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. TM

    Anyone who knows history knows you can't DRAFT Cheney. He got FIVE deferments during Vietnam because he had "more important" things to do, and he's defering now.

    December 1, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Jim

    Good...maybe Cheney can go back to his bunker and be quiet.

    December 1, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Mark

    Please run Cheney. I would love to see you get your backside torn up.

    December 1, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Thomas

    " I have no aspirations for further office," Cheney said "

    At last something Cheney and I can agree upon.

    I also have no aspirations for further office for Cheney.

    December 1, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It is nothing short of ironic that phrases like "Draft Dick Cheney 2012" and "It's been a hell of a tour" are being used in reference to this 5 time draft dodger. A man who hasn't seen a tour of anything resembling combat, unless you count the two wars that he sent our children to while he screwed the country with his no-bid contracts, violations of the Constitution, and International Laws.

    The only thing that Dick should be running for is the border. And quite frankly the amigos to the South would love to get their hands on him and give him the spanish version of "enhanced interrogations techniques". Lying, thieveing, coward.

    December 1, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Jack in Florida

    Finally, a statement from Dick Cheney I take great comfort in!!!

    December 1, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. southerncousin

    Considering the oxygen thief that is currently serving as our vice president and the lying union puppet that is our president, Cheney was sure a refreshing bit of honesty and integrity.

    December 1, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. FactCheck

    To do list:
    Stuff stock portfolio through no-bid contracts to Halliburton.
    Create a "war on terror" to divert and ensure second office term.
    Re-establish the culture war to ensure speaking tours after Presidency.
    Generate net worth on the backs of those useless poor folk (who are only good for taking Iraqi bullet fire).

    Looks like Cheney has done everything that he would ever want. Why indeed would he run again in 2012.

    December 1, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. phoenix86

    Cheney would be a great president and the United States will need one after the debacle of the Obama years. Three more and the door for Obama.

    Less than a year for Pelosi's reign of terror in the House.
    Less than a year until Reid is retired.

    Things are looking better indeed.

    December 1, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Mike

    Wasn't he already president?
    Review of his accomplishments:
    Ignored warnings which led to 9/11
    Invaded Iraq, who was not reponsible for 9/11
    Allowed Bin Laden to escape
    Gave tax break to the wealthy and then watched our economy go into the toilet
    Promoted domestic spying
    Yep, he deserves to be in charge, in prison!

    December 1, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Laura

    This man again? A walking disaster area.

    December 1, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Anon

    Great. The man who destroyed Dubya and his presidency wants to do it on his own now? Back into his hole, please. Don't forget the tape for his mouth.

    December 1, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    He couldn't withstand the scrutiny anyway.

    December 1, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Chipster

    Hasn't Cheney done enough damage to our country? We've had enough fear and paranoia to deal with as a result of his Presidency – uh – Vice? Given another opportunity, there's no telling who he would shoot in the face! Cheney should stick to canned hunts and allow us time to repair the damage from 2 wars and the doubled deficit that he and Jr left behind.

    December 1, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. BEACHBUM3

    If the republican party want to garnatee that the dems win in 2012 go ahead an nominate cheney for presdident an it will gaurntee that the dem's will win in 2012 thank you

    December 1, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. profadrock

    I saw what happened when Cheney became president in 2012...It was in this movie I saw called: "2012." California fell into the sea and the Earth's poles shifted. Scary stuff....

    December 1, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. Joshua Ludd

    and Cheney dodges yet another draft. At least this time I am happy about it.

    December 1, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. a e shaw

    Then quit your bellyachin about the current admin. If you want, tell us how effective your administration was in Afghanistan and against Bin Ladin.

    And please show the biological and atomic weapons from Iraq. You lied to use fear to invade Iraq for financial gain.

    Tell us the names or at least the number of injured and killed Americans and Iraqis.

    December 1, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Mark

    Come on everyone, Mr Cheney has a full schedule as Satan's representative on earth. But, if you want to help Mr Cheney you can send him your children. He must regularly feed on the blood of the innocent.

    December 1, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Aaaaarrrrgggghhh!
    Run, run, run for cover "the Cheney" is loose again.

    December 1, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. Stacie

    Hasn't Dick done enough to ruin this country? Who on earth would want him to return to any public office?

    December 1, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Midwest

    He'd never run again because he'd face real scrutiny about his actions during his time as Vice President and there's no good ending to that inquiry.

    Now shut and go away, Dick. We've had enough of you, your avarice and your incompetence.

    December 1, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Jason

    The day he becomes president I will swallow a cyanide pill

    December 1, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Ron Mexico

    I thought you could only serve a max of two terms as president? (Yes, that's sarcasm)

    December 1, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Ray Jackson, Ms

    Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease let it happen. That will be the final nail in the GOP's coffin.

    December 1, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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