Movement to foot Cheney for 2012 presidential elections against Obama

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 06, 2009 10:40 hrs

Some Conservatives are not satisfied with former Vice President Dick Cheney criticizing the policies of President Barack Obama in press, but they want him to beat him in the 2012 election.

As unlikely as it sounds-and even though Cheney himself describes it as absurd-a movement is afoot to "draft" Cheney into running for president in 2012.

Public discontent and anger toward Cheney and the rest of the Bush administration are widely blamed for the success of Democratic candidates in 2006 and 2008, and many Republicans in Congress have taken pains to distance themselves from the Bush years

But Christopher Barron, who last week filed papers to launch his "Draft Cheney 2012" group and Web site, says Republicans need Cheney.

He knows Cheney is opposed to the idea. But that doesn't matter.

"We know that Dick Cheney doesn't want to run for president. This is about convincing the former vice president that we need him to run. And I think there is only one man who is capable of bringing the entire Republican coalition together and speaking with clarity about the values that have made our party great. And that is Vice President Cheney," Barron said.

Cheney, who already decided once not to run when President Bush's term expired, says he has zero interest in returning to politics. Cheney also has had four heart attacks and would be 71 in 2012.

"Why would I want to do that?" he said in a recent interview with "It's been a hell of a tour. I've loved it. I have no aspirations for further office."

After Cheney's daughter, Liz, casually, threw out the idea of "Cheney 2012" last month, comedian Jay Leno chimed in on the idea:

"In fact, that's apparently in the Mayan calendar too, you know. Cheney becomes president, and then the whole world ends. That's exactly what happens," he said. (ANI)