In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity airing Monday night, the former veep seems to change a bit from what he told ABC News’ Jon Karl on July 29 about his party’s 2008 nominee.
Here’s what Cheney said to Karl:
“I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She – attractive candidate. 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 mistake.”
Here’s what Cheney told Hannity:
“It wasn’t aimed so much at Governor Palin as it was against the basic process that McCain used…my point basically dealt with the process in terms of that basic requirement, is this person prepared to step in to be president of the United States when they’re picked? And it was my judgment — I was asked if I thought the McCain process in ’08 had been well done or was it a mistake and I said I thought it was a mistake. That’s not…meant so much as a criticism of Governor Palin as it is that I just thought it was not — the process didn’t meet the standards I would like to see our candidate pursue when they pick a — a running mate.”
Maybe, just maybe, Cheney was influenced by his daughter, whose tweet after the ABC News interview created some rare distance between father and daughter.