Laura Bush Versus Hillary Clinton in 2008

Vice President Cheney’s dry sense of humor was on display in a Larry King Live appearance, in which he suggested Laura Bush would beat Hillary Clinton in a presidential match.

Laura Bush/Hillary Clinton presidential matchup (Reuters)

First lady Laura Bush would defeat U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if the two were to face each other in the 2008 presidential contest, Vice President Dick Cheney said on Monday. Cheney made the prediction after his wife, Lynne Cheney, suggested the matchup in an interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”

Mrs. Cheney noted the rampant speculation that the former first lady, now a senator from New York, would make a bid in the next presidential go-around. President Bush cannot seek a third term in office. His father, former President Bush, was defeated after one term by former President Bill Clinton. “You know, people are thinking of Mrs. Clinton running for president. I think Mrs. Bush ought to run for president,” Mrs. Cheney said. “If we want to have a Bush dynasty, let’s get Laura Bush.”

The vice president, who again ruled out making his own run for president when Bush’s term ends, agreed. “It’s a great idea,” Dick Cheney said. “And I think I know who would win too.”

I think we can safely predict that Mrs. Bush will not be a candidate for president, in 2008 or thereafter.

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  1. DaveD says:

    I agree that Ms. Bush will not be a candidate in 2008 or beyond. In fact, I am sure almost everyone believes the same thing. So, what do you think? Was this is just the occasional incident of fanciful cocktail hour conversation that made it into the press, or was this idea intentionally floated for any short term political purposes?

  2. McGehee says:

    Dick Cheney was himself the subject of a lot of fanciful cocktail party chatter last year, focusing on the notion that Bush would replace him on the ticket even after the convention.

    I’d say the Cheneys are having some fun with the people who were floating all that talk before.

  3. Nothing is said without calculation. Hillary would beat Bush. This would be a mistake for the GOP.