December 1st, 2009
03:21 PM ET
8 years ago

Cheney beats back 2012 efforts

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/29/art.cheneyexit0529.gi.jpg caption="Dick Cheney says he has no interest in running for president."]Washington (CNN) - Dick Cheney's throwing cold water on a new group's effort to try and convince the former vice president to seek the Republican presidential nomination in the next race for the White House.

"Draft Dick Cheney 2012" officially launched on Friday and unveiled a new Web site. The group hopes to follow up the on-line launch with a more formal structure, which they say will include building a database and reaching out through social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

So what does Cheney think of the push to motivate him to seek the White House?

"Why would I want to do that?" he replied. "It's been a hell of a tour. I've loved it. I have no aspirations for further office," Cheney said in an interview with Politico.

Prior to his two terms as vice president, Cheney also served as Secretary of Defense under the first President Bush, a congressman from Wyoming for six terms, and chief of staff to President Gerald Ford.

Cheney told Politico that what he considers the likely midterm congressional losses for the Democrats next year "point in the direction of a very competitive situation in 2012, a very respectable shot for the Republicans of taking back the presidency."

In the interview, which Politico published early Tuesday, Cheney said it's "far too soon to be handicapping" which Republicans may run in 2012, but added that "we've got a lot of folks, I'm sure, who will want to pursue it. I haven't committed and don't expect to anytime soon."

As for a potential White House bid by Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and last year's GOP vice presidential nominee, Cheney said he likes her personally, calling her "charming [and] engaging."

"She's got as much right to be out there as anybody else. Will she be a candidate at some point? How would she do as a candidate? Those are all questions that only time will tell," Cheney said.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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  1. J.Crobuzon

    He was already president for eight years. I think he'll be King of Dubai next.

    December 1, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. JonDie

    When will Cheney be indicted? That's really all I want to know.

    December 1, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. diridi

    if this idiot wins, america is going to dogs...pretty soon...he will sell america for may be one quarter...he is a biggest idiot, prosecute this nasty idiot...first and talk...

    December 1, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. sharon, newport news, virginia

    Please go away!!!!!!! When you were acting President while being selected as Vice President, you publically responded to concerns Americans had for your policies as "so" Now we cannopt shut you uip. Our country is mirred down in economic problems and 2 wars we cannot afford and should not be in and yet here you are criticizing every step he takes to try to clear up YOUR mess you and your daughter need to just go away NOW!!!!!!!!!!! In reality no one really cares what you have to say except the Fox entertainment(NOT NEWS) network and we all know the people on that network are jokes. They remind me of vultures who feed off of useless leftovers which is what you are.

    December 1, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. Fran, IL

    Then why does he keep talking? This man has an ego that's the size of China. I've never seen anything like it. If his "tour" is over why doesn't he go away. He should be in jail for war crimes.

    December 1, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Jay

    Even Dick is not that stupid. Simply because a few greedy pigs who would want this moron back in the White House so they can continue their mindless profiteering doesn't mean that the rest of civilized society wants it too. Anybody with a post high school education easily knows Cheney and Bush were a complete disaster for this country. Except for the likes of Halliburton the world was left in a worse state than before they took office. It is so sad that there are people who still feel this mistake belongs back in control. What for? So we can be at war with Iran and Pakistan, so we can continue to let corporations do what is best for themselves, pay $4/gallon for gas, etc.

    No Thanks Dick. I think you've already ruined enough.

    December 1, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. Frozone

    Looks like this is the sixth time Cheney has dodged the draft.

    December 1, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Justin

    Dick Cheney would be a terrible candidate. His candidacy would become a referendum on Bush, and we already had one of those in 2008. It would take focus off of Obama and put the Republicans on the defensive. Besides, why would he want to run? Anyone who's spent as much time in the White House as Cheney eventually wants to get out of it. He'll be happy from the side lines, without formal duties..

    Republicans need a moderate. Neither Cheney nor Palin fit the bill. Want to beat Obama, particularly if he claims a few successes in the next three years? Run a respected moderate like Colin Powell or Olympia Snowe. I doubt that Powell would run, but perhaps one of the two could at least be drafted as VP.

    December 1, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. Mike

    Dick Chaney for president? Seriously? This is a man who has a blatent disregard for the constitution.The only poster this man's face deserves to be displayed is in a post office.

    December 1, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Bill

    LOL – No, he is out and hopefully not going to be the "next old man in line" for the republican nomination. Althought I suspect even Mr Cheney would be able to beat BHO come next election – that is providing BHO hasn't resigned in shame by then!

    December 1, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. Greg

    Please run Mr. 19% approval rating. Please get the nomination and we get another four years of Obama trying to fix what you messed up.

    December 1, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. Ben in Texas

    Indict Dick Cheney 2009
    Convict Dick Cheney 2010
    Execute Dick Cheney 2011

    December 1, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. borat

    Cheney is a simply a tool that has been used by government ...WARdog..not a chance in heck of ever being elected
    no one likes him.

    December 1, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. Chris

    Oh come on man...Run!!! OMG...the Republican primaries would be so interesting!! Also, it would be such a slam dunk for the Democrats if he was their nominee!! LOL

    December 1, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. gary

    This is why America had such a low standing in the world over the past 8 years.It is hard for most of the world to fathom anyone wanting darth vader as their leader.

    December 1, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    Why would he want to return to the job he did for 8 years already? He's not likely to be drafted to any team on this earth by 2012. My only hope is his daughter isn't either.

    December 1, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. JT in Fla

    It's a good thing Dick Cheney doesn't want to run for office in 2012 because he will be in prison for war crimes by that time!

    December 1, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. Saad

    For once he is a wise man! And for the people who want him to be our country's President, they have GOT to change their. They absolutely have to. For their sake plus the sake of their kids and their neighbors, they have to change what they are eating. They are RETARDED :):):)

    December 1, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. Ernie

    He is not a good candidate because he has a bad heart and not be able to last the entire campaign that would make him a liability. If he didn't have a bad heart he would be a great candidate.

    December 1, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. Open Your 3rd Eye

    He might get 1 vote.

    December 1, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. Jeanne H.

    Yeah! Draft Dick Cheny!! (It's about time! He has skirted the draft 5 times already!!!)

    December 1, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Indy

    Good to know the war criminal will not be running for POTUS, the only person that could be worse then Cheney is Palin.The people responsible for this so called draft are all due back in their hospital beds. They need to take their med's now and let the delusions of grandur slowly fade away.

    December 1, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. Clint, Lynnwood Wa.

    Pretty hard to run a campaign from prison.

    December 1, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Concerned American

    How come CNN never talks about our national debt and Pelosi raising our health care cost?

    December 1, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  25. steve

    The criminal justice system in this country is flawed.
    Why would somebody be sentenced to 90yrs in prison for burglary and theft .That`s is excessive and unfair . Maurice clemonts was a test-tube case.

    December 1, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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