By Sterling C. Beard - 08/01/12 07:22 PM EDT
In an interview with ABC News last week, Cheney criticized Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 running mate, calling her selection a “mistake” that was not “well handled.”
He qualified his statements by saying that he liked the former Alaska governor and considered her an “attractive candidate” in many ways.
Palin argued it would have been a mistake for her to decline the nomination.
"Here’s where the mistake would have been, Greta, I believe. It’s had I not answered the call. I was honored to get to run for vice president of the United States alongside Senator John McCain. I was honored to accept the nomination from the GOP," Palin said.
"And I think that the mistake would have been me just deciding that, ‘Hey, I love my 86-87 percent approval rating up there in Alaska as the governor … I could have decided, you know, ‘I don’t want to be bloodied up. I don’t want my family to go through what we will have to go through in order to put ourselves forward in the name of service to this country.’ But I did it. It would have been a mistake to have hunkered down, just lived that luxurious, if you will, comfortable lifestyle in Alaska.”