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. Darlene

    Yes Palin you are correct...after a while you all tend to eat your own......These two are like two peas in a pod. Two great "white" what a joke.

    August 1, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Jeff--Tacoma

    Actually when compared to Dick Cheney, and Mitt Romney, Sarah doesn't seem so bad.

    August 1, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. ShawnDH

    Yes it was a huge mistake, now GO AWAY SARAH PALIN.

    August 1, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. CathyinMN

    My suggestion to both of them is to go away as gracefully as possible. IF the media would just quit interviewing them, writing about them, following them, then the public would not be subjected to what either of them says. ENOUGH!

    August 1, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. bertha59

    When will Palin give up.

    August 1, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Russ139

    I was so hoping for a McCain-Palin victory... just for the inevitable White House wedding between Bristol and what's his name.

    August 1, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. GI Joe

    They're eating their own!!!!!!

    Loving it – let us hear more. Let the whole truth out. It will feel so good.

    August 1, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. where your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    well it appears that the love affair between Sarah Palin and the established GOP has ended. At one time Palin could say or do NOTHING wrong but lately the likes of Karl Rove and now Dick Cheney have been for the lack of a better term "dissing" her. Ont thing I am kind of suprised at though is she did come back at them....normally something she only does when attacked by the "evil left wing media".

    August 1, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. youngpauldispatches

    Get out the popcorn. Ain't nothing better than an internecine cage fight.

    August 1, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. materialman80

    Cheney calling Palin not qualified? That's like the pot calling the kettle black.

    August 1, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Charlie from the North

    Oh man, pass the popcorn I love this part.

    August 1, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Rudy NYC Democrats gleefully and silently watch the conservative civil war. The big government neo-con says, "Deficits don't matter." The narrowly focused Tea Partier says, "Let's default on our debts." Both are extremists in their own way.

    August 1, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Jesus Christ Superstar

    Seriously, PLEASE go hunting with each other. And bring a camera crew. I would pay to watch that!

    August 1, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Jenna NYC

    She never did like hearing the truth! Please go back to Alaska. Nothing personal, but you don't belong on a world stage. That is not to say that Dick Cheney has any credibility left. I'd like him to go away too.

    August 1, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |

    Can't stand Cheney, but he's right on this one. She was a pathetic choice, a huge blunder. Please, she uses the not clever "lamestream media" saying all the time. It's not funny and it's so tired. You are the lame one Sarah, go whine to your buddies on the Republican channel. You are irrelevant. Obama 2012!!!!!

    August 1, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Evelyn

    Don't know who spouts more nonsense, Cheney or Palin. While Cheney can actually form coherent sentences, he and Palin are neck and neck for absurdities, deprecating remarks and outright lies.

    Hello pot, meet kettle.

    August 1, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. TM

    Hey QUITTER, you're referring to the same person who when presented with the voter's overwhelming criticism of his actions while in office responded "So?". Dick Cheney is many things, but influenced by public opinion is NOT one of them. If HE says your selection was a mistake, and that you are fundamentally unqualified, it's time to pack up your reality TV carnival family and GO AWAY.

    August 1, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Rick Patel

    Five-time draft dodger Cheney isn't fit to clean the moose dung off Sarah Palin's hunting boots. Oh, and Sarah never shoots her hunting partners and waits for them to apologize, either.

    August 1, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Chuk

    No, you're not the ball, you're the mistake!

    August 1, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. winky

    Gop is playing the blame game!

    August 1, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Mike

    Cheney hit the nail on the head, this woman is a legend in her own mind. My beliefs have nothing to do with the "Lamestream" media, it is based upon her own stupid comments . She was and is underqualified and totally lacking in substance.

    August 1, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. JohnReedjr

    If she's the ball, too bad we can't hit her out of the ball park for good.

    August 1, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "saying the former vice president was being influenced by the "lamestream media.""

    Obviously a deep and analytical mind at work here.

    14:59....tick tock tick tock.....

    August 1, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |

    When I read her statements I can't get away from hearing her slow, deliberate and intellectually sophomoric statements.

    August 1, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. Robert

    Both of them need to fade into the background. And the term "lamestream" is as overused as a Kardashian's coochie. Both need to put a cork in it and disappear.

    August 1, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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