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. Cheryl

    The Republicans are trying to scam the American public again.

    They think if they keep Bush and Cheney out of sight the voters are so stupid they'll forget that John McCain is just a continuation of the Bush-Cheney-big oil dynasty.

    They think if they can keep us distracted long enough by their personal attacks on Obama we'll forget the mess they made of this country.
    Well we won't. It's time for these bums to go.

    August 5, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  2. Geri

    Even though this article is about Cheney, at least it lets us know that there is another presidential candidate besides Obama. Its getting awfully old going on the ticker and all you see is articles on Obama or Cafferty bringing up the Clintons. Lets get the ticker fair and unbiased. And stop picking and choosing the comments that you either print or don't print. Most of mine, whether for or against Obama are usually not printed but the nasty Obama supporters do and say what they want. I'm a democrat but even some of us get tired of the second coming of the Messiah....which he is not. More articles on what they BOTH think on issues and less crap about Obama's birthday present getting lost. Not a whole lot of us care because we're struggling day to day just to exist.

    August 5, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  3. Chris in CA

    Well, if you invite Dr. Strangelove then you're gonna have to invite the rest if the "uniters" that flushed this country down the toilet.

    August 5, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  4. Obama 08 in Little Rock

    They can make him run from the spotlight, but he can't hide. People are ready to get beyond the policies of the Bush-Cheney years, and McSame has pledged to stay in the B.C. era.

    August 5, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  5. Dave

    The American people should know what McCain is trying to cover up all this time, which is Bush-Cheney's Third Term. The last seven years were recession, fear and war. If McCain elected, the next four years would be destraction, depression and demotion. What a bad dream?

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  6. Smikal

    Are any Republicans actually going to the convention? So far it looks like it's going to be Bush, McCain and some protesters.

    August 5, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  7. Ted

    Probably because he'll shoot someone.

    August 5, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  8. Jason, Texas

    If I were McCain, I would get as far away from that guy as possible. Cheney is the biggest nutter in the whole white house at present. What a war monger.

    August 5, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  9. Doris,Memphis,TN

    John McCain is throwing Vice President Cheney under the bus.
    How could the "The Campaign of Whiners " be so cold.
    Shame on Tucker Bounds and Carla Fiorina.

    August 5, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  10. Jon

    Why not have him there his trained hitmen are working for McCain right now coming up this the new attack ads. Why not put a face to the man behind McCain.

    August 5, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  11. shadowgovernment

    Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaa ha ha ha haaaaaaa!

    August 5, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  12. mike

    please attend the convention Mr Cheney, I'm sure it will help Mccain a lot, hahahah

    August 5, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  13. Jaren Vitale

    Cheney should be held responsible for all the actions taken that have affected so negatively the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. He and the entire administration should answer to the charges of false influence that got us into the Iraq war, Haliburton overcharges, tax evasion and corruption, other no bid contracts, illegal conduct regarding war actions including prisoner care, torture and kidnapping.

    The list is extensive. A significant event .. The disclosure of the identity of Wilsons' wife. Also illegal use of confidential information and illegal use and abuse of power to influence government workers to report things not truthful. Illegal influence over Colin Powell to lie to the public and to the United Nations regarding the "imminent" danger of Saddam Hussain.

    The list is very extensive. The Bush Cheney administration should be made to be accountable for their actions. He should not attend the convention. George W. Bush should not attend the convention.

    August 5, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  14. Ernie in LA

    I don't think that anyone would notice or care if he is there or not. He is a joke.

    August 5, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  15. GerryM

    Do you think that maybe old Dick is toxic? Politically radioactive? How about as welcome as, you know, bad smells in polite places. What a shot at McCain from the neo-cons! John better look out as the neo-cons may take a Cheny no show as a sign that McCain does not have the cred needed on right wing nut job street. Hang in there John, no doubt George Bush will show up and really add the final blow to your presidential asperations.

    August 5, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  16. bellabella

    That's a hoot!! President Bush is speaking one night of the convention and yet Cheney is staying home! I don't know how Senator McCain thinks he is going to put Bush-Cheney behind him?????? Everyday his ads, his surrogates and advisors are "using the Karl Rove playbook"! And furthermore, everyday McCain's campaign is sounding like "more of the same Republican nonsense" that we heard for years and years last past. Bush, Cheney and Rove are glued to McCain's vision for America like plaster to a wall!

    August 5, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  17. Former Repub

    It doesn't matter how much you try to distance yourself from the bush administration, that truth is you agreed with him 95% of the time, and your policies for your presumptive administration are basically the same.
    McCain=McBush= Bush+ Chenney

    August 5, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  18. Arizonan for Obama

    This country has been moving farther and farther to the right since the 80's and now we are going to hell in a handbasket with the conservative leadership that we have had (Rep and Dems). So what does that tell us? We need to make a sharp left and go back to the middle where this country should always be.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  19. Jon, Charlotte NC

    McCain should be in jail right now, not the RNC

    August 5, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |


    August 5, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  21. Gerry in Virginia

    John McBush is enough of a liability to the Republican party without adding one more old geezer to the list of "no goods" that will be attending that bash.... Besides Cheney has already done the dirty deeds he intended to do so what would he care about any hoopla for any one else. He got what he sit out for now he can go back to haliburton with his (and their) pockets full.. I say good ridence..

    August 5, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  22. Kris from Arizona

    I cant wait til Cheney is out of office. 8 years too long....

    August 5, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  23. Sammy

    Why would McCain invite Cheney to the GOP convention?

    August 5, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  24. Cyrus

    Great....a fascist is not going to attend the great gestapo convention. What a loss!!

    August 5, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  25. Greg from Big Island

    Dick Cheney is a very unpopular Vice President. This is the reason why he will not attend the Republican Convention. G W Bush has to be their to support his successor John McCain if he wins the presidency.

    August 5, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
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