Dick Cheney on Sarah Palin

Former vice president will not attend this year's Republican convention.
2:11 | 07/30/12

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THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION. IT'S OFFICIAL, THE LEADERS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT BE VISIBLE THERE. NEITHER THE FORMER PENALTY NOR HIS VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY. IN AN INTERVIEW, HE TOLD JONATHAN KARL HE WILL BE FISHING WHEN THE REPUBLICANS GATHER IN TAMPA. AND CHENEY TALKED ABOUT HIS HEART TRANSPLANT AND TOOK ON SARAH PALIN. TONIGHT, MORE OF THE ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE. Reporter: WE MET UP WITH THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT IN JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, WHERE WHAT HE SAID ABOUT SARAH PALIN -- THAT JOHN McCAIN SHOULD NOT HAVE PICKED HER FOR VP BECAUSE SHE WASN'T QUALIFIED -- WAS THE SHOT HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD OF CONSERVATIVE POLITICS. I LIKE GOVERNOR PALIN. I'VE MET HER. I KNOW HER. ATTRACTIVE CANDIDATE. BUT BASED ON HER BACKGROUND, SHE'D ONLY BEEN GOVERNOR FOR, WHAT, TWO YEARS? I DON'T THINK SHE PASSED THAT TEST, AND I THINK -- Reporter: OF BEING READY? OF BEING READY TO TAKE OVER. AND I THINK THAT WAS A MISTAKE. Reporter: CHENEY'S OWN DAUGHTER TWEETED, RARELY DO I DISAGREE WITH THE BEST VP EVER BUT, SARA PALIN, MORE QUALIFIED THAN OBAMA AND BIDEN COMBINED. AND JOHN McCAIN FIRED BACK ON FOX NEWS. THE FACT IS I'M PROUD OF SARAH PALIN. Reporter: THE DUST-UP IS A SIGN CHENEY IS BACK. 12 YEARS AGO, HE BECAME THE MOST PROMINENT REPUBLICAN TO ENDORSE GAY MARRIAGE. LAST MONTH, HIS DAUGHTER MARY CHENEY MARRIED HER LONGTIME PARTNER, HEATHER POE. CHENEY DIDN'T GO. HOW WAS THE WEDDING? I'M SURE IT WAS FINE. WE WISHED THEM WELL. SHE WANTED TO AVOID -- HAVING IT BE A MEDIA CIRCUS OR HAVING IT BECOME PART OF THE POLITICAL DEBATE. Reporter: WHILE WE WERE WITH HIM, HE RAN INTO A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY NAMED TOMMY WHO HAS HAD TWO HEART TRANSPLANTS. YOU'VE HAD TWO TRANSPLANTS? I'VE HAD JUST ONE. YOU'RE AHEAD OF ME. IT'S SOME MIRACLE STUFF. IT'S SAVED MY LIFE. Reporter: MIRACLE INDEED. JUST LOOK AT HIM NOW AND AFTER THE TRANSPLANT. I'LL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL TO THE DONOR AND THE DONOR FAMILY FOR -- FOR HAVING MADE POSSIBLE SEVERAL ADDITIONAL YEARS OF LIFE. I CAN'T THINK OF A MORE MAGNIFICENT OR GENEROUS GIFT. Reporter: JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS, WYOMING. THE HUGE EPIDEMIC OF INJURIES IN

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