July 30th, 2007
04:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Cheney amused by Clinton-Obama foreign policy spat

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Vice President Cheney said Monday he was amused to hear Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama call rival Hillary Clinton “Bush-Cheney Light” last week.

In an interview with CBS Radio, Cheney laughed and said, “I wasn't quite sure. I didn't think that was meant to be a compliment, but it was an interesting line of attack.”

Cheney said he was happy to watch this campaign from the sidelines. He told CBS, “I watch with great interest on both sides, both Republicans and Democrats. Our presidential campaigns are one of the unique and distinguishing features of our society. And the process by which we select presidents and then hold them accountable is unique in many respects here in the United States. As somebody who has participated in that process now for the better part of 40 years, I am always fascinated by it. Not involved this time, but fascinated.”

He said he has no regrets choosing not to seek the Republican nomination for president. Cheney called it “the right decision,” saying, “I addressed that issue some ten years ago, and decided I wasn't going to be a candidate. And that was the right decision for me and my family, and I have no second thoughts.”

While Cheney was briefly acting as president recently, he wrote a letter to his grandkids.  "A souvenir for them to have down the road some day," he said to CBS Radio.  

Cheney will appear on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Tuesday night.

-CNN's Steve Brusk

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. erika morgan black dimond wa

    Cheney's comments prove to me the existence of conspiracy by the Republicats to hijack the US Government.

    July 30, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Connie, Tn.

    I think his grandkids should have plenty to remember his time in office. This administration has been accountable for Nothing they have done. We will all be remembering for a long time.

    July 30, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    He wouldn't run cause the embarassing results could cause the Republican Party to completely implode. Just keep patting yourself on the back like you COULD have won it though DICK. Hopefully the Democrats can find you guilty of some federal crime once the Bush cronies are all out of office, and put you in federal pound me in the (insert Office Space quote here) prison so you can pay for the misdeeds you've done the nation. Fat cats always lose Dick.

    July 30, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. fedupwithourgov't

    You and Bush should be impeached and put on trial for war crimes. I hope your grandkids have that to remember!

    You have been a disgrace to this country!

    Go slither back under your rock and count your blood money!

    July 30, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. t j piazza, valley forge, PA

    A Clinton/Obama ticket will guarantee another Dem defeat at the polls. The country won't go for Clinton II, nor will they fall for the sweet nothings of an inexperienced, one term senator. This sounds a lot like Mondale/Ferraro of 1980. Especially after Mondale told us that he would raise taxes!

    July 30, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Anonymous, California

    Cheney is a jerk and the most corrupt person ever to set foot in the White House.

    I can't possibly see what reason he has to be on Larry King other than try to improve his horrible public image.

    July 30, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Reed, Tucson, AZ

    You're all little kids, jealous of the man!! Rock on Cheney!

    July 30, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Independent Voter, TN

    It is so hard to listen to all of the thoughtless emotion in these postings. It would be so refreshing to hear some reasoned observations about the state of our political situation.

    And this is not from someone in the GOP...I felt the same way when so many were calling for Clinton's head less than 8 years ago.

    Erika, please explain in detail how Cheney's innocuous comments have conviced you of the "conspiracy to hijack the government." And while you're at it, what does hijacking the government involve?

    And John S. in Chicago...your postings are nothing more than rants that no one really is interested in hearing since they convey nothing more than partisan generated anger.

    I'd love to hear both of your opinions, but backed up with resarch and facts and without the venom and rage.

    July 30, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. James, Phoenix AZ

    I find it fascinating how cynical the political debate has become. Bush and Chaney – the evil twins that stole the election, planned 9/11 to scapegoat Saddam Hussein, all so Chaney/Bush could get rich off oil contracts.

    Where does it end folks?

    If we disagree in politics – we commit political jihad against those with opposing views.

    Sad – very sad these comments that get posted about our President and Vice President, all because of some conspiracy theorists and opposing political viwes.

    July 30, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. LR, SE Pa.

    I hope his grandkids look back on his impeachment!

    July 30, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. RET. NAVY, KY

    Chicago, the most corrept political machine in the U.S. for the past 100 years. Not run by Republicans by the way.

    July 30, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. J.Talley, Santa Monica, CA.

    He doesn't need to run for office -he's been the president for the past 7 years. George is just comic relief...

    July 30, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Oh for heavens sake, he HAS been the president for the last six years.

    July 30, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Tom, ME



    July 30, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  15. William Cedar Rapids Iowa

    Couldnt they get him on war profitering if Haliburton gives him his old job back... and hell why wouldnt they he basicly handed thme 5 billion dollars of the American peoples money

    July 31, 2007 02:26 am at 2:26 am |


    July 31, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. av3, Washington DC


    Erika can not prove the "conspiracy" because VP Cheney is withholding crucial evidence with the argument that the VP is not part of the executive branch. I don't know what you were taught in school, but I have been taught since 6th grade that the VP is in the executive branch and therefore Cheney and his staff should have to let Federal Investigators look into his handling of confidential documents and HAND OVER THE LIST OF PEOPLE VISITING CHENEY IN HIS OFFICE. Why doesn't this new tricky Dick want us to know who is visiting him? I'll take a guess. It is big oil execs and defense company CEO's making huge profits from the war.

    James you're right nothing can be proved, though-yet. Why don't you go on a hunting trip with Mr. Cheney and get the facts for all of us?

    July 31, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    And I find Cheney nauseatingly amusing as well.

    I'm surprised he even understood a slur about Foreign Policy. Surprising!

    July 31, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Enrique, Chicago, IL

    Does Cheney find the situation in Iraq to be amusing? Most Americans don't find the lying and deceiving to get us involved in Iraq amusing.

    It's a good thing he spared himself the embarrassment of running for president in 2008.

    July 31, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |