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

Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @psteinhausercnn


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  1. disgusted independent

    As an ex-republican who went independent when Jesus started thinking for the party, I have a message for the religious right: Get over Cheney and Palin, they each had a role in screwing up this country and the political party along with the majority of other Republican idiots during the bush-cheney years. Step aside and let people who don't quote the bible every 4 seconds fix the mess you all made by putting them in office. And try thinking for yourselves, the bible doesn't have all the answers.

    December 1, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. beats back? nice headline CNN

    so is this beats back like a forest fire?

    equally damaging, equally out of control?

    I agree with Cheney on this one, stay retired... you got rich enough off of the American people, we may never recover from your disasterous steamroller of our rights, economy, our environment, our national defense... there are just so many things you distroyed in your term while framing what you thought was putting the U.S. in some kind of whackjob far right position via the world

    it will take years to recover from your bad vision of the world

    December 1, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Dave

    Too bad. We need a President with a backbone. One who can make a decision. One who is for low taxes, low deficits, and less government.

    BUT... most of you wanted "change" so, good luck with that.
    What we have so far:
    -The dollar falling faster than ever before.
    -Unemployment heading up to 15% or more
    -TRILLIONS in deficits
    -A commander in chief that ignores the generals for 2 + months then negotiates on the mission because of politics
    -government run car companies & banks
    -A white house that still believes in the bogus man-made global warming theory
    -Health care reform that cost a trillion+ and STILL does NOT cover over 20 million people nor fix most the isses, all it does is give government more power and control
    -A cap & trade bill that is stup like the health care bills: government control & power over the energy companies and ALL companies for that matter with bogus taxes and fines.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE

    December 1, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Mountain Dude

    A war criminal and a secessionist, Cheney is probably just happy he isn't in jail for breaking our treaties and using torture. “Water-boarding” is just a euphemism for water torture and it has been known as torture for hundreds of years.

    December 1, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. John

    He already was president for eight years. George Bush was Vice-President. Because of term limits, he can't run again.

    December 1, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Texas Blue

    Cheney has a history of avoiding any form of a draft.

    December 1, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Tina

    Yeah ok. He knows he would never be elected as President. These people are idiots if they think America is that STUPID. And he still has the nerve to speak out against Obama and the War. He must have forgotten that we have been in this war for 8 years and apparantly his strategies have failed America. He's such a loser and so irrelevant. NEXT!!!

    December 1, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Gary

    Why would Tricky Dicky Cheney want to be president when Haliburton and KBR pay him so much better???

    December 1, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Bill

    Hahahahah Dick calling palin charming and engaging!

    December 1, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. the red sign next to Cheney's head says it all

    EXIT reads the sign on the right of the picture

    please exit the political stage Mr. Cheney, you have from an office point of view, now stop the commenting, it is a distraction from the progress that needs to continue, you are no patriot five time draft dodger, you are a sick opportunist

    please find another hobby, maybe wood working, bird spotting or painting

    It is boring to have to sit on the sidelines, but as a citizen now you need to move on to something else and quit stopping the rest of us from trying to fix your debacle

    December 1, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Doraine Gordon

    How dumb for anyone to even suggest Cheney. Look at his failing health. Why would anyone even consider a man wih so many health problems? Four heart attacks plus other stuff. He has to be taking alot of powerful medication. To even suggest him is just plain stupid. The GOP had better sure come up with some other people if they ever plan to get back into the WH. All I see right now are a bunch of losers!!

    December 1, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. John in Tampa

    That wasn't a NO. And much as I don't agree with this man I think he is clearly the most experienced, consistent and stable Republican out there.

    December 1, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. hdrider69

    Excuse me while I throw up. It's amazing how many people escape from asylums and go unnoticed..until they come up with ideas like drafting Cheny for president.

    December 1, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Alex Esterhase

    The mere thought of having Cheney as President would be a vote for Armageddon.

    As VP, and the power behind the throne, he was conniving, evil and totally misguided, but I suspect he would have the full support of Rush Limbaugh and all of his extreme right wing rabid fanatics.

    December 1, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. TLD

    Grimm Reaper is a evil dark man. God help his soul

    December 1, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. David

    Dear Dick:

    Please be assured, the public has no aspirations for you to hold higher office !!

    You are long past retired. Stay there !

    an informed citizen

    December 1, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Laurie in Spokane

    OMG If Cheney were to run for POTUS, and perchance WIN!!! I'd seriously consider moving out of the country. Instead of a candidate for POTUS he should be a candiate for a prison term.

    December 1, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. A. P. from California

    Dick Cheney couldn't even get elected troop leader of our Cub Scout reserves unit. The GOP is becoming increasingly delusional since sniveling about their losses in 2008. They just don't get it...they're iodeology is obsolete. During times of expensive war....you cannot give tax cuts to the rich leaving only the poor, and middle class to pay for our country in war. It becomes a "recipe" for economic ruin. The GOP is too developmentally challenged to understand it.....

    December 1, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Dgeorge

    With this man we would be fighting wars after wars . Who need this type of person. Let him go away , we are sick of this joker. Are the repubs party so thin.

    December 1, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Taylor

    Noooo don't want Cheney as President. He wasn't a good Vice President and wasn't active like Joe Biden is.

    December 1, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Jackie in Dallas

    Heaven help us...we do not NEED any more of Cheney's "services" for anything except time in Leavenworth! As for Palin, she's a virtual shoe in - for a second Obama term!

    December 1, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Eric

    The only house he should occupy is a jailhouse!

    December 1, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Mike

    No one named Cheney should be running for president.

    December 1, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Guido

    To think that there are people in this country who actually LIKE the idea of Darth Vader running the country.

    Do we get Imperial stormtroopers too?

    December 1, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. jeff

    Why isn't this traitor in jail for war crimes at least?

    December 1, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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