Liz Cheney: "My dad would rather be fishing in Wyoming"

The daughter of the former vice president goes on MSNBC to explain why her father is speaking out and attacking the Obama administration.

By Alex Koppelman
Published May 12, 2009 3:35PM (EDT)

Liz Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president and a Bush administration official herself, was on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday morning for what turned into an interesting discussion on her father's recent foray into the spotlight and on torture.

In a debate with the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson, who in his most recent column suggested that her father is a "crazy old coot," Cheney said she thinks her father would "probably rather be fishing in Wyoming, given his druthers"  but, throughout her appearance, said that he's speaking out because he genuinely believes the Obama administration's policies have put the country at increased risk.

She did take Robinson's criticism in good humor, however. Though she said there wasn't a moment when she was a teenager when she agreed with Robinson's description of her father, she did tell stories of the times she crashed his car growing up, which allowed for a little levity in what was otherwise a pretty serious debate.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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