Cheney Tries to Walk Back Palin Comments

Dick Cheney received a significant amount of criticism for his comments about the choice of Sarah Palin as vice presidential candidate being a “mistake” — even his daughter Liz Cheney objected — and in an interview, the former vice president tried to stress that he primarily objected to the McCain’s campaign’s process for candidate selection.

“It wasn’t aimed so much at Governor Palin as it was against the basic process that McCain used…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?” Cheney said in an interview set to air on Fox News Channel’s Hannity tonight. “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. That’s not…meant so much as a criticism of Governor Palin as it is that I just thought it was not — the process didn’t meet the standards I would like to see our candidate pursue when they pick a — a running mate.”

“I like Governor Palin,” Cheney added. “I think she’s a very able and effective spokesman for the party, for conservative causes. She believes in a lot of the same things I believe in. And I think she’s been very effective at that.”

The “real requirement” to be selected as the vice presidential candidate, Cheney said, was that the person had “to be capable of standing in tomorrow and taking over as president of the United States.”

Cheney also sounded a little like Newt Gingrich at one point in the interview, saying, “And, frankly, I fundamentally disagree with him [Obama] on anything and I think Mitt Romney is going to win.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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