[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/08/art.cheney.ukraine.jpg caption="Vice President Cheney met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshen on Friday."]
(CNN)—Vice President Dick Cheney praised his prospective Republican successor Monday, commending John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate.
Cheney told reporters in Rome he “thought her appearance at the convention was superb.”
Cheney, who was noticeably absent from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, said he watched the speech Thursday morning from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. He joked that he “loved,” some of her one liners, particularly, Palin’s reference to the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull.
“It’s lipstick,” Cheney said, laughing.
Addressing questions of the Alaska governor’s qualifications, Cheney said he saw Palin as a “good candidate,” and said that he didn’t “see any reason why she can’t be an effective vice president.”
“Each administration is different,” Cheney said explaining the prospective McCain administration won’t look like the current administration, or the administration of President Bush’s father.
“It’ll be relatively unique to this president and this time that they’re in office,” He said.
Barack Obama’s campaign has been pressing the case that electing John McCain would be giving a third term to the current President Bush.
Cheney was expected to speak last Monday at the Republican convention, but the entire night’s speeches were canceled due to Hurricane Gustav.
The vice president has been traveling since last Tuesday, visiting The Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Italy. Cheney is expected to finish the trip with an address the annual Ambrosetti Forum on Lake Como, giving a speech on challenges facing the trans-Atlantic alliance.