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."

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

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."

- Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.

Filed under: Dick Cheney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (587 Responses)
  1. GRS62

    Why is this news? Cheney and Palin are both fringe personalities at best. Neither has a future in politics and each is trying to further their own financial interests by creating headlines, which sell books, gets interviews and keeps their faces on TV. Let them fade away, as God intended.

    August 1, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. bp

    History will never forgive John McCain for putting his country at risk with his selection of Sarah Palin. The prospect of only a 72-year old, 2-time cancer survivor (McCain) being between that creature and the Presidency was truly terrifying.

    August 1, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Susan

    Sarah Palin was a great choice. That is why President Obama won the election. Don't let facts get in the way and remember to blame the media for reporting what you say. I guess "Lame Stream Media means anything but Rush Limbugh and Faux News.

    August 1, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Jeb

    Palin would be the perfect VP running mate for Romney.

    She can't answer basic questions and he's got two answers for every question.

    August 1, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Conrad Murray

    saying the former vice president was being influenced by the "lamestream media" she only talks to Fox news and considers "What newspapers and magazines do you read? GIVE US ONE as an example" a gotcha question.

    you always find the same lunatics who defend her and Bachmann, and for the same reasons.

    August 1, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Reddog9500

    Chaney hit a home run. Obama had a good laugh over the opposition picking that lame-brain. And when it comes to being "right on target", Palin couldn't hit a carabou at 150 feet, much less 150 yards unless somebody cycles the rounds in her bolt action rifle for her and she's able to take 5 or 6 shots at the same animal (that just stood there). I don't know what McCain was thinking. It cost him a chance at being elected, that's for sure.

    I'm hoping that the GOP chooses Michelle Bachman this time around for Romney's running mate. That'll be a hoot!

    August 1, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Sal

    I don't like dick cheney, but he knows that palin wasn't qualified to have been the vice president. She blames his criticism on the media which is a joke. It's only because she doesn't see herself as a loser. 

    August 1, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Pam from Iowa

    I would like to see Cheney and Palin go hunting together!
    We could get a pool going as to who would get shot! It would be a toss up!!!

    August 1, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Luke Brown

    Let's see.

    a. How many innocent people died or were maimed for life needlessly because of the influence of Vice-President Dick Cheney? Answer: between 200,000 and 800,000.

    b. How many innocent people died because Sarah Palin was nominated for Vice-President? Answer: Zero.

    Conclusion: More people suffered and died because of George Bush's VP pick than John McCain's.

    August 1, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Marty

    The mistake was McCain's offering her the VP slot.

    August 1, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. mike

    Who cares what they think of each other. We all know that History will not be kind to them.

    August 1, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. NateFromIndiana

    I can understand why she's ticked off, but the wiser, more statesmanlike reaction to her situation would be to have some humility and use her 2008 experience to grow as a person. What she's doing instead is just digging in her heels, blaming all her shortcomings on other people, and arresting her own development.

    August 1, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. nik green

    Cheney should be in jail for life, for his part in the mass murder of 3000 Americans.

    Why did Cheney schedule 19 war games on the morning of 9/11, mimicking exactly what happened that morning, and preventing the USAF from intercepting the rogue planes? 

    Why did Cheney alter the NORAD-FAA scramble protocol to require PERMISSION from the Defense Sec. (Rumsfeld) for F-15/F-16 pilots to intercept rogue or off-course planes? Without that deliberate alteration, the 9/11 commandeered planes would have been quickly intercepted by the military.

    Why did Cheney tell Norman Mineta (Transportation Sec) that "the orders still stand" when he was questioned by a young official about a plane quickly approaching the Pentagon? These orders were clearly NOT to shoot down AA77, because it reached its intended target.

    Why did Cheney "hold Bush's hand", and insist the President and Vice President appear together, when interviewed by the so-called 9/11 Commission, with no cameras, no transcripts, no unscreened questions and no recordings"?

    Cheney was a member of the PNAC which CALLED for an event like 9/11, in order to effect an agenda which had been planned since the mid 1990s.

    Cheney has some questions to answer, and nobody from the corporate weasel "Lamestream" media has yet dared to ask him.

    August 1, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. mm

    "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."

    A ball, is a ball, is a ball. With any luck you'll be hit out of the park. Bub-bye, Sarah! (as the crowd cheers)

    August 1, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Peter

    Palin sounds like a little brat with her silly phrase "lamestream media" and all of her "gosh, ah shucks, golly" talk.

    How anyone could consider her Presidential material is beyond me.

    August 1, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. anagram_kid

    Ancient Texan wrote, “ She's 100 times smarter than the current VP.” Can you show your math for that calculation? I think you forgot that any number times zero (Palin’s qualifications) equals zero.

    August 1, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Common Sense

    It's so nive to see them play nice. A quitter and a bigger draft deferment getter than Slick Willy going at each other, how quaint. But Ihate to admit it Cheney made a good point. Whether he was just saying the truth or taking a shot, the choice by McCain wasn't the best of moves. This country just wasn't ready for a woman to be VPOTUS at that time and if I were Mitt I'd take that as a cue in a VP selection. Maybe in the near future this country will realize that there are a lot of women in this country more than capable of being a POTUS or VPOTUS or both at the same time and may Mrs. Palin is one of them, NOT!!!

    August 1, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. solex

    Seems to me that Cheney did a lousy job of vetting Palin. He thought having a woman on the ticket would help his chances, but discovered too late that she was little more than a prettier Michelle Bachman.

    August 1, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. PushingBack

    When the irrelevant attack, next on Fox!

    August 1, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. gameday driver

    Yeah, because it was the media that fabricated her 2 year blip as governor and lack of foreign or national policies, not the facts. Thanks Cheney for saying something about Palin, so she can extend her 15 minutes.

    August 1, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. freedomringingnow

    Looks like Romney can't run on his Bain record OR his Massachusetts record OR his tax record –

    He can't run on his war record..... but he was a draft dodger and playboy in Paris while claiming Morman religion.

    So a commander in chief that is afraid to wage war...... Good One!

    Hey SARAH your actually looking smarter than Mittons.....

    August 1, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. No You're Stoopid

    It's nice to see that after all these years, Sarah Palin still can't put a single coherent sentence together. Say what you will of her, but at least she's consistent(ly stupid).

    August 1, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. clear

    This "repartee" reveals another reason why Sarah Palin (and John McCain for that matter), was a bad choice. She has to respond to every criticism with ad hominem arguments. If she has substantive objections, she should raise them. Her lack of facts to back her objections leads me to believe the criticism is valid. She was not ready, she is not ready, and she never will be ready to be President.

    August 1, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. James K.

    Palin's quote pretty much sums up why she's the Queen "B"

    August 1, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Beadles

    Sarah – please just go away. You were a brief "flash in the pan."

    August 1, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24