In an ABC interview aired yesterday and today, the former VP notes:
Former vice president Richard B. Cheney said the selection of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008 was “a mistake” — the sort of mistake Mitt Romney should avoid.
In an interview with ABC News, Cheney said Sen. John McCain’s choice of the relatively inexperienced Palin was one “I don’t think was well handled.”
In choosing a running mate, Cheney said, “there are two lists. There is the big list. And it’s got a lot of folks on it.”
To make the smaller list, he said, “the test . . . has to be, ‘Is this person capable of being president of the United States?’ ”
Putting electoral considerations over qualifications is not wise, Cheney told ABC’s Jon Karl in an interview from Cheney’s ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to be aired Monday on ABC news programs and on “Nightline.”
“Those are important issues, but they should never be allowed to override that first proposition. That was one of the problems McCain had,” Cheney said.
“I like Governor Palin,” Cheney said of the former Alaska governor. “I’ve met her. I know her. . . . 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.”
The former VP’s daughter disagrees, however, and made that clear in a much re-tweeted comment:
I like how there are obvious differences in that family and that they’re expressed with respect 🙂 You know VP Cheney is one of my heroes yet I, for one, agree with Ms. Cheney on this. While there will always be differences about how certain things have been handled, Palin saved McCain’s campaign and was more qualified than McCain, Biden or Obama. The thing that killed McCain’s effort was McCain himself.