May 11th, 2009
09:10 AM ET
12 years ago

Cheney hits Powell: No longer a Republican

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday he no longer views Colin Powell as a Republican.

Appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," Cheney was asked about a dispute between Powell - who was secretary of state in the Bush-Cheney administration - and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh over the role each plays in the GOP.

"My take on it was Colin had already left the party," Cheney said. "I didn't know he was still a Republican."

The former vice president noted that Powell endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama in last year's presidential race. "I assume that that's some indication of his loyalty and his interests," Cheney said.

Powell, in a speech last week, said "the Republican Party is in deep trouble" and said the GOP would be better off without Limbaugh, according to a report by the National Journal.

Limbaugh fired back on his program Wednesday, saying, "What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat instead of claiming to be a Republican interested in reforming the Republican Party."

In the interview Sunday, Cheney said he believes "there is room for moderates in the Republican Party."

But, he added, "I don't think the party ought to move dramatically to the left, for example, in order to try to redefine its base. We are what we are. We're Republicans. We have certain things we believe in. And maintaining our loyalty and commitment to those principles is vital to our success."

Conservative analyst and CNN contributor Bill Bennett said Sunday that he joked with Powell about the tiff with Limbaugh when they met at a memorial service Friday for former congressman and Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp.

"I said, 'Would you like me to be a mediator between you and Rush?' I said, 'I know you both, I like you both.' "

Bennett, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union with John King," said Limbaugh "is not the leader of the Republican Party" and that hand-wringing among members of the GOP has been overblown.

"The Republican Party is dead, it's never coming back, it's an endangered species," he said, mimicking articles about the party's struggles. "Read some
history books, you know? These things happen in American life. We are better
off than we were in '64, in '74, and in 1992."

Updated 7:11 p.m. with Bennett comments</strong

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  1. Christian

    Cheney slammed Powell, but had no comment on Limbaugh?

    May 10, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Norman Shifman

    Nobody cared what Cheney had to say for 8 years. So who Cares Now.
    I would suggest, he enjoy his wealth; retire; sut-up and dissapear, as did his boss did

    May 10, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. steve

    I think more often that Cheney should remain the Republican spokesperson. His words and deeds will insure Democratic control for years to come. The party is simply out of step with the country and his buddy Rush supports that notion. They need to embrace Colin Powell as the singular individual who could reform the party, but they simply do not get it!

    May 10, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. I laugh at Limbaugh daily

    As far as Im concerned Mr.Cheney you are not an American and belong in prison for war crimes.Mr. Cheney is trying to keep himself from going to prison where he belongs.He allowed 9/11 to happen in the first place on purpose so he could make a profit from the war,period.

    May 10, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. bcb

    okay – you got Powell the war hero vrs. Cheney the draft dodger about who the 'real' Republican is? Weird...

    May 10, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Janice

    Why won't Cheney go somewhere and hide. No one cares about HIM and HIS thoughts.

    May 10, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Guy

    Let's see who should we listen to, someone who when he had the chance to serve asked for and received 5 deferments from military service in Vietnam but was perfectly willing to spend other peoples' blood. Or, a genuine war hero with the integrity and nerve to acknowledge what is wrong. Pretty easu choice for me, and I am a republican.

    May 10, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Kurt

    Dick is being what his name implies and he is probably the scariest psychopath since Stalin or Hitler.

    May 10, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. john g, IN

    And America questions whether Dick Cheney is working for our enemies, instead of America. He has no credibility, and every time he opens his mouth, he does more damage to Republicans.

    I question whether or not he has a serious mental disorder.

    May 10, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Kathy M.

    Someone needs to tell this guy to start building houses with Jimmy Carter in his spare time. This sniping back and forth is stupid.

    May 10, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Ron

    We heard from this joker about 6 times in 8 years. Why is he all of a sudden running his gums? He didn't have anything relevant to say during his vp run, and he doesn't have anything relevant to say now. Dick, please go hunting...and take Rush with you.

    May 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Cheney trying to rewrite his legacy on the back of Colin Powell is pathetic and will not work. Haliburton with Cheney's endorsement have robbed American tax payers of billions and then moved their headquarters to Dubai which is another one of Cheney's dirty schemes. Cheney should be in prison.

    May 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "I think it would be a mistake for us to moderate"
    - Dick Cheney, 3 days ago

    "There is room for moderates in the Republican Party."
    - Dick Cheney, today

    No wonder the party is rapidly diminishing.

    May 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Suzy

    Powell is a disgrace to the Republican party and an obvious racist. First chance he gets to back "any old black presidential candidate," he bails from the party he has called home for decades. He needs to be ejected from any serious political discussion or arena.

    May 10, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Guy

    Back in the day people like Cheney, and Bush (Jr), Feith, Wolfowitz, Rove and the like were called chicken hawks, those perfectly willing to be brave with other people's blood.

    May 10, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. GOP = 21st century dodo

    I really don't understand why the embodiment of evil and a bloated drug addict feel entitled to belittle someone who has done so much for his country.

    May 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. The Lady

    Thank GOD.

    May 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Derek

    Perhaps Cheney, who – like him or hate him – is a smart man, is using this tactic as redemption. He knows he dooms the Republican party every time he comes out of hiding. This is starting to look like a grand plan of his to repent by driving the GOP into oblivion....

    May 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |


    May 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Richard L

    "I think it would be a mistake for us to moderate"
    - Dick Cheney, 3 days ago

    "There is room for moderates in the Republican Party."
    - Dick Cheney, today

    No wonder the Republican Party is disintegrating.

    May 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Kaci

    Dick is a traitor, a war criminal and the most vile person to ever set foot in the white house. He is not an American. He can't even carry Colin Powell's j... strap! So does he consider ALL republicans who voted for Obama no longer a republican? This guy is a cancer on this great country. I regret that the talk shows (they are not news outfits) keep giving him a platform for this un-American vitriole that he continues to spew. Any and all self-respecting republicans, veterans, and American people in general should immediately repudiate Cheney. Colin Powell was a great soldier, a great JSCO and a great SoS. He IS a great American. His only drawback was being caught up in the lies and crimes perpetrated on the American people by the Bush administration. He finally saw the light, but it was too late, and allowed the Bush/Cheney stink to get on him before he left. General Powell, you are a great American sir, and I salute you.

    May 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Christopher Schwab

    KInd of racist to find fault with NY's own Colin Powell.
    I think the Enron disaster from Texas is far worse that
    Dick's condemnation of Gen.Powell but that of course
    was from GWB state and ancient like 8 years ago.
    Who is kidding who,Sarah Palin????

    May 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Bobby

    Some things never change with Cheney, if you don't agree with him you are not an American or patrotic. Colin Powell served his country in and out of unifrom with intergrity and honesty. That is more than you can say for Cheney.

    I am a republican also, and I don't agree with a lot of things he Cheney has done eitherm so I guess I am not a real republican

    May 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Irishny

    Colin Powell is a fine republican,its the likes of Limbaugh that need to be gotten rid off.
    Powell is in the republican party for a reason.He obviously believes in those pronciples. Limbaugh doesnt speak for Republicans,neithe does Cheney. We're going to need good people like Powell on the long road back

    May 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Jethro

    Powell should have quit the Bush administration instead of giving a ridiculous presentation of "proof" of Iraq WMDs at the United Nations. But at least Powell learned his lesson. Cheney and Limbaugh are dinosaurs.

    May 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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