September 20th, 2007
11:24 AM ET
8 years ago

Clinton calls Cheney 'Darth Vader'

Clinton referred to Cheney as 'Darth Vader' Wednesday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – She has been sharply critical of Vice President Dick Cheney in the past, but Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton took it up a notch Wednesday night, calling the president's No. 2 "Darth Vader."

The New York Democrat referred to Cheney as the infamous Star Wars villain at a New York fundraiser when she described his efforts to keep Republican senators behind the Iraq war.

"Vice President Cheney came up to see the Republicans yesterday," Clinton said at the fundraiser. "You can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the Vice President’s motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges."

The crowd erupted in laughter.

"I’m not invited to their meetings and I don’t know what he says or does," she added. "But all the brave talk about bringing our troops home, and setting deadlines, and getting out by a certain date just dissipated."

The comments came during an informal talk on stage with former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and retired Gen. Wesley Clark, both supporters of Clinton.

But this isn't the first time the vice president has been likened to Darth Vader. Cheney actually made the comparison himself in an interview with CNN's John King in June of 2006.

"I suppose people sometimes look at my demeanor and say, well, he's the Darth Vader of the administration," he said then.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Dick Cheney • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. BK, Atlanta, GA

    This is funny. No doubt though he is Darth Vader.

    September 20, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Whit

    I'm sure this was an attempt to go after the nerd vote..

    September 20, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Not a good comparison at all; we know from the movies that Darth Vader was the wreck of a once-great man, who found the strength to redeem himself in the end by disobeying his leader.

    September 20, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Funny...she charges her base with this crap...but doesn't understand that the other 70% of the voters don't trust nor like her....go Hillary....go away.

    September 20, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Jon G. Paris, TX

    Wow, real mature Hillary...I mean, I'm no fan of Dick Cheney either but do we really want to stoop to childish name-calling? Some "experience" you're flaunting...

    September 20, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Mike, Wisconsin

    Hillary is right and the sad thing is Darth Vader's 'movitation' always helps the GOP fall back in line kind of like when your grandpa visits and brings gifts when you are a little kid.

    September 20, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Neha, Cambridge MA

    Back in August we all shared some laughs about the video interview that showed Comments made back in 1994 by the then US Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney about Iraq saying that invasion of Iraq could only mean TROUBLE.

    Here’s a lighter video about Cheney for some more giggles – not quite Darth, but he's still a monster in this one.

    September 20, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Dr Atomic

    Didn't Darth Vader turn good in the end? Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

    September 20, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Scott, Smithfield, NC

    Doesn't Hillary understand that Darth Vader was cool as well as powerful???

    September 20, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Nancy Lloyd, Live Oak TX

    I believe that Sen. Clinton would be the first to admit that pjeople want to hear the differences in what they stand for, not calling names -like children do.

    September 20, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Loyda, WDC

    hey, Hillary:

    careful what you wish for, you might actually get it!!!!....

    oh, wait... maybe, just maybe, she thinks she is Princess Leia!!!!....hahahahahahahahaha

    September 20, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. Leslie, KC MO

    i think cheyney is more like the emperor...

    September 20, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Ron, Dortmund Germany

    I cannot believe Senator Clinton insulted Darth Vader like that!

    September 20, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Navy Family, Norfolk, VA

    Isn't that slander? Coming from a woman whose marriage involved adultry, I wouldn't put much stock in what she has to say.

    September 20, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. James Ford, Pittsburgh, PA

    Darth Vader is a good analogy.
    What the Republicans do in private, will eventually be exposed.
    This current regime will have to answer many questions, long after they're gone from office.

    September 20, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    I had to laugh as I have referred to this cold-souled hijacker of America as 'Darth Cheney' for years. Bin Laden must be thrilled to see him damaging America from the inside out over and over.

    September 20, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Keith James Louttit

    Apparently the only way any democrat thinks they can gain the confidence of the American people is to make personally derogatory remarks about others instead of realizing that they people of America are looking for articulate discourse of facts, and real solutions to our extant and emerging needs and problems. Thanks again to Ms (Rodham)Clinton!

    September 20, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Pat [a real Star Wars fan], Tattooine, the Outer Rim

    The problem with Sen. Clinton's analogy, is that Darth Vader was the Emperor's apprentice, the latter being the real brains behind the downfall of the democratically operated Galactic Republic by means of a self-created needless war to ensure his rise to power [Iraq?], hopeless fear [the phony war on terror?, if you're not with us, you're against us?], and scapegoating by blaming the peaceful Jedi [culture war against the gays?]. Thus, her analogy should be reversed, where Bush is the apprentice Darth Vader, and Cheney is the Emperor, i.e., brains behind the operation.

    September 20, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Calzone, Worthington, OH

    How sad that someone who is seeking the most important gov't executive position in the world stoops so low as to resort to such tasteless comments to rally her supporters; but now that she broached the subject, I do recall a certain bad witch in the story of OZ .... and the remblance is rather scary ...

    September 20, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Typical liberal response; instead of debating the issues in a professional manner, let's resort to name calling. At least it's a change from the usual "all Republicans are stupid" (they did it to Dan Quayle, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and of course, the current President Bush).

    With all of the skeletons in Queen Hillary's closet, I'd refrain from personal attacks (it's just a suggestion).

    September 20, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. spraynardkruger

    It's a great comparison - and please, hear me out. Darth Vader was, at the height of his power, more machine than man. Dick Cheney has had four heart attacks and several electronic implants to control his body, and thusly prolong his life. Dick is, after all, the contemporary bionic man, so this parellel Hillary Clinton gave us does suit well.

    September 20, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. Zach S., Oakland, CA

    For me the mystery is, if he had four heart attacks prior to becoming VP, why has he not had more of them in his stress-filled job? It does seem demonic to be impervious to the high probability of another heart attack.

    September 20, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Jerry, Boston MA

    At least Cheney isn't Jabba the Hutt. That's Rush Limbaugh. Bush is Emperor Palpatine, and every Republican is a storm trooper. Wow we have enough for a remake!

    September 20, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    OK folks, admit it, who hasn't ever thought of Cheney as being the Darth Vader of the Bush administration? The comment may have been a tad inappropriate but nonetheless, it's funny

    September 20, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Bill, Alabama

    Mrs. Clinton ended her description too early. She should have said that he is Darth Vader and lives in a galaxy far far away from reality.

    September 20, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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