Cheney says picking Palin for VP was a mistake

Cheney says picking Palin for VP was a mistake
Former Vice President Dick Cheney (Oct. 2011 file photo)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney says it was a mistake for Republican Sen. John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee.

Cheney says he liked Palin, but that she didn't pass the test of being ready to be president and that McCain's campaign didn't handle the vetting process well.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney is expected to announce a running mate in August. And Cheney's advice to him is - don't pick another Sarah Palin.

“I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her," Cheney said in an interview with ABC News. "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.”

Cheney made the remarks during his first interview since receiving a heart transplant in March.

Romney is widely expected to choose someone perceived as competent but safe.

Cheney, whose own unpopularity was a flashpoint for the Bush administration, says there are two lists that candidates maintain. The bigger list includes politicians who want to be viewed as under consideration to boost their standing. Cheney says a second, much shorter list contains those who are actually being considered.