Cheney: Time for Old-Timers Like Me to Step Aside

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2009 8:23 PM CDT
Dick Cheney appears on CNN's "State of the Union" March 15.   (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
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(Newser) – Dick Cheney covered the usual ground during a radio interview today—telling Republicans to resist the urge to become moderate and defending the Bush administration—and also said it's time for longtime party vets like himself to step aside, Politico reports. "It helps clear away some of the underbrush," he said. "Some of the older folks who’ve been around a long time (like yours truly) need to move on, and make room for that young talent that’s coming along."

Cheney said it would be a "mistake" for the party to shift to the center to gain votes. "This is about fundamental beliefs and values" about the role of government, he said. Most in the GOP "have a pretty good idea of values, and aren’t eager to have someone come along and say, 'Well, the only way you can win is if you start to act more like a Democrat.'" He also defended waterboarding as a necessary last resort that gained valuable information.