May 13th, 2009
06:01 PM ET
14 years ago

Bill Clinton: Cheney should stick to target practice

HERNDON, Virginia (CNN) - Bill Clinton jokingly laughed off a question Wednesday about former Vice President Dick Cheney and his recent claims that the country is less safe under the Obama administration.

"I wish him well," Clinton told CNN while greeting voters after a campaign stop with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. "It's over," he added, apparently a reference to the Bush administration.

"But I do hope he gets some more target practice before he goes out again," Clinton said with a grin before moving along the ropeline.

The former president was alluding, of course, to Cheney's infamous 2006 hunting accident in which he mistakenly fired birdshot into the face of a campaign contributor during a South Texas quail hunt.

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  1. marc

    Bill's still got it.

    If Limbaugh runs with Cheney in 2012, maybe we'll get lucky and they'll both have heart attacks (not as unlikely as you think) or Rush will die of an Oxy overdose.

    May 13, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. Me dumber after read this

    Why do I keep coming to this site and expecting to read news?

    And what is up with all of these new catch phrases, "repugnants," "rehuligans"?

    Seriously? What are these people 12 years old???

    Am I, somehow, suppose to take an empty regurgitation of what you have heard from some other idiot seriously?

    May 13, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. xavier

    For all those hating on President Clinton lets just remeber that under his watch we had a strong economy and were at peace. Under the Bush/Cheney administration we had an attac k on New York, the worst economy in the last five years and our image was tarnished around the world.

    May 13, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. RogerClement

    Gee Bill, didn't you fire a load into the face of a White House aide? But, I would go into a strip bar with you Bill and find us some skanks to play with while our "mommy" Hillary is hard at work.

    Got to love those short-memory, bitter liberals! They remember EVERYTHING!

    May 13, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. Vic

    Someone should remind Mr. Cheney that it was the awful hatred and derogatory words and acts by the likes of Dick Armey, Tom DeLay, Newt Gingrich, and all the talking heads of Fox News, plus the antics and brandings by Rush Limbaugh (remember Hillary's "feminazi" label - that brought down the Republicans. Nor did they need the help of George W. Bush AND Dick Cheney and his family to drive the final nail. And now they're trying to sing the same song, second verse. But as Ann Richards once wisely pointed out: "That old dog ain't gonna' hunt." It's a new day, a new President, and time for Cheney to take a page from Bush's play book and disappear.

    May 13, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Laura

    Frankly, we don't hear nearly enough from Bill anymore 🙁
    Love that guy.

    May 13, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. George John

    After the Bush administration does anyone care that Bill Clinton cheated on his wife? Seriously, anyone??

    May 13, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. KC Guy

    This cracks me up when the Libs get in a tizzy when a Republican wants the truth to be known. You notice that Obama released only half the memo and not what benefits became of waterboarding. If you liberals say you do not agree to torture, even if it saved one of your kids you are even more pathetic than I imagined. BTW what will your comeback be if we are attacked again? Let's hope the last 7 1/2 years put a stop to it. Another little question for you libs, why was the world told of these "new" photo's of torture and Obama gets the chance to tell his people AKA the Mainstream media not to release them. Notice Bush didn't get that luxury? Ah, gotta love the spin.

    May 13, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. Johnathan

    This is hilarious. Dick Cheney is scaring the heck out of liberals because he is telling the truth and the American people who actually follow politics believe him. Also, they want the answer for the Republican Party to be to move left. The fact is that people are going to be tired of the Obama spending spree by 2012 and the Republican Party will come back to power. This will only happen if they are a clear alternative to the left. Therefore, moving closer to the center is the worst idea for the GOP at this point. Also, I agree with MidwestGuy. Somebody needs to remind Bill that the Clinton Adminstration is over too.

    May 13, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. michael

    the problem was that Bush wanted to be in charge when in reality Dick was in charge...isnt that the way it always is?

    May 13, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. Beverly

    Cheney needs to accept the fact that he is dead to us!!! If we were so safe during the Bush administration...why was there even a 9-11??

    And...why were the bin laden family members allowed to leave the US when all air traffic was grounded??

    Cheney, Bush, Condi....move on people...

    May 13, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. O

    Bill Clinton and Al Gore built a strong economy a strong relationship with other nations, created over 20000 jobs. George bush and Dick Cheney did the complete opposite. This is the difference between the two parties.

    May 13, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Joh

    HaHa, Bill, I have never ever ........... You are the only president in modern American History who got impeached! Obam, may be the next!

    May 13, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. Dr. Sam

    We all love America! But Cheney speaks as if he owns it. In a real and figurative sense, he might have come close. After dodging military service so many times (five deferments), he took so much for himself out the country to make himself a very rich man (note the role of Haliburton–like Bethel Corp before it–and other financial dealings and tax break for the rich under Bush). It is a shame that this man could choose Limbaugh over a four star general who served his country so well and who is so well respected by millions of Americans. Who really is Dick Cheney? Who really is Dick Cheney? I think Ms. Dowd of the New York Times did a very good job of telling us (or reminding us) in her Op-Ed piece of today. It is so ironic that it is this Dick Cheney who is shouting from the roof-top daily now that he loves America more than anyone else in America. Dick Cheney is an inhuman abstract who seems to be consumed by self-individualism. The focus of our debate should not be what interrogation or torture works, but what value we as a nation must and should up-hold. The Republicans are so far doing a good job of deflecting the debate into what works.

    May 13, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. nadine

    You go President Clinton. I mean how bad of a shot do you have to be to shoot someone in the face during hunting. I live in WI where hunting is a part of life and to shoot the person who your hunting with in the face is pretty messed up.

    May 13, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. Says Cession

    Bill should know about target practice...didn't he shoot someone's dress?

    May 13, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Cynthia in FL

    The only way to get Dick Cheney to shut up would be to subpoena him.

    May 13, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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