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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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Heck, he used his connections to avoid the draft and serving his country FIVE TIMES during Vietnam.....he can claim health problems to avoid this draft too.

    December 1, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    Cheney doesn't want to run because he doesnt care about America. If he really cared he would run for President. If he really believed what he is saying, he would run for President. He only cares about bringing down the President so he wants America to fail. If the neo-cons can't have it their way then no one gets their way. Dick, go get another heart because you dont have one!

    December 1, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Greg from Virgnina

    Because he knows that his HATE mongering will not work on the American People any more and he'll had over victory to Obama, just like Palin will do.

    December 1, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Kraig Rasool

    In all the years that Cheney has been in and out of the press...for
    things that he may have done or been a part of . I can say alas this
    answer to the question of him running in 2012 is the best answer
    and best thing has have ever said.....

    December 1, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. David

    Cheney's election in 2012 would just prove the Mayan calendar is correct. He would certainly lead the world to mass destruction and multiple useless wars that are only logical in his Darth Vader mind. Funny, why doesn't any journalist ask him to explain his reasons for putting his own butt on the line in Vietnam rather than dodging the draft with every possible excuse? A war hawk like Cheney should prove their metal on the battlefield first prior to sending others over there. Tell us, Dick, why did you get SEVEN deferments and avoid fighting when it was YOUR time in Vietnam?

    December 1, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. JimB

    Dick Cheney as President in 2012?? Maybe THAT's what the Mayans are warning us about!!!

    December 1, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Bob

    Dick Cheney as president in 2012. I guess those Mayan calendars were right after all...

    December 1, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. roland

    relax folks...itll never, ever happen

    December 1, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Asnell

    Dick Cheney doesn't care about being president. He didn't care when he was vice president as long as he was making money he was satisfied.

    December 1, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. ATL Guy

    He wouldn't dare put himself out there for criticism and ridicule. These guys are just cowards after all.

    December 1, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Jimmy Limo

    I can see it now.....
    "Cheney / Palin in '2012"....
    THE MAYANS WERE RIGHT !!!

    December 1, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. lucy2

    Unless they want to just hand the 2nd term over to Obama, Cheney should stay FAR away from the race.

    December 1, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Bill

    Why would anyone want Cheney to run? He's done enough damage.

    December 1, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. century33

    thank God the man finally has some sence.

    December 1, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. RON

    For god sake he screwed up enough when he was vice president and defense secretary. It is time to put him out to pasture.

    December 1, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. James

    Was he not the Pres. already?

    December 1, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Rick

    Haha ! That's hilarious ! You guys are too much. I know, let's put Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin on the same ticket, the order doesn't matter. After they get elected they can bring W back as the Education Secretary, Rummy back as the War Czar (cause he's sooo good at starting wars), and a few more "nearly deads" from Republican Administrations past to round out the team. Gosh, I'll bet by the end of their first term they could knock us all back to covered wagon days.
    "Hey Dick, there's a quail on your head".

    December 1, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. KMAN

    The GOP would be much better off if they at least tried to recruit a presidential candidate for 2012 that had a snowballs chance in hell of winning? the DICK??? the QUITTER??? These folks are obviously delusional.

    December 1, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. David

    He works better when he pulls the stings of the would be President, in the shadows he would lurk. Otherwise, he is all talk and no action or barks a lot like a dog, but has no bite.

    December 1, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. century33

    thank God the man finally has some sense.

    December 1, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. katiec

    My goodness.
    If justice is truly served this man will end up in prison.
    How anyone could want this tyrant to lead our country into
    further ruin leaves one to really question their mentallity.

    December 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Devryn

    So the world WILL end in 2012.

    December 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. deb

    Who's "brilliant" idea was this???? This man is one of the most disliked people in the world! He wouldn't have a chance! Kind of like Sarah Palin...

    December 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Dave the American

    Who are these people? Why not just bring back Malairia or the Black Plague?

    December 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. mk

    He picked himself for VP, he has a ego the size of Texas....I bet he runs.

    December 1, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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