Sarah Palin on Tuesday disagreed with Dick Cheney’s assertion that the Republican Party had made a “mistake” by putting her on the 2008 ticket and then mocked the former Vice President Dick Cheney for shooting his friend in the face in 2006.
During an interview that aired on Sunday, Cheney had told ABC’s Jonathan Karl that it was important for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to handle his VP pick better than Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had in 2008.
“[T]he test to get on that small list has to be, is this person capable of being president of the United States?” Cheney explained.
“I like Gov. Palin, I’ve met her, I know her, she’s an attractive candidate, but based on her background — she had only been governor for two years — I don’t think she passed that test.”
Speaking to Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday, Palin had her chance to respond.
“Well, seeing as how Dick — excuse me, Vice President Cheney — never misfires,” Palin said, rolling her eyes, “then evidently he’s quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media, having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years, evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff and that’s a shame.”
“So he characterized me as being a mistake,” she added. “Here’s where the mistake would have been, Greta, had I not answered the call. I was honored to get to run for vice president. I was honored to get the nomination. And I think the mistake would have been me deciding just, ‘Hey, I love my 86, 87 percent approval rating up there in Alaska as the governor, moving and shaking and watching corrupt politicians and businessmen go to prison for crony capitalism.’”
“It would have been a mistake to have just hunkered down, just lived that luxurious — if you will — comfortable lifestyle in Alaska. Instead, we like so many other people across this country decided we will do all that we can to defend our republic, put America on the right track. And I believe I did the right thing.”
Susteren noted that Cheney had also criticized Condoleeza Rice in his book, “In My Time.”
“He’s not afraid to say things about the women,” the Fox News host observed. “But I don’t know what that means.”
“Everybody misfires once in a while,” Palin shrugged. “In the GOP establishment, you know what I’ve found, Greta? Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger, sometimes you’re the ball. And evidently in these last months — per many, many comments from those within the GOP establishment — I’m the ball.”
In fact, during a 2006 weekend quail hunt in Texas, Cheney had “misfired” and accidentally “peppered” his friend, 78-year-old Harry Whittington, in the face and chest with shotgun pellets.
Watch this video from Fox News’ On the Record, broadcast July 31, 2012.