July 29th, 2012
10:38 AM ET
8 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. Bart

    How long until she attacks Cheney for being a Washington insider? By Monday, at least. She cannot keep her mouth shut.

    July 29, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. labman57

    The sound that you are hearing is the result of the Palin fawners' heads exploding.

    July 29, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. ge

    why are all the chicken hawks in washington lately ,draft dodgers reunion

    July 29, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Joan Wheeler

    Hm! Cheney picked himself to be VP to G. Bush. That's politics for ya!!!

    July 29, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Thomas

    Picking Dick Cheney in 2000 over George Shultz was the mistake !

    July 29, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. larry hernandez

    Palin was and is an embarrasement to the Republican Party. Her pick goes along the lines of 'Tea-Party' zealous
    and dumb attracting dumber like minded folk. How I still cringe when this lady speaks or comments on topics she
    she knows little to nothing about but is paid by 'news' corp Fox to present insight on political events. I will take
    the GOP more seriously once they back-away from Palin,Santorum,Bauchmann,Beck,Lambaugh and other
    backward minded folk, your only as good as those you surround yourself with.

    July 29, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. hypatia

    That is the funniest headline I've read all year.

    July 29, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Erik

    Nice, one mistake calling amother mistake a mistake. Bush picking Cheney as a VP was certainly a mistake. The sheeple voting in Bush for 2 terms was an even bigger one.

    July 29, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Charlie from the North

    And yet, after an extensive review John McCain chose that woman over Mitt Romney. One has to wonder why. Just sayin.

    July 29, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Hillcrester

    You can't put one past Cheney, can you! Most people figured that out in 2008.

    July 29, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Jewels

    Why is Cheney still talking - and acting as though he was a great leader? I'm not personally a Sarah Palin fan but, I think Cheney is one of the least like former VP's - and for a good reason.

    July 29, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Palin a bad choice? yah think?

    July 29, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Sam

    May be Romney should ask Cheney to lead the vice presidential search. Oh gosh! who might the VP candidate be? 😛

    July 29, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. sammy

    Now he's saying she was a bad choice. So when McCain was running he defended her. I can't stand this guy.

    July 29, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Anthony

    Cheney is right. Picking Palin was a mistake. It destroyed McCain's credibility. Republicans are making another mistake with Romney. Romney will not pass the vetting process for vice president, but bought his way into the Republican nomination. He is losing to Obama in 10 out of 12 swing states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. He is losing to Obama in Wisconsin even though Scott Walker won the recall election. He embarrassed himself on the London trip, showing that he is not ready for prime time. With Romney leading the way, the Republican Party is going to be as irrelevant as the California Republican Party.

    July 29, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. transorbital

    Finally, something Dick Cheney is actually qualified to comment upon: being a bad Vice President.

    July 29, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Najie

    Seriously... Why is that IRRITANT Cheney still being given TV time? I do believe the REPUBLICAN PARTY should go on a 40-year RETREAT ... isomewhere n the wilderness.

    July 29, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. George

    Palin a bad pick, ok now tell us something that the entire planet doesn' know...

    July 29, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. kebcarerra

    Having watched miss Palin since 2008 it appears Sarah has never understood the constitution , history, or how government works . She is a favorite among the tea party and those who want to stop Obama at any cost . Maybe another book deal or reality tv show to keep that beautiful face explaining the simple realities to a way back to a time that never existed .

    July 29, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Hey Dick, your babbling and attacks of Palin is after the fact! We all knew that she didn't possess what it takes to be VP buy the entire GOP including you supported and defended her all the way to the end. Let's face it, there's a lot of traits that a candidate needs to possess to be a good VP and those traits includes an understanding of government, knowing your constitution, having a knowledge of world history, knowing how our economy works and last but not least, having a love for country which includes respecting and caring for all of your citizens regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, sex and sexual orientation. Plus you must have some integrity and sound character. I'm afraid I'm yet to see a republican who possesses these traits.

    July 29, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. jamison

    Cheney said Palin failed to meet the number one requirement for a vice president: a readiness to step into the top job if needed. I thought the #1 requirement was A BRAIN.

    July 29, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. dina

    Finally I agree with something Cheny says. Palin was a disaster. She is too stupid to ever be president.

    July 29, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. James

    The biggest mistake in 2008, was OBAMA

    July 29, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. Bob

    I thought he had a heart problem not a brain problem. Good God the rest of the U.S. knew this as soon as she opened her mouth. The Republicans should be happy however because they created another millionaire.

    July 29, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Linda

    Who VP choice was worse? Bush (Cheney) or McCain's (Palin)? Cheney had 13% approval rating.

    July 29, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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