TIME 2016 Election

Liz Cheney Trusts Hillary Over Bill Because of Monica

"I’d have to go with Hillary”

Some scandals never go away.

Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, indicated Monday that she trusts former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her husband Bill because of the Monica Lewinsky affair 18 years ago.

“Whose judgment do you respect more, Bill or Hillary,” Dick Cheney was asked to laughter from the audience during a Politico event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

“Oh boy, well,” Cheney said. “I didn’t vote for Bill and I don’t expect to vote for Hillary either.”

His daughter was more expansive.

“Taken in its totality in terms of all aspects of how one conducts themselves, I’d have to go with Hillary,” said Liz, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for Senate in Wyoming this year. When pressed why she trusts Hillary more than Bill, Liz responded, “Because I said in all areas of life.”

“I think I’ll just leave it there,” she added.

“I’m not sure there’s a difference,” said Dick Cheney’s wife Lynne.

Dick Cheney didn’t take the bait on most of the other rapid response questions. But he did say he would “probably” pick Secretary of State John Kerry’s judgment over Barack Obama’s.

“I really don’t think Obama has in his mind the same worldview that most of our presidents—Republican or Democrat alike—have had for the last 70 years,” Dick Cheney said.

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Watch Megyn Kelly Tell Dick Cheney All the Ways He Was Wrong About Iraq

"But time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq sir”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney went on Fox News to criticize President Barack Obama’s foreign policy Wednesday night, but instead found host Megyn Kelly listing the times he’s been wrong about Iraq.

Cheney appeared with his daughter Liz in the wake of a Wall Street Journal op-ed the two wrote about Obama. “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” the wrote.

“But time and time again,” said Kelly on her show, “history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir.”

Watch her list those times above.

 

TIME Foreign Policy

Republicans Seize an Opportunity to Knock Obama on Foreign Policy

And to knock one of their own

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday going after President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

“Our president doesn’t seem [care about Iraq].” the two wrote. “Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.”

Take out Barack Obama and put in John Kerry, and you have the Bush-Cheney 2004 playbook: Scare the bejesus out of voters that the other guy’s too weak to fight a war or run a country.

The Cheneys’ op-ed and the group they are starting attached to it, The Alliance for a Stronger America, is ostensibly aimed at “reversing the dangerous policies of the Obama Administration,” according to its website. But it’s also about politics, elections and survival. They’re seizing on Obama’s foreign policy weakness ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, though they lack a foil for Obama since he’s not actually on the ballot and members of Congress can’t constitutionally do much on foreign policy.

Their next target is Hillary Clinton, who has literally written a whole book about how her foreign policy differs from Obama. She’s always been more hawkish than her erstwhile boss, making her slightly harder to hit.

But their real 2016 target is actually own of their own: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. A self described “non-interventionist,” Paul hails from the anti-neoconservative wing of the Republican Party. So, the idea of him winning the White House—and he leads in a bunch of polls these days—is almost worse than Clinton winning: Siberia is coldest for those in your own party with whom you don’t agree. And Paul definitely doesn’t agree with most of what the Cheneys stand for. Liz Cheney called the party’s noninterventionist turn “dangerous” in a Q & A with TIME last year.

“I think that yes, it is dangerous,” she said. “I think isolationism is a mistake, no matter what party you see it in. We have to remember that there are two threats to our freedom: There’s a threat that comes from the federal government, from the Obama Administration policies… but there’s also a huge and significant threat from al-Qaeda. The war on terror is still underway. Al-Qaeda is stronger today than it’s been in many years. We have to be able to protect our freedom from both of those threats.”

After all, when you’re starting a political advocacy group, you make money off of opposition. Opposition to Obama won’t do much, he’s a lame duck President. Opposition to Clinton will probably be lucrative. But opposition to Paul is a sheer fight for survival: If the Cheneys lose the foreign policy debate, they lose GOP donors.

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Liz Cheney Drops out of Wyoming Senate Race

The daughter of former vice president quits primary challenge to Republican Mike Enzi

Liz Cheney said Monday that she’s dropping her bid for a Senate seat in Wyoming, ending a short-lived primary campaign that caused rifts in the local GOP and within her own family.

Cheney, the oldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, cited “serious health issues” in her family in announcing the end of her campaign against three-term Republican Sen. Mike Enzi.

“Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign,” she said in a statement. “My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority.”

But her campaign had struggled mightily from the outset. She was trailing Enzi in the polls, battling a reputation as a carpetbagger who had only just moved to the state, and buffeted by a family feud with her over same-sex marriage (her sister Mary Cheney is married to her wife).

CNN first reported Cheney’s intention to drop out of the race late Sunday night.

The 69-year-old Enzi is now expected to easily win a fourth term. Wyoming has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1970.

[CNN]

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