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. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    HILARIOUS watching Guns Over People teatards walk the plank toward another November. They are desperate.

    May 18, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. True Patriot

    If Dick Cheney thinks we aren't aware that he made lots of money from the unnecessary wars he started - regardless of the "official" whitewash of the situation - then he is exhibiting the same contempt for the American people as when he was in office.

    May 18, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. king

    Oh hell the fact man speaketh. I repubs dont like fact its like cryptonite to them

    May 18, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Rand Paul has a point, about the revolving door........but, the VP has to do the same things as the President, when assuming office, and sever ties with corporations and place investments in blind trusts.

    May 18, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. nintex

    Dick Cheney: "Rand Paul is not familiar with the facts."

    The rest of the country: "Rand Paul is not familiar with reality."

    May 18, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. traderron

    Mr. Cheney didn't have to talk to Halliburton to know that his war would profit the company beyond his wildest dreams. A neocon is a neocon is a neocon.

    May 18, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. matt

    I can't believe all the libtards on here defending Neocon Dick Cheney. It must be because Obama and Cheney have so much in common.

    Both wanted war with Syria last year
    Both support our indefinite Afgan war
    Both want Guantanamo open
    Both support force feeding detainees on hunger strike
    Both say it's OK to murder citizens abroad using drones without due process.

    I could go on and on.

    You should really study history and not trust government so much. Stop fearing the constitution. Open your minds a little and you will see the light.

    May 18, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Mr Cheney is in another league then Rand Paul .

    Darth Vader Vs Aqua Buddha !

    May 18, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Aaron

    Rand Paul said that as a private citizen before being elected to the Senate. I bet many private citizens could draw that conclusion. I know I certainly did......

    May 18, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. beardie

    I see his mouth move but all I hear is blah blah blah blah

    May 18, 2014 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. don in albuquerque

    Whoever gave this guy his last heart................they want it back.

    May 18, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. sad state of affairs

    A company he owned got a contract, 52$ for a paper plate, cup, spork, sent to Afghanistan from New England, one of several .

    May 18, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    It's obvious nintex is not connected to realty. Nothing to see here folks, move along now.

    May 18, 2014 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Mr war criminal who made a ton of money on his lie of a war.
    That heart should have been giving to somebody worthy of being alive.
    I take it he has been given his marching orders by the kochs to bury Paul?

    May 18, 2014 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. just me

    Interesting that he didn't say his financial ties with them were severed. Just his social ones. Well, ok then!

    May 18, 2014 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Mr 902

    A republican not familiar with the facts noooooooo say it ain't true

    May 18, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    -yes, Laden sleeping in Pakistan happily, collecting money 30 billion yearly by Musharraf., know the facts?

    May 18, 2014 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Wade Early

    I can understand why alot of Republicans, AND many Democrats, would like to hear Ronald Reagan speak from the grave...BUT....Dick Cheney speaking from the grave, is just plain creepy!....He is a bold-faced liar, and doesn't give a crap about the problems that most Americans are trying to deal with......With him...it's ALL about HIM!!!...RIP Dick!!!

    May 18, 2014 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. Jay

    "Stand Down" says big D. Cheney to the military during 9/11.
    Norm Minetta knew the facts.

    May 18, 2014 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. rick

    Cheney, along with other members of the Bush administration, [wolfowitz, rumsfeld,etc.] were authors of the "PROJECT FOR A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY] where they called for the "NEED FOR ANOTHER PEARL HARBOR" in order to further their agenda in the middle east, they're all war criminals

    May 18, 2014 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. malibujim

    Are you going to tell me that it was just a coincidence that Halliburton got all those no bid contracts ?

    May 18, 2014 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. John McShea

    Rand Paul tells the truth and Dick Cheney denies it – not real news but at least someone is finally saying it. I don't think I imagined most news networks showing the twin towers burning on one side of the screen and Saddam Hussein on the other when GWB was giving Saddam 48 hours to leave Iraq. Anyone who knows anything about that region konws that Iraq was not a fundamentalist theocracy but was a socialist dictatorship. In any case, those images were put on the screen on purpose to deceive the American public into believing it was Saddam who caused 911. How stupid.

    May 18, 2014 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  23. twalk

    Dick Cheney lies about the facts. HE is one evil man.

    May 18, 2014 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  24. Jon

    Dick Cheney knows the facts but you'll never get them from him. Chicken hawk coward content to send America's sons to do a duty he shirked when it was his time. One of the more revolting figures of my lifetime and there have been a slew of them.

    May 18, 2014 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  25. zetabeta5

    It is amazing to hear Dick Cheney talk about someone "knowing the facts". He was part of an Administration that "sold" the Iraq war to the American people with tall tales about the Iraqis having little wooden planes that they could launch from fishing boats off the U.S. coast carrying destructive weapons ...and a biological weapons lab inside a van on the Iraqi highways....What he didn't say is that his Halliburton stock was possibly still owned by him in a blind trust and the no bid contracts made him a very, very great deal of money....

    May 19, 2014 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
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