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article imageCheney thinks Limbaugh is better choice for GOP than Powell

By Michael Krebs     May 10, 2009 in Politics
Dick Cheney prefers talk show instigator Rush Limbaugh over former Joint Chiefs chairman Colin Powell when it comes to the political direction of the Republican Party.
Speaking on CBS' Face The Nation, former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said that he would rather follow Rush Limbaugh than Colin Powell, underscoring the fragmentation that the Republican Party has come to embody.
Asked about recent unpleasant exchanges between Limbaugh and Powell, Cheney replied, "If I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I'd go with Rush Limbaugh. My take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn't know he was still a Republican."
The commentary from Cheney was particularly barbed given the fact that Powell and Cheney had once been colleagues, and Powell's relationships go back to the original Bush presidency. Powell was secretary of state under President George W. Bush and was Joint Chiefs chairman under George H.W. Bush.
Regardless of those associations, Powell had endorsed Obama - and Powell has since described himself as a right-of-center conservative, but "not as right as others would like," according to The Associated Press.
AP writes, "Cheney's remarks on CBS' 'Face the Nation' were the latest step in his slow-motion estrangement from Powell since the two worked closely together to manage the Persian Gulf war in 1991 — Powell as the Army general who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Cheney as defense secretary for the elder Bush."
"The suggestion our Democratic friends always make is somehow if you Republicans were just more like Democrats, you'd win elections," Cheney said on Face The Nation. "Well, I don't buy that. We win elections when we have good solid conservative principles to run upon."
Powell, on the other hand, has urged the Republican Party to move closer to the center - particularly on social matters and on outreach to minority voters in Black, Hispanic, and Asian communities.
Additionally, Powell has urged Republicans to turn away from the fiery Rush Limbaugh.
"I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without," Powell said, according to AP.
Limbaugh could not disagree more.
"Colin Powell is just another liberal," Limbaugh said in the AP report. "What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat." Limbaugh added that Powell is "just mad at me because I'm the one person in the country that had the guts to explain his endorsement of Obama. It was purely and solely based on race."
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