In July 2004, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called Vice President Cheney “one of the most capable, experienced, intelligent and steady vice presidents this country has ever had.” But last month, McCain flip-flopped, attacking Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for their mismanagement of the war in Iraq:
The president listened too much to the Vice President. … Of course, the president bears the ultimate responsibility, but he was very badly served by both the Vice President and, most of all, the Secretary of Defense.
But today in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Cheney said that McCain’s criticisms were nothing more than empty rhetoric: “John said some nasty things about me the other day and then next time he saw me ran over to me and apologized.” Watch it:
Commenting on McCain’s propensity to change his mind, Cheney added, “Maybe he’ll apologize to Rumsfeld.”
HOST: Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently lashed out at Cheney and his friend, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Today, Cheney fired back.
HOST: You probably heard John McCain again come out and say that, your friend, Donald Rumsfeld, is perhaps the worst Secretary of Defense ever. What do you make of that?
CHENEY: I just fundamentally disagree with John. John said some nasty things about me the other day and then next time he saw me ran over to me and apologized. Maybe he’ll apologize to Rumsfeld.