July 29th, 2012
10:38 AM ET
9 years ago

Cheney: Picking Palin in 2008 was a 'mistake'

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain made a mistake in 2008 by picking then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview that aired Sunday.

Cheney led the vice presidential search for Gerald Ford in 1976, and again for George W. Bush in 2000. That last search resulted in Cheney himself being selected, and he served as Bush's number two for eight years.

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On Sunday, Cheney said Palin failed to meet the number one requirement for a vice president: a readiness to step into the top job if needed.

"Based on her background, she was only governor for two years, I don't think she passed that test of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake," Cheney said in an interview with ABC News.

Cheney, who said he knows and likes Palin, argued that considerations about which demographic a potential candidate could help pull in clouded the 2008 decision to put Palin on the ticket.

"Those are important issues but they should never be allowed to override that first proposition and I think that's one of the problems that McCain had," Cheney said.

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Filed under: Dick Cheney • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (591 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Palin would have been a better VP than Cheney.

    July 30, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Sivick

    Dick Cheney spoke the truth? Is the world about to end?

    July 30, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Bob

    Palin would have been a better VP than Cheney.

    July 30, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    The reason MCain had fun plans at white house but did not work.

    July 30, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Margo

    Yeah, she was a big mistake...same as DWTS bringing back her dimwit daughter

    July 30, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Joey

    1.Your the last person that should be talking about being a mistake Cheney 2. She was a mistake? You dont say?!!!

    July 30, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. mrkeno

    really dick yuh think
    this coming from one of the most reprehensible people on the planet
    dick and jr what a team what wonderful things they did for our country

    July 30, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Steve in PA

    Every once in a while, I go to YouTube just to watch a few Sarah Palin interview videos and have a good chuckle. My gosh, what a mistake it would have been for someone incompetent and no true leadership experience to be in the White House. Oh, wait a minute....don't we have that now?

    July 30, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. MoMo7

    Bush/Cheney for 8 years was a mistake.

    July 30, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. tootfoot

    I suspect John McCain only had limited input on his VP pick – the GOP puppetmasters picked Palin. Because she was unknown, relatively young, reasonably attractive, female, and was a master of the dumb-ass folksiness that served W so well. IMO, they also pushed McCain himself much further to the right than he would have gone on his own.

    July 30, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. j williamson

    A good many would make the same observation about Cheney.

    July 30, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. oddjob2234

    File that under "Duh!" The only positive thing that decision did was create a distraction from the buffoonish, pathetic candidate in the presidential slot, John McCain.

    McCain is the most embarrassing presidential candidate I can remember in my lifetime.

    July 30, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. don

    Wow, it's amazing how stupid people tend to live forever to haunt us. LOL. Can't wait to hear Palin's response. want an old grumpy old man. That was yesterday's news, yet he still sticks is ugly head out and says stupid things that only hurt his own party. Only in America.

    July 30, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Susan

    Ain't politics grand? They're all revisionists...

    July 30, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. h

    Palin was picked by one of the biggest idiots on the planet.

    July 30, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Palin is the worst VP presidential candidates I have ever seen. She is so out of touch with the reality of the lives of people around the US. She only made it in Alaska because big money pushed her through. She quit that job because she had to much baggage. She does not understand the world stage and has a very simple and shallow mind. How can anyone even compare her to the top republican women politicians. You you were considering her, then have no idea as to where this needs go. I will pass on all the other issues.......she is not capable or deserving of the position. Get a life and face the reality that America has changed, we have problems that need solving, and she was never the one.

    July 30, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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