Sen. John McCain slapped back at Dick Cheney for criticizing his pick of Sarah Palinas his 2008 running mate by making a barbed remark about the former vice president’s torture policies.

Cheney told ABC News in an interview that aired Sunday that Palin’s nomination was “a mistake” and wasn’t “well handled” by the McCain campaign.

While saying Palin was an “attractive candidate,” Cheney argued that she didn’t have enough experience to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

When played those remarks during an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Monday morning, McCain chuckled before shooting back with a caustic quip.

“I’m always glad to get comments four years later,” the Arizona Republican said. “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.”

McCain, who was held as a POW in North Vietnam for more than five years, was an outspoken critic of “enhanced interrogation techniques” backed by Cheney and the George W. Bush White House.

“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,” McCain continued. “And so everybody has their own views and I respect those views, but I’m proud of what we did.”

McCain was appearing on Fox News with another potential female running mate – N.H. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whose name has been floated as a possible VP for Mitt Romney.

In a sign of Palin’s still-strong popularity among some Republicans, Cheney’s daughter also pushed back on her father’s remark – although more gently than the Arizona senator.

“Rarely do I disagree with the best VP ever,” wrote Fox News analyst Liz Cheney on Twitter, before claiming that Palin was “more qualified than [President] Obama and [Vice President Joe] Biden combined.” The former VP’s daughter, who is thought to be considering her own run for political office, added she has “huge respect” for everything Palin has done for the GOP.

Source:  NY Daily News


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