Dick Cheney: Rand Paul is 'not familiar with the facts'
May 18th, 2014
02:09 PM ET
8 years ago

Dick Cheney: Rand Paul is 'not familiar with the facts'

(CNN) - In a response to comments by Sen. Rand Paul, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday he had no ties to Halliburton after he became vice president and during the Iraq War.

"I had no relationship at all with the company throughout the time that I was vice president. I didn't even talk to them," Cheney said on "Fox News Sunday."

"We kept totally at arm's length relationship," he continued. "So he obviously is not familiar with the facts."

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Paul came under hot water with some Republicans after a 2009 video surfaced in which he made a speech suggesting that Cheney pushed for the Iraq War out of his own corporate interests with Halliburton, an oil field services company where he once served as CEO.

The Republican senator from Kentucky, who's thinking about running for president in 2016, tried to clarify the 2009 remarks in an interview last month. He said he wasn't trying to question Cheney's motives, nor does he "think Dick Cheney did it out of a malevolence."

"But what I would say is that it isn't - there's a danger to having a revolving door from government to Wall Street and also from government to contractor back to government," he said in an interview with ABC News' Jonathan Karl. "There is a danger that your decisions could be influenced. And I think we have to be careful of that."

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  1. haaggus

    Rand Paul actually stands up for the average person, he realizes when socialism grows, it destroys our way of life. Obama is all about debt, spending, spying, drone bombing children, and stifling small businesses. Not to mention Obama used to smoke marijuana, but once he becomes president he's fine with prosecuting millions of people for the same thing he did. Horrible hypocrite, terrible leader.

    May 19, 2014 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  2. BeenThereDoneThat

    Former President Dick Cheney (Dubya was just a figurehead) isn't fooling anybody...and neither is Rand Dumb-Dumb Paul.

    May 19, 2014 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. centaur927

    Watching Paul walk back his remarks makes him look even more like the panderer he is.

    May 19, 2014 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  4. Dan

    Like cheney isn't a corporate shill, like we dont know about washington's revolving door, it isn't 2001 anymore

    May 19, 2014 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    C'mon CNN give us the key facts!!
    What was Cheney's shareholding % in Haliburton, and when was he a board director or not even if via nominees.
    The usual crappy post for gossip talk without real meaningful facts.

    May 19, 2014 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  6. Bob

    I'm dismayed and disappointed that major news outlets still interview, cover and promote Cheney. In any other profession an individual that failed so publicly and profoundly at their job wouldn't be glorified in the manner his celebrity enjoys. When you look at what happened to our nation on his watch (9/11, Iraq, shooting a man and the financial meltdown) the only thing this former government servant should be receiving is a cold shoulder, a turned back and the resolute silence of 'never again.'

    May 19, 2014 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
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