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

Palin compared to Cheney

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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."

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  1. Hillary Clinton

    I'm not usually this blunt, but Kerry is an idiot.

    August 31, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. zonay52

    McCain is compared to Bush; Palin is compared to Cheney...if elected, the US is in for at least 4 more years of the McPain reign, slumping the US even further into Bushland.

    Obama Biden is our way out.

    August 31, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. valwayne

    If there ever was a good example of the elite, rich, snobby, Good Ol Boys club dedicated to keeping women in their place, and contemptous of working people everywhere it is John Kerry. I'm sure he's outraged at McCain picking a strong, independent, reform minded woman. It reminds everyone that Obama could have locked up the election by picking Hillary Clinton, but wasn't comfortable with a strong woman and instead went to the rich good ol senate boys club for his VP. The choice is clear in Nov.....Obama and the Dinasaurs, or McCain and real change?

    August 31, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Richard

    It is obvious that McCain pick someone that is perfect for his VP. She is like Cheney in more way than one. MCCAIN has in PALIN what BUSH has in CHENEY, someone to do all the dirty work. She can do all his coercion . Palin already has a small web of cronies, that includes her moose shooting family, that will do her undercover obstruction and foul bidding. They will force, threaten and incriminate anyone that threatens to expose any of McCains potentially adverse involvements. That’s why McCain picked her, she will ensnarl anyone who gets in their way. McCain was impressed with her craftiness on Monegan, who did a extraordinary job as Head of the Troopers and The Dept of Safety, for not firing her sister’s ex-husband. Even if it means the state will lose a valuable servant and replaced with a deviant. Does this remind you of anyone…CHENEY and a certain COVERT CIA AGENT.


    Independent voter

    August 31, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Steve

    I am very surprised at McCains pick ! I thought he was going to pick a woman ,but one with more experience who could step in and run the country if necessary!!! The thought of Palin as president is scary!!! She has a young special needs child who she needs to take care of and bond with.McCain said the first priority of the vice president is to make sure the president is okay. I guess he doesn't care if she is ready to run the country.....Bad choice !!!!!!

    August 31, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    The GOP has clearly given us the worst VP pick in history, right after giving us two terms of the worst President in history!

    August 31, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Doug

    Kerry is one person who has no right to say such things.
    John Kerry is a coward and a chameleon.
    Palin has got what it takes and Kerry takes what he doesn't own.
    Coward Kerry will be shut down once again by people who are far more honorable than his pathetic attempts at being a US leader.
    John Kerry is a lying coward.

    August 31, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Former PUMA 4 OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    Palin does have a good story and I'm sure she's a great person, but let's face it, she admitted just recently that she doesn't even know what the vice-president does all day and is so right-wing that she makes Rush Limbaugh look like a liberal. I feel sorry for her really because John McCain is totally using her to appeal to all the PUMAs and other Hillary Clinton supporters.. It's funny though, she got booed during a speech when she mentioned Hillary. That just shows that, while the Republicans want the PUMA vote, they could really give a crap less about Hillary or her supporters.

    Think smart...VOTE DEMOCRAT....OBAMA/BIDEN '08...

    August 31, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. claudia

    And we're supposed to "care" about what the Dem. loser John Kerry has to say about the Rep. pick for VP?? I don't think so. Let's stop taking everyones opinions (you know what they say about opinions, right?) and see what she says and what transpires over the next 60 days. If many can vote for Obama cause he's black (tho' they won't admit that), I can vote for the ticket with the woman (and I'll actually admit that!)

    August 31, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. lynn

    She is still better and has more experience and actions than the all mouth ,no action, FIRST term "I want to be a celebrity , no experienced, Oprah/Kennedy hand- picked puppet "that the Democrats are running as the worst choice ever, I need on the job training intern they chose for President. She would beat him if he was their choice for VP-she is still more qualified than that puppet.

    August 31, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Canuck

    i find her stance on the environment and conservation frightening

    August 31, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Former PUMA 4 OBAMA/BIDEN '08


    Maybe Kerry wasn't able to win the White House, but let's not call him a coward. Kerry served in Vietnam as a leader while your boy GW was shirking duty in the National Guard.

    There's still time for you to put down the Kool-Aid Doug...

    Wake Up American...VOTE DEMOCRAT….OBAMA/BIDEN '08…

    August 31, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. McCain/Palin

    John McCain and Sara Palin not only have experience, but they have records to prove it. All Obama can do is talk about change and vote PRESENT when he has an oportunity to vote and make a change.

    August 31, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Hillary Supporter

    I love all these republicans posing as Hillary supporters. This woman stands for everything Hillary does not. She will not get my vote or any of my families vote. I personally have spoken to over 100 Hillary supporters yesterday and every single one of them feels insulted. Who does this woman think she is? I will tell you who she is not…She is not Hillary Clinton. McCain, you have made a grave mistake.

    August 31, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. jwr53

    Palin's right wing positions can't be effectively masked by her charisma, youth, or 'Washington Outsider' status, nor by her gender. I'd urge voters to keep their eye on the issues. She won't be good for our country.

    August 31, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. katharine

    John McCain admitted himself that he prefers rash, rather than reasoned, decision making. "I make them as quickly as I can, quicker than the other fellow, if I can," McCain wrote, with his top adviser Mark Salter, in his 2002 book, "Worth the Fighting For." "Often my haste is a mistake, but I live with the consequences without complaint."

    That's fine for you, Senator McCain, but why should the American people live with the consequences? McCain met Palin ONCE and then had one phone call with her before he interviewed her for the position of VP and by all accounts made his mind up virtually on the spot. And now he calls her his soul mate. That shows a frightening lack of reasoning and judgment by a man who would be making decisions that affect the entire world.

    August 31, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. ACT-OF-LOW-MINDS...!

    Demoracts you are showing your ugly-ugly side and very

    un-becoming and un-American. Look in the mirror and see

    the refecion of yourself before you judge.

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::independent for mcain/palin:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    August 31, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. susan

    listen up america for the first time in history we have the chance to have four people in the white house with terminal degrees in their chosen fields! this fact alone should make us all vote for obama/biden....with that much intellect in the white house things will have to get better! and think about this: should someone with a child under the age of one even consider such an important job? and i am a female!

    August 31, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Guastav

    Oh, I though this was a joke. The Republicans actually picked someone who has 19 months experience as governor of a state with a population smaller than Cincinatti? Good luck with that...

    August 31, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Pailin = More Bush Failin'

    Palin is currently the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Alaska state Legislature for improper use of her office.

    When asked her if the investigation could disqualify her from becoming McCain's running made, Palin said it shouldn't disqualify her from anything because she had done nothing wrong, adding, "As for all that VP talk, I can't answer that question until someone answers for me: 'What is it that a exactly that the VP does every day?'")

    Yeah, that's a qualified candidate!

    August 31, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. ML - California

    I will say it again and you refused to post it. This picking at McCain's
    choice for VP is all about she is a female. When is this stuff going to stop? Everybody saw what happened to Hillary!!!

    August 31, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Mike Kaplan

    What a completely ridiculous excuse for a VP.

    C'mon, people! Last week, McCain was telling us that Obama doesn't have enough experience.......and this week, when he saw that this wasn't working as an attack, he changes his tune completely and gives us a VP who has far less experience than Obama. This suggests that he wasn't being honest when he said that Obama wasn't experienced enough.

    As for her views, they are entirely backwards. On creationism in schools, and on climate change, she shows that she is not just unqualified- she is deeply misinformed, and out of step with the mainstream of scientists and the American people as well.

    August 31, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Barbara

    Kerry needs to dress up in his "I'm a hunter "outfit with his rifle in his make believe world and pretend he knows anything at all about the outdoors. Sara Palin is a hunter, she comes from Alaska, her husband is half Eskimo and they know how to leave a small or no trace handprint on the environment. No nothing, photo-op Kerry's comments are ridiculous and CNN and the Democrats are really digging deep in the trash bin for this kind of ridiculous statements. It just goes to show how scared they are of a breath of fresh air woman govenor who is honest and has integrity. Honesty seems to be lacking in the slanted versions of "news" that comes from CNN and their hand picked choice of a Democrat for President. If CNN had been more professional in their coverage we would have had a woman heading up the Democratic ticket but they were not.

    August 31, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Marie in California

    Give me a break! Palin is nothing like Cheney! Palin is just the opposite of Cheney in every area I can think of. The ONLY thing they have in common is the Republican party.

    I'm very impressed with Palin's character and judgment. She's a dynamic, git-r-done, down-to-earth, moral, ethical person. In those areas.....she is also just the opposite of Obama and his dirty Chicago Political Machine and everything that attaches to it.

    McCain-Palin – 2008

    August 31, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Tim

    Third term Bush/Cheney, second term Carter. Give me Bush/Cheney anyday.

    August 31, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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