February 14th, 2010
05:53 PM ET
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Cheney dodges Palin question

Asked about former Gov. Palin, pictured here with Sen. John McCain, the former Vice President Cheney said Sunday that he hasn't made a decision yet about who he will support in 2012.

Asked about former Gov. Palin, pictured here with Sen. John McCain, the former Vice President Cheney said Sunday that he hasn't made a decision yet about who he will support in 2012.

Washington (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney sidestepped a question Sunday about whether former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is qualified for the presidency.

Speaking to ABC's "This Week," Cheney was asked about the woman who ran to replace him - and whom some see as a possible future presidential candidate.

"Is she qualified to be president?" Cheney was asked.

"I haven't made a decision yet on who I'm going to support for president the next time around," Cheney responded.

"Whoever it is is going to have to prove themselves capable of being president of the United States. And those tests will come during the course of campaigns, obviously."

He added, "I think all the prospective candidates out there have got a lot of work to do if, in fact, they're going to persuade a majority of Americans that they're ready to take on the world's toughest job."

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  1. Marie MD

    It's not as if he is running for office. Why don't the gopers have the guts to tell it like it this about this woman?
    It's like mccain when asked about her. He always dodges the question by talking about the dude and his snowmobile and her family.
    We all know she is not running. She wants to the media to keep her in the front pages so she can continue to make money from the fools who follow her.
    No guts no glory!!

    February 14, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. American

    She's more qualified than Cheney. Less qualified than Elmer Fudd.

    February 14, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. carole

    CNN – I love you guys, but why oh why must you keep pushing this whole idea of Sarah Palin as presidential material . . . when the
    American people have stated over and over that they don't believe she is. She's a right-wing talk-radio and FOX talk show personality.That is all. How many time to 70+% of the people have to say it. And for those
    of you who say the Democrats are "scared" or "threatened" by her, that is the single most absurd thing I've heard. What I am afraid of is her
    inability to do thoughtful analysis, to take a long-term historical view of issues, to simply have the intellectual strength for such a job. She is a verbal bomb-thrower whose bombs so often are those who are
    talking points with no substance. Let it go, CNN!!!!

    February 14, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Tony in Maine

    Who knows what evil lies in the heart of Darth?

    The Shadow knows, bwahahahahaha

    February 14, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. joanne

    I don't know why we seek out Cheney's opinions now. When he was Vice President he was always in hiding.

    February 14, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. andy

    Would we get 2 people with Palin like Obama?? With Obama I see 2 people,he answers a question 1 way and later he turns 180 degrees,we get 2 answers! Will the real Obama stand up! Neither does anything.

    February 14, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. ross

    even cheney isnt dumb enough to endorse moron palin!

    February 14, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    Come on Dick and endorse Palin for 2012. I am endorsing her and I am a Democrat. Heck, lot's of us are supporting her to run for President hehehe.

    February 14, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. Mickey

    Why give this freak airtime? Cheney is a war criminal and a domestic terrorist, and should be treated as such. Let him continue to spew his fear, hatred, and bigotry in the ONLY forum where it looks even less credible: FoxNews...you know, that FAKE news channel...they should change their name to FCN...Fox Cartoon Network.

    February 14, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Jim in Indiana

    We need ask every Republican that question. Get them on record.

    February 14, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. Pappy

    They're both irrelevant!

    February 14, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Harold

    That was a trap question. The majority of Americans now believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be President. Prior to Obama accepting his nomination only 27% of Americans believed he was qualified. Now those who voted for Obama are kicking themselves and saying what the hell was I thinking about.

    February 14, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Tom B

    "Cheney weighs in on Palin" – Cheney said nothing about Palin. How is this weighing in?

    February 14, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Sherry

    If Cheney thinks that Palin would make a good president , then he's dumber then he look's.She is a media hound that is a legend in her own mind. Surely the rightwing repub's can do better than that and if not they need to disolve off ton oblivion.

    February 14, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Gil Oberdas

    palin/cheney They belong together and are so much alike. One quit being mayor, then quit being governor and then just ran at the mouth. The other just runs at the mouth. True members of the Party of NO!

    February 14, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. Dale

    Cheney and Palin two members of a carnival freak show, but they don't realize that normal folks are laughing at them.

    February 14, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Rick in AZ

    Is the puppet master looking for a new puppet?

    February 14, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. A. Smith, Oregon

    Kudos to Vice President Joe Biden for punching back at the continuous pundits from former vp Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney's repeated attempts to rewrite the horrific history of the Bush-Cheney administration won't fly if those in the loop such as Vice President Joe Biden keep pointing out the falacys and utter falsehoods being uttered continously by Dick Cheney as Cheney crawls out of his bunker to lob rocks at the Obama-Biden administration.

    I'm pleased and happy that Vice President Joe Biden has decided to punch back at former vp Dick Cheney and Cheney's attempts to rewrite his secretive and down in the bunker sordid history of his own administration.

    Keep up the blows and punches Vice President Joe Biden, beat him down without mercy. Whenever former vp Cheney exits his bunker for yet another crass and highly negative comment on national security, blast him, and pound him over and over again!

    February 14, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. Jasmine in Germany

    That should come as no surprise.

    February 14, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Mark

    I miss Bush and Cheney. Things just keep getting worse and worse with Obama in charge.

    February 14, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Technically, by age and birth she is qualified.

    However, I do so hope you Reds keep ignoring that solid 70% that say she is not.

    Hang in there with the 18% that thinks she is qualified to be in the Oval Office, other than as a Fake the News "contributor".

    That 18% will get cons back in power, some time down the future...

    Palin/Bachmann 2012 and Beyond!

    February 14, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Kevin

    You guys are so tricky. On the home page "Cheney weighs in on Palin '12"

    Then I get to the post – "Cheney dodges Palin question"

    Anything for a page view.

    I'm getting sick of it though, and soon will turn off Ticker and stick to First Read. I trust them more.

    FYI editors (what, just out of J-school?) he didn't weigh in. He avoided.


    February 14, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Dan

    She is a merely a Sith Lord in training. If she oozes green evil power, then she'll be ready.

    February 14, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Laura

    what a nice way of saying, "I was Veep to a male Bimbo, and I really don't want to see the Republican Party give the nod to a female version of G.W.B. if I'm not there as Veep to take the reins." Doing it twice in a row would be pushing it, especially since we want to foist George P. Bush on the nation soon.

    February 14, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. Light Blue

    It seems CNN has a slow traffic this afternoon; time to print a non story there on Sarah Palin to get the Palin-hating morons to come by.

    February 14, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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