August 4th, 2008
10:10 PM ET
15 years ago

Cheney not expected to attend GOP convention


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A Cheney spokesperson said no decision has been made on the convention."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Will Vice President Cheney be a no-show at the Republican convention in Minnesota?

Republican officials say yes, citing a desire by Sen. John McCain's campaign to turn the page on the Bush-Cheney years. One GOP official told CNN there's a "mutual understanding" between Cheney's office and the McCain camp that he is "unlikely" to attend the convention.

A second Republican official said there are still "talks going on" between Cheney's office and the McCain camp and both sides are "still trying to work it out."

The conservative American Spectator first reported Monday Cheney, who has low national approval ratings but is still popular among conservatives, is not expected to attend the convention.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers side-stepped a question about whether the Senator has invited Cheney, saying the campaign has "not announced the speakers or any details" about the convention at this point.

Cheney spokeswoman Megan Mitchell also told CNN the details for the convention are still in flux. "His schedule for next week has not even been set-up," Mitchell said, suggesting there has been no final decision on the convention.

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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Desi Taurus

    The fewer people from Bush-Qaeda at the conference, more hope for McCain for the struggling candidate.

    August 5, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  2. Lance

    Good riddance. This man should never be allowed in politics again. BTW, I just saw Gwyneth Paltrow ad. Now that is funny except theres such an easy counter-ad. "Please, vote from abroad. Just don't take voting advice from someone who named their kid Apple. Brought to you by the commitee to elect John McC............"

    August 5, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  3. Peter of Oregon

    I would've thought they would've had the details of the convention well planned given that it's only a few weeks away. Maybe McCain is waiting to hear what Barack Obama plans on doing before he makes a decision.

    He can't seem to do a thing without following Obama's leadership. I guess it's understandable since McCain's probably one of his biggest fans, even going so far as to compare him to the Messiah.

    August 5, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  4. linda from prescott

    Yes, I usually put the trash out when I'm trying to have company too.

    August 5, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  5. Shelley

    Was this guy ever seen? He always stayed "bunkered down" since 911.
    What an idiot!
    OBAMA in 08!

    August 5, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  6. Rob in Sacramento

    even a crook like McCain knows that cheney is eyeballs deep in high crimes & misdemeanors. the vice president is devoid of anything resembling honor, & has been an agent of corruption for more than 30 years. on January 21, 2009 he should be sent to fix every defective shower that his friends built in Iraq. the showers that have killed more then a dozen US military personnel through criminal negligence & war profiteering. what a pathetic vampire

    August 5, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  7. joan

    He should go to the convention with the spotlight on him. He has run the country for 8 years

    August 5, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  8. Robin A Blue

    TRUST ME he will not be missed. He should should take George Bush (silly willy) And John McCain (Charlie Brown) looking behind with him.

    August 5, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  9. An American

    So if Cheney appears at the convention, will everyone have to be in place hours in advance and not able to take bathroom breaks for two hours until he is done speaking? Just curious.

    Good God look at those chompers!

    August 5, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  10. duriya

    I thought republicans are proud of him. They want to throw him under the bus because of the republican found themselves in trouble. What a shame.

    August 5, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  11. Avembe

    Is there ANY way to know how much MONEY that guy and his entourage got from that "war" in Iraq?
    Will we EVER know

    August 5, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  12. Charles

    The funny thing is, Cheney is about the only thing I respect about the Republican party. He is not a stupid man by any means. He has his ideas and stands strong behind him. He is easily hated and with good reason. But he is exactly who he is at all times. And with him it's not Bush's stubborn ignorance. CHeney simply believes what he says but is smart enough to know what he's saying. If you ask me, McCain is making a bit of a mistake if he's trying to appeal to his own lost constituancy.

    August 5, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  13. p v ca

    Dick, John doesn't like you. I don't like you or John.

    August 5, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  14. Voter

    Cheney is not going. He would have to cross the Mississippi and evil can't cross running water.

    August 5, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  15. Tupac

    The same conservatives that think Bush is doing a great job, Al Qaydea links to Iraq, and WMDs are somewhere in the Iraqi desert.

    August 5, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
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