Palin to Cheney: Careful where you aim
August 1st, 2012
08:40 AM ET
9 years ago

Palin to Cheney: Careful where you aim

(CNN) – Don't expect to see Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney on an elk hunt anytime soon.

The former Alaska governor slammed Cheney Tuesday for his assertion that it was a mistake to put her on the 2008 GOP ticket, saying the former vice president was being influenced by the "lamestream media."

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Appearing to reference a now-infamous incident from 2006 when Cheney accidentally shot a campaign contributor on a quail hunt, Palin said sarcastically that Cheney was not known for his "misfires."

"Seeing as how Dick – excuse me, Vice President Cheney – never misfires, then evidently he's quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media, having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years, evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff and that's a shame," Palin said in an appearance on Fox News.

On Sunday, Cheney said in an interview he felt it was a "mistake" for then-GOP nominee John McCain to choose Palin as his running mate.

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.

McCain himself pushed back on Monday, saying he was proud of Palin and what the pair accomplished four years ago.

"I'm always glad to get comments four years later," McCain added sarcastically.

Palin said Tuesday the real mistake would have been turning down McCain's invitation to join the GOP ticket.

"Here's where the mistake would have been, I believe. If I had not answered the call," Palin said. "I was honored to run for the vice president of the United States alongside Sen. John McCain. I was honored to accept the nomination from the GOP."

Citing her approval ratings as governor, Palin said it would have been easier for her to "have hunkered down, live that luxurious live, if you will, in Alaska."

Quoting lyrics from Dire Straits, Palin said she was being targeted by members of her own party.

"Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger, baby, and sometimes you're the ball," Palin said. "Evidently, in these last months, per many many comments from those within the GOP establishment, I'm the ball."

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soundoff (587 Responses)
  1. Rosa, b'ham al

    Clearly it was a mistake. She lost right?

    August 1, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Tim

    He just reminds me of Ol' Man Potter from It's a Wonderful Life, the way he talks, tilts his head...scary. I say they both deserve each other...go at it.

    August 1, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. David in Houston

    The GOP has become a joke...

    August 1, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. korkea aika

    I'm no fan of Palin, and agree she should come no where near the highest office in the land. But there has been no greater mistake in US history to date than Bush-Cheney, the Great American Orphan Makers. 2 good men, McCain and Colin Powell were left for dead by Bush-Cheney. The great move toward Obama was in part a disgust with Bush-Cheney's "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" mismangement and moral bankrupcy.

    August 1, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    She really needs to stick to home economics.

    I just love the hypocritical irony behind her spoutrage at the "lamestream" media. Obviously, she has a dislike for the mainstream media despite her giving it an affectionate pet name. Seriously though, if she dislikes the "mainstream" then her preference is obviously for the the "ex-stream". She is an extremist, and proud of it. What is troubling is the level of support that she gets. Extremism is on the rise.

    August 1, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. cedar rapids

    "Seeing as how Dick – excuse me, Vice President Cheney – never misfires, then evidently he's quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media, having been written"

    'dick', 'lamestream media'..........jeez, how old is she? 10?

    August 1, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. John

    First of all Is that Dick Cheney was Right, that Saran Palin shouldn't had been Pick has John McCain running mate. And second why Is It every time that you Republican don't like something ,you all way Blame the MEDIA. If you can't stand the truth than get out of politic and or shut your mouth. And In Saran Palin case we all Know that Not going to happen, She has to much to Complain about other people. And she the One that Quit and make a fool out of her self and till doing It.

    August 1, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. TNPatriot

    These two irrelevant has beens are truly "Legends in their own minds", so the real question is WHY is the media giving either of them any attention?

    August 1, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |

    They should go hunting together-that would be great!

    August 1, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. daisy

    Sarah Pain, please go away.

    August 1, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  11. bassman

    Palin: "Sometimes you're the Louisvile Slugger, baby,and sometimes you're the ball" Love It. Our media jumped on VP Cheney's comments about her while they ignored the comments he made about Pres. Obama. Sometimes I wonder if our media cheer on any perceived failure by Palin.

    August 1, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. Florida Joe

    Poor Sarah
    You fail to understand that for once Cheney is right...........How ANYONE could think that you should be second in line for the Presidency..............And Sarah, if he is wrong why didn't you run this year to show everyone how wrong they were? Oh, I understand, couldn't face those tough "what magazines do you read" questions from the media....gottcha

    August 1, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. daisy

    I meant Palin, but she is a pain. Freudian slip.

    August 1, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Mark C

    Never thought I'd say this, but Dick Cheney got this one right

    August 1, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  15. Orwell seen it before

    It is so PC,

    Political Cannibals in love.

    August 1, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. Grady

    Dick Cheney watched "Game Change" at least five times...that is how he came to the conclusion that Sarah was a bad running mate.

    August 1, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |

    We will starve to death waitng for this clown( Palin ) to bring something to the table. One aleady has his expiration date and the other should go to the head of the line.

    August 1, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. grahame rhodes

    UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE. The only person she's fooling is herself serving self

    August 1, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    she is SO tiresome....She knows what Darth Vadar says is true but refuses to accept it. The "lamestream media" thing is the saddest excuse for this disgrace of a person.

    August 1, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. charles

    Typical Reperp. It's always the media's fault.

    August 1, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. Dave

    Get a clue, Sarah. With the exception of the drooling tea-party idiots, the vast majority of this country sees your for what you are – a self-centered, self-righteous nit-wit with the IQ of a canned ham. You aren't qualified to stuff burritos at Chipotle, let alone occupy the Oval Office. In other words, no one care what you think. Just shut up.

    August 1, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. JD

    Palin never could stand up under any criticism which only proves she was not presidential material.

    August 1, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It looks like Sarah has 'war crimes' Dick in her cross hairs. Both are locked and loaded with stupidity, hate, and deceit.

    August 1, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. VeryDave

    Never thought I would have ever been in agreement with much of what Dick Cheney said...but when I read his comments about Palin, he actually started to win me over!

    August 1, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. kevin

    If you are a ball...roll away hillbilly

    August 1, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
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