December 1st, 2009
03:21 PM ET
9 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. Korean War Baby

    Are you kidding? I voted twice for Bush/Cheney, but there's no way I would endorse half that ticket. The republicans need to come up with a fresh face who can articulate the parties core values–fiscal responsibility, small government, etc. "W" betrayed the average conservative. Pawlenty or Huckabee, yes; Cheney, no.

    December 1, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. bob

    Thank God! Cheney would finish what he started under Bush if he ran and won.

    December 1, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Randall S

    Thank you Dick Cheney.

    I'm sure I speak for milions of Americans: we are very glad you have no further aspirations for public office.

    We've had enough of your so-called leadership, such as:

    1. lack of competent economic leadership
    2. the endless war in Iraq( yes, it's still at war)
    3. a war in Afghanistan
    4. lack of educational leadership. Too many Americans are out of work because they are not qualified to hold a 21st century job
    5. creating a phobic, paranoid country just like ole President Wilson did after WW1 with his American Protective League

    Yes, you really mucked things up. Goodbye Forever.

    December 1, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Dick Cheney is a traitor to the US. He help destroy this country for profit. He should rot is prison

    December 1, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Don

    Didn't some other people try to draft Dick Cheney many years ago? As soon as he heard about this effort he probably went down and applied for that sixth deferment.

    December 1, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. sherry

    Glad to hear you dont want to run for President.......Would'nt want you there.....After all , I want a president who is for the people....not just the rich and corrupt as you yourself are.

    December 1, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Ms. Bernardi

    IF he is telling the truth, we can all breathe a sign of relief. After his tenure as Vice President (so to speak), are there any countries in the world who would respect him as President?

    December 1, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Jeff

    Oh, brother. That would be a great PR opportunity for the Democrats.

    December 1, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Doug Blackman

    I think Cheney should run, with Palin as his VP pick.

    Darth Vader and Caribou Barbie could glean the lowest vote percentage in modern times . . .

    December 1, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. My country change it or lose it!

    The criminal Chaney should just shut his mouth.....

    December 1, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. kgeukes Michigan

    Because he knows he wouldn't win....besides he's already done enough damage to our country...he's a fool that got rich off the backs of the American soldier!!!

    December 1, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. What???

    Really? We're serious about this? I mean really?

    The current administration has been in office for 11 months and most would say the problems they have were inherited. So.....we americans want to go back to the previous approach as authored Mr. Cheney...... because they handled things so well? Really?

    Please explain one of you GOP supporters the reason for this.

    December 1, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. true american

    What a shame! We could have had a wise experienced person like Cheney at the helm. Instead we have an immature nartsistic naive childman trying to be loved by all.

    December 1, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Carol

    Hold that thought Dickie! We don't need your kind of "leadership" ever again.

    December 1, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Purnell Meagre

    Ahem ... I can understand why there would be a demand ... harrrumph .. for my services ... this new guy in the ... harrumph ... White House ... he's nothing but an amateur – and that vice-President of his – who is it Biden? I sure kicked that Edwards ass in the debate ... harrumph ... he had a pre- 9/11 mentality ... he didn't understand that we're under attack ... I'm under attack right this minute ... Flying monkeys again ... LIz ... Lizzz It's the flying monkeys!!!

    December 1, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Bugl3t

    Of course he has no interest... he's already made his money in two wars and I'm sure he's smart enough to realize that he would NEVER be elected... Can you imagine the negative campaign ads his competitors could (and should) run?

    The man should be sentenced to jail for the rest of his life for taking this country into its current state.

    December 1, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Sean

    Good. Now crawl into your hole and go away! The world is done with you and your hateful positions.

    December 1, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Scott

    Yeah, Dick. Sit back and count your millions, you crook.

    December 1, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. david

    I agree that we should draft dick cheney. into the military

    December 1, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. John

    Wasn't he already President?

    December 1, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    If this was April 1st you can laugh it off as a joke. But his daughter must be as whacky as he is. But I have to say, he has the sense to face reality. No way in Hades HE would even get the nod, much less the position.

    December 1, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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