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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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To: duckman
The Republican Establishment in Washington just can't stand a Conservative, Male, Female, Black, White or other. It seems to offend their sense of capitulation. If anyone stands up for America they shiver in their boots, afraid that someone will say something bad about them. Cowards All.
51 posted on 07/29/2012 7:59:20 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Government is a parasite, sucking the lifeblood out of America.)
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To: dirtboy

Cheney is nothing more than a Bush family acolyte. As such, the Bush people believe in big government - so long as they and their hand-picked committee chairmen are controlling all the money. They believe in government spending at their core, so it’s not surprising Cheney would utter this stuff. Once the Republican Party has flushed out the Bushes and their family suck-ups (Cheney, Rove, Schmidt, et.al.), the McConnell’s, the Cantor’s and all of the other Progressive Republicans is when we can start to put real meaning in WE The People.


52 posted on 07/29/2012 7:59:20 AM PDT by antonico
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To: dirtboy
Never figured Dick for such a RINO>

Perhaps it's the cerebral hypoxia talking.

53 posted on 07/29/2012 7:59:56 AM PDT by Amagi (Chief Justice John Roberts is a traitorous weasel.)
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To: dirtboy

The push is on by the GOP, and has been for awhile now, to marginalize we Tea Partiers. It’s only going to get worse. We are to the GOP as blacks are to the RATS.


54 posted on 07/29/2012 8:00:06 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: dirtboy

Obama didn’t win because people didn’t feel Palin was ready (see Obama’s lack of experience as top of ticket, so there goes that argument).

McCain lost because the country was sick of Bush and Cheney.

And so here comes Cheney to rewrite history.

I hope Palin slams him today. But she probably won’t as she has more class than thee turds.


55 posted on 07/29/2012 8:00:21 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: dirtboy
Jeez.

What happens to good conservatives when they go to Washington???!???!??!?!?!?

56 posted on 07/29/2012 8:00:21 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I hate the Universe, and it hates me.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Yeah, that’s right. The American voters are so sophisticated and discerning, that they voted for a loser, who has nearly destroyed this country!


57 posted on 07/29/2012 8:00:40 AM PDT by old school
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To: dirtboy
I don't believe anyone of the GOP could have beaten Obama in 2008. The fix was in. Voter fraud all over the country. ‘Make history’ and vote for the first Black President. ETC! If McCain had won, the Dems would still have gotten everything they wanted with the Dem Senate (stolen) and the Dem House. McCain would have been blamed (like GWB was when the Dem House and Senate pushed through their agenda after the 2006 election) and we would still have been in a mess. Maybe not the mess we are in now, but close. We will have to weed out the traitors in every area of our Government if we want to return to a prosperous and successful country. GWB wanted to make nice with the Dems and look where it got him. Romney, are you listening?
58 posted on 07/29/2012 8:01:53 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: dirtboy

Nice that the guy who lacked the courage to run for President on his own slams the ticket that replaced him. Nice.


59 posted on 07/29/2012 8:02:00 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NC, FL, VA, OH, NV o/r IA = 271EV)
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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.

Then they should be democrats and stop feeding on the comatose body of the GOP. Moderates are nothing but lying, manipulative, bottom feeding scum. All of their holier than thou blather about compromise and reaching out is reserved for their friends on the left. They are the true purists who will never compromise with the right.

They need to man up and moderate the party that actually needs it.
60 posted on 07/29/2012 8:02:10 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: dirtboy

If Palin hadn’t been kept on such a short leash, she would have made the election results much closer. She was forbidden from coming out fighting. It’s like the GOP didn’t want to win.


61 posted on 07/29/2012 8:02:10 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: dirtboy; DoughtyOne; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; rabscuttle385; All
Memo

To: All dedicated followers of Sarah Palin
Re: You Already Know

HATE DICK CHENEY!
HATE DICK CHENEY!
HATE DICK CHENEY!


Before this is over, Dick Cheney will be slammed, slurred, smeared, and made the political equivalent of Jerry Sandusky, reviled and universally hated!

I want the concession stand for 'Dick Cheney Coronary Voodoo Dolls', I predict a land office business starting TODAY, in this thread!


(*ping* to Rabs for old time's sake, lol)
62 posted on 07/29/2012 8:02:38 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Lazamataz

I’d like to find out the politics of the person who donated Cheney’s hearts. Wonder if he was a bleeding heart libtard.


63 posted on 07/29/2012 8:02:38 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: dirtboy

Considering all that the last few years of Bush-Cheney did to contribute in ushering in Obama in the first place, it’s quite a laugh for Cheney to make this contention.

Oh, and right before the convention, this is they way to bring things together, by taking a gratuitous swipe at Palin? I’m to the point where the whole damned GOP can go eat a bowl of ground-up glass. I’ve watched and looked forward to every Republican convention on tv since 1976, and voted exclusively for the ticket my whole life, always believing I had a pretty strong ideological kinship going on. But g-ddam these bastards always piling onto Palin, who was the only reason I was remotely excited about voting in 2008. They attack her, they attack me and everything I stand for. The damn GOP can just go burn in hell!! That includes you, Cheney.


64 posted on 07/29/2012 8:02:45 AM PDT by greene66
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To: dirtboy

Doesn’t matter who Romney picks, they will demonize the choice.

Palin, Quayle, Agnew, Nixon, and yes, you too, Mr. Cheney, were mocked and vilified as VPs


65 posted on 07/29/2012 8:04:54 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: dirtboy
Did Cheney have a heart transplant or a brain transplant from Joe Biden?
66 posted on 07/29/2012 8:05:36 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: duckman
Hey Dick, how about the Community Organizer And Chief? Lot of experience there huh?

I believe has similar feelings about Obama, and if his thinking is that newcomers should not run for president or vice president, I wish he would have included that in his statement. He is wise enough to know how this will be used in the media. It is a reasonable belief that we want people with complete records and experience on the national stage as candidates and elected presidents. If he meant to single out only Palin, shame on him and I too question his decision capabilities.

67 posted on 07/29/2012 8:05:50 AM PDT by ilgipper ( November cannot come soon enough)
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To: dirtboy

C,mon Cheney
It wasnt about her “background”
She scared the hell out of the liberal establishment and that includes RINOs)
Why? Downs baby on her hip perhaps? A living rebuke to modern amoral culture


68 posted on 07/29/2012 8:06:15 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: mkjessup

69 posted on 07/29/2012 8:07:05 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: mkjessup

Dick Cheney is a national treasure. Don’t agree with him on this, but he is still in the tops in my book.


70 posted on 07/29/2012 8:08:10 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

He’s right! They should have put PALIN AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET!!!


72 posted on 07/29/2012 8:10:27 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: mkjessup

You’re a little late to the party.

Rabscuttle385 was banned quite awhile back.

http://www.freerepublic.com/~rabscuttle385/


73 posted on 07/29/2012 8:10:28 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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Cheney is GOP-e so no surprise here.

BTW Dick, what did you and Bush do to impede the spending orgy by Reid and Pelosi?

What did you do to stop the CRA?

What did yo do to stop the reckless spending by Hastert and the RINO’s?

Why did you put the Medicare Drug entitlement in place when the country has an entitlement tsunami coming towards us?

Why expend the Education Dept with no child left behind?

Why didn’t you go for real entitlement reform for SS and Medicare?

Instead of a temp tax cut which the dems play politics with why not a Flat tax?

Good job in the WOT but for the rest you and Bush suck, go away and take the Bush family and Rove with you.


74 posted on 07/29/2012 8:10:47 AM PDT by Leto
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To: SoFloFreeper
I think Sarah Palin is now doing what she was born to do, get conservatives into office. If she had been a truly determined candidate she would not have bailed out of the Gov of Alaska position when things got rough. She did it to protect her family as almost any mother would have done. I love her and love to listen to her speak and I am grateful for what she is doing now.
75 posted on 07/29/2012 8:12:22 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Happy Rain
DC is a good man but he is delusional on this...

Dick is great patriot and was the best VP ever. But I don't think he realizes that many of us feel like we don't need someone that has experience running the federal government. We need people that can begin to roll the government back towards it's mandated functions.

At this point the government is so large that nobody can control it.

It literally functions as a league of sovereign agencies manned by faceless bureaucrats who take reams of laws and decisions from courts, committees, czars, and interprets them as they see fit.

They all have their own PR divisions and lawyers to sue, leak information, or generate mountains of biased statistical reports to defend their priorities.

76 posted on 07/29/2012 8:12:22 AM PDT by oldbrowser (As long as Obama's records are sealed, any discussion of Romney's past is off limits.)
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To: F15Eagle
Rabscuttle385 was banned quite awhile back.

Try reading the whole post, my last line said "ping to Rabs for old time's sake".
77 posted on 07/29/2012 8:12:48 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: antonico
Cheney is nothing more than a Bush family acolyte. As such, the Bush people believe in big government - so long as they and their hand-picked committee chairmen are controlling all the money. They believe in government spending at their core, so it’s not surprising Cheney would utter this stuff. Once the Republican Party has flushed out the Bushes and their family suck-ups (Cheney, Rove, Schmidt, et.al.), the McConnell’s, the Cantor’s and all of the other Progressive Republicans is when we can start to put real meaning in WE The People.

Agree. Cheney is a Bush Acolyte, Chicken Hawk, and Gay Marriage Supporter.

78 posted on 07/29/2012 8:13:26 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: mkjessup

Ah, just saw the list. OK.


79 posted on 07/29/2012 8:14:41 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: F15Eagle
What’s your point Dick? Pick Jeb Bush?

Good question.

80 posted on 07/29/2012 8:15:30 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: mkjessup

well played


81 posted on 07/29/2012 8:16:20 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: Ditter

Cheney is just gay-rage sour grapes mad because his RINO buddy Dewhurst is about to go down in flames.


82 posted on 07/29/2012 8:17:10 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: nhwingut

Looks like you can dish it out, but you can’t take it, regarding my #71. No worries, I hit the abuse on your puerile graphic up there at #69.

Now get back to hating Dick Cheney, it’s all you got.


83 posted on 07/29/2012 8:17:10 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: jimbo123

I have helped Doohurts go down. I have voted for Cruz twice and I plan to vote for him again in Nov.


84 posted on 07/29/2012 8:20:53 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: dirtboy

I agree in part. Palin should have been running for POTUS rather than VP.


85 posted on 07/29/2012 8:22:58 AM PDT by bgill
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To: originalbuckeye
"I don't believe anyone of the GOP could have beaten Obama in 2008. The fix was in. Voter fraud all over the country. ‘Make history’ and vote for the first Black President."

The problem was, the Money Party - the moneyocracy funding & directing both parties - threw the election by securing the GOPe Judas goat (McCrisis is more Judas goat than RINO), but before they had Hillary solidly in place.

They screwed the pooch. They were down for 8 with Madame Cankles, now they're switching horses midstream; which is why you see Mittens getting a firehose of cash from GoldmanSachs 3:1 over Obama -- the same ratio Obama got over McCrisis! And GoldmanSachs doesn't lose elections...

86 posted on 07/29/2012 8:23:36 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NC, FL, VA, OH, NV o/r IA = 271EV)
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To: dirtboy

So, Romney would have been a better pick in 2008?

Mayb.

Romney going down with the sinking USS McCain would make it harder for him to be the ‘front runner’ this election cycle.


87 posted on 07/29/2012 8:24:18 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: dirtboy

This is Cheney’s opinion. Period.

I agree with him on some issues, and on other issues, not so much.

Sarah almost won the election for McCain. He lost it in spite of her, not because of her.

Cheney has been wrong before (IMO) and he’s wrong about this.


88 posted on 07/29/2012 8:24:18 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia (Boston's mayor is anti-Christian and anti-free speech.)
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To: nhwingut
I’d like to find out the politics of the person who donated Cheney’s hearts. Wonder if he was a bleeding heart libtard.

'hearts'? How many do you think he got?

No matter,

"FEEL the hate welling up in you, yes
it has made you STRONG!!!"

89 posted on 07/29/2012 8:24:27 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Ditter
I have helped Doohurts go down. I have voted for Cruz twice and I plan to vote for him again in Nov.

Dick Cheney and his testosterone-deficient GOP-e clones will be mad at you, just like they are at Sarah Palin.
90 posted on 07/29/2012 8:24:58 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: dirtboy

If after a set of grueling primaries for Vice President, Sarah were to be left standing... and THEN, she had to choose her President running mate, she would be making a BIG mistake were she to choose Romney.


91 posted on 07/29/2012 8:25:12 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: oldbrowser
"It literally functions as a league of sovereign agencies manned by faceless bureaucrats who take reams of laws and decisions from courts, committees, czars, and interprets them as they see fit."

It's Mandarinism gone mad. More Chinese than Chinese...

92 posted on 07/29/2012 8:25:33 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NC, FL, VA, OH, NV o/r IA = 271EV)
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To: dirtboy

Cheney should probably bear in mind that it wasn’t Sarah Palin who told the 2008 voting public that Obama would make a good president.


93 posted on 07/29/2012 8:26:20 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: SkyDancer

Exactly: {Palin carried that POS McCain.

He wouldn’t have gotten half as many votes as he got without her.

The mistake was in not picking her for President.

Cheney is full of chit on this one.

The mistake this year was in not running Bolton for President instead of the Mass. Liberal rich kid Romney.
Unfortunately republican picks come from a pack of RINO’s and not the rank and file republican.

McCain was a lousy candidate and any candidate who say’s we have nothing to fear by voting for his opponent, is an idiot of the first water.


94 posted on 07/29/2012 8:26:40 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: leprechaun9

My post #89 applies to you too.


95 posted on 07/29/2012 8:26:52 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: mkjessup; admin

I never once have hit ‘abuse.’ Must have been dmin or someone else. I can take debates. No matter how childish, i.e. You are all haters. Start hating.

Who uses language like that, other than the gay mafia and teenagers.


96 posted on 07/29/2012 8:27:56 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: dirtboy

The Mistake was the RNC picking the likes of Bob Dole and McInsane.


97 posted on 07/29/2012 8:28:14 AM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: BlatherNaut

The problem is that guys like Cheney are fine for fighting the democrats but not much else.

I fear that we’re wasting too much time fighting the democrats while we’re losing the ideological/cultural war.


98 posted on 07/29/2012 8:28:36 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: dirtboy

I think the problem here is that Palin is a social conservative, while Cheney himself is a libertarian who actively campaigns for gay marriage and has little if any interest in the social decay of the USA.


99 posted on 07/29/2012 8:29:12 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: arasina; F15Eagle

Quite right! Cheney is not a stupid man. There’s method to this madness.


100 posted on 07/29/2012 8:30:43 AM PDT by old school
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