May 15th, 2009
05:02 PM ET
13 years ago

Gore takes aim at Cheney

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gore criticized Cheney today in an interview with CNN."](CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore Friday took his successor Dick Cheney to task for aggressively criticizing President Obama so soon into the new commander-in-chief's presidency.

In an interview with CNN, Gore said he himself had refrained from criticizing President Bush until well into the run up to the Iraq war - more than two years after the Clinton administration came to an end.

"I waited two years after I left office to make statements that were critical, and then of the policy," he said. "You know, you talk about somebody that shouldn't be talking about making the country less safe, invading a country that did not attack us and posed no serious threat to us at all."

During a series of television interviews in recent weeks, Cheney has repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for its national security policies.

"He can speak for himself," Gore also said of the former vice president. "And I have a feeling that members of his own party wish that he would not do that. But I'll let that be an argument between him and them."

"He has become, in many ways, the leading spokesman for his party during this period of time. And the message is one that he's deciding to deliver," said Gore.

Filed under: Al Gore • Dick Cheney
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  1. No Incumbents 2010

    How much of a carbon footprint did Al Gore speaking, inflict on our ever melting planet?

    We are still melting, we're not back to the ice age theory yet, are we?

    May 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. donttreadonme

    You loser they used some of the information passed on by your administration to justify the war in Iraq.

    Sorry.... dems voted yes to invade Iraq and then turned on Bush. Just like Nancy she knew about waterboarding and she is making an issue out of it. A issue that could destroy our Nation if taken too far.

    May 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Lisa in Shelton

    Dick Dastardly claims Americans are safer because we broke the law to torture – but it was on his watch that the biggest terrorist attack on Americans occurred, it was on his watch that we attacked the dangerous but not responsible Saddam in Iraq, and that we've lost thousands of servicemen who were sent to be targets in the terrorists' backyards. He is a Patriain't.

    May 15, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Johnson

    Aren't we glad Al Bore wasn't the Pres after 9-11. During the last 8 years, we would have had ten 9-11's.

    May 15, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Johnson

    Don't forget, he's the man who invented the internet.

    May 15, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. ray ray

    Oh that's riiiight!!

    I remember when Al Gore lost the "slam-dunk" election... and went into hiding ... becoming a fat, bearded professor teaching about (lol) journalism.

    Al Gore is nothing more than a carnival barker in a suit. Between him and Nancy Pelosi... I am amazed the democrat party still exists!

    May 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. OldUncleTom

    I hear that Montana has already built Mr Cheney's retirement home, complete with razor wire, and currently empty and waiting.

    Plenty of room for his friends from Gitmo as well, with great views of the wide open spaces... through the bars.

    May 15, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Chris from NY

    Cheney is no gentle man and will never be a man of honor if he keep heading the way he's going. I hope he gets arrested whenever he travels outside of the United State. As for Gore, he's the man that would have been our President and would have made a good one had he not lost the way he did to Bush. But looking back at it I think God held him back so Bush could screw up as much as he did for Obama to get into office. Nothing happens by accident. They are planned and put in place by God for a purpose. Thank God Gore took his loos better than the Republicans are doing right now. What doesn't kill you makes you strong. Gore has come out of this better than he would have had he won the 2000 election. It's only that we are the ones that suffered for it terribly.

    May 15, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. hn

    Draft dodger Cheney started a war so that Rush and Hannity could pursuade to send the children of working people to Iraq and his company could gain uncontested business. All this turned out.
    Now he wants to be on the offensive again to save himself.

    For eight years American people did not have a leader with them in mind. I think Cheney should also move to UAE where Haliburton has shifted its HQ to.

    May 15, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Lynn

    CNN: Still waiting for a blog on the advisor to Colin Powell stating that torture was used before Bush changed the law to elicit faulty information to tie Al Queda to Iraq. This was used to try to justify an unecessary invasion.

    God help us that you would have to report this damaging informatiion on Cheney and Bush and on yourselves for your unexcusable rah rah for the war.

    Pelosi may have not told the truth but you continually go for the drama instead of the real issue. Shame on you!

    May 15, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. john

    Let Cheyney keep talking I hope he incriminates himself

    May 15, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Gary

    Dick Cheney is a disgrace. He is an intellectual midget whose entire career in public office has been in support of policies destructive of the American way of life he so obviously holds in total contempt. For example, the results of his secret energy policies have clearly left the country less safe. I demand that all of the documents dealing with his secret energy policies, the documents that he went to the Supreme Court to withhold from view of the American public, be released IMMEDIATELY. When the release of the secret Cheney energy policy documents is accomplished, the American people will further understand how the policies of the Bush/Cheney/Abramoff administration made us so much less safe.

    May 15, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. dtv

    He should shut up, go home, and turn off some lights.

    May 15, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. Geez

    THANK YOU Mr. Gore. Dick Cheney seems to have a "flapping disease" when in FACT American WAS ATTACKED under his WATCH. America was ATTACKED under Cheney's control, not Bush because we ALL know Dick Cheney was the PUPPET MASTER during the Bush Administration. He was the head GANGTA THUG calling all the shots from behind the curtain or should I say from his deep dark basement!

    May 15, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Bill in Austin

    As long as FOX News is around, Cheney is going to have a forum. If the mainstream media would just ignore FOX and Cheney, we wouldn't be exposed to his sour grapes.

    May 15, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. kaye


    so you think Gore is the liar?
    right? that is who lied about torturing inocent iraqi people rounded off the streets, closing Sadam rape rooms and opening Chenney rape rooms, still telling lie after lie about WMD and iraq-alqaida connections, which by the way makes him the murders of 1000s of americans and 100s of 1000s of iraqis. so right what was it again Gore is the one who lied. wow the single-celled brains of the right-winged neocons.

    May 15, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Bob

    President Bill Clinton:

    Why did you suggest Dick Cheney for more Target Practice?

    Don’t you know that if Dick Cheney goes to a Shooting Range, he is quite capable of shooting the Maintenance Guy over there, rather than at the target?

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    May 15, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. ck

    Gore is continually exposed as a total moron starved for attention...

    it just takes a little bit of time.

    Keep whining AL!!! LOL

    May 15, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. kaye

    CNN found time and space to write about Bristol Palin graduating high school. seriouely? that is news now? 16 year old single mom graduates high school, i think that happens to 1000s of young women accross america. why don't you report know useful information. thanks a bunch.

    May 15, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Let cheney continue to talk. It's all going to be used against him at The Hague.
    the ex repug vp more guts than Gore? Does that include that BIG shooting accident which was not reported until 24 hours later and once the booze was out of Darth Vader's system. Yeah, that takes guts. He is a coward. Both he and the shrub made sure they never stepped foot in a war zone as soldiers.
    Talk about not having guts and two cowards.

    May 15, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Cali J

    You post hate on every board. Maybe that's why CNN doesn't print all of your postings. With the hatred and bile you spew towards those who think differently than yourself, how do you expect this country to ever come together?
    If you are what progressive means, I don't want any part.
    Come together America. We can right this ship if we can learn to talk to each other without shouting.

    May 15, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Bob in Pa

    He was to busy remodling that model of a "green" home he has.

    May 15, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Gary

    And to the brain dead (i.e. supporters of the Repugnant Fascist Party), our country would be much much safer today if Al Gore had been President instead of the "leadership" we suffered under with the Bush/Cheney/Abramoff cabal. We would have a better stronger economy, we would have more freedom and individual liberty, we would have less fascistic government intrusion in our lives. Thank you Republicans for all you have done over the years to contribute to the destruction and degradation of the American way of life...

    May 15, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Alan

    To the Repukes who are slamming tend to forget the man is a genius. Didn't he win the Noble Prize for his climate studies? Oh - and don't forget an Oscar. What did Bush win again? Oh...nothing. Not even his "war on terror."

    It's always fun to hear you "brilliant" people reciting lines handed to you by total goon Rush Limpburgers. Al Gore, when he said he "Invented the internet," was referring to the legislation HE pioneered as a Senator (I believe he was also chairman of the Senate Communications Committee?), that provided the FEDERAL FUNDING that BUILT the Internet.

    So - he SHOULD have said "I made the Internet possible."

    But - whatever you do - don't check the facts. Just keep getting them from Rush and Hannnity and Coulter. They're SOOOOOOO well-informed and brilliant I just don't see how you can go wrong that way. Besides - then you won't be forced to think.

    May 15, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. A little sad

    SLM May 15th, 2009 5:18 pm ET

    Mr. Fake Green jeans himself. what could he possibly add to anything other than to write for Grimms Fairy tales? As much as many of you hate Bush, we as a country are way better off that this character did not become our president. He's a much better hypocrite. This country was much safer with Bush as our president than if Gore were to have won.


    Unfortunately, Bush & Cheney were so intent on distancing themselves from the Clinton/Gore Administration that they chose to ignore the security briefings and information on al Quaeda and Bin Laden. Several times.

    Then 9/11 happened.

    Would the Gore administration have prevented it? We'll never know.

    But we do know they would have at least heeded the warnings they were given. Some chance is better than no chance.

    9/11 is laid right at the feet of Bush and Cheney. All the claims of "they kept us safe after 9/11" pale in comparison to the fact they were asleep at the wheel from inauguration through 9/10.

    May 15, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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