The former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney, a man still involved in American politics, said on Sunday that John McCain enlisting Sarah Palin as a running mate in 2008 was a "mistake." He said while he knows and likes her, she lacked experience.
“I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She was an attractive candidate,” Cheney told ABC News TV. “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...a mistake."
The 71-year-old Cheney has become a leading figure in raising funds for the GOP through Super PACS (Political Action Committees). Super PACS have become a manner the Republican Party is unofficially using to avoid regulations surrounding campaign spending.
Cheney, V.P. under the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2009, implied that with more experience governing, Palin would have been a viable candidate but cautioned Republican 2012 nominee Mitt Romney from making a similar mistake as McCain's by choosing a running mate that lacks the requisite experience.
While Cheney has endorsed Romney, to date Palin has not.