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. Sgt. USMC

    Oh c'mon cheney, I'm pretty sure there are still some people you haven't tortured. You still have more satan left in you. There's plenty of countries you can bomb. Our deficit is not as bad, you can increase that for us again.

    And to those people who support this bastard, YOU ARE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS.

    December 1, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Tayo, NY

    AT least Cheney is saying the right things by acknowledging that he does not intent to run for any office, not to talk about the presidency!

    Especially not after he (and Bush) got us into the present mess!!

    It will never happen again because Americans are not dumps!!!

    December 1, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Fooled Again

    I never heard of this group, I only heard of the group "Arrest Dick Cheney for War Crimes".

    December 1, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. mike from atlanta

    I want to nominate Tricky Dick for a twenty year prison term for treason.Oh do not forget racketeering.

    December 1, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Doug

    All rational thinking Americans know that Dick Cheney has played a major role in keeping our nation safe for 8 years and that his comments now come from his love of this nation and his desire for us to remain safe and powerful.

    We must look at the political correctness of the Democrats that allowed the 9/11 hijackers to learn to fly a plane without a desire to land and the latest at Fort hood and ask why the libs are allowing this sillyness to thwart our safety. Just treat all Americans the same and we will be safer for it.

    December 1, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Asnell

    Why would Dick Cheney join the Republican Party? That would basically make him a hypocrite. He would be going against President Obama and everything he believes in. I think it would be unethical for him to switch parties.

    December 1, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. C from middle GA

    This is clear evidence that we are doomed to repeat history. You would think these silly people would have learned by now. Dick is a mega-dick.

    December 1, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Mlhall

    Good for you!

    December 1, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Phillip Bunn

    Yeah. Let's draft Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin. And if they're not available, why not draft Popeye and Olive Oil; and why stop there? What about Gomez and Morticia, or Fred and Lily, or Archie and Edith? Let's send in the clowns so the whole world can get a laugh on us.

    December 1, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Independent

    WOW....We have some really stupid people in our country

    December 1, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Draft Dick

    When I first saw the heading "Draft Dick" I thought it was just a group of civic minded persons, asking Dick Cheney to go to Afghanistan or Iraq and help end the war he help start. On the front line.

    December 1, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Jack Lowe

    Throw his butt in jail! Traitor!

    December 1, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    he must have figured that it will be hard to run for anything when he is in prison, for crimes against humanity 🙂

    December 1, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Disappointed in Conservatives

    Thank God for Dick's previous enjoyment from manipulating millions of American puppets, that he still relishes the moment enough to spare us the indignation!

    December 1, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. blue state

    Too bad. Cheney as the "evil empire" candidate (if not in jail as a war criminal) is perfect. Maybe the Republicans are going for the "paranoid idiot" ticket: Palin Dobbs, or Palin Beck. Either candidate(s) would make certain a Democratic win.

    December 1, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. William

    I doubt that Mr. Cheney will run for POTUS. However, it would be refreshing to see a candidate that would protect the homeland, enforce existing immigration laws, negotiate with adversaries from a position of strength, lower taxes to stimulate economic activity, and one who would publicly tout the greatness of the USA and capitalism. Not sure who that candidateis but they will have my support.

    December 1, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Arthur Lee Horn

    I think he would make a great president but his health is an issue. If his health was good I can not think of a better President with the possible exception of Rudy Giuliani.

    He worked to keep us safe for seven years and understands the need to be careful in spending taxpayer money.

    December 1, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. lama

    What a great way to insure that Obama has a second term. Go Dick yourself!

    December 1, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Ryan

    Not to mention everybody hates this monster.

    December 1, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Danny

    A vote for Cheney is a vote for the Devil himself!

    December 1, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Stan Taulbee

    The man is a lying, thieving war criminal. Who cares what this neo-nazi says?

    December 1, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Rafael VA

    I'd vote for him in a second... Chaney is exactly what America and the world needs. Run Chaney run!!!

    December 1, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Tom C

    Like Jay Leno said last night. The military tried to draft him 5 times and had no success, that is self explanatory. Besides he know he would not win.

    December 1, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. dennisk

    Not running for President is the best thing Dick Cheney has ever done for this country.

    December 1, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    While there is no doubt that Dick Cheney is a very capable person, whether you agree with him on issues or not, his heart condition, and the public backlash against the Dubya administration, would not make him a good and viable candidate for 2012.

    The GOP needs new candidates, for the public to consider, and they need candidates with some moderation in philosophy. The GOP cannot continue to disenfranchise significant portions of the US population, in their approach to the gay community (based on their excessive religious position), nor can they continue to disenfranchise women, with their position on abortion, and attempt to dictate to women what they can or cannot do, with their own bodies.

    Until the GOP moderates their position on those 2 issues, at least in their candidates, they will struggle to succeed.

    December 1, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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