August 4th, 2008
10:10 PM ET
13 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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  1. Clarence

    So the vice president is not going to attend the Republican convention. Maybe the president shouldn't either?

    It seems that the buck stops everywhere except with George W. Bush. Good riddance!

    August 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  2. agnes

    Yes, Cheney should attend the convention and help give the election to Obama.

    August 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  3. April

    Ed, this comment is about Obama and Obamabots saying Bill Clinton is a racist. Their sight was close, hope you do not mind. Anyway, the issue is, those who look like Obama voted for Obama despite the fact that he is not qualified and only because "he looks like them". No matter what Obama does, they voted for him because of his color. These are the people who call President Clinton racist? Clinton puts them in the map and feed them and put money in their pockets but guess what, that does not matter now because they can fetch their own water now. But do they remember who brought them to the water well? Ofcourse not. They think, they have their Messiah now and now Bill Clinton does not matter anymore. Would someone intelligent tell us, who is the racist in this election? Is it Bill Clinton or Ms. O, Wright, Obama and Obamabots? Obama and they uses race. If you do not vote forObama, then you are a racist. They forget that this is a free country and you are to vote as you well please preferring you do not add racism and sexism into the equation. Obama and Obamabots played the race card in the primary and now they are playing race card again in the national election. The thing now is, everyone is beginning to see the unveiling of the mask on Obama. What arrogant, idiotic bunch we begate. Well, very soon they will be wishing they have not written off Bill Clinton because their wonder boy muslim messiah is tearing at the seams. Ofcourse, Barrack Hussein Obama said he is not a muslim. However, his causin Osama still said Obama is lying through his muslim teeth so he can win the White House.

    McCain for President 2008 and Hillary 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. William Huggins

    He won't attend... He'll just do what he always does...Stay behind the curtain and pull the strings.

    August 4, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  5. Erin

    Who would want a beligerant ignoramus like Cheney to show his face anywhere. He is a crook, a liar, and in bed with Bush doing lord knows what. Can't wait till all the ugly republicans like him are gone.

    Rid the temple of the bullsh!t artists and old dead wood.

    August 4, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  6. Puma-SF

    He should be in jail.

    August 5, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  7. lovable liberal

    Darth Cheney should be in prison, not in Minneapolis.

    August 5, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  8. SOUTHERN HOTTIE what now?
    Cheney not attending?
    well why not?
    does Mr. McCain not get along with him?
    i thought they did.....considering he voted 95% of the time with his party's leader ......
    Mr. Bush...we all remember who THAT is, right?
    how come i'm the first one to post on this blog...

    oh wait, i'll be censored anyway.

    oh well....
    at least the moderator will have read this...
    THEN censor.

    probably a doofus pretending to be a journalist/editor.


    August 5, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  9. CNN is Biased

    Wow, they're negotiating for Cheney not to be there...and have you heard about the racist McCain camp turning away the black reporter, and none of the white reporters, except the one who challenged it....this after the ad with Obama and two blondes with phallic symbols abound....yeah, well if that's not racist, the incident with the reporter definitely is...

    August 5, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  10. The Real Issue

    Even the McCain campaign does not want this past administration to participate. Whoever heard that the past administration of the president and/or vice-president were not invited.....because this administration has been the worst. But the real issue is: McCain voted for their proposals 95% of the time.....and now he is pretending to change his stripes??? Wake up America and see that these voted policies have caused: more foreclosures, more individual and corporate bankruptcies, more bank failures, higher and unstable gasoline/oil prices, more layoffs, more jobs lost, more high school dropouts although we have "No Child Left Behind", higher food costs, more problems etc......

    August 5, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  11. brenda

    Please show up Mr Cheney. Senator Obama would benefit greatly by your presence at the Repug convention.

    August 5, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  12. John from Las Vegas

    The only appearance this guy should be making is in front of a Grand Jury.

    August 5, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  13. Patrick Matheson

    Cheney is a Freak

    August 5, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  14. Jeronimo!

    Oh? So who will represent Haliburton, Blackstone and all those other defense contractors making a fortune off the invasion and occupation of Iraq? And who will represent big oil which has reported record profits since the war in Iraq? Who will represent the "Dark Side" of global Intelligence operations? You know the side that interrogates 10 by torture, only to obtain misinformation from 1out of the 10. Then turn around and use the misinformation to justify the destabilization of a region, (further antagonizing it's people into terrorizing us). Who will represent the 100 million dollar club? (Nevermind, Cindy should be there). We will, however, miss that warm, inviting smile of his that reminds us of how stupid we (many of us) are to trust republican administrations who cry "less government" so corporations can take full advantage of the people gov't is elected to serve and protect (even if it means our kids play w/ lead toys or our parents take toxic medications prescibed by pharmaceutically bought MDs). Anyway, sure will miss ya Dick.

    August 5, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  15. Raymond Duke

    Why should he. The man is not a politician, he is a doer. He just gets things done and don't worry about cry baby politicians.

    August 5, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. Dylan Los Angeles

    Will Dick Cheney talk about his energy plan and how he met with oil industry executives 40 times and only once with alternative energy representatives?

    August 5, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  17. darby

    i think Cheney should be invited

    August 5, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. Carl from MI

    McCain doesn't want to be shot in the face... too bad, it might help his campaign!!

    August 5, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. Jan From Boca Raton


    August 5, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. Brad, CA

    If Cheney goes to the convention he may accidentally shoot someone else.

    August 5, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  21. Rob indetroit

    Please, please show up mr vice president.

    August 5, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  22. MInnesota against John McWar

    John McCain Energy Plan: Start a war in middle east and hope for the best.

    August 5, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  23. wake up

    McCain to under the bus Mr. Vice President

    August 5, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  24. Drew from Green Bay, WI

    It's interesting that McCain wants Bush there but not Cheney. You think he would want Cheney there but not Bush to help with conservatives, but to take less heat from Democrats.

    August 5, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  25. Mike

    Hey Republicans you can't run from your past. you can't hide these guys they are your fault. Your so ashamed of Bush and Cheney you can't even invite them to your conventions. Own up to your faults embrace your criminal politicians.

    August 5, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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