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. Stephen

    Repulicans = Fat Old White Men that lead the country and economy into the ground.

    May 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Michelle

    Will Dick Cheney never put a sock in it?

    May 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. JonDie

    Isn't is just like a "conservative" Republican like Dick Cheney, a selfish, set-serving draft dodger who never served a day, to slam a patriotic, selfless American like Colin Powell, someone who actually served his country.

    By the way, when will Cheney be indicted and tried?

    May 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Bamajim

    Good for you Vice-President Cheney, I agree with you 1000%.
    Powell SUCKS!!! He should be ashamed of himself, he fits with Specter.
    All of these people that want to be with the Koolaid Drinkers should stay with them ,we don't want nor do we need them.

    Wake up America !!!!!!

    May 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. redneck in nyc

    Humanity: Cheney no longer a member

    May 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Ali

    Chaney need to get over it, he is not in the Govt and his immature remarks are not doing any good to anyone. He had his chance twice and he messed up the country big time. Grow up and just enjoy your billions that you collected as VP............

    May 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. otto1967

    Isn't it past time Cheney slithered back under his rock and left the rest of us alone? If he really cares about this country (which he obviously doesn't), he would let us all try to move on and forget he exists and what he's done to the USA.

    May 10, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Brian

    Thats why Cheney is out of office. They, the Republicans, just dont get it......and still worse some of the Republicans, Cheney included, still dont get it...

    May 10, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Greg

    I always saw former Vice President Cheney as an intelligent, if ruthless and evil, figure. Despite the fact that he failed out of Yale because he spent most of his time gambling, I assumed that the man who was Ford's white house chief of staff and H.W Bush's Secretary of Defense had a capacity for abstract thought. His behavior in recent months has shown him for the overgrown frat boy he really is. Unable to see that the principles of the Republican Party have been rejected by the majority of the population, he has moved further and further towards the fanatical fringes that define such figures as Richard Butler, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Avigdor Lieberman, and yes, Adolf Hitler.

    The fact that this man was the de-facto ruler of our country for eight years makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

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

    ...and again, CNN keeps giving a voice to these idiots. What does anyopne care what Dick Cheney has to say. He is the most unpopular and unsuccessful politician in history. Why does CNN give him a voice?

    May 10, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Marvin8

    It is a good thing that Dick Cheney represents the majority of the GOP. This is why the GOP will do better in the mid-term elections. 😀

    May 10, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Amber

    ""maintaining (that) loyalty and commitment... is vital to (our) success"?? Because that's working so well... it's polarizing the whole party. The moderates who are attempting to be rational and the right-wing nuts who desperately want to hold onto the control they never deserved to have. They would be so much better served if they stopped listening to these old, white men with a twisted sense of entitlement because they are old and white.

    BTW – for you old white men out there: don't feel insulted unless you also have a twisted sense of entitlement. In which case feel free to be insulted, because you're in the same camp.

    May 10, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. I Love Rush and Cheney

    Thank god for Cheney and Rush, as they will help to drive the few remaining moderates, or anyone that disagrees with the untouchable Rush, and keep the big tent of the dems open for along and successful future.

    May 10, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. AlisonS

    Does Cheney ever actually do anything constructive? Or is he just the mouthpiece for the part of the Republican party that never admits it is wrong, and will be going down with the ship? He's just turning into a creepy caricature.

    May 10, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. david

    So is Cheney's lesbian daughter considered moderate?

    May 10, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. kf smith

    People like Rush and Cheney are the ones who have destroyed the republican party let them have it and eat it.

    May 10, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Dan

    The four people left on earth who actually care what Dick Cheney thinks will probably be very concerned about this.

    May 10, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Katie

    What Dick Cheney thinks is no longer relevant to most Americans. We simply don't care.
    The former VICE-president has proven what he is about, and it is not what we want or need today.
    I think he's out there trying to make a case for what he's done while in office, and basically trying to save his ass.
    Colin Powell is a good man and, of course, wouldn't be a Cheney favorite. He hasn't stayed in line like so many Republicans who are still out there telling us what great things the Bush/Cheney administration did for our country. What a laugh!
    I think a lot of moderates and independents will be put off by the Republican's thinking...especially if the Republicans keep agreeing with Cheney and Limbaugh. That's not a bad thing if you are a Democrat. 🙂

    May 10, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Strommer

    This should be a clarion call for moderate, fiscally responsible, socially progressive Republicans abandon the ethically and morally bankrupt GOP. By moving to the Democrats, they can bring some much needed fiscal fresh air to the party of the people.

    May 10, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Kim May

    what a Dick

    May 10, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. marty

    and those principles are...lying, cheating, stealing and torture. Correct?

    May 10, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. B, Tudor

    Cheney should get his butt into the retirement chair and stop making comments that are unwarranted and unneeded.

    He had his chance, he and his oil friend buddies screwed up the GOP with such severe damage that the party might get into power again for 20 years or more.

    Why are any of these different 'talk shows' even giving this man the time of day to voice his negativity and cause further distress to the US?

    Go sit in your rocking chair and smoke your pipes, sit on your porch and shoot some more people with your guns. Get off the world stage. Leave the world alone we are tired of your rhetoric!

    May 10, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. economist

    It's a false premise from which Dick argues. In the last thirty years the Republican party has moved continually right while the nation's center has moved moderately left. This is most evident in social issues. The republicans will continue to shed moderates as their primary base moves further from the center. Continuing in this way, they will be as powerful as a third party in the decades to come.

    May 10, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Angie

    everybody know cheney is a lying murderer. if he was so innocent he would be shooting off the lying mouth every 5 mins. we have heard more from him in the last 6 months then we have in the 8 years he was vp. who cares what he has to say. he is a BIG LIAR. just go back in the hole you crawled out of 8 yrs ago. look up EVIL in the dictionary and you will see his picture. he can also be found under LIAR!!!!!

    May 10, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Mark

    Why is this steamer still getting press? He's had more press time in the last 4 months than his 8 years fo VP when he actually should have been under press scutiny.

    May 10, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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