Cheney: Romney best choice in case of another 9/11


Former Vice President Dick Cheney hosted a fundraiser with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on July 12, 2012, and told the audience Romney is the man he would want in the Oval Office if another crisis like 9/11 happened.


Brendan Hoffman

Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's side for a fundraising event in Wyoming on Thursday evening where they raised more than $4 million, according to the Associated Press.

Cheney said Romney was the "only" man he would want in charge in the event of another crisis like 9/11.

"Sooner or later there is going to be a big surprise," he said, according to MSNBC. "Usually a very unpleasant one. Whether it’s 9/11 or the other kinds of difficulties or crises that arrive, they always do. That’s when you find out what kind of leader your president is."

Cheney said, "When I think about the kind of individual I want in the Oval Office in that moment of crisis, who has to make those key decisions, some of them life-and-death decisions, some of them decisions as commander-in-chief, who has the responsibility for sending some of our young men and women into harm's way, that man is Mitt Romney," according to the AP.

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Despite Cheney's influence, he remains a polarizing figure, said The Washington Post, noting that Romney's campaign aides tried to avoid any photos of videos of the two men together.

Romney, for his part, said of Cheney, "That's quite a man, quite a leader," according to The Post. He made no mention of President George W. Bush.

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"I think it's a strong endorsement for Romney by a very visible conservative figure in the Republican Party, and I think that's a big plus for Romney that will help the enthusiasm of a lot of people on the conservative side," said John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations under the Bush administration, according to Reuters.

The fundraiser's price tags were $1,000 to attend the reception, $10,000 for a photo with Romney and $30,000 to have dinner with Romney at Cheney's house, said Reuters.