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. Brian Macker

    "How many Americans are dead from their greed and avarice?"

    Yeah, it is so greedy of Cheney to give 75% of his income to Charity and undermine the profits of the company he used to be in by opening Iraq and giving foreign companies equal bidding rights.

    July 29, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Bob

    as a conservative – Cheney was maybe the worst VP ever ranking right up there with Dan Quayle

    July 29, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Bob

    However, the worst elected official in history is obama. A failed presidency if there every was one.

    July 29, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. VoxVerum

    "...he served as Bush's number two for eight years." *hee hee* Nice one CNN.

    July 29, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Scott

    Well said from a bad VP pick himself who had a final approval rating of 13%. Takes one to know one and the smartest thing Cheney has ever said (even if much after the fact). Well done Dick!

    July 29, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |


    maybe you should follow your handle and get over it! Obama is the POTUS now and likely until 2016!!

    July 29, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. DaveB

    I'm a Democrat. I don't agree with much that Sarah Palin says. Yes. She was only a governor for two years. That's still two more years of executive experience than Obama. She was more experienced to be Vice President than Obama was to be President. Handing out pamphlets on the corners of Chicago streets does not prepare one for the presidency.

    July 29, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |

    "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtains!"Cheney-Bush 2000 to 2008.WORST Admininstration this country has ever had to suffer through.Bush,Cheney and Rove set this country back 20 years!

    July 29, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. John

    They make a Mistake last time when they pick Saran Palin has John McCain Running mate, and they are making a mistake this time with picking Mitt Romney has there pick to run for President.

    July 29, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Milton K. Wiah

    Chenney is one of those Americans who have vague idea about politics in America. MCcain was a mistake
    and so is Mitt Romney this year.
    The good pick by republicans was 1980-1988.

    July 29, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Truth Today

    Cheney...Cheney...Cheney....He has a new heart at the expense of a younger, less affluent person who needs a heart...His mouth will eventually cause his new heart to succumb to his brazen vocalness without self-regulation. As much as I might agree with him, I don't think he should be speaking about someone's pick.

    July 29, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. the situation

    this coming from the man that is probably noted as the most hated VP in American History. He right about Palin, but at this point no one wants to hear from Dick

    July 29, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Truth Today

    Slow learners. His performance reflected he was also a bad pick.

    July 29, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. BK

    Wow what a revelation!

    July 29, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Sammie

    Duh ... Dick, my dog even knew that!

    July 29, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Lucy

    And this year, the VP choice will probably be a mistake too. Romney already said he would pick a pro-life (ie, anti-abortion) candidate, so you can kiss the independent vote good-bye. Romney is trying to appeal to the extreme right, the RL followers, without realizing those people will vote for him regardless because they don't want Obama to win again. But independents won't go for that, so Romney listening to the extreme right is a big mistake that will result in an Obama second term

    July 29, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. judith

    Having the old devil Cheney call you a bad pick? I almost feel some sympathy for the train wreck that is Palin. Cheney was the worst choice ever for Vice President because he manipulated the gullible Bush and the most criminal, blood-thirsty and war mongering man ever to rise to such a high position. No wonder Cheney is the most unpopular politician in modern memory.

    July 29, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Lucy

    There were many problems with the Palin pick: not only was she not ready for the job, but she has views that could set women back 100s of years.

    July 29, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Condi Rice turned down the VP pick and we all know she's more than qualified and Palin could have done the same, but she didn't. Palin lacked the intelligence to know she wasn't qualified and only she is responsible for disqualifying herself by making a fool of herself on National stage.

    July 29, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Pander Bear

    So says the second worst pick for VP in history.

    July 29, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Dave

    Wow, this is a banner day. I find myself agreeing with Dick Cheney.

    July 29, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. enuff

    Go back to Jackson and stay there Cheney. That town thinks it's own individual state anyway. go be president there. Sincerely, Cheyenne.

    July 29, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Clandestine

    Although I agree that Palin was a poor choice Chaney was the worst. Chaney should be tried and executed for treason.

    July 29, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. stevetall

    Takes one to know one, Skeletor!

    July 29, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. us_1776

    Cheney was a worse VP pick than Palin.


    July 29, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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