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

Palin compared to Cheney

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/31/art.cheneypalin.gi.jpg caption="Palin is being compared to Dick Cheney."]

(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."


Filed under: Dick Cheney • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Sherry, Atlanta

    THEY BOTH LIKE TO 'SHOOT', AND BOTH HAVE 'LEGAL INVESTIGATIONS' GOING ON. . .NEED I SAY MORE?

    August 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Linda from Minnesota

    Ms. Palin says there is no such thing as global warming. She is anti abortion. I am pro-life AND more importantly pro-choice. Abortion is wrong for me but I can't force my values on the rest of the American women. Do we want to go backwards? If you liked the last 8 years, vote for McCain/Palin. If you want health care for everyone, a stable economy, protecting the environment, vote Obama/Biden.

    August 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. RF

    McCain -Palin: Climate Change You Can Believe In!

    August 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Debby

    Yeah looks who taking the one that couldn't win over Bush/Cheney. Kerry you don't do your party any favors by these interviews thats for sure.

    August 31, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. sue calgary

    Palin who? Is this a joke? If any thing happened to McCain (who would be a rash and weak president at the best of times..) you would have this lady be President? She is no Hillary....Think carefully!!!
    The country will get the president it wants and deserves.

    August 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Latina Woman for Barack

    Republicans for change??????????

    It is a mask for another four years...of Bush Cheney....

    Palin will not get many of Hillary voters...it shows a lack of understanding of who the Hillary supporters are.

    August 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Walter

    Democrats should ignore Pain. Because she's never done much, she's never done anything really blameworthy.

    McCain, on the other hand, cheated on his wife while she was battling a crippling illness and then left her for a multi-millionaire homewrecker 17 years younger than himself.

    I would wager that a majority of the American people don't know that about McCain. And they sure wont learn it from McCain's media lapdogs.

    August 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Sherilyn

    Obama Surrogates are in FULL-ATTACK Mode against the GOP VP Nominee. They're scared out of their wits. Obama later will denounce all of his surrogate's comments, and still claim he is above "Washington Politics"

    August 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. J.C.

    In fact, scientists also have different views of our climate change.
    It is inconclusive at best, but it doesn't hurt to be more considerate to others.

    It is flattering to Governor Palin to be compared with VP Cheney.
    I thought many yelled at her for being inexperienced.

    August 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Max Pargament

    Oh Mrs. Palin, can I see your climatology degree? I'd love to know the equipment, credentials, and resources you used to come to these conclusions that the majority of the world's climatologists missed...that silly majority, so typical to come to a conclusion based on data and logic.

    August 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Sharon, TX

    Way to go Dems, stay on message! This election is about the American public and the direction in which each platform plans to move our country. Senator Obama made his case very clear this past Thursday that he plans to move this country forward into the 21st Century - a global economical strategy, strong and intelligent international policy and a revolutionary energy policy. Senator McCain & the Republicans are offering more of the same - 8 years is ENOUGH! Let's move forward America!

    August 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. paula

    Let me get this straight. McCain had to travel to the far distances of the US to find a relatively unknown and untried VP pick. He did this because anyone closer to DC would be an "insider" and too close to the plethora of scandals that have rained down upon the party over the last 8 years. So he picks this lady? She doesn't even know the job description of the VP. McCain has made a mockery of the importance of the second in command and we should all be gravely insulted by his choice.

    August 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Bob

    Wow, so McCain has picked a VP with less elected experience than Obama (Mayor of 6000 person town + governor of 20 months vs. State Legislator and member of U.S. senate for 4 years), and that VP is against abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. Moreover, she thinks global warming isn't manmade (guess she thinks that God hates Polar Bears then) and her husband works for an oil company.

    Also, Palin has been governor for ONLY 20 months and ALREADY UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CORRUPTION.

    Bravo McCain. Palin combines the worst attributes of the GOP, with the only difference being that she has ovaries.

    August 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Mike

    Great combination. Radical Right Wing Neo Con like Cheney.
    And Clueless and naive like Dan Quayle. Thanks McBush we are certainly in good hands now !

    August 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. joe

    john kerry gave a great speech the other night, but he sounds like a fool here. i can understand the the mccain/bush theme, but palin/cheney? wow. get real.

    August 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Sandro

    And the McCain / Palin train wreck just began!

    August 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Amber K.

    I was planning on voting for McCain, but with this VP pick I'll be switching. It just scares me that he is so old and Palin could end up as the president.

    August 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Tired of the same old weak democrat tactics

    Let's remember the source of these comments.......a washed up has been that couldn't beat the most unpopular president in history. How does his opinions have any credence?

    August 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. LS

    Please don't tell me Cheney thinks carbon emissions are not man-made and that it doesn't have nothing to do with global warming or pollution, IT DOES!! Another reason why these people need to be out of our White House. They Are Totally Ignorant.

    August 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Jack

    I think Senator Kerry is giving her too much credit. I can't imagine this lady that is Governor of Alaska (which has less of a population of a major city) and mayor of a city of 7,000 being our president. John Mccain is 72 Yrs Old. It's not unrealistic that something can happen and this lady is our President. That is crazy. And for all you who compare this lady to Hillary Clinton, you're crazy!!! She shouldn't be allowed to be metioned in the same sentence as Hillary.
    All of the HIllary Supporters should be offended by anyone comparing them. It's down right offensive.....

    August 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Republican for Obama

    I don't know if I agree or disagree with Kerry's analysis, but I do feel that the selection of Gov. Palin is a joke, and not a funny one. Just like Dick Cheney has been a terrible influence as a Vice President, so will Palin further diminish what should be a very important position, especially in light of McCain's age, history of health problems, and extreme seriousness of current domestic and foreign issues.

    August 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Tired of the same old weak democrat tactics

    Why does a VP candidate have to mirror the Presidential candidate or tow the party line? Why can't people just have their views separate from the party and be respected for having their own convictions?

    August 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. David

    Not completely true, she is a better shot than Cheney.

    August 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Lin

    You know McCain has picked a winner when democrats go crazy comparing her to everyone they don't like. One thing I can say of what I've seen so far is that I like this woman. She is more genuine than either Obama or Biden. I can no longer be support a party that could not stand up to the discrimination of women. I will be voting republican for the first time Mccain/Palin

    August 31, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. TOM NY

    Palin is nothing short of a joke

    August 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
1 2 3 4 5