The Washington Post

GOP Rep. Walter Jones says Cheney likely going to hell

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) told a libertarian group in Raleigh, N.C.  on Saturday that former vice president Dick Cheney would likely wind up in hell for pushing the United States toward war in Iraq.

"Congress will not hold anyone to blame," Jones said, around the 35:30 mark in the video above. "Lyndon Johnson's probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney,"

Jones was delivering the keynote address at a conference for Young Americans for Liberty, an offshoot of former Rep. Ron Paul's (R) campaign apparatus. He praised former senator and secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel. He also called the Obama administration's drone policy unconstitutional.

Jones voted to authorize the Iraq war and famously recommended that the House cafeteria rename french fries as "freedom fries" before changing his position and becoming a staunch opponent of the war. He was one of only two Republicans to oppose the 2007 Iraq war surge strategy.

Natalie Jennings is a senior producer for Washington Post Video.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
The Republicans debate tonight. The New Hampshire primary is on Feb. 9. Get caught up on the race.
Heading into the debate...
Donald Trump returns to the Republican presidential debate stage Saturday night. Marco Rubio arrives as a sudden star, but fending off ferocious attacks from his rivals. Still glowing from his Iowa victory, Ted Cruz is trying to consolidate conservative support, while Ben Carson is struggling to avoid being typecast as the dead man walking.
Play Video
New Hampshire polling averages
Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in the next state to vote, but Marco Rubio has recently seen a jump in his support, according to polls.
New Hampshire polling averages
A victory in New Hampshire revitalized Hillary Clinton's demoralized campaign in 2008. But this time, she's trailing Bernie Sanders, from neighboring Vermont. She's planning to head Sunday to Flint, Mich., where a cost-saving decision led to poisonous levels of lead in the water of the poor, heavily black, rust-belt city. 
56% 36%
Upcoming debates
Feb. 11: Democratic debate

on PBS, in Wisconsin

Feb 13: GOP debate

on CBS News, in South Carolina

Feb. 25: GOP debate

on CNN, in Houston, Texas

Campaign 2016
State of the race

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.