still QUIT on her state. That is the one thing that should bother people more than anything. If she was elected to another office and things get hot, would she QUIT again.......................... Keep fighting for what you believe, as Mr. Cheney still does, as President Bush did, as President Obama is doing. You may disagree with them, but they didn't QUIT because things got hot.

    August 1, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. M

    "That luxurious live?" Can this woman not say anything without making a grammatical error? Sarah, let me give you a peace of advise that you should hold onto and never loose. If you cant find six grammatical errors in this paragraph, than you arent even remotely qualified to be president.

    August 1, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. lolo

    Go away Sarah. Enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!!!! You lost because of your lack of knowledge of politics. You fooled Alaska but not the rest of the country. Take care of your children. Be the good wife and mother that the republican party wants you to be.

    August 1, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. richwood7

    Cheney, Bush, Romney and the GOP are the greates threat to America in the over 230 years since it was created. It is hard to see the difference between them and Muslim fanatics. Cheny said deficits do not matter when he was VP and then like Romney he finds them unacceptable in one of the greatest flip-flops in history. Watch the movie "Soylant Green and you will see what the GOP's dream world is like. They wish to destroy the USA, the aristocracy will then sell it to China, put the money in their offshore banks and move to their estates overseas while the poor, lower class and the middle class are left destroyed.

    August 1, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Doc_Hollywood

    It's amazing how these far right republicans can only name call. "Lamestream". But when the media reports a favorable story, it's "mainstream". The most ironic thing is this, however. From the article: "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.".....and yet, with all that approval, and it being so easy to hunker down and live that luxurious life, she quit. Yes, Mrs. Palin, you're really nothing more than someone who quits when things don't go your way. As much as I hate to admit ANYTHING Cheney says, he was spot on this time.

    August 1, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. mikrik13

    There is no doubt both parties involved in this discussion are sad cases in their own respects. The sooner they leave the American media stage, the better. The sooner the media stops covering their every tantrum, the better.

    August 1, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. JB

    She does realize Fox is part of the media, right? For someone who complains endlessly about the media, she sure loves to keep her name in the papers. She's officially Zsa Zsa Gabor. Famous for being famous, because she really doesn't "do" anything any more.

    August 1, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. creek

    i love how she calls it the lamestream media but yet constantly turns to it to get her message out. can't have it both ways. also, she has zero articulation: "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. what kind of a jumble mess is that?

    August 1, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given the choice between the two of them, I would reluctantly go with Cheney since he has actually been some place more than his home state for a few months. He knows the world and national players better that Palin. He may not be able to hit a broad side of a barn but his mind is better for politics than Palin by a long shot.

    August 1, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. sbp

    Clearly Presidential material. What class.

    August 1, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. winky

    The republican party is on its way to being extent!

    August 1, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. kerfluffle

    And today's word boys and girls, is 'evidently'.

    August 1, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. The King

    Another squeak from the Kim Kardashian of US politics. The perpetual whining "victim". This thing represents the absolute worst of USA citizenry. Shame on John McCain.

    August 1, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. GFYSPDC

    In this corner, the Dark Lord Cheney, In the other corner, super-lightweight and the face of stupidity in America, Palin.

    August 1, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. enuff

    While I dislike Mr. Cheney, I dislike Sarah... I mean Palin... even more. she is a disrespectful twit to wveryone except her chosen crowd. I am so glad that she did not get put into office. Does she think she is offering a challenge just because Cheney is from Wyoming and she's comikng from Alaska? . Cheney actually was actually VP AND Sarahcan only dream of it.

    August 1, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. REPUBLICAN ARE THE GREATEST

    The BIG BIG mistake was voting for Barack Obama. He is a disgrace to the Presidentcy. Sarah Palin is 1000 times more qualified then this loser in the White House.

    August 1, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Psychologist

    Palin? Graceful? Good one! Always in for a fight, no class at all.

    August 1, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Jeff

    Comparing yourself to a baseball? I see the similarity. However, there is no quiting in baseball, the team plays all 9 innings, not what Palin is accustomed to as govenor and quiter. Palin says she felt compelled to answer the call to run for VP... Not so compelled to complete the term Alaskans voted her into. Can a person be voted in as VP and then just quit?

    August 1, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. B

    Every time she disagrees with something, it's the mainstream media's fault. The worst part is, realize as bad as she is, McCain chose her over Romney.

    August 1, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Ricardo

    The man telling the truth for once for Godsake. Even Mccain know he made a mistake

    August 1, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Cate

    I have never agreed with Cheney, until this article!

    August 1, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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