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. Paul Murphy, Canton Ohio

    Well at least we know who Chaney is. But who is Hillary? If she is George Soros / Move On. Org that is even worse. At least Darth Vader didn't belittle and call his defense commanders liars. How goofy can anybody be as to attack your own army? I think it is obvious who the real Benedict Arnold is.

    September 20, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Anonymous

    I'm still trying to figure out why any right minded democrat would vote for Clinton. She constantly attacks people to try and make herself look better. Look at the past any woman in their right mind who found out that their husband was cheating would leave them in a second. Not Clinton though because she knows that if she walked out she would become the low life nobody that she really is. Here's an idea America wake up if you want a sloth in office vote for Clinton but if want this country to go on vote for someone with some intelligence.

    September 20, 2007 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    I'll take Hillary over VP Vader any day. But, I gotta admit that the Darthman does have a more interesting look.

    September 20, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Zack, NJ

    I don't like Cheney, but Hillary is no Princess Leia.

    September 20, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Charles, Nashville TN

    Let's be serious here. If Cheney called himself Darth Vader and this moniker is also used by his opponents, then doesn't that make Bush the Emporer? Or is that Karl Rove?

    September 20, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Maria, Houston

    The attempt to reach younger generation?'ve already accomplished that, Hillary. I was your husband's supporter and my kids grew up watching Clinton's scandals unravel... no one is more cynical about politics than our young. There is no redemption for you. Just go away...

    September 20, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. bukky, Baltimore, MD

    I think she meant VOLDERMORT

    September 20, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. tiddle, nyc

    It's funny how people would dissect a comment that is meant to be a joke. And whether you like it or not offline, Clinton got her laughter for the joke.

    Indeed Cheney knew and made that comparison (of himself and Darth Vader) himself. Did anyone of you readers who posted in the comments think that Cheney was trying to court nerd votes or be funny or appeal to those voters that might otherwise find him stiff? I highly doubt it.

    September 20, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Bill Charleston SC

    Just another example of how Hillary will say anything to get a vote. As if the democratic party doesn't do the same thing.

    September 20, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Nick, Las Vegas NV

    So nice that the Democrats in this campaign dont result to childish name-calling as they claim. Disgusting. Doesnt Hillary realize that every Republican is pulling for her to win the nomination so that her shrill unpopular personality alone will be exposed and ultimately defeat her?

    September 20, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Rich B, Chester, MD

    Is this the same Hillary Clinton who often schreeches about the the "politics of personal destruction" and "mean-spirited" conservatives? The only explanation is that she was misquoted because she is much too principled to ever say or do something that she rallies against. (Yeah...Right)

    September 20, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Joe. Virginia

    He is not Darth Vader. He actually the evil emperor in the Star Wars saga. He was behind the scenes "Insidiously" planning everything and putting Bush to implement his notorious plans. That really makes Bush the character Vader. Don't worry we are approaching now in the episode 6 stages of the administration when he and all the Republican lackys get defeated by the rebellion and a cheer is heard around the world. Unfortunately our Darth never sees the good side of the force.

    September 20, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. D. Hornbeck, Port St. Lucie FL

    I am sick and tired of politians using name calling and other senseless chatter instead of stating factual intelligent information. Clinton is acting like a child and will say anything to sway those that can't use reason to figure things out.

    September 20, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Lillian, St Paul, MN

    Repulican senators cannot think on their own anymore so that they don't offend Cheney and Bush. Putting their party plan or can say "putting Bush and Cheney plan" before the citizen that voted for them .Without voters, there is no republican nor their plan. Republicans senators follow your heart and do the right thing. It will be dignify to loss next election by following your heart, than to win and live with pain and guilt for the rest of your life. Remember those soldiers have daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers and other family members and they have life like you and me.
    Thank you.

    September 20, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I'm far from being a Hillary fan but I must say the image she creates with her statement is pretty darn funny. Even Cheney himself recognizes the similarities.

    September 20, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. pl. at the UN for a while.

    I am not American. I am not familiar with the Star Wars culture. Ms Rodham Clinton appears to be.

    Mr Cheney is a very capable person. He appears to be able to formulate and execute strategy. That is reflected in the camaleonic abilities of your current administration. It is obvious to an external observer such as myself that the GOP has now entered the pre-elections damage-repair phase.

    Ms Rodham Clinton has spotted it. On this issue she is now intent to lay it bare for the American nation to see.

    Good politics. Not much seems to evade her attentiveness.

    September 20, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Patriots defend the Constitution, not those who abuse it. They stand behind the Republic established by the Founding Fathers, which has no resemblance to the Empire. Those who mouth the motto "I stand behind my President or Vice President, right or wrong," are either downright partisan or servile and unAmerican.

    A true conservative is a patriot of the Republic, not of the Empire.

    September 20, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Robert, myrtle beach sc

    Hey Patroit, Kansas...Regarding your comment about the dems having no backbone, weak willed, dorks, and conservatives consider us pansies & out of touch...the last 7 years speaks for itself as for how the dems see the GOP/conservatives/christian right/republicans who seem unable to tell the truth, are all hypocrites, judgemental, secretive, heads buried in the Iraq sand, no leadership skills whatsoever, watch GW or Karl Rove dance & you will know what a real dork is...

    September 20, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Woodbridge, VA

    Cheney makes Darth Vader look like a kitten. No one should be shocked by this comparison as he himself likened himself to Darth, which should be interesting. Perhaps he is sending us a clue...

    September 20, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. AC, Kentucky

    Yea, too bad Cader wasn't the one keeping the senators for the war. Only one of many things Clinton is only partially informed about.

    September 20, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Bob, Arlington, VA

    Point of order here.

    Cheney is Emperor Palpatine. One could then assign George Bush as Darth, but Anikin started out good then got corrupted. And in RETURN OF THE JEDI he redeemed himself.

    Other than that, Episode III does a profound job reminding us where we are headed.

    September 20, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. CMS, CA

    Very mature. Good to see Hillary's (2nd) Presidency will not have any decorum either. At least "Vader" wasnt chasing interns during a governmental shutdown as her husband was during her 1st.

    September 20, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Ryan, WV

    It will be nice having a president with a sense of humor again!

    September 20, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Rodney Dallas TX

    Come on people. It was a joke! Cheney is a joke! Bush is a joke! See how they all mesh well together?

    You people need to grow up and realize that it was a joke. The crowd laughed when she said it. Why can't you?

    September 20, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Jim Las Vegas Nevada

    Go away Hillary. Your juvenile tactics are quite evident. Her anger is not just in politics but with everything and everyone she deals with. It must be nice for her to think she can do no wrong. What an idiot.

    September 20, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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