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

Cheney not expected to attend GOP convention

A Cheney spokesperson said no decision has been made on the convention.

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. Frank

    Dick Cheney has been as solid as a rock and one of the best Vice Presidents I have witnessed in my lifetime. Oh no! Here come the shreiking living dead to lay waste to my comments...

    August 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. Jody Monroe

    Why does anyone care?

    August 4, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. d5k

    Good Riddance, Dick.

    August 4, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. Tony Segura

    Cheney has sucked us dry at the pump and what does he care, he and Bush are not running for any office. That is why he will be a no-show. Besides that remember how they ran McCain to the ground in the last election? He probably doesn't care for the Senator anyway.

    August 4, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. beverly


    August 4, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. TyWebb

    Don't know what will become of the convention without Dick's positive motivational impact....

    August 4, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  7. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    Hit and Run?

    August 4, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  8. E.C.Coleman

    How absurd that anyone would 'disinvite' the VP of the United States because of 'low approval ratings!' Vice President Cheney is a Conservative and should not only be in attendance, but highly respected for his office and tenure by the GOP Convention. If Cheney is NOT invited.... then it just shows Senator McCain is bowing to the Liberals! Senator McCain is supposed to be a 'straight talker' and stand up for his opinions, ideals and choices. How dare He NOT invite VP Cheney!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. Molly Weasley

    If there's one Republican who is LESS popular than George Bush, it's Dick Cheney. And now John McCain, with a fresh $2 million in campaign contributions from oil executives, is about to join them.

    August 4, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. Brian

    Go away now please please please.. u have done enough harm to this lovely country... 😦

    August 4, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Geoffrey Iyamah

    Cheney's presense at the GOP convention will in no doubt hurt McCain presidential bid.

    August 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. Peter - Denver

    He'll be in his secret hideout.

    August 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  13. dorothy

    That is great for Dick Cheney, not to attend the Convention, he may start shoting Ducks again and somebody may get hurt. Stay away Dick Cheney, go get your heart checked.


    August 4, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  14. Jack from Freedom USA

    Cheney should be in JAIL never mind attending a convention – he has broken the law by outing a CIA agent and he deserves JAIL!

    August 4, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Since McCain has made clear he intends to further Bush and Cheney's agendas for the long term occupation of Iraq plus pre-emptive war with even MORE oil-rich Iran, he should be thrilled to have them there as cheerleaders! Plus, like Bush, he needs Cheney (if Lieberman is in Israel with his dual citizenship) beside him to whisper into his ear what to say next.

    August 4, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. Charles Hussein, Memphis

    Can't blame McCain. I wouldn't want the mean old crook anywhere near me, either. He might shoot me in the face.

    August 4, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  17. John - Arizona

    yeah, after running the country down thr drains, there they go running away for McSame to continue the failed policies.

    You can run, but cannot hide. If the GOP and Mccain are proud of the work they've done, why arde the hidiing?

    August 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  18. Michael Airton

    Wow, what a surprise! Dick Cheney, a walking case of political herpes if there ever was one, a no-show at the Repblican convention? I'm shocked.

    August 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  19. Montana is Obama Country

    that's no surprise. They don't like each other.. come to think of it, Dick doesn't like anybody..

    August 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  20. Tony Segura

    I do not know where else I could make my comment. Why can't we borrow one of our holidays and use it on November 4th for the Presidential Election. Some employers work employees overtime so that they don't have time to vote. Then the voting places are also eager to close up the place and not giving them a chance to vote.

    August 4, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  21. David Jacobson, New York NY

    It's too bad McCain doesn't have the chutzpah to "turn the page" on the Bush/Cheney years with Dick Cheney in the audience.

    August 4, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  22. Richard, FL

    Looks like just another flip-flop by McCain.

    When asked if he'd want Cheney in his administration, McCain has said "Hell, yeah".

    August 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  23. Pete

    I refuse to watch any of the convention if Dick Cheney is not on the schedule. A sitting Republican VP and not be invited ... this makes no sense. I will also not vote for McCain if Cheney is not featured at the convention.

    August 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  24. Louisiana Ed

    John McCain and Tricky Dicky Cheney may STAND for the Republican Party, but they will BEND-OVER for the big oil companies ,,,OOOOpps, dropped the soap again!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. Jonathan Samuels

    War for profit

    August 4, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
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