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. Clive

    Dick Cheney:
    "We have certain things we believe in"
    Such as...

    – lying to the world to start illegal wars
    – keeping men captive for years on end with no charges against them
    – Torturing said captives
    – Giving tax breaks to millionaires
    – Running up huge deficits and then blaming others

    Dick Cheney is a disgusting human being , I wish he would just shut up and go away

    May 10, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Pam

    Why O why is Cheney still on the news programs? The only people who pay any attention to incessant windbag are the neonazi skinhead Republicans. He has no credibility as a hate monger and agitator. There is the true evil in this world and it's name is Cheney.

    May 10, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Brian

    There is not a more pitiful American than Dick Cheney. As long as he continues to speak he hurts the Rebulican party, The good news is that it won't belong before they are both extinct.

    May 10, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. jmom

    At this point, I don't see how Dick Cheney could become any less relevant. Keep it up, Dick.

    May 10, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. syl

    Popwell is a man of integrity. He should therefore come out and admit that he is an Obama democrat. Most people knew that he was for Obama before he announced his support officially. So it was deceptice on his part. He was afraid that people would say that he was supporting Obama because he would be the first black president. So Powell should do the honourable thing and confess. Confession is cood for the soul Colin Powell.

    May 10, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. DA

    Who cares what Dick thinks!!! The truth be told Powell and Megan McCain are what will save that old out dated party. The GOP current concepts of Conservatism is not conducive to the progress we are doing in the Country today. It is time for them to move away from the policies and concepts that were good for the party during the Regan era. Also on who's watch did the Republican move from there so call Conservative ways? Who was apart of that movement? Who was the VP at the time of that movement to SPEND? The DICK and The BUSH!!!

    May 10, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. dagny taggart

    Powell is not a Republican. He's a Democrat mole, a 5th column statist. How anyone could think otherwise after Powell voted for the most liberal, Marxist President in history is patently absurd.

    May 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. 0nce upon a horse

    with only having a 33% approval rating and only 21% willing to admit that they are one...Gen Powell should consider Cheney's rant a compliment!

    May 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. SRB --- Wisconsin

    It's time for the EX Vice President to leave the stage. Calling out top leaders of the party is insulting and un-american. Slaming the current administration is un-patriotic. This is unpresidented and has to stop. When the press, or Demorcats spoke up over the past administration they were called un-american. But now we can't say the same about Cheney? I have no respect for a man that hide during most of the time he was in office and then now comes out and slams anyone who he thinks isn't " his kind". What more can be said, he is more a JOKE now then before and I really hope the world court or even our courts send him away for doing unamerican things to people we as a nation signed would never be done to our troops.

    May 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. julian

    I watched the interview and I'm glad I'm one of the first to comment. I agree completely with the sentiments expressed by Dick Cheeney. Now let's watch this meesage board filled with comments like; "racists", "repugnants", "we'll rule for 50 years", "yes we can!" "Obama is the greatest". It's very hard to have an intelligent conversation with liberals without them resulting to name calling, I'll bet that majority of the comments on this issue will be insults. Now about that 50 years rule fantasy. keep dreaming.

    May 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. John L. Voss

    As a Veteran and a Colin Powell supporter. Powell obviously speeks for the majority of the American Public. From a current Independent and former Republican: Cheney and others like Rush Limbaugh are two examples of why the American public has become less Conservative and more Moderate. I will repeat what I h;ave said before: "The GOP should go back to a Platform of issues that are good for the Nation's public and stop personal attacks on individuals. If you have paid attention to recent elections you wil see the point.

    May 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. pete at the beach

    I love pretty soon the only people pure enough will dwindle to two–then dick and Rush will go after each other–

    they say if you eviserate a shark in the water it will eat its own entrails.

    May 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. cmoore

    He's right , Colon Powell is a Liberal Democrat, he needs to come out of the closet and change parties. He looks stupid pretending to be a Republican. Come on out Colin and admit you are a socialist!

    May 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. KIN

    When is Chaney going to crawl back into his "undisclosed location", and be quite? I can not imagine that anyone finds him relevant.

    May 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. William F.

    There is a special place in the Ninth Circle of HELL for Cheney. May he Roast in Peace.

    May 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Dick M

    When is somebody going to slam Cheney , Limbaugh, and others like them? They are killing off the Republican party and leaving it to the radicals and the religious right.

    May 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. skeeve

    Yep, time and again republicans insists on one very simple thing you have to be a religious fundamentalist to be a true republican. No surprises here

    May 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Jaeson - NJ

    when, oh when will Cheney keep his views to himself and just settle with being the former vice president?! He had 8 years to "reform the republican party", however he and others did nothing but destroy the image of the party. There's a time and place for everything to be said – his time has past. Move on with the remainder of your life after vice-presidency, please!!!

    May 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. William in Mount Dora FL

    Colin Powell shouldn't worry. Cheney and Limbaugh are evil people. Nobody cares what they think.

    May 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Don

    Cheney is irrelevant.....The End

    May 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. JMaier, Fairbanks, Alaska

    And Dick Cheney is no patriotic American. He is more loyal to his "party" than he is to his country. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other wise founding fathers warned against the establishment of political parties for just this reason – that people would be loyal to the party over the country. Colin Powell is a patriotic American who supported Barack Obama because he believed it was what was best for America, regardless of his party affiliation.

    May 10, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. scott

    Colin Powell wised up and found out those who had hijacked the Republicans. Powell is one of the true Republicans left who stands for the true Republican party. Characters like Cheney, Limbaugh, Alexander, Romney, and Bush are the ones who hurt the Republican party. My fellow Americans be aware of these who come in sheep clothes. Research their history and put it together.

    May 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Jim

    Gosh...another veteran that the Cheney-Limbaugh team has dismissed. Remember, both Dick and Rush got deferments around the Vietnam time, but they both feel free to disrespect a person who has spent his entire adult life serving our nation. I am a proud 26-year veteran, a retired colonel, who served in Iraq. I left the Republican Party specifically because of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. If they repudiate the Bush years and Limbaugh, maybe some of us will come back.

    May 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. George Hayduke

    And Cheney is no longer relevant.

    May 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Steve

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

    CNN left out the part where Cheney added, "As long as the moderates do exactly what I or Rush say and don't talk back and voice opinions. Otherwise, they're not true Republicans."

    May 10, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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