Cheney Clears Up "Mistake" Comment About Palin On 2008 Ticket
Former Vice President Dick Cheney further explains what he meant when he said selecting Sarah Palin to run as vice president was a mistake. Cheney says he was referring to the vetting process administered by the McCain campaign in 2008
"I like Governor Palin," Cheney said in an interview with Sean Hannity on his FOX News program. "I think she's a very able and an effective spokesman for the party, for conservative causes. She believes in a lot of the same things I believe in. I think she's been very effective at that."
"The question I was addressing when I was interviewed was that question of process. And did I think, for example, that the McCain process that was used in 2008 met the standards the way I described them and my answer was no, I didn't think they did. It wasn't aimed so much at Governor Palin as it was against the basic process that McCain used," Cheney said in an interview that aired on Monday night.
"I voted for her, just like I voted the ticket. But my point basically dealt with the process in terms of that basic requirement, 'is this person prepared to step in and be president of the United States when they're picked?' And it was my judgment, I was asked if I thought that 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 to Governor Palin as it is that I just thought that that process did not meet the standards that I would like to see our candidate would pursue when they pick a running mate," Cheney said.