Video: Sen. John McCain Defends Sarah Palin Against Dick Cheney

| by Michael Allen

Sen. John McCain, on Monday, pushed back against former Vice President Dick Cheney, who said that choosing former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for vice president was a “mistake.” Sen. McCain also jabbed Cheney for supporting torture (video below).

During an interview that aired on Sunday, Cheney had told ABC News: “[T]he test to get on that small list has to be, is this person capable of being president of the United States? 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 Brian Kilmead, on Monday, Sen. McCain said: “I’m always glad to get comments four years later. Look, I respect the vice-president. He and I had strong disagreements as to whether we should torture people or not. I don’t think we should have.”

“But the fact is that I’m proud of Sarah Palin, I’m proud of the job she did, I’m proud of the job she continues to do, and so everybody has their own views and I respect those views, but I’m proud of what she did."

Even Cheney’s own daughter, Liz Cheney, also disagreed with her father in a tweet on Sunday: “Rarely do I disagree with best VP ever, but @SarahPalinUSA more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Huge respect 4 all she’s done 4 GOP.”