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Cheney walks back remark about Palin pick being ‘a mistake’

Former vice president Dick Cheney on Monday backed off his comment that it was “a mistake” for the GOP to pick Sarah Palin as its vice presidential nominee, suggesting the comment was more about the VP process than about Palin herself.

“It wasn’t aimed so much at governor Palin as it was against the basic process that (John) McCain used, “ Cheney told Fox News’s Sean Hannity in an interview airing Monday night. “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.”


Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, right, talks with Lonnie Robb, of Nazareth, Tex. on Saturday in LaVista, Neb. Palin was in the area after having lunch with Nebraska GOP senate candidate Deb Fischer. (Kent Sievers — AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald)

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Palin hits back at Cheney over ‘mistake’ comments

Sarah Palin is hitting back at former vice president Dick Cheney’s contention that her selection as the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee was “a mistake.”

Palin suggested that Cheney is buying into a false media narrative and, in the process, made a joke about the vice president’s quail-hunting accident in which he accidentally shot his friend. (Palin’s comments on Cheney begin at the 7-minute mark.)

“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 lamestream media, having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years,” Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News. “Evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff, and that’s a shame.”

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Cheney says picking Palin for V.P. was ‘a mistake’

This post has been updated.

Former vice president Dick Cheney said in an interview with ABC News that Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) decision to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008 was “a mistake.”

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“I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She – attractive candidate,” Cheney told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “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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