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Dick Cheney: Picking Sarah Palin for VP Was 'A Mistake'
Yahoo/ABC News ^ | Jonathan Karl

Posted on 07/29/2012 7:38:46 AM PDT by dirtboy

Dick Cheney has some advice for Mitt Romney on choosing a running mate: Don't pick another Sarah Palin.

In his first interview since receiving a heart transplant in March, Cheney told ABC News, that John McCain's decision to pick Palin as his running mate in 2008 was "a mistake" - one that it is important from Romney not to repeat.

It's subject on which Cheney has some unique experience. He helped Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush lead their vice presidential searches and, of course, served as vice president for eight years. He's also privately offered some advice to both Romney and Beth Myers, who is leading Romney's search for a runningmate, on the process.

Cheney would not comment on what he told Romney and Myers, but he was harsh in his assessment of McCain's decision to pick Palin.

"That one," Cheney said, "I don't think was well handled."

"The test to get on that small list has to be, 'Is this person capable of being president of the United States?'"

Cheney believes Sarah Palin failed that test.

"I like Governor Palin. I've met her. I know her. She - attractive candidate. But based on her background, she'd only been governor for, what, two years. I don't think she passed that test…of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake."

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And George W. Bush doesn't bear any blame for the state of the GOP in the 2006 and 2008 elections after eight years in office?
1 posted on 07/29/2012 7:38:51 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

And if McCain hadn’t picked Sarah he would have gone down to an even more humiliating defeat. The only reason he got as many votes as he did was because of Palin.


2 posted on 07/29/2012 7:40:20 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: dirtboy

Palin did not lose the election for McCain. McCain lost the election for McCain.


3 posted on 07/29/2012 7:41:16 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: dirtboy

These clowns gave us all the debt, two wars, and Obama. Go away!


4 posted on 07/29/2012 7:41:40 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: dirtboy

As Sarah repopulates the senate with conservatives, we’ll look back and thank John McCain for that “mistake.”


5 posted on 07/29/2012 7:41:40 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: dirtboy

“she’d only been governor for, what, two years?”

Yeah, Dick. And Obama had been a junior senator for, what, two years? And the liberals were as much in love with him as the hate they generated for Palin.

What’s your point Dick? Pick Jeb Bush?


6 posted on 07/29/2012 7:42:25 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SkyDancer
Exactly. Palin was the only thing that gave McCain a fighting chance against the Bush legacy in 2008, but he managed to squander it.

The GOP-E just cannot stand the notion that they bear the blame for Obama's election. So they demonize Palin, even though she is at the forefront of the Tea Party movement that brought the GOP back in 2010.

7 posted on 07/29/2012 7:42:25 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy
DC is a good man but he is delusional on this...

...without Sarah, McCain would have lost so badly Obama would have had a SUPER mandate to wreck the country...

Dickie you are great but your GOP-e slip is showing.

8 posted on 07/29/2012 7:42:54 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Obamacare like all Marxist fails, outlaws redress before creating it's demand.")
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To: dirtboy

What he appears to be saying is “don’t pick a veep who makes you look like the political hack loser you are, like McCain did.”


9 posted on 07/29/2012 7:43:20 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: dirtboy
The mistake was Juan McShame

10 posted on 07/29/2012 7:43:57 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: dirtboy

It’s unbelievable that someone of his intellect can be so thoroughly and completely wrong on such an important subject.

It makes me think I should re-evaluate my estimation of his intellect.

The ONLY thing that boosted McLame’s lame campaign was Palin’s presence.

That’s such an obvious fact that I really have to question the high esteem I’ve always held Cheney in. Maybe I was wrong.


11 posted on 07/29/2012 7:44:09 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: dirtboy

“But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test…”

Hey Dick, how about the Community Organizer And Chief? Lot of experience there huh?


12 posted on 07/29/2012 7:44:09 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: dirtboy
I think it will be very important for Romney to pick someone with significant and proven executive experience. He needs to hammer home the message that he and his running mate have demonstrated ability in making the hard decisions that will get the country back on track, while Obama prefers playing golf and taking vacations to actually governing.

In McCain's case, he needed to make a "splash", but picking someone with minimal experience diluted any ability to attack Obama's inexperience. No matter who he picked he wasn't about to win. Hard to criticize the decision too harshly...

13 posted on 07/29/2012 7:44:29 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: dirtboy

i’m pretty sure the real mistake was W not choosing a VP who was willing to take over the reigns


14 posted on 07/29/2012 7:45:45 AM PDT by jjw
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To: the invisib1e hand

What he seems to be doing is attempting to shirk any blame the Bush years had for the electoral catastrophes in 2006 and 2008. Politicians like Palin have been proven to be the cure for that.


15 posted on 07/29/2012 7:46:11 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

I respect McCain for his service. But as a politician he’s the president of the RINO’s. America, as great as it is, cannot come up with a leader? Obama, McCain, Romney???? Good grief!!


16 posted on 07/29/2012 7:46:39 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: dirtboy

That’s right ole DC—McLame should have picked your daughter instead. Gay/Lesbo family values would have been the winning ticket on the VP slot in 08. Ask Romney to pick the daughter for VP. Ugghhhhha


17 posted on 07/29/2012 7:46:47 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: F15Eagle

The point isn’t, “Obama isn’t qualified so it doesn’t matter what GOP qualifications are.”. The point is, “she wasnt experienced enough in the eyes of the voter.” and he’s right. Whether she’s capable enough or not, it was an argument against the GOP that media could and did run with.


18 posted on 07/29/2012 7:47:20 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: dirtboy

Hey Dick, you’re not supposed to dis the conservatives until AFTER the election. Didn’t you get the GOP-e memo?


19 posted on 07/29/2012 7:47:33 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: dirtboy

This statement served no purpose other than making Cheney look reasonable to lefty elites.

It divides the base. It fires up tea partiers to question the GOP-e. It’s just a bad PR move.


20 posted on 07/29/2012 7:48:01 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: dirtboy

IOWs, don’t pick Susana Martinez?


21 posted on 07/29/2012 7:48:29 AM PDT by tiki
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To: dirtboy

ABC is once again unable to tell the truth.

The quotes are from Ms. Dicke Cheney of Aruba.


22 posted on 07/29/2012 7:49:06 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: the invisib1e hand
The point is, “she wasnt experienced enough in the eyes of the voter.” and he’s right.

That is utter horsecrap, given Obama's lack of experience - it wasn't an impediment for him to win.

23 posted on 07/29/2012 7:49:29 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

I’d like to hear what Liz Cheney has to say on this subject. Her husband has GOPe dementia. Bush and McLoser are the TWO asshats who fathered Soetoro.


24 posted on 07/29/2012 7:49:59 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: tiki
There is a minor difference. Martinez was a prosecutor for 14 years.
25 posted on 07/29/2012 7:51:51 AM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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To: dirtboy
That is why I voted for McCain was because of Sarah Palin..She to me was a breath of fresh air...
26 posted on 07/29/2012 7:52:04 AM PDT by PLD
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To: dirtboy

No purpose is served by such whining from Cheney.

Did he have anything to say about how the Republican party went from one of its strongest postions ever after the election to 2004, to one of its weakest positions ever after the election of 2008 - after eight years of Bush and Cheney and Rove, etc.?


27 posted on 07/29/2012 7:52:07 AM PDT by Will88
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To: SkyDancer
And if McCain hadn’t picked Sarah he would have gone down to an even more humiliating defeat. The only reason he got as many votes as he did was because of Palin.

I agree; but that says more about McCain's weakness that Palin's strength.

The Cult of Palin cannot understand that a national ticket must have broad appeal. Palin excited the hard right - but, she amused or scared the mushy middle. And the mushy middle is who decides elections.

28 posted on 07/29/2012 7:52:18 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: dirtboy

Dick Cheney is a very good man—and he deserves to have his opinion respected even if some don’t agree with him.

C’mon, folks. We’re bigger and better than the name-calling. Cheney didn’t attack Palin personally; he made a judgement based on the politics.

The long run will show that Palin’s presence in our body politic is a positive—she is helping REAL conservatives gain ground in contests. Her work in these elections (2010, 2012 and beyond) may be more important than anything she could have done as a VP for Juan McStupid.


29 posted on 07/29/2012 7:52:28 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: tiki
Martinez would be a vast improvement over many potential choices I have seen floated. Experience can be gained, but poor principles tend to last a lifetime.

But from what I have read, Martinez isn't interested. She probably realizes she would get Palin-ized.

30 posted on 07/29/2012 7:52:45 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: tiki
Martinez would be a vast improvement over many potential choices I have seen floated. Experience can be gained, but poor principles tend to last a lifetime.

But from what I have read, Martinez isn't interested. She probably realizes she would get Palin-ized.

31 posted on 07/29/2012 7:52:56 AM PDT by dirtboy
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He picked Dole - how’d that work out ? I love Dan Quayle and I love Sarah Palin - it’s just another Pal-in-sult from the guys that don’t do anything but reap the cushy spots from folks that do - like Palin. Love DC too, but left to himself he’s still be pondering if TEA was a good thing for the United States.


32 posted on 07/29/2012 7:53:25 AM PDT by major-pelham
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To: don-o

Ah, so nice to hear from the GOP-e.


33 posted on 07/29/2012 7:53:54 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: dirtboy

We loved Sarah. She made us come alive. She was our only hope.
She was a princess in shining armor. We sent money because of her.

Alas, she just didn’t have enough to get McLame over the fence.
No one could have done any better.
McLame was not to be president no matter what.

The powers behind n0bama were well underway and is still going strong.


34 posted on 07/29/2012 7:53:57 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's Welfare, Food Stamps, Division and Disability 'Legacy')
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To: the invisib1e hand

She had more real experience than Obama, which many idiot voters chose instead.

And they fed on the liberal hate machine which has never let up since day one.

But she’s not a polished liar like Obama is, that’s for sure.


35 posted on 07/29/2012 7:54:06 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: dirtboy

Cheney is on the short-list - maybe 3 political figures - who I continue to admire even though he made that kind of statement about Governor Palin. Whatever one’s views about Palin’s qualifications, it serves no purpose to give aid and comfort to the vicious Leftist scum and repulsive careerist RINOs who make a living attacking a courageous American patriot, Sarah Palin.


36 posted on 07/29/2012 7:54:19 AM PDT by BCrago66
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To: dirtboy

Cheney can have any opinion he wants, he gets no criticism from me.


37 posted on 07/29/2012 7:54:19 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: dirtboy
I like Cheney for a number of reasons, but this time he's wrong.

It's my hope that Sarah Palin leads the Republican party to winning candidates, at all levels, in November.

Go Sarah!

38 posted on 07/29/2012 7:54:22 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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Cheney is an authority on mistakes because he certainly made more than his fair share, including some real boners, while serving as SecDef under GHWB.


39 posted on 07/29/2012 7:55:08 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: SkyDancer

What is amazing to me is that the GOP-e stedfastly ignore that. I suspect they do know it, but are in denial. ‘08 was the last time I voted for a candidate who was “better than the other guy”. They haven’t heard that message yet.


40 posted on 07/29/2012 7:55:21 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: don-o
Palin excited the hard right - but, she amused or scared the mushy middle. And the mushy middle is who decides elections.

And, once again, I call horsecrap. Palin helped McCain to a lead in the polls, and then McCain utterly botched his handling of the financial crisis. He never recovered, so his handlers stabbed Palin in the back.

If Palin is such a lead balloon, then reconcile your claim with the fact that she has helped so many candidates win elections, and is a much-sought-after endorsement for so many pubbies.

41 posted on 07/29/2012 7:55:49 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

Nominating Romney has reinvigorated the moderates and we’re back to square one.


42 posted on 07/29/2012 7:55:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SkyDancer
And if McCain hadn’t picked Sarah he would have gone down to an even more humiliating defeat.

True, although I don't think Cheney was saying that. In commenting that she was an attractive candidate, he was acknowledging that she was pulling in voters. That does not mean she was ready to be CIC in his mind.

43 posted on 07/29/2012 7:56:34 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: cotton1706
As Sarah repopulates the senate with conservatives, we’ll look back and thank John McCain for that “mistake.”

She is on record having backed RINOs at the expense of conservatives.

44 posted on 07/29/2012 7:57:46 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: dirtboy

This proves, beyond a doubt, Cheney’s new heart came form a libTard.


45 posted on 07/29/2012 7:57:59 AM PDT by DeadFurrow (Your rights end where mine begins.)
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I’ve heard it said the presidency is unique and nobody’s truly prepared for it.
And if anyone is, it’s probably Hillary Clinton, who lived in the White House for 8 years and was married to the President.
So if preparedness is the criterion, Hillary’s the answer.
Surely Cheney wouldn’t endorse her.

But there are other qualities to be considered. Like whether someone’s an American from top to toe and right through to the core. Their life experience, their values, their vision.

And btw, Palin didn’t spend her brief time in the governor’s office doing photo ops and hugging scouts. Nor did she get there by being somebody’s wife. She rose the old-fashioned way: effort and merit.

I like Cheney but this from him is very disappointing.


46 posted on 07/29/2012 7:58:38 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (If you believe what you're saying, quit making taxable income.)
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To: dirtboy

That was basically my reply as well.

Cheney’s giving lip service to the GOP-E, who have made themselves out to marginalize Palin as well. I don’t agree with every single thing she’s said but they’re all bending to the liberal hate machine poisoning the minds of potential voters for 4 years.


47 posted on 07/29/2012 7:58:38 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: dirtboy

Eh tu Dick?


48 posted on 07/29/2012 7:58:54 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: dirtboy

It would have been so easy for him to give good advice on picking a VP running mate without mentioning Palin at all.
Just seems rude and crude to me.


49 posted on 07/29/2012 7:59:02 AM PDT by kanawa
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To: dirtboy

Screw Cheney. Ran up the debt and 2 idiotic and pointless wars. And I don’t want to get into some long debate about that. I believe they were pointless and idiotic.

So screw him and his neocon bunch.


50 posted on 07/29/2012 7:59:08 AM PDT by hitchwolf
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