Clinton praises Cheney's political prowess
September 18th, 2011
01:24 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton praises Cheney's political prowess

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said former Vice President Dick Cheney was playing politics when he suggested Secretary of State Hillary Clinton run for president in 2012 against President Barack Obama.

“I'm very proud of her. And so I'm always gratified whenever anyone says anything nice about her. And I very much agree that she's done a good job,” Clinton, a Democrat, said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “But I also have a high regard for Vice President Cheney's political skills. And I think one of those great skills is sowing discord among the opposition.”

Cheney, a Republican, floated the idea during interviews to promote his memoir, “In My Time,” when he praised the former New York senator and encouraged a primary contest on the other side of the aisle.

But Clinton said his wife, who lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination to then-Sen. Obama, is committed to her position in the Obama administration and doing a “heck of a job.”

“I think he, by saying something nice about her and the way he did it, knew that it might cause a little trouble,” Clinton said. “I don’t want to help him succeed in his political strategy, but I admire the fact that he’s still out there hitting the ball.”

Cheney, who appeared on the CBS program after Clinton, said he was not trying to stir discord with his remarks.

“I just thought … that the Democrats ought to have as much fun on their side of the aisle as we’re having on our side in figuring out who is going to run,” Cheney said.

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly shot down speculation that she may run for elected office after four years at the State Department, despite a recent poll showing her as the most popular politician in the United States.

Bill Clinton said the polls are simply an example of the political climate.

“She’d be the first to tell you that, you know, the further you get out of the line of fire, the more popular you’re likely to be,” Clinton said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I don’t think you can take that seriously. She’s secretary of state, she’s not president.”

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  1. tallfeather

    yeah CNN this i what they call a "back-handed compliment"... look it up!... clinton "praised" cheney for being able to cause trouble and stur up anti- Obama sentiment among republicans... wow!... that is something that comes naturally for cheney... thanks CNN for making stuff up!

    September 19, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. SoftWords BigStick

    “I just thought … that the Democrats ought to have as much fun on their side of the aisle as we’re having on our side in figuring out who is going to run,” Cheney said.

    The GoP is having fun while America crumbles. Emperor Nero, anyone ?

    He who forgets history is doomed to repeat it. Cheney (and his BFF Bush) were responsible for one of the worst periods in American history. He should be investigated for treason.
    1) Inducing others to lie about WMD in Iraq instead of finishing the job in Afghanistan.
    2) Holding so called "Energy Conferences" with oil company CEOs and oil prices go through the roof within weeks.
    3) Using the Secret Service and the CIA as a private militia to further his ends.
    4) Bypassing congressional approval to provide unaccounted billions to the dictator of Pakistan, which in turn was used to fund terror attacks on American troops in Afghanistan.

    September 19, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Noodle Nose Johnson

    4 and the door – "Thanks Denna, but I have a job as President."

    Being an Amway distributor does not count as being President of a company.
    Funny you should say that Noodle Nose, I was thinking more along the line of ACN. Same difference as they say.

    September 19, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Cheney sows discord everywhere, even in his own party. By causing disruption, he is able to hide the fact that he brings no value to Washington whatsoever. He was just there to divert money to Halliburton, so the administration could split up what they stole from the taxpayers at a later date.

    September 19, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    It is hilarious to read the Sniffit posts about the MSM propping up Republicans while they BURY all of the current Obama administration scandels: Fast & Furious, selling guns illegally to Mexican drug cartels, Soyndra and giving 1/2 BILLION dollars to a failed green energy company whose main investor happens to be a huge Obama fundraisier. I guess getting law enforcement officers killed and flushing huge amounts of tax payer money down the drain aren't stories because Obama is the one running the show.

    It is amazing

    September 19, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. LDJ

    Crazies on the Left (15%)...jokers on the right (15%) and the rest of middle-right thinking America comprising 70% of the electorate. Both parties have been hijacked by the radicals on each side. This nation needs the original Democrat party of Kennedy (social liberalism...fiscal/defense conservatism). They were truly center-right back them. Maybe someone will pick up the mantle and bring things back to normal. Close the tax loopholes, reward corporations for employing our citizens, enforce immigration law especially companies that hire illegals, universal healthcare, move employees from the public to the private sector and manufacture again with marginalized unions and union thuggery. Reduce the military presence throughout the world and secure our own borders and protect our citizens. By the way...grow up and recognize gay marriage. It would be a start to move people from welfare to self sufficiency and responsibly care for the weakest among us. Cheers!

    September 19, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Noodle Nose Johnson
    4 and the door – "Thanks Denna, but I have a job as President."
    Being an Amway distributor does not count as being President of a company.
    Funny you should say that Noodle Nose, I was thinking more along the line of ACN. Same difference as they say
    Funny guesses, but my business is chemical coating for manufacturers in the electronics, medical and defense industries. We process parts that go into everything from pacemakers to the Joint Strike Fighter. In many cases these products would not exist without our unique processing. All 20 employees get medical and retirement benefits. No employee has ever been paid less than 20% above minimum wage.

    September 19, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. bigwilliestyles

    Anyone who would praise cheney is a criminal in disguise.

    September 19, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    That's right, Bill... It's kind of like praising a snake for the efficacy of its poison...

    September 19, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Gee 4... I didn't realize you had such a big family...

    September 19, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    4... Are they doing all the work for you while you constantly drone on here all the time? How many are in the country legally?

    September 19, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Padraig

    For the Democratic party to maintain their office they should not endorse President Obama. I think Secretary of State Clinton would be their best choice of holding the office of the Presidency.

    I think people are finally understanding that President Obama is severly under qualified and is way over his head. He is as all Chicago based politiicans are – a sham artist.

    September 19, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Geoz

    I support President Obama. He's doing a great job in a terrible climate that Cheney helped set up.

    September 19, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Albert

    It really wasn't a compliment coming from Cheney and Clinton immediately saw that. Clinton outsmarted him by calling him an old farty, (still hitting the ball) cheap politician who still running loose trying to cause trouble.

    September 19, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    Sadly, The American peeples are of a single digit IQ ~ not far off from the world norm. For all of written history the elites, translate as have more than need or are worth, have manipulated the rest into servitude. Done by various religious and patriotic mumbo-jumbo it proved very lucrative for them ~ for a good long time. Finally, it became apparent that capitalism and it's b@stard step-child, communism, did not work. WW2 seemed to stave off total collapse and things trundled on from one ecnomic booster (read mini-war) to the next. Almost 400 of various sizes since WW2 ~ the size comensurate with the ecnomic need of the time. Now, all the whiz-bang accounting miracles of wall street do not work. The mess is too big to be swept under the rug ~ it is bigger than the house!!
    There you have it. We now go into a period of class warfare, but, the bullets do not exist to kill all the have nots.
    Atomic weapons are not defensive weapon ~ one does not not "win" by self immolation.
    That great boggie-man of the world will rise like a phoenix ` socialism will have it's due. The world will be a better place.
    Thus will finally begin the ascent of man.

    September 19, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Big Al

    Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee in 2008 because of the African American vote. The African Americans elected the POTUS. Sad to say but African Americans have the largest population in prisons, most uneducated, lack in wealth, most on some form of government subsidy, the poorest, most to commit crimes, etc.

    Guess white folks decided that their own race couldnt handle running the country.

    September 19, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Behonest

    Cheney is an idiot. If Clinton is praising him, then he is also an idiot. However, if that's his way of mocking Cheney, then I withdraw my comment about Clinton being an idiot, only Cheney reminds an idiot.

    September 19, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Dean

    Hey, libs! Your boy is the worst president ever. Suck it!

    September 19, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Nils

    I would think that Clinton's admiration of Cheney's political prowess is not approval of his methods or his goals, as the President explained. The headline of this article is certainly appropriate and the fact that is is surprising is what got you to read it in the first place. Clinton just respects that Cheney is a master of the game, he didn't say Cheney plays fair or that his motives or goals are admirable, Cheney just knows how to play.

    September 19, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Blast

    America touts democracy, and tries its best to shove it down the throats of the rest of the world. Meanwhile, America cannot even make democracy work in its own Congress. How can you tell the Middle East that Democracy is the best way to govern when the Rebuplicans are doing their best to finish what Bush and Chenney started, which is destroy America? Anybody listening to Chenney is nuts. This man did nothing but obliterate the good works of Bill Clinton. Chenney should be jailed for war crimes and theft of public funds on a grand scale through Haliburton.

    With all these yappering and jabbering going on in Congress, and those elected officials only interested in pushing their political agenda instead of actually working with the President to fix the broken country, one almost wishes for the days of the despot and tyrant leaders. When they say do it, it gets done. Democracy twisted for selfish purposes, is certainly not what America needs right now.

    September 19, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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