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

Cheney beats back 2012 efforts

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Surounded guy in Kansas

    So, here I am in a "RED" state, surrounded by political Neanderthals. There are quite a few in Kansas who think the former vice president is a caveman. However, the scary part is there are even more who would vote for him for president in a New York minute.

    It would be hard to comprehend the further damage this sinister, nefarious, dark little man could do to our country. His saying he's not interested in the job is the ONLY intelligent thing this villan has said in the last 10 years!

    December 1, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. BILL

    Dick Cheney doesn't want to run for office? Good thing because he has no chance of being elected. My, what an egotist.

    December 1, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Really???

    And Americans have no aspirations of having him in office. Done.

    December 1, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Josh

    As a Republican having "Dick" as our candidate can be the worst mistake we've ever made (Yes, worse than Palin). Cheney needs to shut up, stop giving interviews, and wait for his ticker to fail while spending the millions of dollars he's made off Haliburton. Every time he opens his mouth the Democrats do better on the polls.
    Follow the steps of Mike Huckabee who will criticize but will actually have an alternate plan; we need to stop saying no and come up with a plan of why we say no. "Dick", just shut up and stop hurting us; you and Georgie Porgie are the reason we have this President.

    December 1, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Micheal

    I thinks this country needs someone like Dick to run for the office of the Presidency (this is coming from a staunch democrat).

    December 1, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. larry

    Of course he doesn't have to seek office again. He made millions from financially raping the American people and he continues to make millions. That's all he was in for.

    December 1, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Expat American

    Cheney is the old guard. Let the man be.
    The GOP needs a new face, a new start...and a new approach...the human element has been replaced by the extreme theoretical fire and brimstone preaching of the Right.

    What happened to that classic Simply Read lyric paying homage to President Reagan?

    "Let's talk about money, money..."

    Put an intelligent mind and likeable face on that perhaps.

    December 1, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. R Arthur Miller

    You are a smart man. You set this country back 8 years while you were the President and Bush was Vice President. You know and I know enough is enough.

    December 1, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Draft Dick Cheney 2012"

    LOL...figures...he dodging this one too...

    December 1, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    First of all, Cheney couldn't run for President. That would mean he would have to come out & show his face in public instead of hiding out like some rat in a hole the way he did the last entire term as vice president.
    Secondly, he did a nice job of side stepping giving a real answer to the Palin question. His response sort of reads like "well, she's an engaging person but dumb as a stump".
    (And we already had one of those "engaging" people in office– ie: GWB– and we saw how that turned out.)

    December 1, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. michele cvet

    If Dick Cheney even RAN for President, let alone be nominated, I would have to move out of the country during his tenure. Since I don't have much money and live in Florida, I would probably have to move to the Bahamas–not my living style, but in my mind and heart, he is and always has been a bad American.

    December 1, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Wrong Cheney......

    It's Liz Cheney we want.......experienced in the State as a whip.....she's the one we want on the ticket.....Dick can stay in retirement.....

    Sarah Palin/LIz Cheney 2012'.....time for women......

    Obama is ONE and DONE....start the drumbeat.

    December 1, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. steve

    Why should he run on 2012? He's already emptied the US treasurey into a Halliburton bank account. I expect he'll be buisy at the share holders meeting this year shaking hands.

    December 1, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You've got to have been a sado-masochist living under a rock for the past 8 years to want to run Dickie for anything but a rail out of town. And what's with the half-baked website? Very apropo for a half-baked idea borne out of ignorance and sheer desperation. Cheney for President...pair him up with Palin and you'll have a royal flush...literally.

    December 1, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Jamie

    Please run!!! It'll give Democrats more focus on House and Senate since there is no way the American public will vote for 'The Phantom Menace' vs. President Obama. If I am wrong then guess I will have to move to the moon- they've found vast amounts of water there!!!

    December 1, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Jack

    He already was the President, and in my opinion he did a pretty lousy job of it.

    December 1, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |

    Well ... it looks like we will still be fighting Obama's war in Afghanistan, so Dick should be able to step right back in......

    December 1, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Lucullus

    Why would he want to do that? He's already been President.

    December 1, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Jake

    I'm curious to why Mr. Cheney doesn't wish to run for POTUS. After all, he certainly has much to say about the current administration.

    December 1, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Spencer

    Having Cheney on the ticket would be a horrible decision. People will not have forgotten how unpopular he was. There would be no way he could compete within the Republican party, let alone nationally.

    December 1, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. New Era

    Even Cheney knows when the diffrence between dynamite and a dud.

    Cheney would sink any chance for a GOP takeover.

    December 1, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Craig from Pennsylvania

    This would be one giant leap backwards for the US!! I know that I would leave the country if the American people were stupid enough to let this clown back into the White house! That goes for that Palin idiot too!!! We would surely be the laughing stock of the world.....

    December 1, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Its time to put Cheney in prison.

    December 1, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. WoW

    Not the best VP of all time but some of his conservative principles do need to remain in the heart of our lawmakers. (in my opinion)

    December 1, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Tony

    THANK GOD! Although I'd prefer if he did run in 2012 because there'd be no way he would win against Barack or Hillary.

    December 1, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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