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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soundoff (591 Responses)
  1. the REAL TRUTH...

    @Mannycl – which country have you been living in for the last 4 years???? The class warfare has come from the grand obstructionist party's refusal to do anything for the country, or work with this administration. Given that their failed economic policies caused this mess, you'd think they might have some interest in fixing it and not pandering to the 1%.

    July 30, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Tex Ann

    Cheney calling anyone a mistake is such a laugh. BOTH Cheney & Palin are two of the worst mistakes EVER foisted on the American people.

    July 30, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Boodrow Malone

    The mistake in 2008 was Barack Obama not Sarah Palin.

    July 30, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Jaya

    If the media is supposed to be so liberally biased, how come we get these cute fluffy story-bites about an alleged war-criminal and the darling of a phony "grass roots" rightwing-extremist-religious-conservative manufactured "movement"? Gee, you'd think a "liberal media" would talk about things like corruption on Wall Street, climate change, gun control laws and affordable healthcare, instead of perpetuating a political culture based on trivial us vs. them tribal loyalties.

    July 30, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. DrScott622

    If she was a mistake then Cheney was the Titanic!

    July 30, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Rebecca

    Thank you, Captain Obvious. You're about four years late, but welcome to the party.

    July 30, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. shirlee

    it's like the choice the bush's made when they made you their V. P.

    July 30, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. truthfulgiant

    Of course, Bush's selection of Cheney was also a huge mistake.

    July 30, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Jersey George

    Sarah Palin, the very essence and proponent of strong, christian family values. Just ask her. Now, if her daughter got knocked up and her son knocked up a girl, what does this say about the Valley Girl from Alaska. Let me surmise. A humongous hypocrite to put it mildly.

    July 30, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. A Mistake?

    A mistake is forgetting to leave a decent tip, not having a paper towel to pick up your dogs doodoo from the sidewalk, calling someone Joe when their name is Frank. Palin is not a mistake she was a DISASTER you can credit George Bush for making Obama presidency possible and Sarah Palin for sealing the deal LOL.

    July 30, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. S-Hug

    Palin was the mistake in 2008. In 2012 it's Romney. He made a buffoon of himself in the U.K. #RomneyShambles

    July 30, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. shirlee

    I was taken back a bit by his comment "I have no regrets", in his mind there was no mistakes and he wouldn't have done ANYTHING differently? Scarey! I guess I'm glad he doesn't have acess to the activate swich any more!

    July 30, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. dreamer96

    Milo Minderbinder speaks....Disbanding the Iraqi Army was a much bigger mistake...sending 250,000 Iraqi troops home with no jobs, and no food...We should have used them like Patton used the Nazi's after the end of World War II..and given those Iraqi troops light arms..like pistols and rifles to guard the oil wells, the oil pipelines..the power stations, the Water pumping stations...Cleanup the cities, roads,..even hand out food in the cities...instead we sent them home with nothing...and within days those former Iraqi troops raided the arms depots, and blew up the Iraqi oil wells, the Iraqi oil pipelines...Looted the power stations and water pumping stations for copper, looted the cities for food and supplies and started making IED's and blowing up our troops...That was a much bigger mistake Mr. Milo Minderbinder...Your plan of using the Iraqi Oil to pay for the war, died when you disbanded the Iraqi army....

    July 30, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. American

    McCain chose Palin over Romney, which indicates Romney is the bigger mistake & sadly showing it on the world stage.

    July 30, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Mike

    Four years later, long after everyone else figured it out, Cheney finally gets it. What next? The Iraq war rationale was a fabrication? Nah...

    July 30, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. acf53

    So many Cheney haters out here. I bet that most of them don't even know what he did or didn't do while he was VP.

    July 30, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Michael

    Ah Dick...have a heart.

    July 30, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. vamom23

    Wow, it took him four years to figure that out? What a genius.

    July 30, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Mike

    If anyone would know about mistakes it would be Cheney.

    July 30, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Laurie in Spokane

    THANK you SO much for explaining that to us. You just now figured it out?, or felt we lowly creatures needed to have it spelled out for us.
    Palin, Cheney, Bush2 – all monstrous mistakes and please shut up and go far far away.

    July 30, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Greg

    If only he had said Romney was a mistake.

    July 30, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. SkiOne

    well, um, like duh? Although McCain wasn't going to win regardless, there was too much anti-bush blow back at the time

    July 30, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. sandra

    Cheney and Bush were two mistakes that cost America two wars that never should have been waged, billions of dollars, thousands of lost lives, thousands and thousands of disabled soldiers, AND the great Recession of 2009!! Granted Sarah Palin was a "mistake" for the Republican Party, but personally I truly believe that Cheney and Bush and Rice, were the WORST mistakes in political administrations for over 100 years!!

    July 30, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. HRPuckinfutz

    @acf53 – As VP (and really, he was more the President than W), he unnecessarily caused the deaths of nearly 5,000 Americans.

    July 30, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. etesot Obe

    Wrong Header!! Should be TRENDING: Republicans: Picking Romney in 2012 was a ' colossal mistake'

    July 30, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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