Cheney: McCain's process was a mistake, not Palin
August 6th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Cheney: McCain's process was a mistake, not Palin

(CNN) – She wasn't a mistake after all.

A week after asserting Sen. John McCain made a mistake in picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, former Vice President Dick Cheney clarified he thought the selection process itself was at fault.

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"It wasn't aimed so much at Gov. Palin as it was against the basic process that McCain used," Cheney said in an interview set to air on Fox News Monday, according to a transcript posted by TIME magazine.

Cheney continued, "My point basically dealt with the process in terms of that basic requirement, is this person prepared to step in to be president of the United States when they're picked? And it was my judgment – I was asked if I thought the McCain process in '08 had been well done or was it a mistake and I said I thought it was a mistake."

He added, "The process didn't meet the standards I would like to see our candidate pursue when they pick a running mate."

Cheney made his original remarks last Sunday, saying he thought 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 the next day, 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.

The former Alaska governor slammed Cheney Tuesday, saying the former vice president was being influenced by the "lame stream media."

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 lame stream 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.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It doesn't matter how the process that brought McCain to choose Palin because the process and the VP candidate were flawed. There must have been someone that told him he was going to lose and go big.

    August 6, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Dvet

    They were all mistakes. George jr. Dick cheney mitt sarah and whoever mitt pick as vp

    August 6, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. drake mallard

    GOOGLE "Cheney '94: Invading Baghdad Would Create Quagmire" dick cheney is the mistake.

    In this interview from April 15th, 1994, Dick Cheney reveals the reasons why invading Baghdad and toppling Saddam Hussein wouldn't be a great idea. He also stipulates that "not very many" American soldiers' lives were worth losing to take out Saddam during the Gulf War.

    August 6, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  4. mk1

    No Palin was a mistake, not a doubt in the world about that.

    August 6, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. JerseyGirl

    Poor Darth Cheney! Walking back what he said recently. What did lil Palin do to you?? Somebody needs his mommy! LOL.

    August 6, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. Slightly Left of Center

    Sorry, Dick, but you can't un-ring a bell. And Palin is one big dingaling.

    August 6, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  7. judith

    Cheney has a lot more in common with Lucifer; he no doubt made a bargain with the Prince of Evil many years ago. As for Sarah, she's a hopeless publicity junkie who never gets tired of her own shrieking voice. Perhaps they'll let her speak at 3 a.m. at the convention. Cheney and Bush, of course, will be no where to be seen because they only serve to remind the public of just how dreadful Republicans are at ruling. Cheney belongs in a jail cell for life, but I'm content he'll get justice on the other wide. If there is an afterlife, eternity is not a cheerful prospect for the lying war profiteer.

    August 6, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  8. Jeff in San Diego

    Wow. Why do Republicans giver her so much clout? She couldn't even finish one term as a governor, is despised by most independents and was a total embarrassment to the 2008 GOP election. Yet if she wants to shut down a former VP for saying what is on his mind and in his heart, she can do that? I thank the heavens everyday that I'm not a mindless Faux News enthusiast who sips on the Kool-Aid of Rush Limbaugh

    August 6, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  9. Craig

    That's ok Dick, we all know she was a mistake.

    August 7, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  10. Jon

    The quoted response by Palin is awesome. It just makes Cheney seem right.

    August 7, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  11. Leroy

    Dick Cheney gets the bronze medal for doing the backstroke....

    August 7, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  12. TB

    OMG! Is Dick Cheney bowing to Sarah Palin? It's a Sith tradition for the apprentice to kill the master once the apprentice becomes more powerful. Darth Haliburton had better watch his back...

    August 7, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  13. Jeff In Oregon

    No Dick – You had it right the first time, she was a huge mistake. Same mistake GW made.

    August 7, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    I smell a phone call from Rushby Limpy to Cheney.....

    August 7, 2012 02:41 am at 2:41 am |

    Look at the unhinged GOBP tea potty unravel with Mitt the twit as their so called nominee. Snooki Palin will make her move in Tampa now.

    August 7, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  16. bess moore

    What WAS he thinking?

    August 7, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
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