June 29th, 2009
09:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Cheney says GOP presidential bench still strong

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/29/art.cheneyexit0529.gi.jpg caption="Cheney says the GOP bench remains strong despite the recent extramarital affairs of Ensign and Sanford.."](CNN) - Extramarital affairs have sidelined two potential Republican presidential hopefuls in recent weeks, but former Vice President Dick Cheney said the 2012 GOP bench remains strong.

"I know both of those gentlemen, I consider them friends, and I'm sorry to see them in the difficulties they're now in," said in a Washington Times radio interview Monday, according to the National Review, when asked about the recent sex scandals surrounding Nevada Sen. John Ensign and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

"But I think from the standpoint of the party, we've got some great talent out there, young people coming along that are going to do a superb job. I always remind people that in adversity, there's opportunity," Cheney added.

The former vice president specifically identified Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan of Ohio and former Utah Gov Jon Huntsman - now President Obama's ambassador to China - as potential GOP White House aspirants.

"I think that it's just a matter of time before the party begins to sort of firm up around a few key individuals, and we'll hear big things from them in the future," Cheney said.

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soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Bonnie

    Why in the world does anyone still care what this guy thinks ? GO AWAY.

    June 30, 2009 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  2. holmes

    Ladies and Gentlemen:
    We have a new village idiot.

    June 30, 2009 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  3. Carl

    I'm wondering, after all of Cheney's antics over the past 9 years or so, why are we still giving him an open mic? We could not wait to get him out of office......why are we listening to him now?

    June 30, 2009 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  4. Pat

    I'm baffled by the media's continued coverage of Dick Cheney. He had his 96 months to get it right. Virtually every time he and his puppet GWB came to a fork in the road they took the wrong path. In a tenth of that time, Barack Obama has made enormous progress correcting those missteps and repairing our damaged relations with the rest of the world. No doubt he will make a few wrong turns as well but so far he's shown he has the potential of being one of our greatest presidents.

    Historians may not rank GWB as the worst president of all time (there are probably a half dozen who rank below him) but no one can deny that in Bush and Cheney, we had the all time worst Pres/VP team in our nation's history.

    Advice to the various media: Cheney is (happily) yesterday's news. Find someone else to cover.

    June 30, 2009 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
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