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. Jean

    Gore is a moron and needs to stick to his green scam.

    That 100 million looks pretty good in the bank for Mr. Gore and his green ripoff.

    May 15, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Jean

    VP Cheney got the POTUS to shut his mouth up.

    May 15, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. RICH

    gore is a goober, when you run for prez and you lose your own state,
    that should raise a flag in the air for all the the people that think is
    so great.if he was prez he would be hugging a tree with ubl and having watching snow melt in his pool to see if will overflow in his

    May 15, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. JustaMom

    Cheney should be in hiding after the mess he and Bush left this country in. Why is he on my t.v. still? It's small solace to see Al Gore counteracting every lie Cheney is trying to sell and reminding Americans that the country was left in a better state after his and Clinton's term.

    May 15, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    Well my mother used to tell me that the "emptiest wagons made the most noise" and momma was hardly ever wrong. That being the case SPEAK ON MR. CHENEY, SPEAK ON!!

    May 15, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. annie for Palin

    Per the demmies, the repubs have more leaders then pukelosi has lies. Let's put gore on a lie detector and find out just how much he is raping the country for on his so-called global warming. Please someone remind me of global warming next winter when I am freezing again. I would come nearer believing the nutcases in the 70's and 80's who were calling for the next ice age in 15 or 20 yrs. Don't mess with Mother Nature. Sure looks like gore is eating well on the money he is making off the so-called global warming!

    May 15, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. marye13

    All of you saying that are questioning VP Gore's work on global warming and making fun of his contributions toward developing the internet – what absolute losers! You used to upset me but I understand now that no one will ever change your mind and the only source of info you will ever use is Faux News and Limpbaugh and it now just makes me smile because your numbers are shrinking and you sound so desperate. How sad and pathetic you are. The best part of it is that four years from now when things have improved you will be a total joke.

    May 15, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. Fitz in Texas

    And to think Irena Sendler, who was credited for saving more than 2500 Jewish children during the Holocaust lost the Nobel prize to Al Gore in 2007. Shameful, shameful, shameful!

    May 15, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. Stu-Florida

    Now, now, this is what Cheaney does real well... he shoots. Instead of friends he now he shoots his mouth off.
    If only he would do it literally!!

    Gore's right. Let our President work. I believe he's taking us on the right path... with enough support.

    May 15, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. mjm

    I still remember that ridiculous "they played on our fears!" speech Gore gave. As if the Democrats were tricked somehow. Just like Pelosi was tricked by the CIA. Apparently, Democrats are easily fooled.

    Then Gore went on to tell us all about global warming and how we were all doomed. As if this guy could save us from the sun.

    May 15, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. JM

    Shut up Al.

    May 15, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. lauren caldwell

    go gore

    May 15, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. Bill

    Have another cheeseburger, Al. Fat dope.

    May 15, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Susan

    Oh ray ray...Al Gore is a brilliant man, won the popular vote in 2000 and only lost because old Jeb in Florida had the fix on for his brother. And then they decided to involve the Supreme Court, who had no more business awarding an election than Sarah Palin. So call him names if it makes you happy, but the man would have been a great President, and the war would not have happened, and the economy would not be in the tank. Bush did all that, nobody else, and Bush was asleep at the wheel in August of 2001, or 9-11 would not have happened either. He was too busy taking one of his thousands of vacation days to be bothered with a little intelligence about airliners being used as bombs. I think the quote to the aide was "You did your job." Well, Bush never ever did anything but funnel money to his buddies and have soldiers and innocent people killed and maimed. Some legacy.

    May 15, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Zealots Go Home

    Cheney is an embarrassment to the people of America. I personally will be very happy when he gets a one-way ticket to Leavenworth.

    May 15, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Susan

    SLM May 15th, 2009 5:18 pm ET
    . This country was much safer with Bush as our president than if Gore were to have won.

    You can't seriously believe that? 9-11 happened on Bush's watch, after he was warned in August be his intel folks that it would happen.But then, he and Cheney were just looking for a way to invade Iraq, award no-bid million dollar contracts to Halliburton, and set up their own strike force, Blackwater. Then, when Democrats and others started questioning WHY we were in Iraq, they set up torture chambers to make someone, ANYONE, admit an Iraq-9/11 link, which did not and does not, exist. Then they started tapping all our communications...I could go on, but frankly, I would have felt much safer with Gore as President, and I will never forgive the Supreme Court for over stepping their duties and awarding this country to Bush on a platter.............................................................................................

    May 15, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. Buddy Gilmour

    Al Gore is a good man. Wouldn't mind seeing him in the WH after Obama.

    May 15, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Dwayne

    I guess Cheney's first name fits him well.

    May 15, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. George

    Sad, Chenny destroyed a country and a party. Remember he wasn't invited to the republican prom last year. Wow wake up Republicans!

    May 15, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. Polly

    What's your point Gore? You're gloating over yourself- that's all it is. I don't really think anyone else is proud of you for waiting 2 years before criticizing someone. Who was counting the days? This is a waste of media space.

    May 15, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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