CHENEY: I am generally confident. And I don't want to pick out any one particular individual. But I think of it is that there's a new generation of Republicans coming along, and a very attractive generation of Republicans. And you mentioned a lot of the names in terms of the prospects that he's looking at now at this point. And so I feel very good about the next generation.
It think he's in a position, my sense of it is, just from watching and listening, that the Governor's very much of a-mind that you've got -- you've got to address those other issues -- gender, race, geography, all those kinds of things, will ultimately be debated, but that the basic fundamental test is, can this individual be president of the United States. And if they don't meet that test, then as I said they shouldn't be on the short list. After they've been on the short list, and they get over that hurdle, then you've got -- then you can consider those other prospects.
So, the other thing I mentioned, too, is this is the first presidential level decision that a candidate, in this case Governor Romney, will make. First time the American people get to see him make a decision that has absolute direct consequences for what his governments will look like. And so, it's a real test. And I think everything I can tell that in fact Governor Romney is treating it with that kind of seriousness.
HANNITY: You made a comment recently about Governor Palin.
HANNITY: Governor Palin responded this week. And she basically said, you know, everyone's allowed to make a mistake, and she pointed out poll numbers, some other things, others have pointed that out. What did you mean by that, you kind of standby that, or do you --
CHENEY: Well, I like Governor Palin. I think she's very able and effective spokesman for the party, for conservative causes. She believes in a lot of the same things I believe in. I think she's been very effective at that. The question I was addressing when I was interviewed was the question of process, and did I think, for example, that the McCain process that was used in 2008 met the standards the way I described them, and my answer was no, I didn't think it did. So, it wasn't the name so much Governor Palin as it was against the basic process that McCain used.
HANNITY: Governor Palin told me once that she didn't even know she was being considered until four days before she was announced.
CHENEY: Yeah. Well, I called her --
HANNITY: What were you talking about that process?
CHENEY: Well, that's a big part of it. I think.
HANNITY: What about -- you mentioned experience though, too.
CHENEY: I think experience is important as well, too. But I voted for her, just like I voted for the ticket. But my point basically dealt with the process in terms of that basic requirement, is this person prepared to step in and 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 so much of a criticism of Governor Palin as it is that I just thought it was not -- that process didn't meet the standards I would like to see our candidate pursue when they pick a running mate.
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