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. DT Wisconsin

    Cheney would destroy Hillary in a one-on-one debate.

    September 20, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. LOL, Columbus, Ohio

    Considering hillary looks just like Yoda, she should know all about Darth Vader. As usual, a dem with no plan, name calling and attacking. So typical.

    September 20, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    this is funny... where were you all when Rudy AWOL Giuliani attacked the Sen. and call her names bacause she disagrees with his views... besides even Chaney himself knows the comparisons and laughs about it... like usual the people that hate hillary will use any excuse to continue the hate... be useful and challenge the debate, participate and vote... I don't care who you are that comment was funny right there! (using a phrase from larry the cable guy).

    September 20, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Bev McM

    Clinton is absoltuely 100% correct. Who else would support war, murder and theft of another's country's natural resources.

    September 20, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. scott,manchester NH

    bush and cheney...more like tweedle dumb and tweedle dummy...
    enough said...

    September 20, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. geezer, cedar rapids, ia

    Hiliary could be right. I am sure she can identify those from the dark side.

    September 20, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Hillary is so sophisticated – NOT!

    September 20, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    How soon we all forget...its not ok for Hillary to call Cheney a fictional villian. But it ok for Cheney to tell another Senator to "F Off" in the Senate chamber while in session.

    Bottom line, our politicos on both sides (public and private citizens) both need to clean up the discourse; this includes people like Chomsky and Coulter

    September 20, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Duane, Houston, TX

    To me, she had it backwards...

    Cheney would be more like Palpatine...the twisted fool masterminding things behind the scenes. With Bush being Darth Vader, the more prominent puppet.

    But that's just me.

    September 20, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Donna, Pompano Beach, FL

    Now that's just downright insulting to Darth Vader.

    September 20, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Yulia Timoschenko

    Would say that Hillary probably hasn't done a thorough character analysis of the inner nature of Vader nor given thought to the evolution of his character the drama. She just meant to point out that Darth Dick is nasty and causes a lot of suffering through lies, deceit, bullying and other short-sighted power-grabbing mechanisms.

    Of course, this is dead-on true!

    September 20, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Mark, St. Pete, Fl

    Wow Hillary, how wonderfully original! I've never heard that one before. Keep up the good work! Now I have to get back to unpacking from my cancelled move overseas. The more you speak, the greater my chances of remaining in America. Yayyyyy!

    September 20, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Mark, Chicago, IL

    All Republicans are idiots. Maybe if you morons read books intstead of watching Fox tabloid news you could comprehend that this adminstration is running our country into the ground. I can't wait until Hillary and Bill are back in the White House to fix the damage done by the GOP.

    September 20, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. David, Dallas Tx

    Let's have a little perspective, folks. Name-calling might not be a respectable tactic, but injecting some light-hearted humor into a political campaign isn't a bad thing either. I enjoyed the video spoof of The Sopranos the Clintons made, I enjoyed Giuliani's joke about Thompson doing a good job with "his" television role, and I enjoyed this as well.

    The future of healthcare, the future of Medicaid, illegal immigrants, a soaring national debt, when and how to pull troops out of Iraq, what to do about Iran, about Hamas, about al Qaeda... and a Darth Vader joke.

    If we Americans are going to define a Darth Vader joke as a significant presidential campaign issue (and we've got 90 comments and counting on this story!) then America is in sad shape indeed. We have lost our ability to separate the wheat from the chaff, to identify what is truly important and what is frivolous.

    It's a joke, people. Laugh or groan as you will, and move on.

    I don't even know why CNN thought this was newsworthy, with everything else they could be reporting.

    September 20, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Jay Francisco, Los Angeles, CA

    Pretty strong words from someone resembling Jabba the Hut

    September 20, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Frank, Revere MA

    I love the hypocrisy. Other candidates joke around, and Clinton supporters want their head. Hillary does it, and all is good in the world. All these blind dems in Massachusetts didn't care who got in office, just as long as they had a D next to their name. Now we have a D governor threatening us with higher taxes (if that's possible) or, we HAVE to built 3 casinos all at once. You want an idea of what happens when the D's control the entire State, LOOK AT OUR CRAPPY STATE. It is the joke of the country.

    PS- For those of you who say, "You had a R Governor (Romney)". He was the only R in the entire State. I give him credit for doing as well as he did!

    September 20, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Dave Alexander Asheville, NC

    Cheney as Darth? Naah ! How about Hanibal Lector. Not even the bones of his victims remained. Cheney is the most amoral hatchetman ever in US political history.

    September 20, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Jim, Milwaukee, WI

    All the southern redneck party does in any election campaign is smear and name call the opposition. What a bunch of hippocrites you Republicans are who condemn name calling. Your party members are the kings of name calling. It's your party's only tactic to win elections since your candidates are worthless and the sad thing is it has worked. The Dems are finally sinking to your level to fight fire with fire.

    September 20, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Mary B, Berkeley, CA

    Right on Hillary. Although I don't think he is as brave or couragous as DV but the vision of the darkness and evil eminating from and surrounding him is very apt. Hey, are we even allowed to post our opinions in America anymore?

    September 20, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Frank, Revere MA

    Go back and re read the uproar you Dems had when McCain called that kid a little brat. The kid thought it was funny, everyone there thought it was funny, but every Dems head almost exploded! I guess it's only funny when it attacks a Rep. HYPOCRITES!

    September 20, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. john, washington D.C.

    Texas should be its own state with Dick Cheney as the president

    September 20, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Jeff, Dayton, OH

    This coming from Cruella DeVille!!! go away Illuminati witch.

    September 20, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Anon

    Frank from MA:

    What does your state of MA or taxes have to do with this article? Please try to stick to the subject at hand. If you don't like your "Crappy" state then move to Texas.

    September 20, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Howie Kemp Katy Texas

    He "may" be Darth Vader, but there is really only one way to make sure, and if the helmet doesn't fit, then Hillary must acquit!

    September 20, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Ali, Ithaca, NY

    Poor Hillary. She doesn't actually have any knowledge or skill to speak of, so she resorts to name-calling. Can't say I'm surprised.

    September 20, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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