August 31st, 2008
12:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin compared to Cheney

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(CNN) - Presumptive Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin has been compared to past VP picks Dan Quayle and Geraldine Ferraro for her relatively low profile on the national stage, but now Democrats are likening the Alaskan governor to another running mate: Vice President Dick Cheney.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Sen. John Kerry said Palin is a member of the "flat-earth caucus" and her stances on climate change are in lock-step with those of the vice president.

"With the choice of Governor Palin, it's now the third term of Dick Cheney, because what he's done is he's chosen somebody who actually doesn't believe that climate change is manmade," Kerry said.

Kerry also said Palin is "Cheney-esque" when it comes to her conservative stances on social issues.

Shortly before being named John McCain's running mate, Palin told the conservative magazine Newsmax she does not believe climate change is man-made - a statement that puts her at odds with the preumptive GOP nominee and the 2008 Republican platform.

"A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location," Palin told the magazine. "I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made."

McCain has said addressing climate change is a top priority, and the Arizona senator backs implementing mandatory caps on carbon emissions if he is elected president. The 2008 Republican platform also includes the words "global warming" for the first time and refers to the effect of "increased atmospheric carbon."

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soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Eileen

    Wow! She, with her Journalism degree....... knows more than the scientists! What an idiot!

    August 31, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Elizabeth for Obama

    Palin is no Hillary Clinton and never could be.

    McCain/Palin are pandering to the women and it's sickening.

    August 31, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Toby

    One big difference. Much as we may disagree with and even dread Cheney, he is definitely qualified to be president (if he isn't already).

    August 31, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Rick Wehner

    What we need in all levels of government are fewer 'politicians' and more adminstrators. Palin has proven herself above politics and has an admirable job as Govenor in Alaska. The whole matter of experience for the White House is mute as their is no job on earth as this one!

    August 31, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. SF for Obama

    Well she does have that whole abuse-of-power-ethics-violation thing in common with him. Plus the intolerance for civil liberties. I can see the resemblance!

    August 31, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Although they hold similar views, I do think Cheney has more experience though. I think this is an insult to Cheney to compare Palin to Cheney.

    August 31, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Sen. John Kerry

    I was for John McCain before I was against him.

    August 31, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Proud !!! Pro - Life Dem .Yes There Are Pro - Life Dems !!!!

    Wow !!!! . Having An Accomplished Women On The Ticket , Seems To Have Hit A Nerve Of " The Good 'Ol Boys Club " In Washington , Kerry , Can't Stand The Thought of A Women In High Office , Especially One He Has No Chance Of Controling !!!! .

    Waiting For The Rest of The Angry " Good 'ol Boys Club " To Come Out And Hate on Sarah !!!!!

    "No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party which ignores her sex.”

    – Susan B. Anthony

    August 31, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Mike, FL

    There is a poll just out that shows the largest percentage of voters saying she is unqualified since Dan Quale.

    This just goes to show you who has a better judgement on the VP pick between McCain and Obama.

    August 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. John from Arizona

    Carl Rove and the Republican Party have just packaged up a big pile of manure and are now selling it to the country as a colorful bag of candy. They are actually telling the American people that the Governor from Alaska has more experience than John McCain! Ok, she has been in the office of Governor for 18 months after serving as mayor of a small town in Alaska and has served on the city council. I guess some may think that that is experience enough to hold the most powerful position in the world, negotiate with foreign leaders and fight the threat of global terrorism and other threats to our nation’s security. Yes, she’s just as qualified as any mayor to hold the position of President of the United States, if you take into account that all small town mayors have more executive experience than John McCain, Barack Obama and Joe Biden combined. But executive experience is not the issue. The issue is having the qualifications to handle the most powerful office in the world. The Republicans think American people are all a bunch of idiots! However, I am encouraged by the recent poll that indicates that 87% of Americans still have a brain. To the rest of you…Bon Appetit!

    August 31, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. bo

    she also tried to get polar bears taken off of the endangered species list, denying that global warming has an impact on their lives. as a mother and a person who should have concern for future generations, her statement is ridiculous.

    and she's anti-woman – against choice, equal-pay, gay rights, etc. if mccain thinks he's going to get women's votes with this pick, he's seriously underestimating the intelligence of women.

    August 31, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. johnt

    will they make up their minds. first they want to get away from old washington politics so the choose Biden? then Obama says he doesn't want a VP who just agrees with him but someone who challenges him. well it sure looks like he was describing Palin to me.

    August 31, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Ella

    If you Sara are being compared to Cheney hold tight that is the lowest remark ever. I hope you prove to be slightly a step up!

    August 31, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. McCain/Palin

    The only problem Mike is that Obama has less experience than she does and he is running for President.

    August 31, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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