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
soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Dan, TX

    A lot of people who are bitter and angry on these blogs. People have a lot of anxiety I guess. But grab a beer and relax.

    Everything is just fine, and it is going to be just fine for a long time if you don't make yourself crazy. Maybe we should put Dr. Phil on the Supreme Court...

    May 15, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. haren

    This country is going down the drain because of idiot uneducated people like ray ray

    May 15, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Johnson May 15th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

    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.

    I've got news for you Johnson.... if Al Gore had been President there probably wouldn't have been a 9-11. The Clinton/Gore admin were watching al Q and were already aware of the problem. They passed the info along to the Bush/Cheney Admin but it was IGNORED!! Your buddies didn't really do such a great job of protecting this country after all... did they!

    May 15, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Cheney is more talkative now that he's out of office than when he was in. It appears that he feels the need to criticize a legitimate government now that he is no longer in a position to start wars and give no-bid contracts to croonies.

    May 15, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. w.l. jones

    The Dem, Administration Got the Repub, just where they want them talking without any direction it want to take the country. Maybe if went to Arizona desert at night and listen they could come up with something.

    May 15, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Keith in CA

    Hey ray ray, Rush Limbaugh wants his OxyContin back.

    May 15, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Imarriedmy sister in Mississippi

    Uncle Dick did the crime,now hes going to do the time.

    May 15, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. hongli

    I agree with Al Gore 100%. Cheney is the biggest moron in the United States of America and if he could make a buck would sell his country out. NFG.

    May 15, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Michelle

    Give it to him Al!

    May 15, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Had It

    I wonder if Darth Cheney would have been so vocal if he had known the hornets nest that all of this is stirring up. A lot of people wanted him and Bush impeached, but Pelosi took it "off the table". Bet she wishes she hadn't done that. A few of our Senators and Representatives will be taken down in this mess, but it's time for US to send the message to ALL OF THEM that we won't take it any more!

    May 15, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. New Yorker

    Anyone who would believe this man who made up the man-made global warming hoax would believe the the sky is falling.

    May 15, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. truth is liberal sort of

    will somebody or everybody tell bi-polar Gore that he lives in a fantasy world ????

    May 15, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Clinton Flunky

    Democratic Party Platform: 1] killing innocent babies 2] illegal immigration [another illegal kills American 4 year old girl 5-13-2009 in Omaha, NE}. 3] Gay Marriage 4} Releasing terrorist from GITMO 5] Higher Taxes 6] Weak National Defense 7] Government control of private business and healthcare. 8] No drilling for our own energy in our own lands. When a party with this type of platform wins an election it is proof that America truly has been dumb downed by its own educational system.

    May 15, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Matt

    Hey Al maybe if you knew how to use that internet thing you claimed to invent you could have googled yourself and realize that you did not wait two years to criticise Bush. You only waited a few months.

    Darn that internet Al it remembers everything even if you selectively forget.

    May 15, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. janelle

    It's nice that Mr. Gore waited to years to criticize the new administration. Mr. Gore is still waiting, 8+ years later for the Bush administration to criticize the Clinton administration. The Obama administration has done nothing but criticize the Bush administration since the moment they took office. There was and is plenty to criticize about the Clinton administration. However, the Bush administration forged forward with focus on their policies, not trying to blow smoke to cover the fact that their policies weren't working, which is exactly what the Obama administration is doing-blowing smoke so the public won't see what's wrong with the new administration's policies. Had the Bush administration attacked the Clinton administration, and Mr. Gore personally, the way the Obama administration has been doing, you can bet you bottom dollar Mr. Gore would be doing the same thing Mr. Cheney is doing.

    May 15, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. m smith

    Well mr dore is right. But I don't think many people are listening to chaney anyway. All we want is some constructive ideas to get this country moving but the repos are more interested is ripping people apart.

    May 15, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. Mark

    Gore for President n 2012. We need more liberal idiots running this country into the ground.

    May 15, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. I used to like CNN but not anymore!

    Dick Cheney is like the arch villain in every action movie i've ever seen! So predictable! If he were a disease he'd be labled as the most terminal form of cancer mankind has ever known!

    May 15, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Frank, Las Vegas

    Yes Al waited, but he wasn't facing any war crimes as Cheney is and that's the only reason he's out everywhere talking. Trying to convince anyone that torture is ok. Let the trail begin.

    May 15, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Steve

    The big difference between Gore and Cheney: the former is a Nobel laureate, and the latter is a war criminal.

    Oh, and it"s nice to see the anti-science contingent out in force today!

    May 15, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Obama - NOPE

    Gore the Bore

    May 15, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. ken

    ooooo woooow. Cheney criticized right away while you waited 2 years. Who cares?!!?

    May 15, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. sean

    That,s good people are taken shots at dick cheney,fat boy rush and the rest of the gop all should go to jail or to hell!!

    May 15, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. dave-texas

    Gore has built credibility that GOP destroyed......

    Can anyone look into GOP record...

    Firing of U.S attorneys
    Destroying Al gore After the election 2000
    Destroying John Kerry after the election 2004

    I say,


    May 15, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Career serviceman

    You wonder how the past eight years would have been with Gore as President? I'll say this much, it would have given him the chance to correct his mistakes. As a Congressman years earlier, he had opportunities to weigh on taking early action when reports of Al Qaeda first surfaced. Instead he failed and as a consequence, two embassies in Africa were attacked and Marines were killed. Of course, that probably doesn't matter to a nation that is predominantly populated with people who will never have the guts to serve their country and help preserve our freedoms. They are content with just enjoying the freedoms without every realizing that they came with a price. Yea, Al Gore is a statesman all right. He was at the beginning of all this mess with Al Qaeda. That should make democrats proud!

    May 15, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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