Former Vice President Dick Cheney has told ABC News that 2008 presidential candidate John McCain’s decision to pick then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate was “a mistake.”
In an excerpt of an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl that aired this morning, Cheney cited Sarah Palin’s lack of experience at the time of her candidacy as a central impediment to her being a successful vice presidential choice.
Cheney said: “I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She – attractive candidate. 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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ABC also reported that Dick Cheney has given advice on filling the VP slot on the Republican ticket to the GOP’s 2012 presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, and Beth Myers, the woman charged with short-listing running mates for Romney.
According to CNN, Myers tweeted a list on Friday of what appears to be names of politicians who are in the running. The list featured Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
ABC will air additional excerpts from the interview Monday on Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline.
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